Rumors are flying that Gibson Dunn will soon open an office in China. Thelawyer.com is reporting that the firm intends to follow up its new Dubai branch with a Chinese one, citing a sound-bite from a higher-up stating that the firm is “continuing to look at Asia.”
Baker & McKenzie has announced the hiring of six attorneys for its China IP practice. These attorneys include senior associates Maria Smith, Angeline Lee, and Sian Bowen as well as associates Gloria Poon and Annie Tsoi, all of whom will work in Hong Kong. Senior associate Clement Ngai will work in the Shanghai office.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has announced the opening of a new branch in Shanghai.Michael Hickman, who previously headed the firm’s Hong Kong branch, will be managing partner of the new office, which will house five attorneys.
Weil, Gotshal, & Manges has announced that it plans to open a new office in Hong Kong later this month. The office will specialize in transactional practice and is designed to work in tandem with the firms already established Shanghai office. The firm also has plans to open an office in Beijing.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has announced that they will open an office in Dubai, UAE, by the end of the year. According to representatives of the firm, this move makes sense as a solidification of their existing Middle Eastern practice. Gibson Dunn now has 14 offices, including five non-US branches.