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Asia Pacific

No. of Lawyers: 36
Offices: 2

Pharmaceuticals and the general life sciences sector were behind CMS’ move into Beijing in September 2012, adding to its existing presence in Shanghai. The firm cited expansion plans in China by the pharmaceutical multinationals as a “huge market opportunity”, with the country on the verge of becoming “one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical powerhouses”.

Nick Beckett, the firm's life sciences group head was appointed to lead the firm's push into the Chinese capital. He said at the time of the launch that: “China is an especially attractive mergers and acquisitions destination for European and US drug-makers hoping to ride out the wave of imminent patent expirations. It is a prime location for companies looking to diversify their pipelines and make up for any shortfall.”

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160 Aldersgate Street

Turnover (£m): 679.30
No. of Lawyers: 2,335
No. of Lawyers (Asia Pacific): 36
Offices (Asia Pacific): 2