SHANGHAI (December 2, 2014) -- MWE China Law Offices, in conjunction with its strategic ally, McDermott Will and Emery, will launch the new MWE China Data Center in Shanghai on Wednesday to provide sophisticated legal and technical discovery services to clients doing business in the region.
The groundbreaking Data Center will be the first digital discovery platform in China to be designed, operated and staffed by lawyers fully licensed to operate there. As such, it responds directly to growing compliance demands by the Chinese government and the subsequent need among multinational companies for greater, more detailed regulatory, litigation and transaction data.
MWE China Data Center will apply cutting-edge e-discovery solutions and processes to the new challenges facing multinational companies in China for cross-border data transfers, proactive compliance audits, government investigations, whistleblower inquiries, and other projects that demand rapid reviews of large amounts of electronically stored information.
“The MWE China Data Center is the first of its kind in China,” said Shanghai-based White Collar partner Leon C.G. Liu, who is responsible for opening and overseeing The Center. “Our clients have historically relied on multiple, non-law firm entities for document review work at exorbitant costs. The Data Center changes that by consolidating document review under one roof and making it economical for clients with China-related operations.”
“The demand for these services is increasing exponentially, yet, until now, the clients in need of those services had nowhere to turn,” adds Geoffrey A. Vance, partner and head of McDermott Discovery, the Firm’s in-house managed review services provider. “McDermott and MWE China Law Offices are uniquely positioned to meet this demand and help these clients by attempting to repeat our successful and innovative U.S. discovery offerings. My U.S. and Chinese partners are eager to expand the concept to the Chinese legal market and are confident it will achieve the same level of success we’ve experienced in the U.S.”
Unlike other vendors in China that are not law firms, the new MWE China Data Center is staffed by PRC-qualified attorneys who are authorized to access and obtain evidence. Because it is a law firm, MWE China has a heightened duty of confidentiality and specific legal ethics rules that require it to protect its clients’ confidential and sensitive information at a level that is far and above its competitors. MWE China Data Center’s role as a trusted legal advisor allows it to seamlessly integrate knowledge and analysis produced during document review into any subsequent legal work led by the broader MWE China team.
“We are delighted to offer this new service to prospective and existing clients, many of whom are U.S. and other foreign companies with operations here in China,” said Jared Nelson, Foreign Counsel at MWE China Law Offices. “This added capability helps cement our brand as a global leader in document review services and is a direct result of the talent, innovation and hard work of our American and Chinese teams.”
The MWE China Data Center will be formally launched at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cocktail reception hosted by MWE China Co-Founder and Managing Partner John Z.L. Huang and McDermott Co-Chair Jeffrey E. Stone. For more information, please click here.
About MWE China Law Offices
MWE China Law Offices is a Chinese law firm with a seasoned and integrated professional team based in Shanghai that is licensed to practice in the People's Republic of China.
The Firm’s founders are John Z.L. Huang and Kevin Y. Qian. Mr. Huang was a founding partner and a member of the executive committee, and Mr. Qian served as a key director on the executive committee. The Firm is made up of well- established Chinese lawyers, and possesses an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the local laws, customs and regulations of the People’s Republic of China. With a Western-style approach to client service, the Firm manages to provide legal services and business advice to both Chinese companies and multinational companies doing business in China.
MWE China Law Offices is strategically aligned with McDermott Will & Emery, a premier international law firm with 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 lawyers within China and around the globe.