SHANGHAI, November 18, 1999 -- The law firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue today officially opened its Shanghai office at a ceremony and reception at the world-famous Shanghai Museum. In March of this year, Jones Day's application to establish an office in the People's Republic of China was approved by the Ministry of Justice. In addition to opening its office, Jones Day has made a commitment to bestow scholarships to students from Fudan University, the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, and the East China University of Political Science & Law.
In attendance at this historic event were Vice Minister of the Ministry of Justice Duan Zhengkun, United States Consul General Henry Levine, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Feng Guoqin, and Director General of the Shanghai Bureau of Justice Miao Xiaobao.
"Jones Day is proud of its long history in China," remarked Managing Partner Patrick F. McCartan. "Our new office in Shanghai will enhance Jones Day's long-term commitments." McCartan pointed out that the Firm "has been actively involved in China and has been helping clients meet their China investment objectives for more than 20 years."
He added that the granting of scholarships "will help to ensure that promising Chinese students receive an opportunity to study, thereby increasing the level of service and sophistication in our industry."
For many years, Jones Day has had significant offices in Hong Kong and Taipei, and is currently in the process of expanding both. Taken together, these locations represent a substantial commitment to and presence in China that will permit Jones Day to better assist clients with a broad range of legal matters.
With the opening of the Shanghai office, Jones Day's Greater China Practice team will consist of more than 35 lawyers stationed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei. Nearly all of these lawyers are fluent in Chinese, and all are experienced in representing international companies in Chinese matters.
"I'm very pleased that we are opening an office in Shanghai, one of the most dynamic cities in Asia," said Jones Day Partner-in-Charge --
International David F. Clossey. "We are confident in the economic prospects of Shanghai, and look forward to assisting in its growth. This important development will enhance our ability to serve our clients in China-related matters."
Jones Day is an international law firm with 22 locations in centers of business and finance throughout the world. With approximately 1,300 lawyers, it ranks among the world's largest law firms.
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