International Law

Nixon Peabody Opens China Office

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Already active in Chinese legal matters, Rochester, N.Y.-based Nixon Peabody has decided to open its first Chinese office.

The Shanghai shop will be the 700-lawyer firm’s second international office (the first was in London), and its 18th office overall. For now, it will be staffed by rotating U.S. lawyers, but a permanent Shanghai legal staff is planned in the near future, according to the Boston Business Journal and a firm press release.

The two lead lawyers in the firm’s China practice group are James Chapman, a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto, Calif., office, and Daniel Deshon. A San Francisco partner, he previously was managing partner of the Hong Kong office of O’Melveny & Myers.

The practice group, Nixon Peabody says, currently focuses on “advising clients on how to structure venture capital and private equity investments in China, resolve business and trade disputes, protect and enforce clients’ intellectual property rights, and structure and document acquisitions of Chinese domestic companies.”

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