DLA Piper opens in Beijing with Coudert crew

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is finally open for business in Beijing after the Chinese Ministry of Justice approved its licence application.

The granting of the licence follows DLA Piper’s plundering of the Beijing practice of Coudert Brothers earlier this year. The team from Coudert included China practice managing partner Jingzhou Tao, who will head the DLA Piper Beijing operation and steer the mainland China operation.

The office will have four partners including M&A specialist Janet Tang, IT and communications partner Rocky Lee and corporate and capital markets expert Matt Adler.

Beijing gives DLA Piper its third office in greater China. The Shanghai operation, led by partner Roy Chan, has three partners and twelve fee earners while the Hong Kong team includes 21 partners and 90 fee earners.

Asia managing partner Nick Seddon said: “The opening of DLA Piper Beijing will build on our existing strengths and make us one of the leading China practices serving local Chinese and multinational clients. Coudert’s China operations were considered a jewel in the crown of the firm and we are pleased to add this impressive capability to DLA Piper’s global network and our fast-growing China operation.”

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up the majority of Coudert Brothers’ Chinese practices following the decision to end Coudert’s global operations and now operates in China under the Orrick Coudert banner.