SHANGHAI, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that Brinton M. Scott has recently joined its Shanghai office as a partner and will focus on corporate, intellectual property, and employment law matters, including those involving mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investments. Scott was most recently a partner for Clyde & Co. He will be joined by two corporate associates, Jerry (Zhan) Liu and Sabrina Yang, also from Clyde.
Scott has worked in China for nearly 16 years and is fluent in Mandarin. He has extensive experience in advising Fortune 500 and large private multinational corporations on diverse high stakes projects involving acquisitions, buy-outs, large-scale Greenfields, and foreign direct investment in an array of industries including insurance, retail (electronic, food, and fashion), aerospace, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, real estate, and automotive.
Liu and Yang are also experienced in advising a wide range of U.S. and European companies in various industries on general corporate and foreign direct investments, especially when acquiring and/or setting up new businesses or subsidiaries in China.
"We are delighted to have this experienced transactional team led by such a prominent practitioner as Brinton join us," said David Hall-Jones, managing partner of the firm's Asian offices. "Brinton, Jerry and Sabrina bring outstanding capabilities that perfectly complement Winston's preeminent corporate practices and its maturing Asian footprint."
"I'm very pleased to become a part of Winston's forward-looking business plan to provide the highest quality legal services throughout Asia to its global corporate clientele," said Scott.
The hiring of the Scott-led corporate team is Winston's latest step in a remarkable period of expansion in mainland China and Asia and, now, the maturation of its offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. The opening of offices in Beijing and Shanghai were approved in late 2009 by the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Justice and follows the opening of Winston's Hong Kong office at the end of 2008.
Scott received his J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law, where he was the outside articles editor for the Willamette Bulletin of International Law & Policy. Scott also received a Certificate of Chinese Law from East China University of Politics and Law. He is admitted to the bars of California and Washington.
Liu received his J.D. and L.L.M. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and his Master of Law in Economics Law from Nanjing University School of Law. He is also admitted to the PRC and New York bars.
Yang received her MA at Corporate Law from Wuhan University, School of Law, and L.L.M. with Business Law Concentration from the University of Minnesota Law School. She also performed graduate-level work focusing on American Law at Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. Yang is admitted to the PRC and New York bars.
Winston & Strawn LLP is an international commercial law firm with 15 offices in North America, Asia and Europe. More information about the firm is available at www.winston.com.