Latham & Watkins LLP reports that David Blumental has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate Department. He will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, and will spend significant time in the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices in China, as well as in other Asian countries, as he helps expand Latham’s pan-Asian oil and gas practice.
Blumental’s practice spans cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, joint ventures, project development and financing, and private equity investments focusing on oil and gas, LNG, infrastructure, and mining. He advises clients on a wide range of cross-border energy and natural resources transactions, including upstream oil and gas, LNG supply agreements, petrochemicals, chemicals, and mining projects in China, North and South America, Africa, Russia and the CIS, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
In addition to advising on transactional matters, Blumental counsels clients on cross-border litigation, arbitration, compliance, and corporate governance matters involving Chinese or other Asian parties. He also works with clients in other industries including real estate, retail, manufacturing, and telecommunications.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Shanghainese, Blumental joins Latham & Watkins from Vinson & Elkins in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College, a Certificate in Graduate Studies from Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University, and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies from Beijing University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California at Berkeley.