Latham & Watkins longtime corporate partner David Lee has jumped to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in its Orange County, Calif. office where he will focus on domestic and cross-border M&A work.

Lee’s corporate practice involves work on capital markets, private equity, emerging companies, and venture capital, including debt offerings, initial public offerings and follow-on offerings.

Michael Flynn, partner in charge of Gibson Dunn’s Orange County office, which is located in Irvine, commended Lee’s work and his reputation in the local legal market in Southern California.

“He also has strong relationships in the Chinese and Chinese-American business communities,” Flynn said in a statement. “His extensive experience across an array of sectors, ranging from healthcare to cleantech to energy, will make him a valuable addition to our corporate department.”

While much of his practice is focused on the local legal market in Orange County, about a third of Lee’s practice deals with cross-border issues with China.

Gibson Dunn is “a great fit for my cross-border practice,” Lee said, noting that the firm is well-primed to support that portion of his practice with its offices in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Amid the U.S.-China trade war, lawyers will be called upon to navigate the complex tangle of laws and other barriers within the cross-border marketplace, he noted.

“The trade war is front and center for a lot of buyers and sellers,” Lee said.

Lee joined Latham in 2004 after graduating from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. Lee also earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2004.

Prior to joining Latham, Lee had been a certified public accountant in the audit and valuations department of Price Waterhouse as well as controller and vice president of finance at AES NewEnergy, a subsidiary of AES Corp.