Reed Smith Looks To Further Office Expansions in China


Posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Reed Smith has plans to expand its China practice from Beijing and Hong Kong to include Shanghai as well.  Though Smith has applied for a license to open the office it is not clear when this can be expected to happen.  Obtaining a license to open a second or third office in additional Chinese cities is no easy feat.  After the agreement between China and the WTO it became possible for international law firms to apply for a license to open an office in an additional city, but it is unclear the exact process through which firms have to go.  This opening would be a part of a larger expansion as the firm has also had its eye on Geneva and Singapore for future openings.  Reed Smith first got into the Asian market in 2007 after merging with Richards Butler.  Smith continued its expansion in Asia in 2008 when it took over Dewey Ballentine’s Beijing office (the office chose not to be a part of the firm’s merger with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae).

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