03 August 2017

Morgan Lewis gains approval from Law Society to operate in Hong Kong

Morgan Lewis has received formal approval from The Law Society of Hong Kong to form an association with Luk & Partners solidifying its presence in Greater China.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius's link with Luk & Partners strengthens the firm’s ability to provide services to clients in Hong Kong. The firm applied to The Law Society of Hong Kong to associate with Luk & Partners in February. In China, Morgan Lewis has 70 lawyers working with more than 90 additional lawyers in Singapore, Tokyo, and Kazakhstan. 'Our new association in Hong Kong further underscores Morgan Lewis’s unwavering focus on providing our clients with comprehensive, seamless services across the globe,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “This exciting development also continues our substantial commitment to Asia that has been unfolding over the past three years, as we have expanded our offices in Beijing and Tokyo and have opened our doors in Singapore and Shanghai.'

Asia-Pacific growth

In late 2014, Morgan Lewis significantly grew its Tokyo office with the addition of the leading asset management regulatory practice from Bingham McCutchen. In 2015, the firm secured a key base of operations in the thriving business center of Singapore with its novel combination with The Stamford Law Firm. In 2016, Morgan Lewis significantly expanded its China representative office in Beijing and branch office of Morgan Lewis Consulting in Shanghai with a team of more than 25 lawyers and legal professionals from another global law firm. Last month, the firm appointed Shaobin Zhu as an IP partner in Shanghai focusing on US and cross-border intellectual property litigation.

Broad capabilities

'With Morgan Lewis’s official association with Luk & Partners, we now have firmly in place an elite team of highly respected lawyers with broad capabilities to serve clients with interests in mainland China, Hong Kong, and throughout the vast, economically critical Asia-Pacific region,' said Edwin Luk of Luk & Partners. This year the China team has closed five IPOs in a diverse set of industries, including a $180 million IPO on the Hong Kong Exchange and collaborated with the firm’s Singapore office on multiple dual-listings on the Singapore and Hong Kong exchanges.