LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. has announced that the Beijing Ministry of Justice has approved the firm’s license for a representative office in Shanghai, China. Godfrey & Kahn is the first Wisconsin law firm to have a physical presence and office in China. “This on-ground presence will allow the firm to serve its U.S.-based clients with in-country legal staff who have knowledge about both U.S. and Chinese law and who maintain important contacts within the Chinese business community,” said Rick Bliss, Managing Partner.
Angela Rogers, a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, is Godfrey & Kahn’s chief representative in China. She has lived in Shanghai for three years and was instrumental in establishing the office. Previously, Rogers worked in Godfrey & Kahn’s Milwaukee office from 1998 to 2002.
Rogers’ practice is focused on business law, secured lending and commercial transactions, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. From the China office, Rogers will work with other Godfrey & Kahn attorneys to:
Advise clients on possible options for establishing a business in China.
Advise clients on how to expand their current business operations in China and elsewhere in Asia.
Assist clients in drafting required documents for establishing an entity in China.
Provide research on employee retention programs and compensation for Chinese nationals.
Conduct due diligence and negotiate joint ventures between US companies and Asian companies having operations in China.
Advise U.S.-based clients on the business environment in China.
Assist U.S.-based clients in networking within the Chinese business and professional communities, and with relevant government officials.
Help U.S.-based clients establish and maintain relationships with China-based customers, suppliers and business partners.
Engage Chinese law firms on China-related matters and serve as liaison for our clients in their dealings with such firms.
Assist Chinese businesses and law firms in U.S.-related matters.
Provide “in-country” support for U.S.-based clients in their dealings with their Chinese counterparts.
Rogers graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving her Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, in Spanish and Political Science. Rogers is a member of the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce, the Shanghai Expatriate Professional Women’s Society, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Bar Association. Godfrey & Kahn is a member of the US-China Business Council.
Godfrey & Kahn’s office in Shanghai is located at Far East International Building, No. 319 Xian Xia Road, Building A, Room 335, Shanghai, China. The telephone number is 414-775-2755.
Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison (LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn), Waukesha and Shanghai, China. With more than 190 attorneys, Godfrey & Kahn provides legal and business advice to clients ranging from small businesses and governmental entities to large privately and publicly held national and international companies.