Merits & Tree Launches Qingdao Branch, Adds Six Partners


From top left: Du Weilong, Wang Shenchen and Eric Zhang

From bottom left: Yao Ying, Lu Xiang and Gao Wei

Merits & Tree Law Offices is launching its Qingdao branch on 19 September to provide services spanning restructuring, construction and real estate and related dispute resolution and corporate equity.

Partners Eric Zhang, Yao Ying, Wang Shengchen and Du Weilong as well as non-equity partners Gao Wei and Lu Xiang will be based in the new office.

Prior to joining Merits & Tree, Zhang, Yao and Du worked at Hai Kun Law Office as partners. Zhang was the founding partner of Hai Kun Law Offices and previously a partner at Hengdu Law Offices. Both Yao and Du have expertise in special assets and insolvency restructuring.

Zhang, who has been practising law for more than 20 years, has extensive experience in real estate, infrastructure and dispute resolution. As a specialist in handling construction contract disputes, he has successfully represented many clients in difficult and complex litigation cases. He has also led a dozen large-scale engineering projects, providing risk preventions and controls.

Yao has provided debt relief and restructuring services for several state-owned enterprises, commercial banks, and large and medium companies. She has resolved debts involving billions of RMB, and assisted local governments and insolvent enterprises in relocating thousands of employees.

With extensive experience in litigation and enforcement, Du has assisted his clients in reclaiming economic losses.

Wang, formerly a partner at Dacheng Law Offices, specialises in dispute resolution, banking and finance, and regulatory compliance. He has represented banks, lease financing firms, factoring and asset management companies on litigation, enforcement, due diligence and other legal services.

Gao, formerly a partner at Hengdu and head of the corporate practice, focuses on dispute resolution, equity investment, designing equity structures, M&A financing, corporate financing and other corporate-related services.

Lu, who also previously worked at Hengdu, deals with dispute resolution in construction and real estate, and provides a full spectrum of services in this sector. He has represented clients in disputes involving more than RMB6 billion (USD82 million).