Fieldfisher merges with Beijing’s JS Partners

Fieldfisher has pulled off its third merger in six months after tying the knot with Chinese firm JS Partners.

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As part of the deal the 12 partner firm will change its name to FeiShi and adopt the Fieldfisher brand.

The Beijing firm specialises in antitrust and competition, capital markets, corporate, dispute resolution, employment and intellectual property work. The firm works across the TMT sector as well as in retail, logistics, manufacturing, energy and infrastructure.

It is the second time Fieldfisher has tied up with a Chinese firm after Field Fisher Waterhouse partnered with Shanghai’s Ryser & Associates in 2013.

Fieldfisher managing partner Michael Chissick said: “This is the third merger in the last six months that we’ve had as a firm. Our merger with JS Partners gives a great platform for growth in China.

“As we continue to develop our European presence, this merger will allow us to service the growing demand for Chinese clients seeking to invest and do business in Europe, whilst also increasing our ability to service international clients seeking opportunities in China.”

The Chinese merger is structured as a Swiss verein and takes effect from today (15 November).

In November Fieldfisher entered the Birmingham market after it merged with 18-partner outfit Hill Hostetter. The Solihull-based commercial firm has a turnover of £6m and was formed after it spun out of Reed Smith in 2009.

Fieldfisher also opened its doors in Italy over the summer after a merger with Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati (SASPI). The tie-up gave Fieldfisher 170 fee-earners and 21 partners across offices in Milan, Rome, Venice and Turin.