Dacheng Law Offices

Dacheng Law Offices (informally Dacheng) was a multinational law firm headquartered in Beijing, China. In November 2015, Dacheng merged with the global law firm Dentons. At the time of the merger, Dacheng was the largest China-based law firm measured by number of lawyers.[5][6] According to The American Lawyer's 2012 survey, it was the tenth-largest law firm in the world by number of lawyers, and the largest headquartered outside the English-speaking world.[7]

Dacheng Law Offices
Dàchéng Lǜshī Shìwùsuǒ
大成律师事务所
Dacheng Law Offices logo.gif
HeadquartersBeijing, China
No. of offices48[1]
No. of lawyersApproximately 2,600 (end 2011)[2]
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleWang Zhongde (Managing Partner)[3]
RevenueRmb1.2 billion (2011)[2]
Date foundedApril 29, 1992 (Beijing)[4]
Company typeSpecial general partnership
DissolvedNovember 2015
Dacheng Law Offices
Traditional Chinese大成律師事務所
Simplified Chinese大成律师事务所

Dacheng had 41 offices in China, and international offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, Singapore and Taipei.[8] Approximately 94% of its lawyers were based in the PRC.[7]

HistoryEdit

Dacheng was founded in Beijing on April 29, 1992, with five partners, three lawyers and two administration staff.[2][4]

In 2009, Dacheng joined World Services Group, an international multidisciplinary professional services network of independent accounting, investment banking and law firms, becoming the first China-based member.[4] In June 2009, Dacheng opened an office in Paris and merged with the Los Angeles-based law firm Matthews Wilson Hunter, which was subsequently rebranded as Dacheng.[2][9] Dacheng formed a joint venture with the Singapore-based law firm Central Chambers in July 2009.[2]

In November 2009, Dacheng received approval from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice to convert from a general partnership into a special general partnership.[4]

Dacheng opened an affiliated office in Taipei in May 2010 and merged with the Guangdong-based law firm Xin Yang Law Firm in June 2010, providing it with its first office in Hong Kong.[2] Dacheng formed an alliance with the Portugal-based law firm PLMJ in September 2010[10] and opened an office in New York City in October 2010.[5] In November 2011, Dacheng merged with the Chicago-based law firm John Z Huang & Associates, and it was reported that it was drawing up plans for the opening of an office in London.[2][9]

In February 2013, Dacheng formed an exclusive alliance with the Dubai-based law firm Hussain Lootah & Associates.[11][12]

In August 2013, Dacheng opened an office in Moscow.[1]

In November 2015, Dacheng completed its merger with global law firm Dentons. The firm is known as Dentons in English and all other languages except for Chinese. In Chinese, the firm is known as 北京大成律师事务所.[11] The firm is decentralised and has no headquarters.

In March 2018, Dacheng started a mutual cooperation with Sarasa Law Office in Tehran, Iran. It was the biggest legal event between the two countries, so many legal cases would be solved while China is the first commercial partner for Iran.

Main practice areasEdit

Dacheng's main practice areas included:[13]

  • Capital markets
  • Corporate
  • Criminal
  • Employment
  • Financial services regulation
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Tax

OfficesEdit

At the time of its merger with Dentons, Dacheng had offices in the following locations:[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dacheng becomes Chinese pioneer with Moscow office". The Lawyer. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Great haul of China". The Lawyer. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Profile: Wang Zhongde". World Services Group. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "Overview". Dacheng Law Offices. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "China's Largest Law Office Opens Branch in NY". CRI English. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Great will of China". The New Lawyer. 7 August 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  7. ^ a b http://www.americanlawyer.com/PubArticleTAL.jsp?id=1202571229481
  8. ^ "Global network". Dacheng Law Offices. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  9. ^ a b "China giant targets City outpost". The Lawyer. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Historic opportunity". The Lawyer. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  11. ^ "China's Dacheng secures exclusive alliance with Middle East firm". Legal Week. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Hussain Lootah in tie-up with China law firm". Trade Arabia. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Specialist areas areas". Dacheng Law Offices. Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Offices". Dacheng Law Offices. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015.