Chicago’s Seyfarth Shaw has announced plans to open a Shanghai office sometime during the summer.
The firm has hired Wan Li, a former DLA Piper partner, as managing partner of the new office, the firm’s first in Asia and second outside the United States.
Seyfarth Shaw is known primarily for its large labor and employment practice. In a statement, the firm said its move into China was driven by client demand in the areas of corporate and employment law.
Wan is a corporate lawyer who focuses on China-related restructurings and foreign direct investment, and mergers and acquisitions, especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He joined DLA Piper as a partner in 2010 from Minter Ellison, where he had been Shanghai managing partner. He joined Minter Ellison as associate in 1999 and became a partner in 2005.
In addition to Wan, counsel Jeffrey Sims will also divide his time between Shanghai and Los Angeles. Seyfarth Shaw has around 800 lawyers in total, with nine U.S. offices and one in London.