北京卓纬律师事务所近日迎来吕立山律师以高级国际顾问身份加盟。吕立山律师团队余倩倩律师和 Adam Channer也分别以高级律师和国际顾问的身份加入卓纬。
Chance Bridge welcomes Robert Lewis and his team
Chance Bridge Partners has hired Robert Lewis as senior international consultant. Sara Yu and Adam Channer, who had previously worked with Lewis at Zhong Lun, have also joined Chance Bridge as senior associate and international associate, respectively.
Lewis, who has worked in China at top U.S., UK and Chinese law firms for almost 30 years, was one of the first senior foreign lawyers to move from a major international law firm to a leading Chinese law firm. He spent the last 10 years as senior international counsel at Zhong Lun in Beijing. Lewis’s practice has focused on cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on M&A, infrastructure projects, project financing, energy, mining, telecoms/IT transactions and strategic partnering arrangements generally. Notable transactions include acting for the lead Beijing municipal government investor as lead international legal counsel on the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube venue projects for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lewis is also co-founder and Chief Expert of docQbot, the first bilingual AI contract service platform in China. He is also co-founder of the China Going Global Think-tank (CGGT), an outbound investment information platform.
Meanwhile, Chance Bridge has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with docQbot, the legal tech platform co-founded by Lewis. docQbot provides a suite of bilingual automated contract drafting and review tools as well as other systematized solutions for various categories of legal operations. These non-exclusive cooperation arrangements will allow docQbot to have a testing environment to prove up new solutions and at the same time give Chance Bridge access to the full suite of docQbot’s cutting-edge legal tech solutions.
The move to Chance Bridge represents a homecoming of sorts for Lewis. While serving as the managing partner of the Beijing office of Lovells (now Hogan Lovells), he led the formation of the Sino-Global Legal Alliance (SGLA) in 2007 and was the first chairman of the alliance. Chance Bridge is a member of the SGLA, which is comprised of top regional law firms across all key economic regions of China. The alliance now boasts more than 4500 lawyers in 27 cities, and is recognized as the premier law firm alliance in China.
Ning Zhu, managing partner of Chance Bridge, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Robert to Chance Bridge. He has made tremendous contributions to the development of the legal profession in China over the years, and he has been a mentor to me and to many other senior lawyers in other Chinese law firms, so it is a great honour and privilege to be able to work more closely with him going forward. At Chance Bridge, we pride ourselves on quality and innovation. The cooperation with Robert and with docQbot will help us to speed up our development so we can provide even better service to our foreign and domestic clients.”
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