Top Chinese lawyers form all-star firm

By Megan Malloy

25 October 2012 at 11:46 BST

The Anjie law firm is launching next month in Beijing headed by 12 senior lawyers from eight of China's top law firms.

Zhan Hao - one of China’s most respected anti-trust specialists and current executive partner at Beijing-based Grandall law firm - is taking 40 lawyers from his old firm, whilst three partners are leaving Zhong Lun to join the new outfit which will have around 100 lawyers initially.

Reasonable costs

Mr Zhan told the Financial Times that three years ago, most Chinese clients wanted to use foreign law firms but things had changed. ‘Foreign [multinational] companies think Chinese law firms are more experienced now and the costs are reasonable compared with foreign law firms.’

The new firm plans to focus on Chinese clients and set up branch offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen and would also form alliances with law firms in the UK, the US and Belgium. Its focus will be on antitrust, insurance, intellectual property and foreign investment work. 


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