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Quinn Emanuel Opens Office in Beijing, Its Second in Mainland China

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LOS ANGELES – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced an expansion and strengthening of its China practice today with the launch of an office in Beijing, its second office in mainland China. The firm’s Shanghai office opened in 2016. 

The step comes in the wake of significant growth for the firm’s China practice over the past decade. Since opening in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Quinn Emanuel has achieved extraordinary results for numerous leading Chinese companies and individuals in their most high-stakes and challenging disputes of all kinds.  

“Our firm has seen phenomenal growth in our China-related practice as cross-border disputes and government enforcement actions involving China continue to grow,” said firm founder and Chairman John B. Quinn. “We are proud to have been entrusted by so many leading companies in China, many of them headquartered in Beijing, with handling their most critical disputes.”

“The Beijing office marks a logical and important step forward in providing even more integrated and effective services to our China-based clients and multinational clients doing business in China,” Quinn added.

Quinn Emanuel has represented China-based clients in a wide variety of matters, including litigation in the U.S. and Europe, international arbitrations, and investigations by government agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities Exchange Commission, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.  The firm has also seen impressive growth in assisting multinational companies with critical internal investigations and government enforcement actions involving their China operations.  The Beijing office will strengthen the firm’s reach in the region.

Xiao Liu, the firm’s Chair of China practice, will serve as the head of the Beijing office, and lead the China practice together with Dr. Haiyan Tang, who joined the firm in 2021 and will continue to serve as the firm’s head of the Shanghai office.  The Beijing and Shanghai offices will boast a team of Chinese-English bilingual attorneys who received legal training in both China and the U.S. and who have extensive experience in handling cross-border disputes involving a Chinese party. 

Sam Williamson, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, who led the firm’s expansion into Shanghai in 2015, said: “As someone who spent years of my career in China, I am very pleased to see the expansion of our China presence into the country’s capital city.  We have always done extensive work for our clients in Beijing, but having a permanent presence is critical. I can’t wait to see the many more successes our China team will bring to our clients in China and throughout the region.”

Added Xiao Liu: “The Beijing office demonstrates Quin Emanuel’s long-term commitment to the China market.  We are powered by the firm’s unparalleled litigation resources in the U.S. and elsewhere: Trade secret litigation, securities class actions, DOJ and SEC investigations, patent litigation in Germany, arbitrations involving African and Latin American countries, etc.—we’ve seen it all for the Chinese clients, and virtually every matter we handle is in collaboration with the firm’s other offices. It is a privilege to lead the newest addition to this exciting, well-integrated global platform.”