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Hogan Lovells to jump on Aussie bandwagon

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  • Why do firms consider that Australia holds the key to Asia? Australia clearly hasn't suffered due to the resources-based economy but why do firms think that it is Asia's back door when they have countless offices in the continent already? Hong Kong is still half way between UK and Aus - if you fly Virgin.

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  • Dear Anonymous
    Just two brief insights.
    I live and Sydney. Here the question was repeatedly asked 15 years ago: "Why do CEOs of major corporations elect to put national headquarters time and again in Sydney, not say Melbourne or other Australian cities?" The answer, because a home near Sydney harbour and enjoying the Sydney lifestyle simply thrilled the CEO. I'm dead serious, this was the result of a repeated pattern. Maybe lawyers are not different?
    Humour aside and sticking still to English/Australian spelling, I've lectured or run 1 to 2 day workshops on contract law and practice in Australia, United States, Singapore and Malaysia. In those last two cities practising lawyers have attended from China, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Vietnam. What I've learned is that to the extent that those lawyers need to understand Common Law for contracts, they are just as satisfied hearing it from an Australian lawyer as much as one resident in their country.

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