The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped several elite global firms from acting on long-held plans to move into Northern California, while other firms are taking advantage of the upheaval in the marketplace to boost their own presence in the world’s fifth-largest economy.

Since the start of June, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison revealed its intention to open a San Francisco office and Freshfields announced its arrival in Silicon Valley with five partners recruited from highly regarded players. The last several months have also seen Haynes and Boone, U.K.-based insurance specialists Kennedys, and financial services boutique Murphy & McGonigle open up doors in San Francisco for the first time.