Dallas-based Haynes and Boone has announced plans to open an office in Shanghai, the firm’s first in Asia.

The firm said it had received approval from China’s Ministry of Justice, and that recruitment was underway to staff the office. No date has yet been set for an official launch.
 
Haynes and Boone last fall recruited former O’Melveny & Myers Hong Kong counsel Yan Zhang as a China-focused partner based in San Jose. Zhang will divide his time between Shanghai and San Jose and co-head the Greater China practice with the new Shanghai managing partner.* The firm said it plans to make an announcement soon as to who will lead the office.
 
According to the firm, it has previously represented Chinese clients including Shanghai Press & Publishing Development and the Bank of Communications. The Shanghai office plans to focus on intellectual property, disputes, real estate, and financings.
 
Haynes and Boone has around 525 lawyers, mainly in Texas and California. It also has an office in Mexico City and one through an affiliate firm in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Email: tbrennan@alm.com .
*Correction, 6/6/13: A previous version of this story misstated that Yan Zhang will co-head the new Shanghai office. In fact, he will co-head the firm’s Greater China practice with the new Shanghai managing partner. We regret the error.