Wilson Sonsini has added lawyers in China since Chang's departure. Partner Zhan Chen came from Davis Polk & Wardwell in April, and partner Khoon Jin Tan came to the Hong Kong office in September from the China investment banking group of Macquarie Capital. Clark said he does not expect the firm to hire any more lawyers in China in the immediate future.
"We are going to focus on building the practice with the existing team," he said.
Wilson Sonsini has about 15 lawyers in China, four of whom are partners, a spokeswoman said. Zeughauser said the firm seems to have opened "rep offices" in China, where the aim is to build relationships rather than handle a large volume of work.
"Like everyone else, they are still building their status in China," he said.