Bryan Cave review threatens Hong Kong office

US firm Bryan Cave is undertaking a full-scale review of its Far East practice, which is expected to result in a significant downsizing of its Hong Kong office.

Bryan Cave’s 12-lawyer Hong Kong base currently has a full service offering and advises clients on inbound investments into China. Following the review it is expected to focus on a couple of niche areas, including private client work.

The firm’s London resident manager, partner Charles Attlee, confirmed the review.

“We certainly expect to downsize our Hong Kong office,” he said. He declined to comment on whether any Hong Kong-based lawyers would be made redundant.

Last year, fellow US firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Dewey Ballantine abandoned their Hong Kong offices as a consequence of the region’s continued economic slump.

Bryan Cave’s review is due to be completed by the end of the month.