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March 26, 2015
BEIJING, March 26, 2015 -- Covington announced today that Grace Chen has joined the firm’s international employment practice in its Beijing office.
Ms. Chen has more than 15 years of experience working at international law firms in China, advising multinational companies on a range of projects including matters relating to employment law and employee benefits. Ms. Chen also has extensive experience representing technology companies in the media, IT, life sciences and clean-technology sectors doing business in China. Prior to joining Covington, Grace was a partner at an international law firm in Beijing.
“Grace brings additional strengths to the core competencies of our Beijing office,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “Many of our corporate clients have important needs for advice on employment law issues in China, and Grace is exceptionally well-suited to provide them with valuable service in this area.”
Covington’s international employment practice helps multinational employer clients manage employment, global mobility and international incentives compliance from London, Washington and Beijing. They advise several Fortune 500 companies and other multinationals on a range of issues, including: post-acquisition integration/acquired rights transfers of employees; the drafting of contracts, codes of conduct and policies; global mobility of employees; international HR data privacy; international enforcement of non-competes; whistle-blower protection; information and consultation obligations and employee misclassification issues.
“Grace understands how multinationals operate. Her experience will help us provide clients with coordinated and practical HR-legal support across Asia, particularly in China which remains a challenging employment market for international companies,” said Christopher Walter, chair of Covington’s international employment practice.
Ms. Chen received her bachelor’s degree at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan; two master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall).
“I am pleased to join such a distinguished firm as Covington,” Ms. Chen said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to advise clients on their most challenging HR and employment law matters.”