Han Kun fuels exponential expansion with partner hires, mergers and new offices

In the first half of 2022, Han Kun Law Offices opened a new office in Haikou, merged with a local Shanghai boutique and hired partners from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, Fangda Partners, King & Wood Mallesons and Tian Yuan Law Firm .

Han Kun’s latest coup is Fangda’s intellectual property partner, Song Haining, who joined the company in Shanghai. Notably, Song is the third IP partner to leave Fangda this year. King & Wood Mallesons last month recruited a team of intellectual property litigation experts from the firm in Beijing, including veteran partner Gordon Gao and partner Sherry Yao.

Song specializes in intellectual property litigation, handling patent and trade secret disputes involving the telecommunications, semiconductor and computer engineering industries. He also advises on intellectual property due diligence and commercial transactions. He was previously a partner at the elite Chinese law firm JunHe.

In April, Han Kun also added his private equity partner Qi Shuting to his ranks in Shanghai. Qi joined Kirkland & Ellis, where she was a partner and had practiced for nearly a decade. Qi advises on mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, growth capital investments, divestitures, joint ventures, foreign direct investments and general corporate matters. His departure leaves Kirkland with four partners in Shanghai, one of whom splits his time between Shanghai and Beijing.

Han Kun’s steady and rapid expansion does not stop there. Over the course of six months, the company added five additional partners in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Its biggest move this year, however, came in January, when the firm merged with Shanghai Young-Ben Law Firm, a finance and dispute resolution law firm established in 2007. The merger, driven by the desire for greater market share in the Yangtze River Delta region, gave Han Kun another ten partners and 20 additional lawyers.

Two months ago, Han Kun also opened a new office in Haikou, which the company says will “further meet the growing demand in the Hainan Free Trade Port.” The Haikou office will work closely with the company’s operations in Shenzhen and Hong Kong to serve clients in southern China on issues related to funds, wealth management, intellectual property, compliance, equity investments and dispute resolution.

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