DLA Piper targets Beijing in plan to grow Asian arm

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is set to launch in Beijing by the end of the year as it poaches a Clifford Chance partner for its Hong Kong office.

DLA Piper has put in an application to set up an office in Beijing. The plan is to open with up to 10 fee-earners by the end of the year should the application be successful. The focus for the practice will be on corporate and capital markets work. The Beijing opening will provide the firm with its second operation in China besides the firm’s Hong Kong operation.

DLA Piper has also snared Clifford Chance corporate and capital markets specialist Matt Adler for its Hong Kong office. Adler has worked in China since 2000, representing domestic companies on private and public securities offerings in the US. His deals include the first Nasdaq IPO by a Chinese company.

Adler will help in establishing the Beijing office before moving to the Chinese capital when DLA Piper opens in the city.

DLA Piper already has a large Asian presence, boasting offices in Bangkok, Shanghai and Singapore, in addition to Hong Kong, with more than 100 lawyers in the region.

The firm has undertaken an aggressive recruitment drive, with new hires including those of Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya, the former managing partner of Coudert Brothers Bangkok, White & Case corporate duo Minh Dang and Kevin Murphy and IP specialist Justin Davidson from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.