Taylor Wessing engages BRIC ‘territory partners’

Taylor Wessing has put growth in the BRIC territories (Brazil, Russia, India, China) at the forefront of its international plans with the appointment of ’territory partners’ to oversee development in key jurisdictions as the firm examines the possibility of opening new offices.

Corporate partners Richard Bursby, Robert Fenner and David Roberts have, in the past two months, been handed responsibility for exploring business opportunities in Brazil, China/Hong Kong and Russia, respectively.

In Brazil and Russia, where Taylor Wessing does not currently have offices, the partners will put ­together due diligence reports to present to the firm’s international board.

Managing partner Tim Eyles said: “It’s potentially with a view to opening up in our own right [in those jurisdictions] at some point in the future.

“We’re not going to rush into all these territories but they merit serious consideration. We think there will be opportunities for us.”

Eyles added that another possibility for Taylor Wessing, aside from opening its own offices, would be to build up ’best friends’ networks with local firms.

The new appointees join a group of existing territory partners, all appointed in the past 12 months in the wake of the firm’s strategy review. They have responsibility for Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Far East, India, the Middle East and the US.

Taylor Wessing’s global strategy has also recently seen it introduce a global key client programme, replacing existing local lists as the firm seeks to further integrate its international offices. The list includes Deutsche Post, Google and Nike.