Merits & Tree adds four new partners

Merits & Tree adds four new partners, Pan Yang, Li Zheng, Zheng Yan, Zhang Yong
From left: Pan Yang, Li Zheng, Zheng Yan, Zhang Yong

Merits & Tree Law Offices hires Li Zheng, Zhang Yong and Zheng Yan as business partners to enhance several practice areas, while Pan Yang also joins as a partner to help manage the firm.

Li, Zhang and Zheng’s expertise will boost the firm’s capabilities in dispute resolution, special assets, restructuring and insolvency, investment and financing as well as mergers and acquisitions. Li will be based in Beijing, while Zhang and Zheng will work from the Shanghai office.

Li, formerly a partner at Anli Partners, has more than 20 years of experience, specialising in litigation and arbitration in dispute resolution, real estate and infrastructure, and government regulation and compliance matters.

He represented clients in disputes including guiding cases of the Supreme People’s Court. Among them, the retrial of the dispute over compensation for bill damages between the Junshan District Rural Credit Co-operatives of Yueyang City and Hunan Fuxing SME Surety Company was noted as an evaluation case in Guidelines for Trial Supervision compiled by the Trial Supervision Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court.

Zhang, formerly a partner at W&H Law Firm and Grandway Law Offices, offers experience in special assets, restructuring and insolvency, real estate and infrastructure, and dispute resolution.

He participated in the completion of the first domestic foreign-funded bank to acquire a huge domestic financial asset package, and led a team providing legal consultation on ticketing and park management systems for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

Zheng, a former partner at T&C Law Firm, is qualified to practice in New York State and China, and has more than 15 years of experience. His expertise is in handling multijurisdictional M&A projects, and cross-border arbitration and litigation.

He is able to provide consultation on ESG (environmental, social and governance), special product regulation, financing, cross-border guarantees and foreign exchange.

Zheng is familiar with the lithium industry business that has attracted plenty of recent attention. He had been the first legal director of the Asia-Pacific region of global chemical giant Albemarle, and represented the company in completing the acquisition of two lithium hydroxide production enterprises in Jiangxi and Sichuan provinces.

Pan, formerly the executive CEO of legal technology company iCourt, led the establishment of Prosure Star Law Firm and was its executive director.

In his new post in Beijing, he will focus on the digital construction of Merits & Tree.