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King & Wood PRC Lawyers Headquarters Beijing, PRC No. of offices 16 No. of attorneys 830 Major practice areas General practice Date founded 1993 Company type Law firm Website King & Wood PRC Lawyers is among the first law firms established when law firms were repermitted in the People’s Republic of China during the modern era. It is now the country’s largest with 200 partners and 830 fee earners. In 1993 King & Wood’s founding partners were still working with a state-sponsored organization, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, when the central government permitted private ownership of law firms allowing them to create the firm. To advance its policy of market-based reforms in the 1980s, China had adopted foreign approaches to legal regulations, particularly in the area of commercial law. For example, the Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Venture Law, the first law governing foreign investment, was passed in 1980. Since then, more than 300 laws and regulations, most of them in the economic area, have been promulgated. To meet increasing growth in the sophistication of Chinese law, Chinese firms began to incorporate in the late 1980s to meet demand for domestic legal services. King & Wood was among the first private law firms among a cohort of Commerce & Finance Law Offices, Fangda Partners, Haiwen & Partners, Jun He Law Offices. and Lehman, Lee & Xu. These early firms have since grown to become the largest domestic law firms in China handling most of the nation’s domestic commercial legal work. The name of the firm is an example of Western-oriented marketing by a Chinese firm. There is no "Mr. King" or "Ms. Wood" among the founders of the firm, the names having been chosen for their "ear appeal" among prospective Western clients. The corresponding portion of the Chinese name, is 金杜 ("jin du"). Contents 1 Profile 2 Awards 3 Clients 4 Locations 5 See also 6 References 7 External links // Profile King & Wood employs nearly 830 attorneys throughout China, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States and has now grown to become the largest law firm in China by number of lawyers. [1] These lawyers are spread throughout 16 offices throughout the world, but predominantly on the mainland. [2] The firm specializes in assisting foreign companies do business in China. Its main practice areas includes banking, foreign investment, international trade, litigation and arbitration, and securities. [3] Awards Awards include: Law Firm of the Year – China – Who’s Who Legal, 2010 [4] China Local Firm of the Year – PLC Which Lawyer Awards, 2010 [5] China National Firm of the Year – Chambers Asia Awards, 2010[6] China Law Firm of the Year – ALB China Law Awards, 2010 Managing Partner of the Year – ALB China Law Awards, 2010[7] China Firm of the Year – International Financial Law Review, 2010 Clients The firm’s clients include Citigroup, China Life, the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, Wal-Mart, PetroChina, and the Bank of China. [8] King & Wood advised on the largest IPO in Chinese history for PetroChina, allowing the company to temporarily become the highest valued company in the world at over $1 trillion. [9] [10] Locations Beijing, (headquarters) Shanghai Shenzhen Chengdu Guangzhou Xi'an Chongqing Hangzhou Tianjin Suzhou Qingdao Jinan Hong Kong Tokyo Silicon Valley New York City See also Legal History of China Chinese law References ^ - Default Recommended Firms ^ PLC Which lawyer?: King & Wood: China - National profile ^ King & Wood - King & Wood Law Firm Profile - ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ see the Chambers Global Editorial 2010. ^ Now, From China, the World's Biggest Company - US News and World Report ^ SEC Info - Petrochina Co Ltd - SC 13E3/A - Jilin Chemical Industrial Co Ltd - On 12/23/05 - EX-99.(C).5 External links King & Wood's website King & Wood's China Legal Blog