Clifford Chance begins China assault with four in Shanghai

Clifford Chance has boosted its mainland corporate China practice by hiring four associates to its Shanghai office.

The magic circle firm has hired Vivien Teu, Patrick Phua, Colleen Ryan and Ming-Yen Yip as associates in its Shanghai office.

Teu, a senior associate, will join from Australian firm Deacons. Phua will join from fellow Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Ryan is set to leave Kirkland & Ellis and Yip will join from Singapore law firm Rodyk & Davidson.

Clifford Chance has ambitious plans to double in size in mainland China within the next five years to more than 100 lawyers, particularly targeting native Chinese lawyers who have gone abroad to study and work before returning home.

The firm also has long-term plans to team up with a Chinese law firm as soon as the Chinese government allows it.