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Pinsent Masons has formed an alliance with a Chinese firm so that it can expand the amount of construction clients it acts for.
Pinsents has signed an agreement with Beijing Hesen Law Firm, which is led by construction lawyers Ye Wanhe and Elvis Zhou.
This alliance is in addition to three of its own offices across Greater China and a referral relationship with Salans, which has its own Chinese presence.
A spokesperson explained: “International law firms are restricted in what they can do because of licensing rules. This agreement allows us to have the capability of working with domestic lawyers.”
Pinsents established its first local office in Hong Kong in 1983 and since then it has added offerings in Shanghai (2002) and Beijing (2007), growing to a total of 57 lawyers across the country.
Pinsents senior partner Chris Mullen said: “This is an important development for the firm and our projects and construction offering to our clients. The cooperation between our market-leading practice with two of China’s leading construction partners will also help us to deliver on our strategy of extending our international reach.”
Ye Wanhe said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the leading international construction firm. This cooperation will allow us to make available a level of experience that has not previously been available to construction companies in China.”