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China’s Zhong Lun Law Firm is opening a 15th office—this one in the thriving city of Hangzhou.

Three Beijing partners led by finance partner Yuan Ting are spearheading the effort. Corporate partner Li Ya and private equity partner Michael Zhang will work alongside Yuan. All three will split time between Hangzhou and Beijing.

The office aims to provide full service advice including corporate, finance, restructuring and real estate to clients’ needs in Hangzhou and neighboring areas. Hangzhou is the capital of eastern China’s affluent Zhejiang province and is home to ecommerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The city has a strong private economy and has attracted multinationals such as Qualcomm Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Siemens A.G. to set up shop. It also hosted the most recent meeting of the G-20, the the group of finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s major economies created to discuss key issues related to the global economy.

 The office has been approved by the local chapter of the Chinese justice ministry. Official opening is expected, Yuan said.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Zhong Lun had held discussions with Hangzhou-based energy and projects specialist Sunshine Law Firm for a potential merger following the office launch. Yuan declined to comment on the merger talks.

Hangzhou is Zhong Lun’s ninth office in mainland China after Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing and Qingdao. The firm has six overseas offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Last year, the firm elected Beijing partner Zhang Xuebing as managing partner and chair of a seven-partner management committee. Zhang succeeded Beijing partner Wu Peng, who had been the firm’s managing partner for the past three years. Zhang, a cofounder of Zhong Lun, had served as managing partner for two terms between 2006 and 2013. Shanghai partner Anthony Qiao was elected executive partner of the firm.

According to the most recent China 35 survey, Beijing-based Zhong Lun was the third largest-grossing firm in mainland China in 2015, with $315 million in revenue. The firm has about 1,300 lawyers across all offices.

China’s Zhong Lun Law Firm is opening a 15th office—this one in the thriving city of Hangzhou.

Three Beijing partners led by finance partner Yuan Ting are spearheading the effort. Corporate partner Li Ya and private equity partner Michael Zhang will work alongside Yuan. All three will split time between Hangzhou and Beijing.

The office aims to provide full service advice including corporate, finance, restructuring and real estate to clients’ needs in Hangzhou and neighboring areas. Hangzhou is the capital of eastern China’s affluent Zhejiang province and is home to ecommerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The city has a strong private economy and has attracted multinationals such as Qualcomm Inc. , Cisco Systems Inc. and Siemens A.G. to set up shop. It also hosted the most recent meeting of the G-20, the the group of finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s major economies created to discuss key issues related to the global economy.

 The office has been approved by the local chapter of the Chinese justice ministry. Official opening is expected, Yuan said.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Zhong Lun had held discussions with Hangzhou-based energy and projects specialist Sunshine Law Firm for a potential merger following the office launch. Yuan declined to comment on the merger talks.

Hangzhou is Zhong Lun ’s ninth office in mainland China after Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing and Qingdao. The firm has six overseas offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, New York , Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Last year, the firm elected Beijing partner Zhang Xuebing as managing partner and chair of a seven-partner management committee. Zhang succeeded Beijing partner Wu Peng, who had been the firm’s managing partner for the past three years. Zhang, a cofounder of Zhong Lun , had served as managing partner for two terms between 2006 and 2013. Shanghai partner Anthony Qiao was elected executive partner of the firm.

According to the most recent China 35 survey, Beijing-based Zhong Lun was the third largest-grossing firm in mainland China in 2015, with $315 million in revenue. The firm has about 1,300 lawyers across all offices.