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James Lu Joins Sidley’s Life Sciences, Corporate, & ECVC Practices as Partner

Sidley welcomes James Lu as a partner in the Corporate Practice in Century City. He was a partner at Cooley LLP, as well as co-founder of its Shanghai office and the head of its corporate practice. Mr Lu’s addition comes on the heels of his former Cooley colleague, Daniel Elefant, joining the firm from Softbank Investment Advisers in San Francisco.
Mr. Lu focuses on representing leading companies and their venture capital and private equity investors, especially in the life sciences and technology sectors. He also has extensive experience advising clients on private and public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions, especially cross-border transactions involving multiple jurisdictions.
“James is the trusted advisor that every client —and law firm— wants on its team. He combines market leading intelligence from two continents with a range of transactional expertise,” said Dan Clivner co-leader of the firm’s global M&A and Private Equity practice. “Many of our partners have worked with James and couldn’t be happier to call him ‘our partner.’”
“James’ experience working cross-border deals will add great value to the firm and our clients,” said Brian Fahrney, co-leader of the firm’s global M&A and Private Equity practice and a member of Sidley’s Management Committee. “His focus on life sciences and technology supports the areas in which we are already experiencing tremendous growth.”
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Lu held marketing and business development positions in the life sciences industry. He specialized in commercialization and had more than a decade of experience working with scientists and technology transfer professionals to transform ideas into successful products.
Sidley’s pioneering Global Life Sciences practice comprises an experienced team of over 200 lawyers across numerous legal disciplines in our offices around the world.
Sidley is an elite global law firm with US$3 billion in revenue powered by lawyers who practice at the highest level of the profession. Backed by 156 years of experience, we deliver superior service to a high-caliber group of market-leading clients worldwide, while placing a premium on collaboration and diversity. Our firm boasts a roster of more than 2,100 lawyers who wield deep experience in litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters spanning over 50 legal disciplines and industries. With 21 offices situated in major commercial and financial capitals around the world, our lawyers possess the cultural awareness and legal acumen needed to advise clients in today’s global economy.

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