James Lu joins Sidley Austin in Century City

12 October 2022

James Lu joins Sidley Austin in Century City

Lu was co-founder of Cooley’s Shanghai office and head of its corporate practice before move.


James Lu has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice in Century City in Los Angeles. He was previously a partner at Cooley, as well as co-founder of its Shanghai office and the head of its corporate practice.

Lu’s addition to Sidley comes on the heels of his former Cooley colleague, Daniel Elefant, the firm from Softbank Investment Advisers in San Francisco.

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, 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 global life sciences practice comprises an experienced team of over 200 lawyers across numerous legal disciplines in our offices around the world. The 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.


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