27 October 2017 at 12:13 BST

Kobre & Kim sets up in Shanghai

The New York law firm is going against the trend which saw a number of US law firms close down in China.

Kobre & Kim is opening an office in Shanghai—its first in mainland China. Partner Shaun Wu has relocated from Hong Kong to head up the three strong office. The firm will look to advise on independent internal investigations for multinationals operating in China and dispute resolution for multijurisdictional joint venture disputes between Chinese and foreign parties. The firm has also hired a former US Department of Justice prosecutor to help handle investigations and joint venture disputes related to Asia. This is the firm’s third office in Asia, following the opening of offices in Hong Kong in 2010 and Seoul in 2015.

BVI Chinese role

China-focused disputes and investigations lawyers Shaun Wu and Nan Wang will be resident in Kobre & Kim’s Shanghai office. Mr Wu — a Mandarin and Cantonese speaker with a law degree from Oxford University — focuses on international joint venture disputes and government investigations involving China. In addition to his qualifications as an English solicitor and US-licensed lawyer, Mr Wu is also admitted to practice law in the British Virgin Islands and works closely with Kobre & Kim’s BVI office in handling the many China-related matters in that jurisdiction. Ms Wang is a Shanghai native with a law degree from China, focusing on China-related investigations.

Asian investigations

In addition, former US Department of Justice prosecutor Wade Weems recently joined the firm’s Washington DC office to focus on the firm’s growing number of Asia-related matters. Mr Weems expects to relocate to the Shanghai office upon approval from the appropriate authorities in China. With Mr Weems’ relocation, Kobre & Kim will have four former U.S. prosecutors working in Asia, among its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul offices.The 27-partner firm reported $1.93 million in profit per partner in 2016.


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