King & Wood Mallesons has elected Zhang Yi as its new China chairman, succeeding founder and global chairman Wang Junfeng. Wang will continue his global chairmanship and become honorary chairman of KWM China.
Since 2015, Zhang has co-led the Hong Kong partnership with Hayden Flinn. He transitions to leading the China partnership with managing partner Wang Lin after his election at the recent KWM China Partners Conference in Beijing.
Zhang joined the firm in 1996 and was a member of the second, third, fourth, and fifth KWM China management committees. He is in his early 40s, relatively young to become a senior leader at a Red Circle firm in China.
KWM said that choosing younger outstanding partners for leadership positions is part of a conscious effort to rejuvenate the management ranks of the firm. KWM China said that in February, it has promoted or laterally hired 30 new partners, bringing the firm’s global partner count to 520.
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