Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced today that Shuang Zhao will shortly join the firm as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Ms. Zhao, 45, joins the firm from the Hong Kong office of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was a partner focusing on capital markets transactions.
“Cleary Gottlieb has had a continuous presence in Asia for 35 years. The addition of Shuang demonstrates our continued deep commitment to our practice there, and it follows the firm’s launch of a local law practice in Hong Kong in early 2011 and the opening of our Seoul office in 2012,” said Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Mark Leddy. “Shuang adds deep China-based expertise and experience to our already internationally recognized global capital markets practice.” With the addition of Ms. Zhao, the firm will have approximately 60 lawyers in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Seoul, including nine partners and two counsel.
Ms. Zhao advises Chinese corporate clients and investment banks on capital markets transactions in the United States and Hong Kong. She also assists Chinese corporate clients on a wide range of legal issues arising out of their operations in China and elsewhere.
Ms. Zhao, a PRC native, received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. She is a New York and Hong Kong-qualified lawyer and has practiced at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Hong Kong for the last five years.
Ms. Zhao said “Cleary Gottlieb has an outstanding reputation worldwide for providing excellent advice to clients on the most complex and high profile transactions. I am looking forward to working with the firm’s clients and world class lawyers to help build on the firm’s success in this exciting new phase of my career.”