Orrick Closes In Shanghai

U.S. law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe will consolidate its China offering into its Beijing office after deciding not to renew its lease in Shanghai, a spokesperson has confirmed. It has also terminated its lease and operations in Taipei.

Two partners from the Shanghai office, Ethan Ma and Jeffrey Sun, along with two associates and one other staff member, will be affiliated with the Beijing office. Eight other employees (including one associate and one consultant) will be offered market severance. Orrick currently has no resident lawyers in Taipei.

With these closures, Orrick becomes the second U.S. law firm to announce this month that it is consolidating its operations in Greater China. In early March, Perkins Coie announced that it would shutter its Shanghai office while retaining its Beijing office and IP agency business.

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