Pinsents identifies Bejing for launch of second China base

Pinsent Masons has announced plans to launch a new office in Beijing later this year as part of a renewed push into China.

The firm has applied to the Chinese Ministry of Justice for the necessary licence for the premises, which is set to be staffed by one partner and three associates who will specialise in construction and engineering, projects and foreign direct investment.

International operations manager Tony Bunch said the firm was moving into China to capitalise on growing business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Beijing is still the centre of political and commercial power, and we felt that to be a major player on the mainland we needed to be in Beijing as well as Shanghai,” he said. “The significant growth in our Far East business, as well as work we’re undertaking for Chinese companies internationally, means we’re spending more time working in Beijing.”

The move comes a month after Pinsents expanded its Asian operations, poaching two corporate heavyweights and a senior China-qualified lawyer for its Hong Kong and Shanghai practices.

Pinsents hired Clyde & Co partner Dale Fischer, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary partner Andrew Lui and Boss Young consultant Amanda Yao in December.