Legal news: Garrigues, Martyn Huckerby, Shao Zili, JSM, Grant Chen, Mao Rong

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Spain to Shanghai

In readiness for the Shanghai Expo 2010, Spanish law firm Garrigues has advised the Spanish government, the Spanish Agency for International Exhibitions (Sociedad Estatal para Exposiciones Internacionales), Madrid Expo and the Madrid municipality on the legal issues associated with their involvement in the Expo. Francisco Soler has headed a team advising on the participation contract and construction contract as well as commercial and sponsorship agreements, and employment and tax analysis.

Australian alumnus awarded award

Martyn Huckerby, partner and chief representative of the Shanghai office of Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, was awarded the 2009 Australian Education International Young Alumni of the Year Award at the inaugural Australia China Alumni Awards in Beijing in November.

The awards, hosted by the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) in conjunction with the accountancy body CPA Australia, are a new annual initiative to recognize the achievements of Australian-educated alumni based in China.

Mr Huckerby rejoined Mallesons from Clifford Chance in November 2008 as a partner in the firm’s Shanghai office. He previously worked in Mallesons’ Sydney office.

Shao leaves law to be a banker

JPMorgan announced on 23 November that it had hired Linklaters’ Asia managing partner, Shao Zili, to spearhead its expansion plans in China. Shao had been a partner at Linklaters for 11 years, and spent six of those years as the head of its China practice.

JSM boosts outsourcing practice

Mayer Brown JSM is expanding its business & technology sourcing (BTS) practice with the arrival of partner Geofrey Master from the USA. Formerly based in Washington, DC, Master will lead the expansion of the firm’s BTS practice in Asia. According to Master, enterprises in Asia are looking to outsourcing to acquire the scale and capabilities to compete globally. “Cost pressures and the profound implications of changes in technology have led businesses to look to outsourcing as an effective means to achieve cost efficiency and process improvements and obtain access to cutting edge technologies and business processes,” he comments.

Llinks partner appointed to ChiNext committee

Grant Chen, a partner at Llinks Law Offices, was recently appointed by the China Securities Regulatory Commission as a commissioner on the board of the issuance examination committee of ChiNext.

Mao leaves Kodak for Reed Smith

Mao Rong, the former director of legal affairs in the Asia Pacific region for Eastman Kodak, has joined Reed Smith as of counsel in the firm’s Beijing office. A US citizen born in Beijing, she is qualified to practice law in China and New York. Before joining Eastman Kodak in 1998, she spent a decade in private practice in the US and Asia.