Linklaters has elected two new partners across its global network, effective December 1. They are Verity Egerton-Doyle, antitrust and foreign investment, London, and Alex Roberts, technology, media and telecommunications, Shanghai.
Zhao Sheng Law Firm, Linklaters’ joint operation firm in China, has also promoted Ying Zhou to partner in its capital markets, structured finance and derivatives team, effective November 1.
Egerton-Doyle is co-head of Linklaters’ London tech sector and has over a decade of experience across advisory, investigatory and transactional aspects of competition law in the European Union and the United Kingdom. She has significant experience in UK merger control, having been on secondment with the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s mergers division.
She regularly advises on high-profile matters across tech, funds and healthcare, including representing Sony PlayStation in a £5 billion (US$6.35 billion) abuse of dominance competition class action, Viasat on UK merger control aspects of its US$7.3 billion acquisition of Inmarsat, and Qiagen on its proposed merger with Thermo Fisher.
Roberts is Linklaters’ head of TMT in China, advising clients on the tech, data and cyber issues impacting – and sometimes driving – their most strategic cross-border transactions and other commercial situations involving the world’s second largest economy.
With over 11 years in China, Roberts has extensive experience advising financial institutions, corporates, financial sponsors and funds on artificial intelligence, data and intellectual property projects in heavily-regulated sectors including finance, internet services, healthcare and fintech.
Recognized as a leading lawyer on China’s cybersecurity and data protection, Roberts also regularly advises on digitization and data incidents, as well as the increasing convergence between technology, data and ESG.