Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is a leading international law firm with more than 400 partners and 2,000 legal staff. We operate from over 50 offices and associated offices across six continents. Clyde & Co has advised clients on business opportunities offered by China’s evolving markets for over 35 years and has 15 offices and associate offices in the Asia-Pacific region. Clyde & Co Westlink JLV is a joint venture between Clyde & Co and local Chinese firm Westlink Partnership. The establishment of our Shanghai office in 2006, and the Beijing and Chongqing offices in 2013, significantly reinforced the firm’s capability and presence in the region and is in line with our strategy to be present in all major trading centres of the world.

We are well known for our advice on high-profile and complex cross-border matters and for our work in emerging markets. We advise businesses that are at the heart of global trade and commerce. Clyde & Co is recognised as a leader in the insurance, transportation, energy, infrastructure, trade and commodities sectors. We are also able to provide legal services in the following:

  • intellectual property;
  • corporate and commercial matters;
  • dispute resolution employment; and
  • regulatory and cyber security.

We have over 30 legal staff in China with extensive local experience and knowledge of the complexities of how business is done in China. Our lawyers are multilingual and qualified to practise in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Unlike many other international law firms who provide local legal services through their affiliated firms or partners, Clyde & Co Westlink JLV is licensed by the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Justice, which means that we can provide seamless onshore and offshore advice as a single entity, including representation in Chinese courts and issuing formal Chinese legal opinions, drawing together Clyde & Co’s international expertise with the full domestic capability of our Westlink Partnership. Should litigation (whether IP, commercial, or any other type) be required in China, we offer clients a one-stop shop proposition.

China IP team

Clyde & Co’s China IP team provides a full range of strategic IP services covering greater China. Featuring a team of experienced and enthusiastic IP lawyers permanently based in China, the range of IP services provided covers the full IP lifecycle from advising on, building and prosecuting strategic IP portfolios, assessing, managing and extracting value from intellectual property in commercial and licensing transactions through to enforcement of intellectual property by way of actions against trademark, designs, copyright, patents and utility model infringement, as well as actions against unfair competition and trade secret theft, and any other types of IP disputes. Through longstanding dialogue with international IP advocacy groups and governments in China and overseas, the team are also able to provide unparalleled IP insights and advocacy services to international businesses with an interest in China and the greater China region.

With over 14 years’ experience in China, the IP team has accumulated extensive expertise in trademarks and brands, as well as technology law and patents. The patent and trademark prosecution practices are set up both in the Beijing (essential for optimum access to the China National IP Administration) and Shanghai. Our team has been successful in providing consistently high-quality services to our clients all over the world. In summary, our strength is that we are able to offer clients on-the-ground knowledge of China, and the countries en route to Europe and Africa, coupled with international best-practice legal services.

Contact details

Clyde & Co
Level 23 Shanghai Two
IFC 8 Century Avenue
Shanghai 200120

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Beijing
  • Chongqing
  • Hong Kong

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