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Hogan and Hartson chairman J Warren Gorrell recently passed through Hong Kong for the opening of the law firm's Hong Kong office. Here he explains how in-bound and out-bound MA in the US is affected by geopolitics.

You've just opened a new office in Hong Kong. Why

Gorrell We first opened in Beijing in 2002, and in Shanghai in 2004, and now Hong Kong. So we've been pretty aggressive trying to further develop our Chinese practice. It's a great market for a firm like Hogan Hartson. I first came to China in 1982.

We decided to open in Beijing initially because one...

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