Ius Laboris adds Eastern Europe and Middle East members

Employment law alliance Ius Laboris has appointed Ukrainian firm Vasil Kisil & Partners as a member while making Romania’s Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen and Middle East giant Al Tamimi & Company affiliate members.

The appointments were confirmed at a recent board meeting of the alliance. Ius Laboris now has 46 member firms, comprising over 1,000 lawyers in 43 countries worldwide.

The new members follow the announcement that Israeli firm Herzog Fox Neeman had become a Ius Laboris member at the end of 2012, together with new affiliate members Nitschneider & Novak in Slovakia and TransAsia Lawyers and Fangda Partners in China.

Ius Laboris is focusing its expansion efforts on growing economies such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Herzog Fox Neeman was the alliance’s first Middle Eastern member while Fangda and TransAsia’s appointments as affiliate members marked its first steps into the Pacific region.

Ius Laboris chairman Chris Engels, who was elected earlier this year (7 January 2013), said: “Our expansion in the Middle East is key to extending our services in these dynamic markets. The extension of our geographic footprint in Ukraine and Romania comes at a critical time for European labour markets and will be an invaluable resource to our multinational clients.”

However, the alliance lost its US member firm Littler Mendelson in late 2012 as the firm announced it was concentrating on global growth (11 October 2012).

Full members of Ius Laboris are board members, contributing to the alliance’s strategic direction. Meanwhile, affiliate members are not board members and do not have exclusivity within a jurisdiction.