Fenwick & West opens first overseas office in Shanghai

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has expanded overseas for the first time with the launch of a Shanghai office.

The US technology and life sciences-focused firm has launched a representative office in Shanghai after receiving the licence from China’s Ministry of Justice. The launch comes a year after the firm hired China partner Eva Wang from Covington & Burling’s Shanghai office. 

Wang will be leading Fenwick’s new office, which has five other US-qualified lawyers.

Prior to joining Covington & Burling in February 2012 (9 February 2012), Wang was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Shanghai office and before that she served as general counsel and vice president of legal affairs at Spreadtrum Communications, a NASDAQ-listed Chinese semiconductor company. Her practice focuses on US corporate and securities law for Chinese technology companies.

“The move to open an office in Shanghai is very much driven by client demand,” said Fenwick chairman Richard Dickson. He added that the expansion is in response to increasing work for technology and life sciences clients based in China as well as US companies doing business in China.

In addition to the six lawyers residing in Shanghai, the firm has 16 other lawyers in its China practice based in the US.

Fenwick & West, which regularly advises US technology giants such as Facebook (24 February 2014) and King.com (24 February 2014), has also worked on US deals by Chinese companies. Recent deal highlights include representing the special committee of the board of Chinese online video game operator Giant Interactive in a pending $3bn take-private transaction from the New York Stock Exchange and acting for Spreadtrum in its $1.8bn acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup.