Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) is to launch in Hong Kong tomorrow (1 October) through an association with newly-created local firm Lister Swartz.
EAPD's corporate and regulatory insurance partner Martin Lister has set up the new firm with Hong Kong lawyer Kristi Swartz, who ran independent firm Swartz Solicitors.
EAPD managing partner Walter Reed said: "Hong Kong is the right place for us to be and this is in direct response to the needs of our increasingly global client base. I'm pleased that Lister Swartz will lead EAPD's efforts in Hong Kong."
In addition to Lister and Swartz, the new office will be serviced by a trainee solicitor and two paralegals.
EAPD co-chair of insurance and reinsurance David Kendall said Hong Kong is looking to grow beyond five fee-earners in a relatively short period of time.
"The plan to grow at the moment is more opportunistic than a set plan but we will be focusing on building the corporate and litigation practices," said Kendall.
As The Lawyer revealed (28 April ), EAPD had put Hong Kong, along with Tokyo, among its top priorities following its merger with London firm Kendall Freeman at the beginning of this year.