Hylands hires trio, acquires firm to grow Beijing and US markets

From left: Hao Zhiguo, Wang Qi, Du Guodong

Hylands Law Firm hired three partners at the end of January to boost its Beijing services and expands its overseas blueprint with the establishment of a San Francisco office through an acquisition.

Hylands laid out a bigger picture in February, acquiring the US-based Law Offices of Andrew H. Dai as the San Francisco branch, which will make it the second overseas office.

The new branch provides legal services for wealth management, trust, commerce, corporate, immigration, civil litigation and real estate.

New partners, Hao Zhiguo, Wang Qi and Du Guodong, would join the Beijing headquarters and strengthen the firm’s business on dispute resolution, intellectual property (IP) and international trade.

As a qualified patent attorney, Hao focuses on IP, particularly specialising in dealing with patents and relevant disputes. He had worked for China’s National Intellectual Property Administration, Beijing Guozhi Patent Warning Consulting, the courts and as an IP agent.

Wang specialises in advising state-owned companies, banks, trust companies, securities agencies and insurance firms on complex deals involving asset management, corporate equity, and commercial contracts.

Du, who practised at Dentons China and Anli Partners, is well-versed in areas of cross-border debt collection, dispute resolution involving international trade, import/export compliance, and supply chain compliance business.

He was invited by the EU to advise on issues relating to the EU’s accession to the Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters.