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Beijing DHH Law Firm has formed an association with a local firm in Hong Kong, the third major Chinese firm to do so in recent months.

DHH entered into an association with YTL in late August. The Hong Kong firm has three partners—Alfred Leung, Stewart Wong and James Yeung—as well as four consultants, focusing on corporate transactions and dispute resolution. The firm was founded in 2014 by Leung, a former corporate associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Wong, who specializes in mergers and acquisitions, joined the firm last year after stints in-house, including at Hong Kong-listed luggage maker Samsonite International S.A. as counsel from 2009 to 2016. Before going in-house, he practiced at Baker McKenzie, Hogan Lovells and local firm Deacons.

Yeung is a disputes specialist and joined YTL earlier this year from local litigation boutique Gall, where he was a consultant. He was previously an associate at Addleshaw Goddard, Minter Ellison and Deacons.

With the addition of a Seattle office in July, Beijing DHH, which follows a relatively decentralized structure, has 34 offices globally, according to its website. DHH was ranked as the 10th largest Asian firm by number of lawyers on the latest Asia 50 survey with 1,035 lawyers globally in 2016.

There has been a recent increase in Chinese firms launching associations with Hong Kong firms. In June, AnJie Law Firm formed one with Hwang Hauzen, a local law firm led by former Dechert Hong Kong office head Basil Hwang. In addition, Tian Yuan Law Firm tied up with William Ji & Co., headed by former Shearman & Sterling lawyer William Ji. And earlier this month, Jingtian & Gongcheng formed a new association with L&C Legal, a local firm launched by former Mayer Brown JSM senior partner Elaine Lo, after its association with Mayer Brown ended last month.

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