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Duane Morris launches in Shanghai through JLV

But awaits approval to open foreign representative office

9 January 2014

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Duane Morris has announced today that it is establishing an office in Shanghai through Duane Morris & Selvam, its joint law venture in Asia.

The firm is currently awaiting approval from China’s Ministry of Justice to open its foreign representative office.

“Shanghai represents the natural next step in our long-term strategy for the region,” said Duane Morris’ chair and CEO John Soroko.

“It is our intent to be a key facilitator of Chinese companies seeking to invest abroad. Additionally, many of our clients have shared with us their intense interest in entering the Chinese market or in actively developing their existing investments there. We are now even better positioned to help them achieve those goals.”

Leon Yee, managing director of Duane Morris & Selvam, will serve as chief representative of the new office. He will be joined by Chong Eng Wee, an associate director in Singapore. The office will open with five lawyers in total.

“Our new, on-the-ground Shanghai team will assist Chinese companies interested in international markets and clients looking to seize the business opportunities offered by the complex and rapidly developing Chinese marketplace,” said Yee.

The Shanghai practice will focus on facilitating outbound investment for Chinese corporates. It will also support foreign aspects relating to inbound investment and work with local law firms on domestic aspects.

The launch marks the third international opening for Duane Morris in the past year. Last March, the firm opened its first office in the Middle East through a joint venture with Dr. Said Al Mashaikhi and Partner Law Firm in Oman. In September, Duane Morris became the first US-based firm to establish a presence in Myanmar.

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