Baker & McKenzie Celebrates 10 Years in Shanghai

24 May, 2013

Baker & McKenzie’s Shanghai office today celebrates its 10th anniversary. More than 100 guests will join the celebration in Shanghai, including clients, government representatives and friends of the Firm.  The Firm’s Global Chairman Eduardo Leite and members of the Executive Committee will also be present.

Welcoming the guests, Danian Zhang, Chief Representative of the Firm’s Shanghai office says, “When we established the office in 2003, we set out our mission to become the trusted legal advisor on China-related matters. For 10 years, the Shanghai office has served the local and global needs of Chinese companies, and advised many multinational companies on their inbound investments. As we celebrate our first ten years of commitment and success, we’d like to thank our clients for their confidence and trust.”

“China has surpassed US to become the world’s biggest trading nation. As China moves from investment and exports toward consumption, its new model will require more sophisticated financial and legal services to support its economic growth. With a global network of 73 offices in 46 countries, we will continue to draw on our global experience and local knowledge to assist our clients to tackle regulatory and business issues from all legal angles, and provide them with a holistic and commercially pragmatic solution,” Mr. Zhang adds.

Speaking from Shanghai, Eduardo Leite, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee says, “China has undergone dramatic transformation in the last decade. We are proud to have been a part of China’s growth story, and we look forward to continue bringing our international capabilities to assist both Chinese and multinational clients as they adapt and grow in these times of change.”

Baker & McKenzie was among the first group of international law firms to establish a presence in mainland China (Beijing office in 1993 and Shanghai office in 2003). The offices provide counsel and representation across all aspects of corporate and commercial law. The Shanghai office has acted on many of the country’s landmark transactions, including Shanghai Jin Jiang Hotels’ acquisition of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group’s joint venture with Hong Kong Anschutz Entertainment Group to operate the Shanghai World Expo Performing Arts Centre, Tian Ping Auto Insurance Company Limited’s strategic alliance with AXA, eBay’s strategic collaboration agreement with Xiu.com, China Eastern Airlines’ joint venture with Qantas to set up Jetstar Hong Kong.

The Firm is also involved in nurturing the growth of the legal profession in Shanghai. The Shanghai office has been offering scholarship programme to students of Fudan University and East China University of Political Science and Law since the office’s inception. Ranked among the country’s most respected law firms, Baker & McKenzie was among the first group of foreign lawyers to be invited to become a member of the Shanghai Bar Association.

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