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Stamford Law Corporation is launching in Beijing and Guangzhou, following a bulk hire of Chinese specialist lawyers from rival Singapore firm Colin Ng & Partners. Tan Chong Huat, who leads the team, will join Stamford as a director (the equivalent of a partner) and is bringing with him around six other lawyers. They will all join the firms Chinese practice. Premises for the new offices have already been found, with an opening date imminent. Initially they will be staffed by one or two lawyers. The firm also plans to eventually open in Shanghai. "What weve come to realise is that, while in the past weve conducted a China practice without an office in China, today it is difficult to have a credible serious practice without a presence there," said Stamfords senior director Lee Suet Fern. Tans clients include a number of international heavyweights such as Sun Microsystems, Toyota, Fuji Film, ESPN and Autodesk. He is also a legal adviser to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange and a qualified arbitrator with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. The firm has also taken on a new corporate director Yap Wai Ming. Yap was previously a partner at Drew & Napier, but has spent the last two years qualifying and practising in Kuala Lumpur.