31 July 2013

King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin combine to create first global law firm headquartered in Asia

The Power of Together - Connecting Asia to the world and the world to Asia

King & Wood Mallesons and leading international law firm SJ Berwin announced today a world first legal combination, marking the next step for their clients in building a new global law firm based in Asia.

The combination continues to reshape the global legal industry with King & Wood Mallesons being the only global law firm which is headquartered in the Asia Pacific and focused on connecting Asia to the world and the world to Asia. The combination of the Asian regional powerhouse and SJ Berwin’s European and Middle East top quality capability provides regional and international clients with a unique choice among traditional global elite firms.

Global Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons, Stuart Fuller said that the combination of King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin builds on the success of King & Wood Mallesons and confirms its position as a global law firm.

“We are delighted to welcome SJ Berwin on board. This will provide our clients in the region with a first class platform and an entrepreneurial spirit to support their international expansion. It will also provide international clients with the best gateway to Asia with a global firm that has superb transactional crossborder skills and which understands local cultures. Only King & Wood Mallesons can connect its capabilities to the region’s opportunities in a way that makes a real difference to our clients.”

King & Wood Mallesons Chairman, Wang Junfeng, said: “There are significant synergies between our firms. We share the same values, goals, client focus and entrepreneurial drive. King & Wood Mallesons has always been a pioneer in Asia and the combination with SJ Berwin cements our position as the global law firm for the future.”

The Senior Partner of SJ Berwin, Stephen Kon, said: “Throughout its history, SJ Berwin has prided itself on being innovative. It has been prepared to be bold and challenge the market. This combination was the logical next step for the network. It positions our clients, partners and people to engage fully with the Asian Century, representing an opportunity for us to build a law firm for the future which is worthy of all we have achieved at SJ Berwin with our clients to date.”

From 1 November 2013, the King & Wood Mallesons network will become one of the top 25 law firms in the world. With more than 2,700 lawyers, including more than 550 partners in 30 locations across the world, including China, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and the US.


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