Posted on March 9, 2010 at 3:03 AM
Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington-based international trade law firm, has established its first foothold in Asia with the opening of an office in Beijing. While the firm has worked with China extensively in the past, they have not had a branch there until now. The firm believes that the new office will allow it to better serve its Chinese clients along with multinationals doing business in the region. The office will be managed by Eric Emerson, a partner in the firm’s International Trade and China practices, and will advise on anti-corruption (FCPA) issues, export control and sanctions work, litigation and arbitration for Chinese clients engaged in cross-border litigation or dispute resolution, regulatory advice and counseling to non-Chinese companies entering, and doing business in the Chinese market.
Lovells has expanded its presence in Asian though its associated law firm Al-Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers. AYALA has opened up a branch in Jeddah to complement its office in Riyadh. Lovells now is one of the few international law firms to have an office in both lf those two major Saudi Arabian city, and it hopes that the new office will give it a strong base to work with Saudi clients and develop new relationships in the largest Middle Eastern market.
Crispin Rapinet, the firm’s regional managing partner for Asia and the Middle East, commented, “Jeddah has historically been the commercial centre - many of Saudi's largest corporations are headquartered there - and Riyadh the capital and banking hub. As one of the few international firms to have offices in both, we are significantly well-placed to take advantage of the key economic activity in both Eastern and Western Saudi Arabia.”
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