MWE China Law Offices Opens in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA (February 1, 2007) — MWE China Law Offices, a newly formed Shanghai-based law firm licensed in the People’s Republic of China, has entered into a strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery, an international law firm with a network of 14 offices in the United States and Europe, to provide global companies based within and outside of China superior global client service with access to leading attorneys within China and around the globe.

MWE China Law Offices was recently founded by John Z.L. Huang and Kevin Y. Qian to provide legal services and business advice to both Chinese and foreign-based companies doing business in China.  Both John and Kevin recently left their former Shanghai-based firm, Allbright Law Offices.  John founded Allbright in 1998; Kevin served as a key director of its Executive Committee.  Under their leadership, Allbright grew to be a pre-eminent, China-based, global legal practice.  Approximately 25 associates have joined their new firm.  MWE China Law Offices will serve as an international law firm and, through its exclusive strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery, will extend its global reach to the United States and Europe.  McDermott Will & Emery, which represents clients based in 70 countries, now adds China to its global platform.

The founders of MWE China Law Offices have extensive legal experience in China, and both have a substantial international practice.  Mr. Huang is a leading lawyer in the areas of foreign direct investment, venture capital financing, private equity investment, intellectual property law, and international arbitration and litigation.  A Ford Foundation Fellow, he received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; his L.L.M. from the University of California in Los Angeles; and his L.L.B. and L.L.M degrees from the East China Institute of Politics and Law.  Mr. Qian, who has practiced law for both U.S. and China-based law firms, as well as served as in-house counsel for two global companies with operations in China, is a leading lawyer in the areas of financial and commercial law and intellectual property law.  He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and his L.L.M. from the East China Institute of Politics.  He is also a graduate of Fudan University, where he received his L.L.B.

John Huang stated, “We are very excited about founding a new international law firm based in China that has global reach and a broad selection of services to meet our clients’ needs.”  Kevin Qian noted, “We are pleased to join in a strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery.  The strategic alliance will benefit both our clients and the McDermott Will & Emery clients who operate in Asia.”

Harvey Freishtat, Chair of McDermott Will & Emery, commented, “We are very pleased to be able to expand our international service platform to China through our strategic alliance with John, Kevin and their associates.  Through the eyes of our mutual clients, we have come to know of John and Kevin’s leadership abilities, keen legal and business acumen, and reputation in the legal market within China.  We are pleased that McDermott clients and MWE China Law Offices now have a seamless legal solution for their respective international clients."

The strategic alliance calls for MWE China Law Offices to continue as a separate legal entity owned by its Chinese partners.  Shared standards have been developed for client service, quality assurance procedures and professional training as well as shared IT and telecommunications infrastructure.  Both firms have agreed that growing MWE China Law Offices meets the needs of the clients of each firm.  McDermott Will & Emery will consider the MWE China Law Offices as another location for its clients to receive the international client service they have come to expect.

McDermott Will & Emery operates nine offices in the United States and five offices in Europe, including offices in Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom and two offices in Germany.  McDermott is among the 25 largest law firms in the world.  MWE China Law Offices will be among the top tier international law firms providing service in China.