Green has a wealth of experience in Asia, having followed up his senior partner role with that of Asia managing partner until retirement last year – making him a good person to help Guantao navigate its way through the choppy seas of internationalisation.
As Guantao managing partner Cui Liguo told The Lawyer, Chinese firms still have a lot to learn from their international counterparts and a good way for them to advance is to access and leverage international firms’ existing experience and expertise.
Many of Guantao’s domestic peers would agree – hiring foreign consultants for strategic advice is a growing trend among Chinese firms.
Last year, former Norton Rose Fulbright Beijing head Peter Burrows joined newly established Beijing firm DaHui Lawyers as a senior consultant, while a year earlier General Electric’s former Asia Pacific general counsel Steve Maloy took up a similar role at Beijing-headquartered Chinese law firm JT&N with the aim of helping the firm grow its international practice.
Clearly Chinese firms are not shy of making the most of their overseas’ colleagues experience.
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