Merits & Tree Law Offices has hired four partners – Philip Qiao and Kelly Zheng in its Beijing headquarters; Stone Huang and Fan Qiuping in the firm’s Shenzhen branch – as well as Song Yaqin as a counsel in Beijing.
Qiao specialises in dispute resolution, bankruptcy reorganisation and special opportunity investment, government regulation and compliance. His work mainly involves technology media and telecommunications (TMT), new energy, overseas trade and construction industries. He is an arbitrator of the Hainan International Arbitration Court and has five years of experience as a judge in Beijing. For the past two years he has been recognised as an A-List lawyer by China Business Law Journal. Qiao joins from East & Concord Partners where he was a partner.
Huang’s practice is focused on investment and financing of M&A, capital markets, corporate governance and compliance, particularly cross-border transactions and business negotiations. Huang was a partner at Dentons China, a senior legal counsel and special expert counsel with Walmart China, and a senior associate at JunHe.
Fan joins from Jia Yuan Law Offices where she was a partner, while Zheng worked at the World Animal Protection China Office, Fangda Partners and Global Law Firm. Both specialise in corporate M&A, securities Capital Markets, and PE/VC investment and financing.
Song is the head of Merits & Tree perennial legal service centre and is responsible for organising the regular legal service working group. She has worked for the China Development Research Foundation, Tongfang Group and Dayue Consulting, and has expertise in public infrastructure investment and financing.