Shanghai firms merge to form enlarged Boss & Young

Shanghai-based Boss & Young and JoinWay have merged to form a 200-lawyer firm under the banner of Boss & Young.

The two firms merged on 16 January upon approval from the Shanghai Justice Bureau. The combined firm has 50 partners and 200 lawyers across Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan and Chongqing. It will be one of the largest Chinese firms headquartered in Shanghai, after AllBright Law Offices and Grandall Law Firm.

The enlarged firm is headed by Boss & Young’s managing partner Xu Guojian, who founded Boss & Young in 1999 and specialises in banking law.

Over the past 15 years, Boss & Young has built up notable practices in corporate M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, private equity, funds and IP.

JoinWay was formed in 2010 through the merger between two Shanghai firms, Zhongjian and Zhonghui. It has a track record in property, real estate, construction and dispute resolution practices.

The newly combined firm has an estimated annual revenue of Rmb134m (£13.4m).

The new firm will continue its business in the current offices of the two legacy firms and will move to new premises in July 2014.