Zhang Xiaoxia and Xiang Ping have joined Merits & Tree Law Offices as equity partner and compensation partner, respectively, strengthening the firm’s capabilities in real estate and infrastructure.
Zhang, who will be based in the Beijing office, was previously a senior partner at Tiantai Law Firm with 27 years of practise experience. She was involved in numerous real estate project developments, investment and financing, engineering construction and related dispute resolutions. Zhang has been an arbitrator for multiple arbitration institutions, handling a significant number of real estate cases.
Zhang has played a regular role in legislation and demonstrations in the engineering field. She has contributed to laws including Regulations on Administration of Construction Market, revision of the Construction Law, the Urban Rail Engineering Quality and Safety Management Measures and the Administration Regulation on Village Planning and Construction.
Currently, Zhang is the deputy director of the Construction Engineering Law Committee of the Beijing Lawyers Association and serves as an expert consultant on civil administrative cases of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
Xiang, who will join the Shanghai office, brings a wealth of experience in non-litigation or dispute resolution-related consultation in real estate investments, construction and operation. He covers commercial residences, pharmaceutical research and development, port terminal expansion, industrial park renewal and highways.
Previously, Xiang practised at Grandway Law Offices and was a counsel at the Shanghai Arbitration Commission Construction Engineering Arbitration Court.
Partner Lu Hong leads Merits & Tree’s real estate department, which has 12 partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Qingdao. The firm said the department had consulted on hundreds of infrastructure and commercial real estate projects, and the addition of the two partners would further promote the scope and proficiency of its services.