People’s Republic of China

The People’s Republic of China is fast becoming the hottest new jurisdiction for international law firms as the Chinese government looks to open up the local financial and legal markets to foreigners.

Clyde & Co and Norton Rose are both moving into Shanghai after securing local licences earlier this month, while Pinsent Masons has revealed that it will launch in Beijing later this year. The Lawyer’s inaugural special report on China will examine this dynamic, expanding market, particularly in terms of the increasing level of private equity and venture-capital investment following the Chinese government’s decision last year to lift restrictions on local residents raising funding from offshore.

It will also debate the impact of the country’s new Company Law, which came into force on 1 January.