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By adding the Shanghai-based firm Zhang Yu & Partners to its international network, Osborne Clarke established its first base in mainland China.
The Chinese firm Zhang & Yu Partners was set up by Guohua Zhang, formerly a consultant on secondment with Osborne Clarke’s Hong Kong associated firm Koh Vass & Co, and Steve Yu – ex-managing partner of a major US law firm’s Shanghai office. Both of them have extensive experience in advising western and Asian companies on complex cross-border transactions and international trade relating to China.
Together they will lead a team of six lawyers trained in China, UK and US who specialize in IT, data and employment law, focusing on opportunities for clients in the digital business and consumer products sectors as well as offering cross-border advisory services for Osborne Clarke’s sector clients with requirements in mainland China. The Shanghai office will work together with Koh Vass & Co in Hong Kong to offer service for clients across China and internationally.
Osborne Clarke started its Asian expansion in 2014. It established a close working relationship with BTG Legal in India in 2014, and entered the Hong Kong market by associating with Koh Vass & Co in 2015. In 2016 it launched an association with local firm Queen Street Legal in Singapore.