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So far this year, four global firms have pulled back from operating in mainland China, either by closing offices or severing ties with a partner firm. While the coronavirus outbreak—which initially had a larger impact in Asia—certainly exacerbated the challenges in China, the moves by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Stephenson Harwood, McDermott Will & Emery and Vinson & Elkins are part of a continuous trend of global law firms reassessing their China practices as the market changes.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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