9月1日，总部位于北京的安杰律师事务所和世泽律师事务所正式宣布合并。两家律所已签署合并协议，之后将启动合并工作，计划于 2022 年 1 月组建安杰世泽律师事务所。这一战略合并将汇聚两家律所（以及香港联营所浩宸律师事务所和陈冯吴律师事务所）在诸多业务领域和行业的优势与资源。
Boutique firms Anjie and Broad & Bright announce merger
Beijing-headquartered Anjie Law Firm and Broad & Bright Law Firm have announced the merger of the two firms on September 1. The two firms have signed merger agreement and will merge into an integrated single firm, named Anjie & BB Law Firm, expecting to take place by January 1, 2022. This strategic merger permits Anjie and Broad & Bright, together with their association firms in Hong Kong, namely Hauzen LLP and CFN Lawyers, to integrate their professional strength and resources in leading practice areas and industries.
According to the firms’ press release, Anjie & BB will maintain offices in the seven cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong SAR, Haikou and Nanjing, with over 500 legal professionals and support staffs. .
Founded in 2012, Anjie focuses on areas of insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, antitrust and anti-unfair competition, M&A, labor & employment, dispute resolution, PE&VC, maritime and admiralty, and capital markets; meanwhile Broad & Bright was founded in 2004 and advises on areas of M&A, PE&VC, intellectual property, litigation, and banking and finance, with special focuses on the life sciences, digital entertainment, energy & infrastructure, and fintech and financial services sectors.
Philips Ding, managing partner of Broad & Bright, commented in the press release: "The integrated and multiplied expertise in various practice areas and stronger financial resources will allow us to provide more sophisticated service satisfying clients’ requirements.”
Zhan Hao, the chairman of executive committee at Anjie commented: " I expect that, as a result of this fully integrated merger, Anjie & BB will be able to deliver an excellent performance in responding to the strong growth momentum of the Chinese legal services market."
With scaling-up being the major trend of China’s legal market, many firms have responded by mergers in recent years. In 2020, several local big law firms merged into SGLA Law Firm to form a new national brand; in 2021, Beijing High Law Partners merged into Shanghai-headquartered Hui Ye Law Firm and became its Beijing office.
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