SJ Berwin looks at China, Russia, India expansion

SJ Berwin looks at China, Russia, India expansion” />SJ Berwin is examining expansion possibilities into China, India and Russia following the completion of an internal strategy review earlier this year.

The silver circle firm is understood to be examining opportunities to launch, develop local alliances or generate more work from the three developing jurisdictions.

Former senior partner David Harrel is leading the review of the Indian market, IP partner Ray Black is overseeing China, while co-head of international arbitration David Goldberg is reviewing Russia.

Senior partner Jonathan Blake told The Lawyer that the review of the three jurisdictions was a key initiative of a new international working group set up to examine opportunities outside of the firm’s existing network.

As part of SJ Berwin’s wider international plans, head of competition Stephen Kon was also appointed to the new role of international practice partner in May, overseeing the expansion of the firm’s international referral network in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the US.

Blake said the international working group is one of nine such groups created to review the firm’s strategic agendas following the completion of a strategy review earlier this year.

The review, launched last year by SJ Berwin’s 10-member strategy group, was conducted with the assistance of management consultants Hildebrandt.

The other working groups will examine culture and values, growth models and profitability, connecting the partnership and network, corporate and finance, real estate and real estate investment trusts, winning the war on talent, contentious business and corporate and social responsibility.

The groups are a key initiative pushed by Blake since his official appointment as senior partner and chair of the strategy committee in May.