Jurisdiction - China
Duane Morris To Launch Shanghai Office.

9 January, 2014


Duane Morris LLP announced today that it is establishing an office in Shanghai through Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, its joint law venture in Asia. The firm is awaiting approval from the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Justice to open its foreign representative office. The launch marks the third international opening for Duane Morris since the beginning of 2013. 


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


“This is truly an exciting milestone for us,” Yee said. “Though our emphasis has been on Southeast Asian markets since the formation of Duane Morris & Selvam, we’ve heard from clients repeatedly that they wanted us to provide an avenue into China. 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.”


“Our launch in China builds upon the firm’s substantial growth and successes in Asia during the past several years, as well as our extensive experience handling China-focused matters for numerous multinational companies,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO John J. Soroko. “Shanghai represents the natural next step in our long-term strategy for the region. 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.”


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