Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Lan Tao will join the firm and become a member of its M&A and Energy practices. He will join as a partner, based in Sidley’s Beijing office. Mr. Lan is one of several new partners that have recently joined the firm’s longstanding presence in Asia.
Admitted in New York*, Mr. Lan regularly advises China-based companies on their outbound M&A activities and large multinational corporations in connection with their inbound transactions into China. Most recently, he has been representing China-based companies in connection with their investments in the energy and natural resources sectors, and has advised on some of the most significant outbound transactions in these sectors. His inbound experience is also substantial, and covers a wide range of industries.
“Tao’s wealth of experience in advising on complex cross-border M&A transactions makes him a valuable addition to our China-based and multinational clients, especially those interested in entering or expanding into the energy and national resources arena,” said Thomas Albrecht, managing partner, Asia Pacific. His arrival follows closely that of energy and M&A partners Tom Deegan in Hong Kong and Tju Liang Chua in Singapore.
“Tao joins an energy team that is expanding across the Asia region and is now independently recognized as a market leading practice,” said Deegan. “Our Asia team is closely integrated with our U.S. energy practice, which is critically important for our clients, particularly those interested in the shale revolution.”
“With the increasing interest in the development of shale gas in China as well as other parts of the world, Tao has joined Sidley at an exciting time,” said Jim Rice, an energy partner in Sidley’s Houston, Texas office and co-coordinator of the firm’s Energy practice. “We are well-positioned to advise companies on energy and natural resources opportunities around the world, and the knowledge and skill set that Tao brings to M&A deals in this sector further enhance the capabilities of our global team.”