Bristol-based law firm Osborne Clarke has announced that it has brought Shanghai-based Zhang Yu & Partners into its international network, becoming the latest UK firm to establish a presence in mainland China.
The announcement serves as a further signal that law firms will continue to globalise even if law remains the province of the nation state, enforced by courts and police within borders, with international law remaining weak by comparison. The move is also a further indication of the strength of demand for British professional services from developing world nations, particularly among fast-growth East Asian nations such as China, South Korea, and Singapore.
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Law firm Osborne Clarke has brought in newly-launched Shanghai-based Zhang Yu & Partners into its network, providing it with a presence in mainland China for the first time. The firm, which was established in Bristol in 1748, previously launched an association with OC Queen Street in Singapore last year and an association with Koh Vass & Co in Hong Kong in 2015. Zhang Yu & Partners is being set up by Guohua Zhang and Steve Yu who together have more than 30 years of experience, including advising western and Asian corporations on complex cross-border transactions and international trade relating to China. The firm will initially focus on opportunities for clients in the digital business and consumer products sectors as well as offering cross-border advisory services for Osborne Clarke's sector clients with requirements in mainland China.