International round-up: Fieldfisher opens third China office as Pinsents settles Madrid dispute

International round-up: Fieldfisher opens third China office as Pinsents settles Madrid dispute

Ever-expansive Fieldfisher has bolstered its presence in Asia having opened a third office in China, while Pinsent Masons has settled a dispute with its former Spanish best friend firm over its Madrid outpost.

Fieldfisher’s new office in in Guangzhou, which will focus on corporate, M&A, dispute resolution and IP work, is staffed by a seven-lawyer team from local firm Geenen Law Office. Continue reading “International round-up: Fieldfisher opens third China office as Pinsents settles Madrid dispute”

Breaking China – Bird & Bird signs co-operation agreement with local leader AllBright

Breaking China – Bird & Bird signs co-operation agreement with local leader AllBright

It has achieved long-term revenue growth through sustained international expansion – particularly in Asia in recent years – but Bird & Bird has made what it will consider a significant step forward for its ambitions in the region – a non-exclusive co-operation agreement with leading Chinese firm AllBright Law Offices.

The deal, which will see both firms work together on a preferred supplier arrangement, will enable Bird & Bird to build deeper relationships with Chinese clients. As part of the agreement, Allbright Law Offices will gain a base in Europe, with the firm opening its own operation within Bird & Bird’s Fetter Lane headquarters, staffed in the medium term by a permanent representative. Continue reading “Breaking China – Bird & Bird signs co-operation agreement with local leader AllBright”

Hogan Lovells becomes third firm to launch in Shanghai Free-Trade Zone

Hogan Lovells becomes third firm to launch in Shanghai Free-Trade Zone

Association with Fidelity Law to lead to joint office offering Chinese law advice

Hogan Lovells is the third international law firm to enter the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone (FTZ) after agreeing an association with local outfit Fujian Xiamen Fidelity Law Firm in October.

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

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.

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Linklaters calls off China merger hunt as partnership backs Shanghai spinoff

Linklaters calls off China merger hunt as partnership backs Shanghai spinoff

Linklaters‘ partnership has decided against pursuing a fully-fledged merger to secure credible China law coverage and voted through plans for a local spin-off set to launch later this year.

Three PRC lawyers in Linklaters’ Shanghai arm are set to create their own firm, which Linklaters will form a best friend agreement with. With talks having fallen through with Shanghai Capital Law & Partners and Shanghai Kai-Rong Law Firm at the end of last year to form a JV under new rules of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, the new firm will enter into a ‘joint operations’ agreement once local regulators allow. Continue reading “Linklaters calls off China merger hunt as partnership backs Shanghai spinoff”

China’s offshore push: Linklaters picks up high-profile mandates

China’s offshore push: Linklaters picks up high-profile mandates

Linklaters continues to leverage its relationships with Chinese banks and corporates, winning four high-profile capital markets mandates as the country internationalises its economy.

With China looking to open up an offshore renminbi debt market, Linklaters won the race to handle the People’s Bank of China debut international bond sale, a move that will act as a calling card for Chinese mandates in the future.

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