HFW boosts transactional expertise in Shanghai

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has hired senior partner Brinton Scott and of counsel Danielle Peng in Shanghai to grow its Greater China transactional practice.

Scott joined from Winston & Strawn, where he was Shanghai managing partner for nine years. He has worked in China for almost 25 years, and is the current chair of the legal committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Scott advises large multinationals and investment funds on corporate matters.

Peng was legal senior director for Asia-Pacific at the US automotive systems and components company Cooper Standard, where she managed legal affairs in China, South Korea, India, Japan and Singapore for four years. She advises multinationals on cross-border M&A and foreign direct investment.

“We’ve been fortunate to bring in some fantastic corporate lawyers in China over the past few years and feel that we’re building something really special here,” said head of HFW’s Shanghai office, partner Nick Poynder.

HFW was one of the first international law firms to open an office in China, in 1978. It launched a transactional practice in Shanghai in 2019.