Sidley is one of the few international law firms to have maintained on-the-ground capabilities to serve clients in Asia Pacific for more than 30 years. The firm now has 170 legal professionals based in six offices in the region - Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Our lawyers are qualified to practice U.S., Hong Kong, English, Singapore and Japanese law.
Sidley has long recognized the importance of having a presence in Shanghai, being one of the largest cities in the P.R.C. and widely regarded as the center of mainland China's modern economy, serving as an important city for commerce, finance and industry. Established in 1999, Sidley’s Shanghai office works closely with our offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, London and the U.S. to offer a wide range of services to clients involved in China-related business. Legal professionals resident in the Shanghai office are part of our combined China team that includes more than 90 legal professionals who are qualified to practice Hong Kong, English and U.S. law and have experience in a comprehensive range of transactional matters in China.
Sidley’s Shanghai office has market-leading practices in foreign direct investment, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, funds and capital markets. We assists clients, including numerous Fortune 500 and other multinational and Chinese companies, as well as major private equity investors, from a wide variety of industry sectors, including technology, energy, life sciences, real estate, automotive, industrial and consumer products. We are also active in representing Chinese corporates in their outbound M&A transactions into the U.S., the EU and other parts of the world.
In addition to corporate transactional matters, our Shanghai office is also regularly consulted on regulatory matters related to compliance, FCPA and corporate investigations, privacy and data security, market access and barriers, government approval/registration and license/permit requirements, foreign exchange controls, taxation and concessions, technology transfers and licenses, IP protection, aircraft leasing and financing, land use rights and real estate, and employment and labor.
All the professionals in the Shanghai office are fluent in Mandarin and English.
Sidley’s clients appreciate our history of dedicated service in China and our extensive knowledge, experience and contacts in the region. Such advocacy on behalf of clients has earned Sidley the reputation for being a leading law firm with recommended practices and recognized lawyers in many areas of law. The firm is also acknowledged for its sensitivity to cultural differences and extensive knowledge in the critical areas for international business.