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I read with interest the article entitled, ” Latham latest to set up shop in Shanghai” in your April 12 edition. My firm, Davis Wright Tremaine, was 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 are just now considering a China strategy, in 2004 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 12 lawyers and several Chinese-speaking legal consultants and translators who devote all or a large portion of their practices to China business. One of the most recent attorneys to join our China practice group is Gary Locke, the former governor of the state of Washington. Gov. Locke’s understanding of Chinese-American business dynamics has made a leading resource for companies throughout the world. China is the world’s third-largest economy and the fastest growing. We represent both China companies that do business in the United States as well as U.S. companies that do business in China (both “inbound” and “outbound” legal work). The work we do is amazingly varied, including implementing joint ventures; structuring, negotiating and documenting strategic alliances; mergers and acquisitions; and representing Chinese companies involved in litigation or arbitration in the U.S. Thank you again for a very interesting article. Martin L. Fineman San Francisco

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