Steptoe & Johnson is making its first move into Asia with a new office in Beijing.

Eric Emerson, a longtime Washington, D.C.-based partner specializing in international trade, has relocated to China to become managing partner of the new office, which officially opened on Monday. Joining him will be Susan Munro, a former counsel in O’Melveny & Myers‘ Shanghai office. Munro has a wide-ranging practice handling both transactional and litigation matters for multinational companies doing business in China.