Beijing Law Firms a Boon for Securities Work

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Recently and for the first time in its history, the China Securities Regulatory Commission created a list ranking law firms by the amount of securities work they have done in the past. The CSRC released a 2007 capital markets legal advisor tables as part of the report. You can see the tables here. It turns out Beijing firms dominate over Shanghainese ones, and only one Fujian firm made it into the list of top firms. The rankings are also categorized by type of securities work, such as follow-on offerings and offshore offerings.

Why do Beijing firms have such a clear lead in securities? “Beijing firms are more close to the authority and have more chances to be involved in large IPOs and cross-border M&A deals,” said Zhu Linhai to ALB. “Shanghai firms are relatively smaller in size compared to their Beijing counterparts and have different focus on practice from Beijing firms.”

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