Mayer Brown is on the verge of striking an alliance with Jintian & Gongcheng in Hong Kong, as the Beijing-based firm prepares to open in the city.

Mayer Brown JSM, the firm’s operating name in Asia since its 2008 merger with Hong Kong’s Johnson Stokes & Master, is awaiting approval from the Law Society of Hong Kong to form an association that would give it access to a large number of Chinese clients that are increasingly looking to invest overseas. A Mayer Brown spokesperson said the firm didn’t know when the approval would be granted.

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