Hong Kong.
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Chinese firm Haiwen & Partners is planning to open a Hong Kong office—a move that comes nearly a year after the firm launched in the neighboring city of Shenzhen.

Shenzhen partner Lu Guiping is spearheading the effort to open in Hong Kong. Lu, who is qualified in Hong Kong, China and the United States, will register a Hong Kong law firm and enter into an association with Haiwen. The office aims to capture Hong Kong law work in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions.

The firm has also hired counsel Andrew Wood from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he is now an associate advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He joined Freshfields in 2010 from Eversheds. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Wood will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

The Hong Kong office is designed to have about five partners and an additional 10 lawyers. Pending regulatory approval, the official launch is expected in February.

Once opened, Hong Kong will be Haiwen’s fourth office, after Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The firm opened its Shenzhen office in December 2015 with the hire of Lu, who was formerly Hong Kong-based counsel with Latham & Watkins. The Shenzhen office now has 12 lawyers, including two partners.

Haiwen is the latest mainland Chinese firm to enter Hong Kong. Most of the firm’s main domestic rivals, including King & Wood Mallesons, JunHe, Fangda Partners and Zhong Lun Law Firm, set up Hong Kong offices some time ago.

Last year, Haiwen served as Chinese counsel to longtime client Postal Savings Bank of China on its $7.4 billion listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; the deal was the world’s largest IPO in 2016.

Email: azhang@alm.com.

Chinese firm Haiwen & Partners is planning to open a Hong Kong office—a move that comes nearly a year after the firm launched in the neighboring city of Shenzhen.

Shenzhen partner Lu Guiping is spearheading the effort to open in Hong Kong. Lu, who is qualified in Hong Kong, China and the United States, will register a Hong Kong law firm and enter into an association with Haiwen. The office aims to capture Hong Kong law work in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions.

The firm has also hired counsel Andrew Wood from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer , where he is now an associate advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He joined Freshfields in 2010 from Eversheds . Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Wood will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

The Hong Kong office is designed to have about five partners and an additional 10 lawyers. Pending regulatory approval, the official launch is expected in February.

Once opened, Hong Kong will be Haiwen’s fourth office, after Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The firm opened its Shenzhen office in December 2015 with the hire of Lu, who was formerly Hong Kong-based counsel with Latham & Watkins . The Shenzhen office now has 12 lawyers, including two partners.

Haiwen is the latest mainland Chinese firm to enter Hong Kong. Most of the firm’s main domestic rivals, including King & Wood Mallesons , JunHe, Fangda Partners and Zhong Lun Law Firm , set up Hong Kong offices some time ago.

Last year, Haiwen served as Chinese counsel to longtime client Postal Savings Bank of China on its $7.4 billion listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; the deal was the world’s largest IPO in 2016.

Email: azhang@alm.com.