International network ELLINT expands into China


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Posted on 09 Jan 2019

Doyle Clayton is delighted to announce that ELLINT, the international network of specialist employment and labour law firms, is expanding into China with the entry of new member, Baohua Law Firm.

Shanghai-based Baohua Law Firm is led by Founder and Chief Consultant Dong Baohua and is top-ranked in the Chambers’ Asia Guide. With over 20 lawyers, the multi-lingual firm (Mandarin, English and Japanese) is widely regarded as one of China’s leading employment law boutiques and advises both national and international clients on employment law, employment contracts, executive contracts and incentive and benefit schemes, individual and collective dismissals, as well as restructurings and reorganisations. 

Baohua’s clients include many of the best known global businesses operating in China such as Akzonobel, Avery Dennison, Corning, Dyson, ExxonMobil, GE, General Motors, Honeywell, Huntsman, Husqvarna, IBM, Infosys, Johnson Matthey, KPMG, LVMH, Michelin, MSD, NXP, Oracle and Roche.

Doyle Clayton was a founder member of ELLINT in 2013. ELLINT’s team now comprises more than 150 specialist Employment lawyers in 12 countries covering Europe’s leading economies and legal hubs, and now China. ELLINT’s team provides an integrated and professional cross-border service to clients covering the full range of employment and labour law matters. Advice includes HR strategy, management issues, employee transfers and litigation.

John Dong, Partner in Baohua Law Firm, said: 

We could not be more excited about joining ELLINT. It gives us a great opportunity to create a competitive advantage for our firm and the other members of ELLINT. Nowadays with so many companies expanding and employees moving around the world, clients need advisers who can help and guide them in more than one jurisdiction. ELLINT will help us connect the Chinese and European markets and beyond, so that potential clients can reach out and learn more about what we do. That is the common goal shared by all members of ELLINT. We have a strong belief that ELLINT will make it easier for all its members to provide comprehensive legal services to clients worldwide.”

Darren Clayton, Ellint Chairman and Doyle Clayton’s Senior Partner, said:  

ELLINT’s organisation has grown to cover the major European legal hubs and centres. With clients increasingly asking for our help with their existing Chinese operations as well as looking to take advantage of the opportunities that the country provides, expanding into Asia was a logical move. It was essential to choose the right partner to make this next step. Baohua Law has impressed us greatly with its dynamism and entrepreneurial outlook. The firm is an excellent fit with ELLINT’s other members and their client bases and we are delighted to welcome them into the organisation.” 

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