Lovells embarks on unique alliance with nine Chinese firms

Lovells has strengthened its presence in the Chinese market via a tie up with nine local firms.

The Sino-Global Legal Alliance (SGLA) is an alliance between Lovells, which already has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and nine firms across China’s key economic regions.

According to Crispin Rapinet, Lovells Asia regional managing partner, the alliance is unique in that it will allow the firm to capture work generated across the Chinese market as well as out-bound mandates.

“No other individual, international or domestic law firm in China can deliver as comprehensive a service in terms of permitted scope of legal advice, breadth of practice area expertise, or geographical coverage,” he said.

Rapinet said the alliance had been formed in response to growing demand from Chinese and foreign clients for coordinated domestic and international legal support covering a number of Chinese cities as well as markets outside China.

The firms signed up to the alliance are Allbright in Shanghai, China Commercial in Shenzen, Deheng in Qingdao, Dewell in Wuhan, Guangda in Guangzhou, Join & High in Tianjin, Solton & Partners in Chongqing, T&C in Hangzhou and Wang Wu Yang & Ma in Shenyang.

Specialist lawyers in each of the SGLA practice areas will work together in cross-alliance teams. Lovells is already working with SGLA member firms on various projects across finance, dispute resolution and IP practice areas and at least half the member firms have referred or been referred work as a result of the alliance.