The law firm of Brinks, Gilson & Lione has launched its first oversees office in the Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China.
The firm formally opened their new office during a recent ceremony with the firm's attorneys, clients, colleagues and the Shenzhen Municipality's Bureau of Justice director general Xilin Jiang.
"We were honored that Director General Jiang joined us at our new office," Brinks President James Sobieraj said in a press release. “We are also honored to be the first foreign law firm with an office in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta area. We stand ready to provide important counsel about U.S. [intellectual property] matters to clients in this region, which is one of the world’s most vibrant economic and business communities.”
In 1980, the Chinese government established the Shenzhen region as a "special economic zone" and since the area has become known as "China's Silicon Valley."
"Guangdong Province offers remarkable opportunities, and we are very pleased to be the pioneering U.S. law firm in this truly impressive city," Brinks' shareholder and the new office's managing director Harold Johnson said in a statement. This is a great day for our firm, not only formally opening our first office outside the U.S., but being the very first U.S. law firm to open an office in Shenzhen."
Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S.