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K&L Gates Boosts China Corporate Practice with Addition of Two New Shanghai Partners

5 December 2016
Shanghai - The Shanghai office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Simon Poh and Amigo Xie as partners in the corporate and transactional practice. Poh joins K&L Gates from Linklaters LLP, where he was global co-head of the automotive sector team and co-head of the Asian healthcare sector team, while Xie rejoins K&L Gates from Llinks Law Offices. Both Poh and Xie have been established in the Shanghai market for the past ten years and have deep corporate experience.

Poh regularly advises on M&A deals and has strong experience acting for international corporations and financial institutions on their China-related acquisitions and joint ventures. He also counsels on outbound investments by Chinese companies and SOEs. Fluent in English, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, and Cantonese, Poh acts for clients from various countries across a wide range of sectors, including Volvo, Pangda Automobile, Diageo, Dow Chemical, Home Depot, and BBVA.

Xie concentrates his practice on China-related cross-border M&A and corporate governance matters. He regularly advises investors, MNCs, middle-market, and public and emerging companies from such industries as IT, manufacturing, education, food, entertainment, and e-commerce. Xie has experience with overseas listings and cross-border M&A both inbound and outbound from China. He previously practiced with K&L Gates from 2005 to 2015, having been promoted to partner with the firm in 2013.

“As veterans in the China legal market, Simon and Amigo bring considerable experience and knowledge on how to make cross-border deals work effectively,” said David Tang, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Asia. “Their additions are indicative of our firm’s commitment to growing the strength and continuity of our Asia offering.”

Since the start of 2016, K&L Gates also has welcomed three other partners to its Greater China corporate and transactional practice, with Henry Wang having joined in Beijing, Ian Liao in Shanghai, and Stephen Tan in Taipei. The additions of Poh and Xie bring K&L Gates’ Asia headcount to 116 lawyers, including 55 partners — one of the largest Asia presences among international law firms. 

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. 
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