Leading dispute resolution partner joins Clyde & Co in Beijing

International law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce the addition of litigation and international arbitration specialist Patrick Zheng to the firm’s Beijing office. Patrick joins from Clifford Chance, where he was head of China litigation and arbitration.

Patrick specialises in international arbitration, China-related litigation (both onshore and offshore) and other China-related contentious matters. He will also assume the role of managing partner for Clyde & Co’s Beijing office and will be playing an active part in relation to the firm’s China and Korea development desks.

A Chinese national, Patrick has been a member of China’s international arbitration community for almost 20 years and is one of the most well-known and highly regarded disputes lawyers in China. He is regularly ranked as a leading individual in the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories, and is fluent in Mandarin, English and Korean, with proficiency in Japanese.

Patrick’s primary focus is representing Chinese clients before foreign venues such as HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, and courts of various jurisdictions. He also represents international companies before Chinese arbitration tribunals such as CIETAC and Chinese courts. Examples of his experience include PetroChina’s first significant overseas arbitration case (SIAC), a high profile US investigation against a well-known Chinese telecommunication company on alleged violation of sanctions against Iran, and the IFC’s first CIETAC case. His career includes roles with Herbert Smith and CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission) in Beijing.

Lynia Lau, corporate partner and the firm’s Chief Representative in Beijing commented on Patrick’s arrival: “I am pleased to welcome Patrick to the Beijing office. His practice complements the firm’s strategy and I look forward to the opportunity to develop and broaden the Beijing office and the firm’s China practice.”

Clyde & Co now has 18 partners and over 150 total staff members across its Greater China network.

Asia Pacific / Global board member and Chief Representative in Shanghai, Ik Wei Chong, also welcomed Patrick: “We have made significant progress in implementing the firm’s strategic development plans in Greater China; over the last eighteen months we have extended our network to include Beijing and Chongqing, in addition to our existing presence in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and we are continuing to expand in line with the firm’s core areas and sectors of focus. Patrick’s arrival will enhance our international arbitration offering to our Chinese client base and is indicative of the calibre of partners attracted to the vision and strategy being implemented by Clyde & Co and the platform it offers, both in the region and internationally.”

Patrick’s arrival is the latest in a string of high profile international arbitration-related lateral hires for Clyde & Co. Recent arrivals include Eversheds’ Middle East chairman, Chris Jobson, joining Clyde & Co in Abu Dhabi; US and Latin American specialist Brian Dunning joining Clyde & Co in New York from US firm Venable, and Prakash Pillai, Rajah& Tann’s head of South Asia joining Clyde & Co in Singapore.


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