Brazilian corporate law firm opens office in China

28 August 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 28 Aug – O Brazilian law firm Felsberg e Associados, which plans to open up a subsidiary in Shanghai to support Brazilian businesspeople in China one of the firm’s partners told Macauhub.

Thomas Benes Felsberg said that the office would represent, “mainly Brazilian business owners that want to do business in China, buy and sell products, as well as the Chinese that want to invest in Brazil.”

The Felsberg e Associados office has a “strong vocation in the area of international trade,” with clients in North America, Europe and Asia, said Felsberg.

The firm’s international area is led by diplomat Sérgio Amaral, who was the Brazilian minister for Industry and Commerce in the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002).

Initially, the Shanghai branch will only have lawyer Roberto Duval, who has represented Felsberg in China for the last two years. The firm currently has fewer than ten clients in China.

“We will continue with the clients we have, of which there are seven or eight, but the office will make our activities official and the idea is to expand by hiring local lawyers, as demand increases,” Felsberg told Macauhub.

Felsberg believes that the Chinese branch will be in operation in the first half of 2008.

As well as having offices in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Felsberg has also had a branch in Washington (USA) for the last five years.

Created in 1970, Felsberg is associated to another four offices and its activities are focused on areas such as privatizations, project finance, company restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. (macauhub)