AnJie looks west to continue expansion

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Asenior executive of Beijing-headquartered AnJie Law Firm said the firm’s newly launched Shenzhen office is not the end of an expansion that may see the firm target western China next.

Zhan Hao, managing partner of AnJie, told China Business Law Journal that Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen were China’s most economically developed cities and their demands for legal services were also the strongest. So it was a natural choice to open AnJie’s third office in Shenzhen, following the Beijing and Shanghai offices.

“AnJie will maintain the status quo for a while,” he said. “Many Fortune 500 companies have set up branches in Chengdu, and the city’s economic development has been rapid in recent years. AnJie has already launched offices in northern, eastern and southern China. For the need of our future development, we may set up an office in Chengdu as our branch in western China.”

The launch of the Shenzhen office continues AnJie’s strategy to develop into a national law firm. The office houses about 20 fee earners, including three partners. Catherine Guo, who leads the new office, said it would focus on practice areas including capital markets, funds, private equity, cross-border M&A, foreign direct investment, banking, insurance, asset securitization, antitrust, and litigation.

“The Shenzhen office will introduce partners with rich experience and an accumulation of clients in the relevant fields to expand its scale, implement a corporate value with ‘positive energies’ to strengthen its cohesion, and lay its position in the industry by providing high quality and efficient legal services,” she said.

AnJie was established by 12 founding partners and now has about 200 lawyers, consultants, paralegals and supporting employees.

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