Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has announced it will open an Beijing office on March 1.

The practice will focus on international trade matters, particularly in oil and gas, investor-state arbitration, commercial arbitration, foreign direct investment and public international law.

Washington D.C.–based partners William Barringer and Daniel Porter will spend part of their time in Beijing leading the practice. Two associates will relocate from the United States to work in the new office full-time. The firm has also hired two Chinese trade analysts.

The new office will be the first in China for the New York–based firm. In a press release, the firm said its international trade lawyers have represented the Chinese government and companies in several global trade disputes over the past 10 years.

“Our direct presence in Beijing will enable us to work more directly with this important client base and to introduce Curtis to potential clients throughout China and Asia,” said Barringer.

Curtis has about 300 lawyers in 16 offices around the globe.