Cleary Gottlieb to start Hong Kong local law practice

December 2, 2010 New York based firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has hired Norton Rose’s Freeman Chan to head a local law practice in Hong Kong.

The firm has a number of large scale IPO’s in the offing, and plans to be able to advise them on Hong Kong law from 1 February 2011, according to Hong Kong-based partner Clay Johnson. Johnson also points out that the Hong Kong base will allow Cleary Gottlieb to better serve private equity clients doing deals with Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies.

Cleary Gottlieb, which opened a branch in Hong Kong in 1980, plans to hire about six more lawyers for Hong Kong and Beijing.

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