Handel Lee is a partner of King & Wood Mallesons, the largest law firm based in Asia with over 2700 lawyers, including 1000 in China. He is a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons, Mr. Lee was the Managing Partner of Vinson & Elkins’ China Practice and Chief Representative of Skadden Arps’ Beijing office.
Mr. Lee represents U.S., European, and PRC clients on mergers and acquisition and private equity transactions in such industries as energy/resources, infrastructure, real estate, retail, and manufacturing. A practice area focus of Mr. Lee’s is representing PRC clients in offshore acquisitions in the energy and natural resource industries.
Professional acknowledgements Mr. Lee has received include: Who’s Who Legal 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 as a leading M&A lawyer in China; Asian Legal Business 2007 and 2008 as one of China’s Top 30 Lawyers; and Euromoney’s 2003, 2001 and 1999 Expert’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers, as the leading lawyer in China in three categories: Project Finance; Power; and Oil and Gas.
Mr. Lee obtained his BA (with distinction) from the University of Virginia and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1989.
Mr. Lee is a member of Board of Visitors of Georgetown University Law Center, member of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, member Board of Directors Soong Ching Ling Foundation / Pearl S. Buck Charitable Foundation China. He was granted the Mont Blanc Foundation Patron of the Arts Award in 2006. He is also a Member of the Committee of 100.