De Brauw moves in with Slaughters and Uria for Beijing launch

Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is launching an office in Beijing, taking on space in the same building as that occupied by best friends Slaughter and May and Uría Menéndez.

The firm will open its doors in Beijing on 29 March, after Chinese authorities granted the firm’s license at the beginning of the month.

The office will be headed by corporate partner Geert Potjewijd and associate Rogier van Bijnen, who will both relocate from Amsterdam. They will work closely with Chinese law firms.

According to the firm, the move will allow De Brauw to develop its practice in relation to European and Chinese clients and to strengthen cooperation with Chinese firms.

De Brauw managing partner Martijn Snoep said: “As an independent international law firm we’ve always had a global view on our law practice.

“We strongly believe that with this presence we can further improve our services to our Chinese and other Asian clients for investments into Europe. Furthermore, we’ve seen an enormous increase in our European clients’ operations in China and other Asian countries. Opening this office is a logical next step in our international strategy.”

The move to Beijing has been in the pipeline for come time, with the firm planning its launch at the same time as Slaughters and Uria (16 September 2008). De Brauw initially hoped that a licence would be granted by mid-2009.

The firm’s other best friends, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Bredin Prat and Hengeler Mueller, are also supporting the project.