Ex Heller Erhman Partners Give Winston Strawn An Asia Strategy

US firm Winston & Strawn is set to expand into the Asian legal market with the hire of three partners from Heller Ehrman’s Hong Kong office.

Winston & Strawn has confirmed it is to open offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai after hiring the defunct San Francisco firm’s former Hong Kong managing partner Simon Luk.

Luk will lead the firm’s practice in Asia. He is also  joined by litigation partner David Hall-Jones and capital markets and M&A partner Michael Phillips. Luk’s practice focuses on M&A, funds formation and advising emerging companies.

The group joins along with one of counsel and three associates who were also with Heller in Hong Kong.

Winston has also added four international trade partners in the US from Heller with William Barringer, Daniel Porter, Christopher Dunn and James Durling all joining the Washington DC office.

Winston’s managing partner Tom Fitzgerald said: “This is a strong team of sophisticated lawyers who bring added quality and breadth to our international transactional and litigation abilities.”

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