Global legal firm Norton Rose has appointed its eighth corporate partner at the company’s Beijing office.

Barbara Li has joined the office from Baker & McKenzie and is a dual qualified specialist, admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales as well as a recipient of the PRC Bar qualification certificate. She works primarily across the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors, advising on both inbound and outbound investment and M&A. She is the third recent addition to the Beijing team, after the appointments of Wang Jing and Li Jinnan.

Norton Rose has been in the region for more than 30 years and has offices in each of China’s key commercial hubs - Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai - as well as 13 offices across the Asia Pacific region.

The head of Norton Rose North Asia, Phillip John, says “Barbara is a perfect fit for us in Beijing. She is a native Mandarin speaker, and has built a strong reputation as a top class corporate lawyer in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors, which aligns neatly with our own focus. Her ability to provide both Chinese law and English law advice also helps us to continue to build the number of high calibre dual qualified lawyers we have in Beijing.”

Barbara Li says she’s excited to be joining Norton Rose. “It’s a firm with a clear global strategy, and a history of success in Asia. Its sector focus in particular fits well with my own practice. I look forward to playing my part in the continued success of the firm.”

Norton Rose offers a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia.

“Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world. We are strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences,” says Phillip John.

From June 1, 2013 the company will join forces with leading US law firm Fulbright & Jaworski LLP to create Norton Rose Fulbright. The joint company will have offices across the USA, Europe and Asia and with 3800 lawyers, will be one of the largest global legal practices, with significant depth of expertise in the world’s leading business and financial centres.

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