US law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Hong Kong, adding to the firm’s two existing offices in Asia.
The law firm currently has two offices in China: Shanghai and Beijing, which opened in 2006 and 2014, respectively.
The office opening follows the firm’s appointment of three employment litigation and corporate lawyers from Squire Patton Boggs earlier in the month, who bring significant cross border experience to the China practice, according to a statement from the firm.
Partners Tom Liu and Stacie Yee join the litigation practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and partner Jenny Liu joins the corporate and securities practice in San Francisco. Jenny Liu represents private and public companies, investment banks and other financial institutions, in addition to private equity and venture capital firms, as reported by pfm. Although Liu will be located in San Francisco, she will also spend time in Pillsbury’s China offices.
The Hong Kong office will be led by finance partner Paul Jebely, who will serve as manging partner and will be joined by finance associates Luca Denora, Zara Machado and Sharon Nourani.
The Hong Kong team will work with the firm’s other Asian and global offices and focus on disputes, including corporate investigations, white collar defence and US regulatory enforcement matters, alongside transportation finance, private client advisory and technology-focused corporate and securities matters.
At the end of last year, a team of lawyers led by China practice lawyer Tom Shoesmith, who specializes in advising mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, guided a Chinese fund in a $300 million purchase of a semiconductor company.
“We have made great strides and have helped our clients to achieve excellent results in China lately,” Shoesmith said in the statement. “Our intention is to continue building on this momentum, and we’re excited to forge ahead with the skilled team we have in place in Hong Kong.”
Pillsbury previously announced its intention to open in Hong Kong after applying for a license there in March, according to the statement.