Ashurst former senior partner hired as strategic adviser to Chinese ally

Ashurst’s Chinese alliance firm, Guantao, is taking a serious look at its long-term strategy, and is drafting in former Ashurst senior partner Geoffrey Green as an adviser. 

Green has a wealth of experience in Asia, having followed up his senior partner role with that of Asia managing partner until retirement last year – making him a good person to help Guantao navigate its way through the choppy seas of internationalisation.

As Guantao managing partner Cui Liguo told The Lawyer, Chinese firms still have a lot to learn from their international counterparts and a good way for them to advance is to access and leverage international firms’ existing experience and expertise.

Many of Guantao’s domestic peers would agree – hiring foreign consultants for strategic advice is a growing trend among Chinese firms.

Last year, former Norton Rose Fulbright Beijing head Peter Burrows joined newly established Beijing firm DaHui Lawyers as a senior consultant, while a year earlier General Electric’s former Asia Pacific general counsel Steve Maloy took up a similar role at Beijing-headquartered Chinese law firm JT&N with the aim of helping the firm grow its international practice.

Clearly Chinese firms are not shy of making the most of their overseas’ colleagues experience.

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Yun Kriegler