Norton Rose directs Hong Kong office to make China pivot says AFR

The Australian Financial review reports..

Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the oldest UK law firms in Hong Kong, has laid out plans to “pivot to China” as the city comes under increasing pressure from Beijing to align with the mainland.

Norton Rose is refocusing its Hong Kong business on work for mainland Chinese companies and banks, according to people at the firm. They added that the Hong Kong office would work to integrate more with teams in Shanghai and Beijing over the next five years.

The pivot to China by Norton Rose, a top-10 UK law firm by revenue, reflects how global businesses in Hong Kong are adapting to Beijing’s increasing influence over the city’s economy, politics and institutions, including its zero-COVID pandemic response.