Wilson Sonsini targets Beijing for third China office

US technology-focused firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has opened an office in Beijing, its third in Greater China after Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The firm’s Beijing office will be headed by partner Li Kefei, who joined the firm last April from Skadden’s Beijing office where he was a counsel. Li’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions and corporate and he has experience representing private equity firms.

“Besides being the regulatory centre in China, Beijing is a hub for technology companies and growth enterprises as well as capital markets, private equity, venture capital, and cross-border M&A activities,” said the firm’s co-managing partner Jack Sheridan in a statement. “That confluence makes it a natural fit for the firm and critical to serving the diverse needs of our clients in the region.”

In addition to corporate lawyers, the Beijing-based team will also include a number of IP and licensing lawyers to assist clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, the firm stated.

Wilson Sonsini opened its first Asia office in Shanghai in 2008 and launched a second one in Hong Kong in 2010 (23 August 2010). Earlier this year, its China practice took a hit when US rival Covington & Burling hired a team of five from its Shanghai and Silicon Valley offices, including Shanghai-based partners Eva Wang and Michelle Edwards (9 February 2012).