Gordon Dadds, the U.K.’s second law firm to list publicly, has opened its first overseas office in Hong Kong.
The London-based firm has hired real estate lawyer Alan Ma to lead the Hong Kong office. He joins from his own practice, Maxwell Alves Solicitors, a boutique firm specializing in China-related commercial, real estate and immigration matters. That firm has now closed as Ma joined Gordon Dadds.
Ma, who founded Maxwell Alves in London in 2003 and also operated in Hong Kong, is joined in the move to Gordon Dadds by lawyer Ghulam Marium Butt.
Gordon Dadds managing partner Adrian Biles, who is also chief executive of the firm’s listed parent company Gordon Dadds Group, will also spend time in the Hong Kong office.
Ma said in a statement that China has always been an important market for Gordon Dadds and that the firm aims to make the Hong Kong office a significant part of the business and advise Chinese companies’ expansion abroad.
Gordon Dadds will practice English law in Hong Kong as a foreign law firm; the firm is also awaiting regulatory approval for a local law association, according to a filing with the London Stock Exchange.
Last year, Gordon Dadds became the second publicly traded law firm in the U.K. with a $25 million listing on the Alternative Investment Market, London’s junior stock exchange, via a reverse takeover of marketing company Work Group. In 2015, Gateley plc became the first law firm in the U.K. to go public after listing on the AIM market, with Keystone Law, Rosenblatt and Knights plc following over the past 12 months.
Besides offices in London and Hong Kong, Gordon Dadds also has a 16-lawyer office in Cardiff in South Wales as a result of its February acquisition of local firm Thomas Simon. The firm reported £31.24 million, or $40 million, in revenue for the 12 months ended March 31—up 25 percent year-on-year.