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Gianluca D'Agnolo, formerly a Beijing-based associate at Freshfields, will head Chiomenti's Beijing office, which has just been granted its licence by the Chinese Ministry of Justice.
London-based Chiomenti corporate partner Luigi Bendi will also be parachuted in to open the 10-lawyer office in Beijing with D'Agnolo. The office will offer both Chinese and Italian law.
The office will be Chiomenti's fourth overseas base. The firm already has operations in London, New York and Brussels.
A firm statement revealing that the Chinese authorities had granted Chiomenti a licence stated: "With the opening of its Beijing office, Chiomenti aims to assist Italian and European companies which carry out investments in China as well as Chinese companies which intend to invest in Italy and Europe."
The news comes as Chiomenti's rival Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners launches an Italian-based Chinese and India group in order to develop the firm's practice in those regions.
No one at Chiomenti was available for comment at press time.