ALB Report: Ex-Yingke partner founds Chinese-run firm in Thailand

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Ex-Yingke partner founds Chinese-run firm in Thailand

DTL Law Office, a Chinese-controlled law firm founded by former Yingke partner Shi Datuo, opened for business in Bangkok on Mar.25.
The firm, in which 35 lawyers from across China have stakes, has come on the back of the increasing trend of Chinese investment into Southeast Asia, where Thailand is one of the top destinations.
Shi said he founded the law firm to serve investors in both China and Thailand as the two-way traffic of capital between the two countries intensifies. For this reason DTL Law Office will focus mainly on transactional work, particularly cross-border investment.
“This is a brand new structure – an overseas law firm owned by Chinese lawyers,” Shi told ALB. “The Chinese lawyers serve as the board of directors, and have absolute control over the firm.”

Shi added that the firm will act as a stepping stone for Chinese lawyers looking to tap into Southeast Asia, with offices in Myanmar and Cambodia planned in 2016.