Legal Business

Magic Circle chase Chinese law as Linklaters launches Shanghai spin-off


The decision by Linklaters to spin off part of its Shanghai office in a bid to then merge with it at a later date, comes as part of a significant push by Magic Circle firms to practise local law in China.

Having already scoped out the local market for a suitable target to form a joint venture with under new Shanghai Free-Trade Zone (FTZ) rules, which permit domestic law firms to tie-up with international giants and practise local law, Linklaters has decided to go it alone.