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Shanghai shines for Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has launched an office in Shanghai, bolstering its existing Asia practice in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

26 April 2005

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Shanghai shines for Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has launched an office in Shanghai, bolstering its existing Asia practice in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. The firm hopes that the Shanghai office will strengthen its China practice through focusing on a range of transactional practice areas, including project development and finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. The office will also support the broader Asia team’s focus on dynamic practices such as restructuring, distressed debt and complex-foreign, direct-investment work.

The Shanghai office will continue to strengthen the firm’s US corporate-finance practice, and enhance the M&A and private-equity practices in north east Asia, including outbound work for Chinese blue-chip companies. The office is also expected to support the firm’s plans to expand its project-finance capability into new industry sectors and countries such as Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. 

The firm has appointed Rowland Cheng, previously a partner in Latham’s San Francisco office, as managing partner of the Shanghai office. In addition to his time in the US, Cheng has previously been resident in the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices, where he represented a range of clients in financings, acquisitions, joint ventures and venture investments, and restructurings, with particular expertise in complex project financings in Asia. He began his practice in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.

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