Ropes & Gray expands China practice

The law firm named Marcia Ellis as a partner, its fourth Hong Kong-based hire in the past year.

Ropes & Gray has hired Marcia Ellis as a partner based in Hong Kong.

Ellis comes to Ropes & Gray from D. E. Shaw & Co., where she was its Hong Kong-based chief legal officer for Asia. Ellis has practiced in Asia since 1996 with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and leveraged transactions.

Prior to joining D. E. Shaw, Ellis was a partner at Morrison & Foerster in Hong Kong, where she advised clients on matters including private equity transactions, debt financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ellis has lived for many years in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and written Chinese.

Ellis’ arrival marks the law firm’s fourth Hong Kong-based hire in the past year.

Geoffrey Chan joined the firm from O’Melveny & Myers as a partner in its private investment funds group. Chan’s legal expertise is in the creation of Chinese offshore USD funds and domestic RMB private investment funds.

Arthur Mok who works in the private equity and life sciences division joined from Hogan, where he led their Shanghai office.

Michael Nicklin recently joined as a finance partner in Hong Kong from Weil, Gotshal.