Clydes launches JV in China’s third largest city Chongqing

Rapid expansion continues at Clyde & Co. As revealed on The Lawyer today the firm has entered a joint venture with Chongqing firm West Link Partnership. Clydes will now be the first international commercial firm to have a presence in south west China.

It is the first UK firm to enter Chongqing, a city the size of Austria with 30 million inhabitants – the largest city in China by population.

The move comes just a month after Clydes moved into Indonesia through a joint venture with seven-partner Jakarta firm Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS) and a little more than six months after it was granted a licence to set up shop in Beijing.

Asia will be a core battle ground for Clydes under the leadership of James Burns who will formally step into the senior partner role next month. He replaces longstanding managing partner and Clydes stalwart Michael Payton, who will become chairman of the firm.

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