The Shanghai office, established over a decade ago to serve the growing needs of our U.S.-based and international clients in connection with their business transactions with and in China and other countries in Asia, is officially licensed by the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China. Our office is located in prestigious Xintiandi – meaning literally "New Heaven and Earth" – at the frontline of China's breathtaking business revolution.
Our Shanghai team includes PRC-qualified and foreign lawyers who were trained in the PRC, the U.K. and the U.S., as well as former Chinese government officials. Our transactional lawyers and consultants in Shanghai advise a wide variety of manufacturing, financial and institutional clients on inbound and outbound investment transactions and related sales, licensing and regulatory issues.
Lawyers in Bryan Cave's Shanghai office also have internationally recognized experience assisting clients with complex international trade, logistics, customs and trade barrier issues that often arise with goods and services that are distributed in China and other Southeast Asian nations.
We often represent investors investing in China. In addition to setting up wholly foreign owned entities ("WFOEs"), joint ventures, licensing arrangements and supply and distribution networks, we represent investors interested in the merger and acquisition of Chinese companies and assets. Our Shanghai office also serves as a gateway for outbound Chinese investments in the overseas market. Our team brings more than 15 years of such experience in China with certain specialized industry sectors, such as medical devices, food and agriculture, private equity fund, semiconductors, building/construction materials, media and video game development, automotive parts, apparel and garment, toys and financial services.
Lawyers in Shanghai work closely with Bryan Cave's other offices, particularly our Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris and St. Louis offices. Together, we advise clients on both the local and international aspects of transactions in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.