Law firms boost PE teams in New York and China

Shearman & Sterling and White & Case have announced new private equity hires in New York and Beijing.

Shearman & Sterling, an international law firm, has appointed Brien Wassner as an M&A partner in its New York office.

Wassner advises on private equity investments, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, going-private deals and joint ventures.

He joins from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, another international firm, where he was a corporate partner for almost two years, according to his LinkedIn profile. His clients have included EQT, BlackRock and Fengate Capital Management, a Canadian alternative asset manager.

In Beijing, White & Case, an international law firm, has appointed Andre Zhu as a private equity partner. He joins from global rival Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where he was counsel for two years.

Zhu advises GPs and LPs on cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, including US going-private transactions and private equity transactions. His previous clients include The Carlyle Group.