SHANGHAI, CHINA (5 May 2009) — MWE China Law Offices, McDermott Will & Emery's strategic alliance partner Firm, was recently announced winner of the "Rising Law Firm of the Year" by ALB China Law Awards. MWE China was chosen for the Award by a panel of ALB judges from among seven top Chinese law firms that have fewer than 50 lawyers and that serve the legal needs of the entire mainland China market.
The Award recognizes MWE China for achieving during the past year the most impressive advancement in size, status, capability, service offering and market position of all the finalist firms. ALB Awards, which recognizes the excellence of China's leading law firms and their top deals and dealmakers, presented the award at an April 24, 2009 ceremony at the Westin Bund Center Hotel in Shanghai. Kevin Y. Qian, MWE China's co-founding partner, received the award on behalf of the Firm acknowledging the achievement of MWE China and the strength of the strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery.
Each year, ALB China invites prominent members of the legal community to select and evaluate top legal performers for ALB China awards. The selections extended beyond China to include Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and Southeast Asia. ALB China awards are widely recognized by the global legal service community for their objectivity and prominent standing, in the Asia Pacific region.
MWE China Law Offices was founded to provide legal counsel and business advice to both Chinese companies and multinational companies doing business in China. The Firm entered its strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery in February 2007 and since then has grown substantially. In March 2009 MWE China announced the addition of three new lawyers as partners, and the promotion of six of its associates to partner.
MWE China Law Offices lawyers, led by Managing Partners John Z.L. Huang and Kevin Y. Qian, have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the local laws, customs and regulations of the People's Republic of China and global business practices. Their Western-style approach to client service and excellence in advising an expanding client base were key factors in the Firm's selection to receive the ALB "Rising Law Firm of the Year" Award.
MWE China Law Offices is strategically allied with McDermott Will & Emery, a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice that encompasses more than 1,100 lawyers at 16 offices around the world.