Attorneys Join Akin Gump In New York, Beijing And Dallas

Monday, October 1, 2007 - 01:00

Nine months after opening its Beijing office, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced a significant expansion of its practice there with the addition of six attorneys, bringing the total number of full-time resident attorneys and senior advisors to 11.

Janet Jie Tang and her four-person transactions team have joined from DLA Piper. Ms. Tang brings 14 years of China-related corporate and M&A experience. The team has advised numerous multinational companies on cross-border acquisitions and joint venture transactions in a wide spectrum of areas, including cosmetics, software and pharmaceuticals.

Joining Akin Gump with Ms. Tang are Lu Ning, a senior attorney with seven years of experience advising major U.S. and European clients on mergers and acquisitions, IT, tax, employment, intellectual property and franchise law; Wang Yuanming, a senior IP attorney advising major U.S. and European clients on Chinese IP, IT and customs law over the past nine years; Zeng Linyan, a corporate attorney, and Lien Yea-Ling, with 15 years of experience handling patent prosecution matters, IP strategic management, IP licensing and enforcement, in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Also joining the firm are capital markets lawyer Holly Smith from Allen & Overy in Hong Kong and IP lawyer Lien Yea-Ling from Catch IPR Consultancy in Taipei.

The new arrivals join a group of full-time resident lawyers and advisors led by Eliot Cutler, whose career spans U.S. government service, law and politics. The legal team also includes Ying White, a former counsel to the World Bank's pension fund, and Zheng Xilin, who also joined from the World Bank after a legal career at the Chinese foreign ministry. Akin Gump senior advisors in Beijing include Chen Ying, the deputy director general of China Enterprises Confederation, and Ma Lianyuan, widely recognized as a leading authority on patent law in China.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Asaro has joined Akin Gump as a partner in the litigation practice in New York. Mr. Asaro is the 14th former federal prosecutor to join the firm's white-collar criminal defense practice. He will focus on SEC investigations, white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations and commercial litigation.

Immediately prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Asaro served for five years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, most recently as deputy chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.

Robert W. Dockery has joined Akin Gump as a partner in the corporate practice group in Dallas, the firm announced today. Mr. Dockery's practice focuses on the hospitality and REIT industries.

Mr. Dockery represents issuers in securities transactions, including private placements and underwritten public offerings of common stock, preferred stock and debt, as well as public and private purchasers and sellers in corporate and real estate acquisitions and borrowers in commercial finance transactions.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced that Jordan J. Metzger has joined the firm as a partner in the real estate and finance practice group in New York. Mr. Metzger brings extensive experience in real estate transactions, with an emphasis on acquisitions, development, joint ventures and financing.