With the recognition of Tianjin’s market potential, Beijing-headquartered Guantao has opened its ninth branch office in the city, which is regarded as the growth engine for North China.
The firm has recruited seasoned local practitioners Ma Kewei (pictured) and Cong Ying as partners to lead its development in Tianjin. Both Ma and Cong were formerly with Tianjin local firm Join & High, where Ma served as the co-founder and executive director.
“The Tianjin economy is robust and is growing rapidly, in view of expanding Guantao’s clientele, Tianjin is perfect,” said Ma.
Guantao’s new Tianjin office, currently staffed by six partners and 11 lawyers, will focus on practice areas including foreign investment, M&A, corporate restructuring, real estate and IP. “I believe that the legal market in Tianjin will continue to flourish, especially for capital markets and M&A practices,” Ma said.
Prior to his time at Join & High, Ma was also the founding partner of Jun Hui from 1994 to 2006. He specialises in corporate restructuring and reorganisation, M&A, investment and financing and IP.