Sheppard Mullin picks Shanghai for first overseas office

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has chosen China as the location for its first international offering.

The Los Angeles-headquartered firm has parachuted in former Coudert chairman David Huebner as its regional managing partner in Shanghai. It has also raided local firm AllBright for the launch.

The new Shanghai office will be Sheppard Mullin’s first overseas operation, although it already has US-based teams for Israel, Italy, Latin America and South Korea, as well as for China.

Firm chairman Guy Halgren said: “Many of our clients have operations in China and are pursuing aggressive growth plans there. It is natural for us to establish a footprint in China to provide the support and guidance that our clients require on both sides of the Pacific.”

Huebner, a dispute resolution partner, has extensive Asian experience. He joined Sheppard Mullin after the implosion of Coudert, where he was firm chairman from 2003 to 2005.

As well as Huebner, Sheppard Mullin are transferring special counsel Xudong Ni from the firm’s Washington DC office. Sheppard Mullin also raided local firm AllBright for a special counsel, William Zheng, and a senior legal consultant, Michael Zhang.