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January 21, 2011 10:43 AM

Quarles & Brady Opens Shanghai Office

Posted by Anthony Lin

Quarles & Brady announced Thursday that it has opened a Shanghai representative office--the Milwaukee-based firm's eighth and its first outside the United States.

In a press release, chairman John Daniels described the move into Shanghai as building on the firm's creation of a China law group in 2007 and the "latest milestone in our efforts to expand into markets where our clients need us."

The release quotes managing partner Fred Lautz, who chairs the China law practice, as saying that Quarles hopes to serve United States companies entering the China market, as well Chinese companies looking at opportunities in the U.S.

The firm will not have any resident partners in Shanghai for now. Chicago-based partner Thomas Stiebel, an intellectual property specialist with international arbitration experience in China, will serve as the firm’s chief representative in China.

The move suggests that China remains a draw for regional U.S. firms, despite international firms and their surging Chinese counterparts finding the market extremely competitive. One of mainland China's attractions is that it is a relatively inexpensive place for firms to operate, especially when compared to Europe and such other Asian markets as Tokyo and Hong Kong.


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