Maritime firm Ince & Co. has launched its second mainland China office, in Beijing. The London-based firm, which also has an office in Hong Kong, relocated litigation partner Wai Yue Loh from Shanghai to Beijing to head the new office.
Ince & Co.'s Beijing office will focus on both contentious and non-contentious matters related to shipping and international trade.
"A base in the business and political heart of the PRC not only provides proximity to our clients' operations in Beijing and in northern ports such as Tianjin, Dalian and Qingdao, but also assists us in maintaining close relationships with government authorities," said Loh, in a statement.
Loh advises ship managers, charterers and ship owners on their disputes and issues related to ship sales, policy coverage and international trade. He joined Ince & Co. as a Hong Kong associate in 2008 and moved to the firm's Shanghai office in 2010, before making partner last year.
In Beijing, he will be assisted by associate Murphy Mok, who also moved from the Shanghai office.
Ince & Co. first launched its Hong Kong office in 1979 and opened in Shanghai in 2000. The Shanghai office has 17 lawyers, including four partners, and the Hong Kong office has 24 lawyers, including four partners.