US firm Blank Rome launches in Shanghai

May 12, 2011 US firm Blank Rome has launched an office in Shanghai.

Firm co-chairman Alan Hoffman said that the new office will give high priority to servicing Chinese companies seeking access to American capital markets, but will also cater to western clients doing business in China. Hoffman said that the firm has pursued a strategy of expansion over the past decade: "Blank Rome was basically a Philadelphia law firm in 2000, and since that time it has grown up and down the East Coast, and then to Cincinnati and Los Angeles and now Shanghai."

The office will be led by Blank Rome partner Henry Kuller who will split his time between the firm’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. Kuller said: "China has a robust economy and a growing consumer and industrial appetite for foreign products and technology, and we continue to see increasing investment and strategic alliances by Chinese companies in the US and other foreign countries”.

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