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Simpson Thacher Expands China Operations With Hong Kong Practice

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, ranked seventh by American Lawyer magazine in profits per partner, began practicing Hong Kong law to enhance its existing Chinese practice based in Beijing.

Hong Kong law services will be offered from both the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, the New York-based firm said in a statement. The Hong Kong office, in operation since 1993, only advised on U.S. and English law until Sept. 30.

“The formal launch of our Hong Kong law capability demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the greater China region,” Pete Ruegger, chairman of the firm’s executive committee, said in a statement. “The ability to advise clients on Hong Kong law as well as U.S. law further strengthens Simpson Thacher’s market leading position.”

The number of lawyers who will offer counsel on Hong Kong law in that office is still being determined, said Emily Deissler, Simpson Thacher spokeswoman, in an e-mail.

The practice will be led by partner Christopher Wong and Celia Lam, who is becoming a partner. Both have decades of Hong Kong law experience advising clients on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions, the firm said in its statement.

The law firm, with about 800 attorneys in its network, has 10 offices, including Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo and five in the U.S., according to its website.

--Editors: Michael Hytha, Peter Blumberg

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