Firms consolidate southern China market

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Chinese law firms have been strengthening their presence in the Greater Bay Area with additional hires and new offices. Beijing-based Jingtian & Gongcheng hired four partners, Li Li, Aaron Zhu, Tan Jiayue and Ye Weian, in its Guangzhou office. The firm now has 11 partners in the Guangzhou office, which was established in 2019.

Xu Bangwei, director of the Guangzhou office, told China Business Law Journal, “The firm would continue to expand and strengthen its Shenzhen and Guangzhou offices and work along with the Hong Kong office to maintain its leading position in areas like capital market, cross-border investment, banking, real estate and dispute resolution.”

Llinks Law Offices opened an office in Shenzhen, its third in mainland China. The Shenzhen office has hired four partners, Alex Huang, Candice Du, Alan Chen, and Sheldon Chen. Their practice areas include investment and financing, M&A, and private equity investment. Llinks aims to further expand its presence in South China and work closely with its Hong Kong office and create a synergy between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Cathay Associates Kejie received an approval from the Law Society of Hong Kong to set up an office in the city. The Hong Kong office will focus on securities issuance and capital markets, M&A, private equity financing and investment, investment funds and family wealth management. This office will be led by He Jie, the managing partner of the firm’s Beijing office.