Simmons reconsiders opening Beijing arm
Simmons & Simmons is considering reviving its shelved plans to open in Beijing. The firm, which is particularly keen to tap into demand from clients in the energy sector, is reviewing a proposal to extend its mainland China presence beyond Shanghai, despite the economic crisis. The plans come after the firm brought in Asia head of projects, Brian Downie, from Minter Ellison in November 2008 and energy partner Tom Deegan from Denton Wilde Sapte in 2007 in Hong Kong.
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