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I read with interest the article entitled, “The Road to China — Firms Explore Their Options For Cracking Coveted Market” in your June 7 edition. My firm, Davis Wright Tremaine, certainly agrees that China, the world’s third-largest economy and the fastest growing, is a very important place to be. I thought you might find our experience to be interesting. We were in fact the first United States law firm approved by the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China to open an office in Shanghai. As compared with the firms mentioned in the article, which have entered China only very recently or are just now considering a China strategy, last year we celebrated the anniversary of our 10th successful year in Shanghai. In 1992, the Chinese government adopted a regulation permitting foreign law firms to establish law offices in China. Because of our firm’s longstanding relationship with China and the outstanding reputations of Jerry Zhu and Jim Fang in the Shanghai legal community, the Shanghai Bureau of Justice recommended that Davis Wright Tremaine be granted permission to open a law office in Shanghai. In 1993, the Ministry of Justice in Beijing named our firm as the first U.S. firm with legal authority to maintain a law office in Shanghai. Today, our firm’s China practice group consists of 11 lawyers and several Chinese-speaking legal assistants and translators who devote all or a large portion of their practices to China business. Seven lawyers participate in staffing our Shanghai office. Several of the lawyers who staff our Shanghai office were born and raised in China. All have received U.S. legal educations and are admitted to practice law in the U.S.; several also received their legal education in China. We represent both China companies that do business in the United States as well as U.S. companies that do business in China (both “in-bound” and “out-bound” legal work). The work we do is amazingly varied, including implementing joint ventures; structuring, negotiating and documenting strategic alliances; mergers and acquisitions; and representing China companies involved in litigation or arbitration in the U.S. Thank you again for a very interesting article. Martin L. Fineman San Francisco You can send Letters to the Editor to The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; by fax at (415) 749-5549; or at [email protected].

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