Law Practice Management

Kirkland & Ellis to Open 2nd Office in Asia

Kirkland & Ellis plans to open a second China office—which will also be its second office in Asia—in November. The new Shanghai outpost will complement the Chicago-based law firm’s existing Hong Kong office, which opened in 2006, and will be headed by Xiaoyang “XY” Li. Now a Hong Kong private equity partner for Kirkland, he will relocate to Shanghai.

“The Shanghai office is a direct response to our clients’ growing activity in China,” says Thomas Yannucci, who chairs the firm management committee, in a press release. “Given the strength of Kirkland’s worldwide litigation, intellectual property and restructuring practices, we also see opportunities to serve rapidly globalizing Chinese companies.”

Besides Chicago and Hong Kong, the firm also presently has seven other offices in London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Calif., and Washington, D.C.

Hat tip: Legal Week.

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