Bird & Bird welcomes new employment partner in Shanghai

10 October 2014

Bird & Bird is pleased to announce the appointment of Ying Wang as a partner in its International HR Services Group in Shanghai, and where she will head its Employment practice for China.

Ying has built a strong track record in advising both international and local clients on contentious and non-contentious employment issues.

She has more than 13 years' experience across the full range of employment issues, including various PRC labour and social insurance regulatory matters, mass layoffs, labor disputes, M&A-related matters, cross-boader employment, and daily coporate labor issues. In addition, Ying was appointed as a Part-time Arbitrator of the Shanghai Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee in September 2004 where she advises on labour arbitration and litigation.

Ying's clients include multinational companies and Fortune 500 companies in various industries such as commercial banking, investment banking, FMCG, retail, luxury, IT and automobile.  Ying also advises start-up companies and newly-established Foreign Invested Enterprises (FIEs), including M&A and restructures.

Admitted as a solicitor in China in 2007, Ying holds an LL.B from Fudan University Law School, Shanghai, and a Bachelor of Economics with Distinction from Nanjing University of Economics. She is also a member of Shanghai Labour Law Association. 

Justin Walkey, Chairman of Bird & Bird’s Asia-Pacific region said: "We are very excited to welcome Ying to our team. Bird & Bird is experiencing a period of dynamic growth in Asia Pacific and Ying will be instrumental in driving our local and global employment assignments. Her appointment is also a further indication of our commitment to this region."

Ian Hunter, Co-Head of the International HR Services group added: "Ying's broad sector expertise will help boost our employment capability in Asia Pacific and enable us to provide an enhanced service to both local and international clients.”

Ying said: "I am delighted to be joining Bird & Bird. Its international network and strong sector focus will provide an excellent platform to for me to develop my practice. I am very excited to become a part of Bird & Bird's ambitious plans for China, and the wider Asia-Pacific region."

Ying will work closely with Singapore partner Susan de Silva who heads Bird & Bird's Employment practice for the Asia Pacific region. In addition, Ying will also work alongside corporate partners Sven-Michael Werner in Shanghai and Padraig Walsh and TMT partner Michelle Chan in Hong Kong. 

Padraig, Sven-Michael, Michelle and aviation partner Leo Fattorini have all joined Bird & Bird as senior lateral hires to its broader corporate practice in the past 18-24 months. These appointments are integral to the firm's international strategy for growth and development in China and the Asian region.

As part of the wider Asia Pacific strategy we have also expanded our geographic footprint in priority jurisdictions whose economies fit neatly with Bird & Bird's profile by means of the entry into cooperation agreements with K&K Advocates and Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners in Indonesia in June 2014, with Hwang Mok Park in March 2014, and with Truman Hoyle in Australia in March 2013.