Morgan Lewis takes Dentons talent for regional expansion

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A partner in Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ newly opened Shanghai office said the firm would continue to consider further growth and expansion opportunities in Asia in line with client needs.

news_with_2Corporate transactional partners Mitch Dudek, Todd Liao, Alex Wang, Eddie Hsu and Cindy Pan, plus 18 associates and 12 staff, joined the new office of Morgan Lewis from Dentons’ Shanghai outpost.

“Morgan Lewis has aggressively targeted Asia, opening in Singapore last year through a merger with one of Singapore’s leading firms, the Stamford Law Firm, and seeing a major expansion in Tokyo in 2014, when 10 lawyers joined from Bingham McCutchen,” Dudek told Asia Business Law Journal’s sister publication, China Business Law Journal. “Morgan Lewis also has an office in Beijing, and is one of the few global firms to have two offices in Kazakhstan, the centre of energy and infrastructure projects in Central Asia.

“Moving to Morgan Lewis allows us and our clients to take full advantage of fantastic synergies across practices and geographic regions,” added Dudek. “The firm is especially nimble at assembling and integrating teams of lawyers from across the globe to achieve the optimum results for clients.

Morgan Lewis’ new Shanghai partners have worked together for more than a decade. They joined Dentons in 2011 from Paul Hastings.

“I am thrilled to welcome a team of lawyers who are deeply familiar with China and its business and legal systems,” said Jami Wintz McKeon, global chair of Morgan Lewis. “Shanghai is not only China’s largest city but it is a global financial centre of critical importance to our clients all around the world.”

The firm’s Shanghai office opened on 2 September. It is Morgan Lewis’ second in China and sixth in Asia. The 2,000-lawyer firm now has 29 offices worldwide.