SINGAPORE - Global law firm Morgan Lewis has established a new office in Shanghai, its sixth in Asia and second in China, as well as its 29th worldwide.
The new office gives Morgan Lewis Stamford - the combination of Singapore-based Stamford Law and Morgan Lewis - a substantial foothold in China.
In addition to securing a key base of operations in Singapore with the establishment of Morgan Lewis Stamford in 2015, Morgan Lewis considerably expanded its Tokyo office in late 2014 with the addition of lawyers from Bingham McCutchen.
These offices, along with Morgan Lewis offices in Beijing, and in Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan, serve clients across Asia.
"This new Shanghai office underscores Morgan Lewis' commitment to grow our presence in Asia. I am thrilled to welcome a team of lawyers who are deeply familiar with China and its business and legal systems," said firm chair Jami McKeon.
"Shanghai is not only China's largest city but it is a global financial center of critical importance to our clients all around the world."
The new 35-member Shanghai office team is led by global corporate transactional lawyers Mitch Dudek, Todd Liao, Alex Wang, Eddie Hsu, and Cindy Pan, and includes 18 other legal professionals and 12 professional staff.
The office offers clients a comprehensive range of legal services to fulfill their transactional, merger and acquisition, real estate, private equity, and fund formation and investment needs.
Other services include advising on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, technology licensing, intellectual property protection and enforcement, and labour and employment.
"Our new Shanghai office not only represents a significant expansion of our services to all our clients with interests in China and markets throughout Asia, but also serves as a conduit for China companies interested in expanding to other parts of Asia and globally," said Mrs Lee Suet Fern, senior director, Morgan Lewis Stamford.