SHENZHEN, July 5, 2023: Following approval on June 13, 2023 by the China Ministry of Justice, Morgan Lewis will open an office in Shenzhen to further connect technology and life sciences companies in the region to the firm’s full service and industry capabilities throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. As Morgan Lewis’s fourth office in China and its eighth in Asia, the Shenzhen office will expand the firm’s intellectual property (IP) reach in China, with the team litigating the full range of IP cases, including patent and trade secrets disputes, as well as drafting and negotiating license agreements and commercial contracts and leading transactions and due diligence.
“Shenzhen is a major hub of China’s technology industry with the highest density of startups of all the mainland cities in China, and it is a staging ground for large high-tech companies from all over the world,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Our lawyers are already working with dozens of clients operating in and connected to this market, and this further demonstrates our continued commitment to serving our clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, including biotechnology. Our team on the ground will collaborate closely across our offices in Asia and with our global technology and life sciences industry teams to bring our cross-practice, cross-jurisdictional capabilities for inbound and outbound matters to the forefront for our clients.”
Having opened the firm’s first office in China more than 17 years ago in Beijing, Morgan Lewis is now one of a select number of global law firms with four offices in China, which include lawyers in mainland China and Hong Kong who have practiced together for well over a decade.
Shaobin Zhu, Partner, commented:
“Shenzhen is home to many of the world’s innovators and global technology companies. Having an onshore presence demonstrates that we are committed to serving all of our clients’ needs, including those clients that we already work alongside with interests in the region. We are committed to the wider business community as they increasingly look to grow their businesses globally and require a broader set of legal services.”