A leading disputes lawyer in regional and local markets, Weina specialises in international arbitration, cross-border commercial dispute resolution and dispute avoidance. She has extensive experience in representing and advising Chinese and multinational clients in the resolution of high-value and complex disputes in sectors including TMT, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and hotel and relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures and other types of commercial contracts.
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of only a few international law firms permitted to integrate China law advice with international legal services through its joint operation with Kewei in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
“Weina’s proven record in commercial disputes, international arbitration and dispute avoidance is a strong addition to our expanding disputes practice,” said Kewei international partner Gavin Guo. “Her skills in securing favourable results and settlements will be valuable to clients navigating complex disputes matters, especially in these challenging times.”
The joint operation, Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei, formally launched in August 2019. Since then it has greatly expanded it disputes and regulatory practice, through the hire of Cathy Liu as partner in October 2019 and the promotion of competition specialist Frances Xu to partner in November 2019.
“Weina’s deep expertise in both China and international jurisdictions makes her an indispensable resource for clients operating both locally and internationally,” said May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia Managing Partner. “Her promotion coincides with further relaxation of government regulations on foreign arbitration institutions carrying out arbitration business in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.”
“Our focus on local talent development continues to expand our market-leading disputes practice,” said May. “A Herbert Smith Freehills alumna, Weina embodies the legal excellence that our joint operation provides, and her move to our joint operation with Kewei only strengthens our disputes offering in Asia.”
About Weina Ye
Weina has extensive experience in advising Chinese and multinational clients on the resolution and avoidance of complex and high value cross-border commercial disputes. She also regularly represents clients in international arbitration cases.
Her experience covers a range of commercial disputes in sectors including TMT, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and hotel and relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures and other types of commercial contracts.
Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, Weina is qualified to practice in the PRC (non-practicing) and in England and Wales. Prior to joining Kewei, she worked in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices.
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Weina’s title will be ‘International Partner’ to meet regulatory requirements in Mainland China. Her appointment is effective from 1 May 2020.
Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape. It provides premium quality, full-service legal advice on dispute resolution, projects and transactions to many of the world’s most important organisations. The firm has expertise across industry sectors, including banks, consumer products, energy, financial buyers, infrastructure and transport, mining, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, real estate, TMT, and manufacturing and industrials. With a 30-year history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
The firm’s Mainland China practice comprises 35 partners and lawyers in offices in Beijing and Shanghai, with an additional 100 partners and lawyers in Hong Kong. The Greater China practice includes the largest and leading international disputes practice in the region as well as particular strengths in cross-border M&A, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, technology, media and telecoms, financial services regulatory, and investigations.
Kewei offers top-quality China lawyers with international experience, a strong client list, and an innovative managed legal services business. International partner Gavin Guo and partner Stanley Xie lead the firm. www.kewei-law.cn
*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills’ international counsel practise alongside its affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms.
*史密夫斐尔在雅加达与其联营律师事务所Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung共同执业，Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung是印度尼西亚领先的商业和公司事务律师事务所。