British law firm Penningtons Manches has expanded its overseas presence by opening a office in San Francisco’s financial district.

The San Francisco office will be headed by corporate and technology partner James Klein and IP/IT partner Hamish Corner.

It will provide English law advice on corporate, IP, immigration, and employment matters for US businesses, in particular technology-focused companies, undertaking corporate activity in the UK and Europe.

Through the new office, the firm will also aim to boost its existing cross-border M&A practice in addition to strengthening its position as a US/UK inward investment specialist.

The office will also assist other sectors including cloud-based IT services, data analytics and big data, internet and e-commerce, life sciences and renewable energy.

David Raine, CEO of Penningtons Manches, said: "The launch of our San Francisco office is not only a clear statement of intent about our international aspirations but shows how much the team has achieved in a short period of time in terms of building relationships and winning West Coast clients.

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"We are delighted to be able to help to service the sector’s growing need for UK and EU advice as technology companies expand the scope of their operations outside the US," he added.