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Ince & Co has expanded its Greater China footprint with the launch of a third office in Beijing.
The Beijing office will be headed by contentious shipping partner Wai Yue Loh, who has been relocated from the firm’s Shanghai base. Beijing is the firm’s third location in Greater China after Hong Kong and Shanghai, and its fourth in Asia. The new office will provide clients with both contentious and non-contentious shipping and international trade legal advice, the firm said.
Loh said the city was an increasingly important location for international shipping firms. “A base in the business and political heart of the PRC not only provides proximity to our clients’ operations in Beijing and in northern ports such as Tianjin, Dalian and Qingdao, but also assists us in maintaining close relationships with government authorities,” Loh said in a statement.
He joined the firm in Shanghai in 2010, having previously worked in the firm’s Hong Kong office. The firm said he will be joined by associate Murphy Mok who will also relocate from Shanghai to Beijing.
Ince & Co is one of the few shipping and insurance-focused UK firms to have a presence in Beijing, ahead of its closest rivals, such as Holman Fenwick Willan and Clyde & Co.
It opened its first Asia office in Hong Kong in 1979, and a second office in Singapore in 1991. It entered into mainland China in 2000 by setting up an office in Shanghai. In order to provide clients with advice on Singapore law and representation in the Singapore courts, the firm entered into a Formal Law Alliance with Singapore firm Incisive Law in 2011 (7 April 2011).