Following the first alliance between Baker & McKenzie and Fenxun in Shanghai Free Trade Zone last year, the association between Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) and Shanghai shipping boutique Wintell & Co saw the light of day.
Under the Shanghai Free Trade Zone pilot scheme, the Shanghai Justice Bureau approved the formal association between UK-based firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) and the Shanghai shipping boutique Wintell & Co, allowing them to offer a more integrated approach to providing Chinese law advice.
Founded in 2005, Wintell has five offices around China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin. Its 20-partner team is strong in niche sectors such as shipping, insurance, real estate and construction.
In spite of the recent initiative of the Shanghai FTZ pilot scheme to encourage cooperation between international and PRC firms, it isn’t the only option. Bird & Bird formed an association with Beijing-based firm Xiang Kun in 2009, Clyde & Co with Chongqing-based Chinese firm West Link and Field Fisher Waterhouse with Shanghai IP boutique Ryser & Associates via the Swiss Verein structure in 2013. Most recently, Stephenson Harwood reinforced its relationship with Guangzhou-based alliance firm Wei Tu under a free trade agreement between mainland China and Hong Kong (CEPA).