Chinese whispers

And the prize for tenuous link of the year goes to… Clifford Chance.



And the prize for tenuous link of the year goes to… Clifford Chance.

In a press release heralding its role advising Aluminum Corporation of China on the acquisition of a stake in Rio Tinto, what do you think the firm managed to mention?Senior partner Stuart Popham’s recent trip to China, of course. As part of a delegation headed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, don’t you know?

The reason for linking the deal with the trip became clear when explained thus: “This [Popham’s trip as part of the PM’s delegation] represents one aspect of our involvement in and focus upon doing business in China.”

Just how the firm works Popham’s visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos into future releases remains to be seen.