US firm Latham & Watkins has opened a base in Beijing, meaning its presence in the region now numbers five offices.
The firm said the transactionally focused outpost in China’s administrative, policy and regulatory hub would be important for its long-term growth plans in the region.
“The growth potential in China and the Asia region is immense and we’re excited to add a Beijing office to our platform,” said Bob Dell, chairman and managing partner of Latham.
David Miles, a Hong Kong-based member of the firm’s executive committee, said the firm had been steadily building its platform in Greater China with a combination of US, Hong Kong and English law.
“The opening of a Beijing office is another sign of our commitment to the region,” Miles added.
The new Beijing office has been launched without a dedicated managing partner. Instead, it is currently being run as part of Latham’s Greater China practice under the leadership of Asia head Miles. A number of partners, counsel and associates have transferred to staff the Beijing office alongside some local recruits.