Chinese firm forges new association in HK

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A Beijing-headquartered law firm has established an association with a newly-formed law firm in Hong Kong.

Jingtian & Gongcheng (J&G) has come to the agreement with L&C Legal, a firm launched in early September by a former senior partner at Mayer Brown JSM. The move came after J&G and Mayer Brown JSM ended their formal association in Hong Kong in August and launched a “global cooperation agreement.”

L&C was established by Elaine Lo, who stepped down as Mayer Brown JSM senior partner in 2016, with former Mayer Brown JSM securities partner Nicholas Chan. Lo negotiated the merger of Mayer Brown and JSM in 2008 as senior partner. Li Fai, previously a senior associate at Mayer Brown JSM, is also a partner of the firm.

L&C specialises in M&A, capital markets, cross-border investment, regulatory and compliance, investigations, and dispute resolution.

“The association witnesses a key step in the strategic development of Jingtian & Gongcheng. The legal service market in Hong Kong is very crucial to us. We trust the association would bring the firm’s practice in Hong Kong to a new height,” J&G said.

J&G, which has offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, has more than 70 partners.