McKenna Long & Aldridge has announced plans to open a Shanghai office.
The firm is in the process of applying to China’s Ministry of Justice for permission to launch a representative office in the city, according to a statement.
The statement did not say how far along McKenna Long & Aldridge was in the application process, or when it expected to receive approval from the Chinese government. A firm spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
The Shanghai office will advise on U.S. legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, securities deals, and intellectual property matters.
The firm presently has a China practice comprising 14 lawyers, including seven partners, led by Atlanta-based Tom Wardell. The China team advises Chinese companies on their U.S. business ventures, especially in capital markets.
McKenna Long & Aldridge was formed in 2002 when Washington, D.C.-based McKenna & Cuneo merged with Atlanta-based Long, Aldridge & Norman. The firm currently has 575 lawyers working in 15 offices, two of which are outside the United States: Brussels and Seoul. The Seoul office opened last March.