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Weil makes China lateral move with acquisition of Freshfields’ Ching

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has bolstered its Shanghai office with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York-qualified corporate partner Charles Ching.

Ching, who joins from the magic circle firm’s Hong Kong office, advises clients on M&A transactions, joint ventures and securities offerings. Recent work highlights including advising on the initial public offerings of Shanghai Pharmaceuticals and Hengshi Mining on the Hong Kong stock exchange. He also has significant experience in US public and private M&A transactions following time spent practising in Manhattan.

Commenting on the hire, Barry Wolf, executive partner at Weil said that Ching’s appointment would ‘strengthen transactional offerings to our private equity and public company clients.’

Akiko Mikumo, Weil’s Asia managing partner added: ‘Charles has experience advising a range of clients on complex corporate matters and will further strengthen our corporate practice in China. He also has significant experience in US public and private M&A transactions from his many years practicing in New York and will strengthen our renowned global corporate platform.’

News of the hire comes after the departure last week of leading London tax partner Jonathan Kandel, who left Weil for Kirkland & Ellis. Kandel, who headed up Weil’s London tax team after leaving Clifford Chance in 2011 as part of a four-partner move, was also a partner in the firm’s private funds group, advising clients on tax issues relating to their fund investments, M&A, restructuring and own-account tax matters.