Legal News

United States Law Firms Taking Interest in China
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: As the number of probes increase in Hong Kong, so do the number of United States lawyers as U.S.-based firms look to enter the legal market.

United States law firms are doing their best to boost their presence in Hong Kong of late, according to a report from Bloomberg.


The city is home to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP, all of whom have added lawyers in the city since the investigation into GlaxoSmithKline Plc began.

“Hong Kong and Asia weren’t traditionally seen as a hot spot for U.S. litigators,” said Bradley Klein, an investigations lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. “In the last 3 to 5 years, that’s changed completely.”

“This opened up a new front and the risk of having to juggle multiple investigations in multiple jurisdictions,” Klein said in regards to the Glaxo case.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

Glaxo was fined $489 million last month for its role in bribing doctors to help the sales of its drugs following an investigation that took 15 months to complete. The fine was the largest corporate penalty in the history of the country, according to Xinhua News Agency.

“The Chinese Communist Party led by President Xi Jinping is fighting for its survival and credibility by cleaning up,” said Martin Rogers, who joined Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong last year. “This is at least a medium-term anti-corruption campaign which will involve more and more international companies.”

Rogers also said that his firm is advising five global banks on issues related to hiring practices. He said the work being done by Davis Polk should continue into 2015.

Matthew Newick is the head of Asian litigation and dispute resolution for Clifford Chance LLP LLP LLP in Hong Kong.

“In the past a problem was identified and investigated,” he said. “Now issues like rate-rigging become the theme of the day and regulators everywhere will ask our clients ‘do you have such a problem? This leads to industrial-scale investigations.”

How many more firms will enter into Hong Kong? Share your opinions using our poll.

How Many More U.S. Law Firms Will Enter Hong Kong?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Image credit: Clifford Chance



Real Estate Closing Secretary


As a Closing Secretary you will assist homebuyers, borrowers, sellers, and Realtors with the real es...

Apply now

Legal Secretary

USA-NY-New York City

Approximate Salary: Not Specified Location: New York, New York Job Type: Legal Secretary Po...

Apply now


USA-LA-Baton Rouge

LITIGATION PARALEGAL Job Description Immediate opening: Downtown law firm seeking experienced ...

Apply now

Legal Secretary


Seeking a full time legal secretary in a small firm located at the Jersey Shore. Prior law firm expe...

Apply now




Search Now

Housing Finance Associate Attorney


Minneapolis office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a housing finance associate at...

Apply Now

Senior Intellectual Property Litigation Associate Attorney


Philadelphia office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a senior intellectual propert...

Apply Now

Senior Intellectual Property Litigation Associate Attorney


Atlanta office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a senior intellectual property lit...

Apply Now


To Top