Addleshaw Goddard enters into a Hong Kong association

Addleshaw Goddard has forged an association with a newly-established Hong Kong firm, which has been launched by Minter Ellison’s head of litigation Nigel Francis and DLA Piper corporate partner Brett Stewien.

The association with Stewien & Co, as the firm is branded, will see Francis and Stewien become partners of Addleshaw Goddard, which opened an office in Hong Kong in May (3 May 2013).

The Hong Kong office is led by the firm’s international managing partner Andrew Carpenter and international arbitration partner Jonathan Tattersall. It is the firm’s second base in Asia, following the Singapore launch a year ago (2 April 2012).

The new association will allow Addleshaw Goddard to offer local litigation and corporate legal advice.

“Increasing levels of business between China and the Gulf as well as the strong connections between China and Africa will also provide many opportunities for our Hong Kong team to combine with our wider network,” said Carpenter.

Francis is qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales and has been involved in major disputes cases, while Stewien is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales and Victoria, Australia with a focus on cross-border M&A, investment and other corporate transactions.

Entering into an association with newly established Hong Kong firms with hand-picked partners has become the mainstream approach for international firms to enter the domestic market. Over the past year, RPC launched an association with Smyth & Co (13 July 2012) and US firm Locke Lord sealed an association with Cheung & Lee (13 March 2013)