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Chinese Law Firms' Overseas Expansion Surges, MOJ Reports

Mon, 19 Feb 2024
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 23 Nov. 2023, Tian Xin, Director of the Lawyer’s Work Bureau of China’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ), highlighted during a series of theme-based press conferences held by the State Council Information Office that the number of overseas branches of Chinese law firms has surged by 47.5% compared with that of 2018 so far.

Chinese law firms’ overseas branches mainly provide legal services in the fields of investment, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property, and taxation.

In addition, the MOJ supports nine domestic arbitration institutions to join the Supreme People’s Court’s “One-Stop” mechanism for the diversified settlement of international commercial disputes and supports the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission to set up branchs in North America, Europe, and other regions.

Moreover, the MOJ has introduced policies to cultivate lawyers capable of providing international legal services, conducting three sessions of advanced training for foreign-related legal talents and ten training courses for foreign-related legal service talents of public lawyers and corporate lawyers. Compared with 2018, the number of lawyers capable of providing international legal services nationwide has increased by over 4800, representing a growth rate of 67.8%.

Furthermore, 158 law firms from 20 countries have now established 208 representative offices in China.

China also allows overseas arbitration institutions to conduct foreign-related arbitration business in certain fields. For instance, the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO)  Arbitration and Mediation Shanghai Service was established in 2019 in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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