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Leading Litigator, Mimi Yang, Joins Ropes & Gray in Shanghai
Move Enhances Service to Clients with Business Interests in Asia

The global law firm Ropes & Gray announced that Mimi Yang will join the firm’s Shanghai office as counsel, and will be part of the firm’s securities and complex business litigation group. Ms. Yang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and has been lead counsel for numerous Chinese clients and multinational companies with business interests in China during her career.

Ms. Yang was most recently with Morrison & Foerster where she specialized in securities class actions, internal and government investigations (including FCPA and SEC enforcement matters), complex commercial litigation, and financial services litigation. She is a graduate of New York University Law School and received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“As U.S. and Chinese companies become more intertwined, we continue to see an increasing amount of litigation involving companies across the region,” said Ropes & Gray Shanghai managing partner Arthur Mok. “Mimi brings a breadth of experience handling securities litigation, FCPA and other government investigations and is a welcome addition to the firm’s Shanghai office.”

Among Ms. Yang’s many accomplishments, she defended China International Capital Corp. (Hong Kong) Ltd. (“CICC”) in a significant securities fraud dispute with BayStar Capital Management and Core Pacific-Yamaichi International (H.K.) Limited and achieved a dismissal, with prejudice. She also obtained a favorable settlement for Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. (China’s largest television manufacturer) in a $400 million breach of contract action.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mimi join our practice group. Her broad expertise, particularly in securities-related disputes, will be a great benefit to our clients as we continue to expand the practice in different regions,” said Ropes & Gray securities litigation practice group leader Randy Bodner.

“I am very excited to join Ropes & Gray,” said Ms. Yang. “The firm has a strong and growing track record in Asia and is renowned for its securities litigation and enforcement work. My experience working for Chinese companies and multinationals with Chinese business interests will strengthen our offering to clients.”

Ropes & Gray opened its Shanghai office in July 2011 and now has 16 attorneys in residence. The firm has experienced increasing client demand in Asia and recently announced several significant developments designed to provide comprehensive client service, including:

  • Opening the first-ever international law firm office in Seoul in July 2012, with partner William Yongkyun Kim being registered as the first foreign legal consultant in Korea;
  • Adding veteran corporate partner Gary Li to the firm’s Hong Kong office in May; and
  • Becoming formally licensed to practice Hong Kong law, also in May.

The firm’s growing record of success in Asia has earned it numerous awards. Asian Legal Business recognized Ropes & Gray for “Deal of the Year” for China in 2010 and for Japan in 2011, 2010 and 2009. Chambers and Partners has recognized the firm’s corporate, private equity and intellectual property practices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. The Financial Times has noted the work of our securities litigation group in its “Innovative Lawyers” report. Ropes & Gray is one of only two firms to be cited by Law360 as a “Securities Group of the Year” in both 2012 and 2011. Chambers and Partners has also recognized Ropes & Gray’s securities litigation practice in the United States in 2012 and 2011 and the addition of Ms. Yang to our practice in Shanghai will help broaden our reach into Asia.

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