Melody Yang promoted to partner in Beijing
02 Oct 2017
International law firm Simmons & Simmons has today announced the promotion to partnership* of Melody Yang in Beijing.
Melody is a PRC, New York State, England and Wales qualified lawyer who focuses her practice on asset management and investment funds across a wide range of clients, including international asset managers, Chinese institutional investors and Chinese fund houses. Melody joined Simmons & Simmons in 2010 where she advised on private fund formation (including fund launch under the most recent PFM regime and QDLP program), fund regulatory issues, managed account arrangement, private equity investment, and joint ventures.
Her promotion to partnership comes amidst the recent partner hires in Simmons & Simmons’ Shanghai office – Matthew Durham in August 2017 and May Lu in September 2017. It reinforces the firms’ strong commitment to mainland China. The promotion is also the third internal partner appointment in Asia in the last three years, all of whom were female lawyers.
Ian Wood, head of the firm’s Asia corporate and commercial practice, commented: “Melody’s promotion is very well deserved. She is a longstanding member of our team and has performed a key role in growing the China asset management team during her time at the firm. She has developed a strong following and the depth of her specialist expertise on regulatory developments in China within key sectors is of great benefit to our clients.”
Colin Leaver, head of the firm’s asset management and investment funds sector, added: ‘‘I am pleased to welcome Melody as a partner. Her promotion recognises her strong contribution to our award-winning asset management and investment funds practice, and highlights the increasing importance of the asset management and funds industry in China.”
On her promotion, Melody said: “Having been with Simmons & Simmons for seven years, I am particularly excited about being welcomed as a partner within such an outstanding team. I am looking forward to continuing to support the increasing presence of international and Chinese asset managers in the region.”