Minter Ellison expands China presence with Beijing launch

Australian firm Minter Ellison has launched an office in Beijing, the firm’s third in Greater China.

The firm’s major projects and infrastructure head in Asia Sam Farrands will initially be the chief representative of the office, supported by special counsel Andrew Thomson and associate Kevin Zhou.

Tim Knowles, who will join Minter Ellison as a senior associate from Allens Arthur Robinson on 6 September, will also join the team in Beijing.

As well as Beijing, Minter Ellison has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, which opened in 1999 and 2000 respectively, though the firm has operated through alliances in Hong Kong since the early 1980s.

“We’re excited to add Beijing to our platform in the region,” said John Weber, Minter Ellison’s chief executive partner. “China’s growth potential is immense.  It has an enormous appetite for foreign assets that are key to its burgeoning economy and increasingly Chinese clients are turning to Hong Kong to access capital for business development on the mainland.”

Melbourne and international managing partner Mark Green said: “As China’s administrative, policy and regulatory hub, Beijing’s an important centre. Having a Minter Ellison office here is both a strategic move and the next logical step for us in China.

“Our key focus in Beijing is to work with clients on outbound M&A and inbound and outbound investment opportunities. This will complement the work of our broader Greater China team and be supported by senior partners in other offices who have a very strong track record of success with more than 35 Chinese outbound transactions completed in the past 18 months.”