Troutman Sanders will be the first Atlanta-based firm to open in mainland China. The new office will be in Shanghai, China’s financial and commercial center. Troutman has had an office in Hong Kong for 10 years; it was this office’s success and amount of business dealing with Shanghai that led to the move to open on the mainland. Edward J. Epstein, a partner in Hong Kong, will be the new office’s managing partner; Hong Kong and Richmond partner, Coburn R. Beck, will also be a key player. Eleven attorneys from other firms’ China offices have already been recruited, and more are expected to join later.
Global firm Holland & Knight recently added Richard H. Lawrence III as partner resident in its International and China Practice Groups in its Beijing office. Fluent in Mandarin, Lawrence has extensive experience in China-related matters. He is a member of the Hong Kong Law Society and has advised clients on a variety of banking, coporate, and commercial issues. Among the world’s 15 largest firms, Holland & Knight has over 1,150 attorneys in 17 offices worldwide.
Soon after the announcement of the opening its new London office, Heller Ehrman recruited three corporate lawyers from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Richard Eaton, Christopher Grew and Struan Penwarden will join the three Heller Ehrman partners already chosen to open the new office. The three Wilmer Cutler attorneys’ practices deal with emerging companies and corporate technology. The firm will be recruiting associates and aims to have 25 lawyers in London by the end of ’07. Already present in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore, this office will be the firm’s fourth outside the U.S.
Davis Polk & Wardwell just opened its third Asian office. The new Beijing site comes after offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Even before having an office in China, the New York-based firm has advised in some of the biggest deals in the country. Davis Polk & Wardwell has about 640 attorneys worldwide.