Fangda Partners, a leading Chinese law firm, today announced that its senior partner, Jonathan Zhou, who also chairs the firm’s management committee, has decided to step down from his management position upon the expiration of the current term of the management committee. He will continue to spend time with the firm to assist the new management team before he retires from the partnership and joins a client of the firm.
”We greatly appreciate Jonathan’s significant contributions in the past decades to the development of Fangda to become a premier firm on the market, and wish him all the best and success in his new capacity.” said Gao Yang, the managing partner of the firm.
Jonathan Zhou said, “ it is certainly not an easy decision for me to leave the firm after having been with the firm for more than 25 years. I will deeply miss the firm that I helped to build up and all of my colleagues whom I worked with. It has truly been a privilege for me to have worked with so many of my talented colleagues and to have been able to bring the firm to where we are today. But I feel this is the right time for me to make a change and embrace new challenges. From the firm’s perspective, I am confident that, with the strong foundation we have built together, the firm is also well positioned to embrace changes”.
Fangda Partners will announce its new management leadership soon after the election of its new management committee. Gao Yang said, “With our new management committee in place and the collective efforts of all of our partners and staff, Fangda will continue to build on its success and will become an even stronger firm. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff and clients for their support.”.
Press Release 2020/4/15.
Fangda strengthens M&A and PE practice with the addition of acclaimed lawyer Mark Lehmkuhler
Fangda Partners has announced that Mark Lehmkuhler has joined the firm as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Mark is a key addition to the firm’s preeminent mergers & acquisitions and private equi-ty practice in Greater China.
Mark has practiced in Asia for nearly two decades, specializing in M&A and private equity transac-tions with a particular focus on technology, financial services, energy, healthcare, life sciences and infrastructure. He has deep experience across a broad range of transactions, including private equity portfolio investments and exits, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, privatizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as private equity fund formation.
Mark was formerly a partner at Davis Polk and, more recently, a partner at Orrick in Hong Kong. Over the course of his career, Mark has represented a broad array of clients on cross-border deals, including large, complex M&A and private equity transactions for leading Chinese corporate clients such as ICBC, CNOOC, Kuok Group, China Resources and Shanda, private equity firms such as CITIC Capi-tal, and global financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Credit Suisse.
Mark is admitted to practice in New York and Hong Kong. He received his undergraduate and law de-grees from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif academic honor society. Over the course of his ca-reer, Mark has been consistently recognized as a leading practitioner by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia and IFLR 1000.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mark to the firm,” said Jonathan Zhou, Chair of Fangda Partners. “Mark’s expertise will enhance our existing team’s cross-border M&A and PE capabilities and enable us to offer our current and future clients a service that is second to none.”
Mark said, “It has been my pleasure to work with Fangda Partners over the years – on both sides of the table – and this firm has always stood out to me in terms of the consistently high quality of its lawyers, its commitment to excellence, its blue-chip client base, and the leading role Fangda has taken on in the legal market here in China.”
“As the world changes around us, I believe Fangda is poised for even greater success, and I am de-lighted for the opportunity to join them and make my contribution to the growth of this great firm.”
Mark is Fangda’s latest partner hire in Hong Kong from a global firm. During the past two years, Fangda has seen the addition of investment funds partner Yue Zhang from Kirkland & Ellis, the entire Hong Kong capital markets team from Shearman & Sterling led by Colin Law, and U.S. securities spe-cialist Christine Chen from King & Wood Mallesons.
With Mark’s arrival, there are now 21 partners in the firm’s Hong Kong office.