Press Release

Cooley Launches in Beijing

Investment funds lawyer Xun Zeng joins as office’s first resident partner
January 29, 2018

Beijing – January 29, 2018 – Cooley is expanding its Asia-Pacific presence with the launch of a Beijing office. It is Cooley’s 13th office worldwide and its second in China, having opened in Shanghai in 2011. Xun Zeng joins from Ropes & Gray and will be Cooley’s first resident partner in Beijing.  

“China is a critical part of Cooley’s global growth strategy, and we are happy to welcome Xun Zeng to our partnership,” said Mike Lincoln, global chair of Cooley’s business department. “We have a history of achievement across the Asia-Pacific region and, in particular, have worked with private investment fund clients over three decades. We can now deliver on-the-ground legal resources in China’s capital city as we further expand our international capabilities.”

Zeng, a native Mandarin speaker, has more than 10 years of experience advising fund sponsors, institutional investors and other corporate clients in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. Her practice is focused on the formation, structuring and operation of private equity, venture capital and co-investment funds. She also advises fund sponsors regarding upper-tier arrangements, carried interest plans and related governance matters. She will be part of Cooley’s global venture capital practice.

“Cooley has demonstrated a long-term commitment to this region, and I am proud to be part of the firm’s continuing growth,” Zeng said. “Its investment funds reputation in China and globally made this opportunity extremely attractive for me.”

Zeng received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her LLB from the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law.

Two Cooley associates have relocated from the firm’s Shanghai office to Beijing to support the launch. In addition to Zeng, Cooley has four China-based partners who will be dividing their time between the Beijing and Shanghai offices: Pang Lee, Patrick Loofbourrow, James Lu and Christina Zhang.

The firm is fund formation counsel to 450+ fund organizations worldwide, including 50+ fund managers with their primary operations in China. 

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