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Slaughter and May has reaffirmed its commitment to its Hong Kong practice after it lost its second corporate partner from the office in the past three months.
Slaughters practice partner David Frank told The Lawyer that Paul Chow's move to Linklaters was motivated by Linklaters' presence in mainland China.
"Paul's always been very keen on having a presence in Shanghai and Beijing in terms of the potential for business," said Frank. "Our strategy has always been to maintain friendships with firms in China and other foreign jurisdictions, and that will remain the same. We're committed to our Hong Kong office in the medium to long term."
Chow, a specialist in M&A, capital markets and IPOs, is set to join Linklaters on 18 April, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (8 March). His departure is the first time Slaughters has lost a partner to a rival firm in Hong Kong.
The move comes after Richard Jones left Slaughters in January to join the in-house department of the firm's longstanding client GE Consumer Finance.
Both Chow and Jones were salaried partners at Slaughters.
Linklaters Greater China managing partner Zili Shao said: "In combining Paul's practice with our existing teams in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, we're even better positioned to support our clients who are interested in inbound or outbound investment in China."
Chow said China was set to be a growth area for corporate work over the coming years.
"As clients increasingly see their future being linked with developments in China, Linklaters' investment and commitment to be number one in Greater China and Asia makes it the ideal opportunity for me," he said.