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‘Closer ties’: Kennedys enters formal agreement with Chinese firm

Kennedys has entered into a co-operation agreement with Chinese law firm AnJie as it further boosts its presence in Asia.

AnJie, which is noted in The Legal 500 as having ‘strong power and infrastructure credentials’, has offices in both Beijing and Shanghai with its main practice areas including antitrust and competition, intellectual property, real estate, litigation and arbitration, and banking and finance.

Both firms share a focus on the insurance sector, with key areas of co-operation planned to be corporate insurance and insurance dispute resolution. The two firms will also assist each other’s clients in acquisitions, investments, anti-trust, dispute resolution and regulatory issues.

Nick Thomas, senior partner at Kennedys said: ‘This co-operation progresses a long term working relationship with AnJie, and marks the beginning of even closer ties for Kennedys with the People’s Republic of China.’

Zhan Hao, managing partner of AnJie added: ‘It will help us to serve a wider range of clients, and is a natural extension to what we already do. There are a lot of similarities between our firms, and we have already worked seamlessly with Kennedys on various projects.’

In December, Kennedys boosted its Asia presence with the hire of a seven-lawyer aviation team in Singapore. This new co-operation agreement with AnJie takes the firm’s total number of offices and cooperation’s to 30 worldwide.