Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Adds Partners Across its Three China Offices; Continues Strengthening Local Corporate and Finance Practices

Ke Huang, Ruomu Li, and Lucy Lu further broaden the firm’s capital markets, corporate, and private equity and venture capital capabilities in China

21 May 2019

HONG KONG (May 21, 2019) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Ke Huang, Ruomu Li, and Lucy (Qiong) Lu have joined the firm as partners. Mr. Huang joins Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office in its Capital Markets practice. Mses. Li and Lu both join the firm’s Corporate practice, and are based in the Shanghai and Beijing offices, respectively. Between them, Mr. Huang, Ms. Li, and Ms. Lu bring to Morrison & Foerster a wealth of combined experience across Hong Kong and U.S. capital markets, and People’s Republic of China (PRC) corporate and Private Equity and Venture Capital (PE/VC) transactions.

“I am delighted that we have added these three talented lawyers to our team in China,” said Eric Piesner, Morrison & Foerster’s Asia managing partner. “Ke, Ruomu, and Lucy all bring to the firm strong U.S. and China legal experience advising clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, which aligns with our clients’ inbound and outbound investments and capital raising needs in the region. Their arrivals underscore the firm’s commitment to China, where we have been operating since 1983.”

Ke Huang Grows the Firm’s China Capital Markets Practice

Mr. Huang’s Hong Kong-based practice spans capital markets transactions, including Hong Kong IPOs, U.S. IPOs, and debt capital markets matters. He advises equity capital market clients across a variety of sectors such as biotech, healthcare, and technology. Mr. Huang’s debt capital markets experience includes investment-grade offerings, high-yield offerings, perpetual securities, liability management, convertible bonds, exchangeable bonds, RMB bonds, and AT1 preference shares, among others. He has advised issuers from the PRC, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia, with an increasing focus on investment-grade offerings from the PRC in recent years.

“Hong Kong continues to be one of the leading global financial centers and a buoyant IPO market,” said Timothy Blakely, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. “Ke’s broad capital markets experience across both equity and debt will strengthen both our local capital markets and corporate practices, and will help us continue to meet our clients’ needs in these key areas.”

Ruomu Li and Lucy Lu Expand the Firm’s China Corporate Practice

Qualified in California and New York, Ms. Li started her career in Silicon Valley before she moved to Asia. Her Shanghai-based practice covers mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, private equity transactions, and venture capital investments with a focus on the technology and life sciences sectors. She typically represents strategic and financial investors, and public and private companies, in mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and joint venture transactions in both the U.S. and China. Ms. Li also advises investors and early-stage and late-stage private companies in equity and debt investments, restructurings, exit transactions, and other general corporate matters.

Ms. Lu’s Beijing-based practice focuses on a broad range of PRC-related corporate matters, including M&A, foreign direct investment, private equity, corporate restructuring, and general corporate matters. She also has extensive experience in PRC real estate, regulatory, and employment issues. Qualified in New York and Hong Kong, and having passed the PRC bar, Ms. Lu typically represents multinational corporations and financial institutions on their entering into the Chinese market. In recent years, Ms. Lu also has represented a number of Chinese companies on their overseas investments and acquisitions.

“We are seeing greater demand for support from our Chinese clients as they become more active overseas, investing in companies, acquiring technologies, and interacting with government regulators in the U.S. and elsewhere,” added Paul McKenzie, managing partner of the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices. “We are also seeing major growth in demand from private equity and VC clients, both on inbound and outbound transactions involving China. Adding Ruomu and Lucy to our China offices is an important step as we continue to enhance our corporate offering in mainland China to both Chinese and international clients.”



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