Mandarin Skills

Be at the heart of a global law firm.


It’s no secret that the global influence of China is continuing to grow.

To achieve its desired position as a powerhouse of the global economy and become less dependent on other major trading partners, Chinese corporations need to continue winning in new markets and making strategic acquisitions that strengthen their hand across the world. At A&O, we’re already one step ahead in capturing the opportunities that this brings. 
The growth of China globally has a fundamental impact on our strategy and the way in which we structure our China-focused operations. No longer is it just the domain of our Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. To future-proof our Chinese business, we need to build and strengthen our relationships with Chinese clients from right here in London, in Europe and around the world.
We pride ourselves on being skilled for today and tomorrow. That’s why we need Mandarin speakers to join us and work across a variety of practices, tackle complex legal issues and exciting large cross-border transactions and provide strategic advice in the boardroom of our big name Chinese clients in their own language.

Jane Jiang - Litigation Partner, Shanghai

What really makes our China strategy stand out is the combination of inbound and outbound work.

Helping clients move into China, and  helping Chinese clients expand internationally. It could be an arbitration relating to a Chinese client’s US$10 billion dollar project in Latin America or it could be defending a Chinese financial institution. You get to see the complete landscape: both sides of the matter and both sides of the culture. 

High calibre legal skills are as critical as ever, but the ability to speak Mandarin and deliver technical advice in a culturally sensitive way really differentiates you. You can sit and talk to clients in their own language, making it easier to build trusted relationships, breaking into new markets together. It’s incredibly rewarding. Nothing beats reading the law in its original language. You’re privy to all the contextual implications and can glean a lot more insight. Exposure to our entire global network and multiple cultures, working styles and personalities is very enriching. I started my career in the Shanghai office, worked for four years in our Hong Kong office, then nine years in our Beijing office before returning to our Shanghai office. I frequently work from our London, Paris and New York offices when I travel. Working with five different offices on two matters with A&O specialists in IP, antitrust, restructuring and banking is a typical deal for me.

As a bilingual and bicultural lawyer, you can double your value in the firm which puts you leaps and bounds ahead in your career. A&O reward based on your value, merit and abilities, so it’s exactly the right place to accelerate your legal career.

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