Another international law firm revamps Asia strategy

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Another global law firm is significantly changing its presence in Asia as Winston & Strawn has closed its offices in Beijing and Taipei.

The firm, which still has offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, said the move is to consolidate its operations in the region and to become more efficient. It also said its commitment to Asia remains the same and that it is focused strategic recruiting in the region.

Winston & Strawn opened its office in Beijing in 2009 and its Taipei office in 2014. The firm – which is headquartered in Chicago and has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East – has eight partners in Asia.

Asia managing partner David Hall-Jones works out of both the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. All other partners of the firm in Asia are based in Hong Kong.

Winston & Strawn is the latest international law firm to revamp its operations in Asia. Clifford Chance recently announced a major overhaul of its operations in the Asia Pacific region. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe wound down Hong Kong capital markets practice earlier this year after a nine-partner team transferred to Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Last year, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft closed its offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. In 2015, US BigLaw outfit Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson shuttered its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices.

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