Fried Frank Opens Office in Shanghai

    NEW YORK, Oct. 9 /CNW/ -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
announced today the launch of its office in Shanghai, China.  The Shanghai
office is Fried Frank's second office in Greater China and seventh worldwide.
    "Our Shanghai office, together with our Hong Kong office, gives us a
strong platform in Asia," said Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's Chairperson.
"With many of our clients pursuing aggressive growth plans in the region,
matched by the strong growth prospects of Chinese companies, it was natural
for us to open a Shanghai office."
    "In Asia, our clients have direct local access to our US and European
expertise combined with strong domestic practices," said Justin Spendlove, the
Firm's Managing Partner.  "Our Shanghai office will be led by Michael Hickman,
a lawyer entrenched in the region and particularly well-suited to meet the
demands of the market."
    "Shanghai, one of the leading cities in China and globally, has become a
major commercial and financial center.  Many of our local lawyers have
participated in the explosive growth of cross-border capital raising
activities in China," said Michael Hickman, Shanghai Managing Partner.
    "As part of Fried Frank we bring exceptional expertise in M&A, private
equity, capital markets, finance, real estate and litigation with a team able
to build bridges across linguistic, regulatory and cultural divides."
    Fried Frank opened its Hong Kong office in December 2006.  Since then it
has completed significant transactions for clients needing access to US,
European and international expertise, as well as local law capability.  Recent
deals include the representation of Merrill Lynch International and Merrill
Lynch Far East in connection with Vinda International Holdings Limited IPO and
144/Reg S placement, the representation of CapitaLand Limited in its joint
venture with eSun Holdings in connection with the purchase of a 20% interest
in a multi-billion dollar commercial/residential development project in Macau,
and the representation of New World Department Store China Limited in
connection with its US$300 million initial public offering.
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a leading international
law firm with more than 600 attorneys in offices in New York, Washington,
D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Fried Frank lawyers
regularly represent major investment banking firms, private equity houses and
hedge funds, as well as many of the largest companies in the world.  The firm
offers legal counsel on M&A, private equity, asset management, capital markets
and corporate finance matters, white-collar criminal defense and civil
litigation, securities regulation, compliance and enforcement, government
contracts, environmental law and litigation, real estate, tax, bankruptcy,
antitrust, benefits and compensation, intellectual property and technology,
international trade, and trusts and estates.  The firm has an association with
Huen Wong & Co. in Hong Kong.  More information on Fried Frank can be found at

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