Vinson & Elkins Moves Two Beijing Partners to Europe
Beijing partners Paul Deemer and Rob Patterson will transfer to London and Moscow, respectively, offices where each has practiced before. Vinson & Elkins did not say when the moves would take place, only that they were expected to happen soon.
“They will both continue to actively represent clients on Asia-related energy deals while assisting with additional client demands in those offices,” said Hong Kong partner Jay Cuclis, who serves as international coordinator of the firm’s Asia practice.
Deemer will focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and energy-related matters from London, where he previously worked for the firm for 18 years. Arriving in China in 2002, he was part of the Vinson & Elkins team that advised China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, last year on its $8.5 billion joint venture to build and operate an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia with state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co.
Patterson, who is returning to a Moscow office he co-led between 2006 and 2010, will continue his energy and infrastructure practices. He briefly worked as Beijing managing partner between 2012 and this year.
In addition to these relocations, two Shanghai partners will be moving as well. David Blumenthal will relocate to Hong Kong, while Jay Kolb, who presently serves as managing partner of both the Beijing and Shanghai offices, will be based in Beijing.
Vinson & Elkins in July announced plans to close its Shanghai office later this year and consolidate its China practice in Beijing and Hong Kong. Following these moves, the Beijing office will have two partners, a counsel and three associates, according to the Vinson & Elkins website. The Hong Kong office will have 12 lawyers, including four partners. The firm has about 700 lawyers worldwide.