LAWFUEL – Law News Network – International law firm Eversheds has been granted a licence to open a new office in Shanghai. The announcement marks a new phase in the firm’s expansion into the Chinese market. The new office will be based in the central business district of Puxi, Shanghai.
In a major recruitment coup, the firm has also appointed Peter Corne from Linklaters to serve as Managing Director of the Eversheds Shanghai office. Peter, a specialist in Chinese corporate, commercial and regulatory practice, has more than ten years’ experience working in the Chinese legal market and previously worked at Simmons & Simmons in Shanghai before joining Linklaters’ Shanghai office in 2000.
Together with Eversheds’ existing London-based China team, the Shanghai office will form a single, unified China business group, headed by London-based corporate partner Andrew Halper.
Andrew Halper comments:
“We are delighted to bring someone of Peter’s calibre and reputation into our practice to play a leading role in Shanghai. He’s a recognised expert in the field, with a highly impressive client list including companies such as Coca Cola, Mitsui and other major multinationals. With our China team spread between Shanghai and London, we can provide clients with something unique in the European market – a fully experienced China advisory service offering which we can deliver in both Europe and China. Wherever the clients are, we can advise them as they enter this complex market.”
Commenting on his appointment, Peter Corne said:
“I am delighted to have joined Eversheds, which has a distinctive and inspiring commitment to its work for clients. I know my clients will be well served. With its cohesive and team-based culture, I am sure that Eversheds’ China practice will continue to develop rapidly from its already impressive base, which includes clients like Akzo Nobel, Whitbread plc and other major corporates based in both the European and American markets. Andrew and I have known each other for some time, and the desire to build this practice together with a like-minded and highly regarded China specialist like Andrew was a big driver for my decision.”