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Winston & Strawn expands in China with two new offices

Winston & Strawn expands in China with two new offices

17 November, 2009

Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that it is taking the next step in a period of expansion in China by opening offices in Beijing and Shanghai. The office expansion into mainland China was approved on October 21 by the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Justice and follows the opening of Winston's Hong Kong office at the end of 2008.

The firm's Beijing office is led by Xiangyang Ge, a prominent corporate and regulatory attorney who was formerly with another major international firm. Ge's largely cross-border mergers and acquisitions practice focuses on natural resources and assisting multinational clients acquiring businesses or assets in China, as well as assisting large Chinese companies seeking opportunities outside of China. Ge also has significant experience advising companies on PRC government relationships and regulatory issues involving corporate, antitrust, environmental, energy, crisis management, product liability, and foreign investment matters. Ge has an active client base in Beijing and Shanghai, and will be spending significant time in both offices.

"These additional offices not only significantly extend the firm's footprint in Asia, but also add to our already strong team of sophisticated attorneys and to the quality and breadth of our capabilities there. China clearly plays an important role and we are excited about the opportunity to provide more comprehensive service to our clients there," said Thomas Fitzgerald, Winston & Strawn's managing partner. "We expect to continue our strategic expansion on a global basis—and in regions widely viewed as having the greatest growth opportunities for the firm as well as its corporate clientele. As the world market continues to rebound from last year's downturn, we see Asia, and China particularly, continuing to play an increasingly important role."


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