Osborne Clarke (OC) has taken another step into Asia by formalising its relationship with Hong Kong-based Koh Vass & Co, in a move which paves the way for a combination between the two firms.
OC said the association with Koh Vass, which specialises in the digital business sector, is a key part of its expansion plans in the Asia Pacific region. Under the arrangement OC will provide clients with specialist PRC advice, led by registered foreign lawyer Guohua Zhang who has been seconded as a consultant to Koh Vass from a Chinese law firm.
The formal association means that after three years OC can apply for permission to merge with Koh Vass, in accordance with Hong Kong legal regulations.
OC’s international chief executive Simon Beswick said: ‘The team’s sector focused approach and deep knowledge of the Asian markets strengthens our ability to provide clients insightful advice in an often complex international business environment.’
The multinational firm has 700 lawyers in 19 international offices, with India and Hong Kong being its first steps into Asia. The firm already has a partnership with BTG Legal in India which was founded by former OC partner Prashant Mara who had co-headed the firm’s India group.