Blank Rome closes in Hong Kong

By Neasa MacErlean

31 July 2013 at 08:29 BST

Blank Rome has become the latest firm to reduce its office footprint in Asia - through the closure of its Hong Kong office.

Blank Rome HK managing partner has joined Bryan Cave in HK zhu difeng

The US firm will, instead, be routing is China work through its office in Shanghai. The managing partner of the Hong Kong office, Kristi Swartz, has joined the Hong Kong office of Bryan Cave. Managing partner of Blank Rome told Legal Week: 'In response to client needs and local economic forecasts, we are determined that Blank Rome will remain focused on China from its Shanghai office while we look to expand further in the United States and elsewhere in the world.  We anticipate a solid 2013 and hope to grow our global capabilities, particularly in corporate law, intellectual property, maritime and litigation.' Blank Rome's Hong Kong office was opened seven years ago. It opened in Shanghai in 2011. There are about 500 lawyers in the firm.


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