Morrison & Foerster LLP today announced the opening of its second mainland China office, in Shanghai. Morrison & Foerster is one of the few select law firms to be granted approval earlier this year by the PRC Ministry of Justice to open a second office on the mainland, in addition to its Beijing office.
Charles Comey, a partner based in the firm’s 50-attorney Tokyo office for the past eight and a half years, has relocated to Shanghai and will serve as Shanghai managing partner. Mr. Comey, who focuses primarily on corporate finance, M&A, and technology matters, has previously worked in China and Taiwan, speaks and reads Mandarin, and represents Japanese and other international clients in transactions in China and abroad.
Morrison & Foerster’s Shanghai practice will focus on inbound and outbound investment, M&A, private equity, securities offerings, construction and infrastructure, and telecommunications and IP matters.
Further demonstrating the firm’s commitment to its expanding practice in China, Morrison & Foerster also announced today the appointment of Rupert Li, a leading PRC corporate practitioner, as a lateral partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Mr. Li, a Shanghai native, has extensive experience in China-related securities, M&A, finance, property development, and foreign direct investment work in the PRC. He has spent many years of his career advising PRC state-owned enterprises and major Shanghai-based companies. Mr. Li’s clients include international financial institutions, multinational corporations, and major PRC state-owned enterprises.