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Taylor Wessing is planning further expansion across Asia after entering into a formal association with 10-partner Indonesian firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP).
The move follows an announcement earlier this year that the group’s Singapore member, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, would launch a regional network under which it would form associations with local firms across the South East Asian region (29 July 2013).
When The Lawyer reported on the plans in July, the Jakarta-based firm was pegged to be one of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s association firms (29 July 2013). The firms have been close partners for the last two years.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing said it would initially formalise relationships with local counsel in Indonesia, Vietman, Malaysia and Thailand, but plans to expand its regional network to cover the whole Asean (the Association of South East Asian Nations) region.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing managing partner Tan Chong Huat said in a statement: “In Singapore we are fortunate to have grown into new markets, and developed practice specialisms along the way. Our partnership with HPRP, one of the most respected law firms in Indonesia, will give a tremendous boost to our regional South-east Asian practice.”
Tan is planning to formalise relationships with firms that RHTLaw has been working with in the region. He launched RHT in June 2011 after taking 100 staff and lawyers, including 24 partners, from his former firm KhattarWong.
Several other international firms have entered into similar arrangements with local Indonesian firms in recent years. Earlier this year White & Case entered into an association with Indonesian firm MD & Partners six years after ending its association with local firm Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro (30 January 2013). In 2012 Hogan Lovells entered into an association with Indonesian law firm Hermawan Juniarto (19 April 2012), while in 2011 O’Melveny & Myers entered into an association with Tumbuan & Partners (8 November 2011).
Ashurst also gained an association with Oentoeng Suria & Partners following its tie-up with Australia’s Blake Dawson and Norton Rose signed an alliance with Susandarini & Partners (1 March 2011).