Reed Smith LLP will establish a presence in China when it merges with a Hong Kong firm on Jan. 1.
The partners of Richards Butler Hong Kong will become partners in Reed Smith, an international law firm originally founded in Pennsylvania. The firm has 77 lawyers in three Virginia offices, located in Falls Church, Richmond and Leesburg.
The Richards firm has more than 110 lawyers in Hong Kong and has an office in Beijing. There are plans to establish a practice in Shanghai.