PwC Legal chief puts Asia growth at top of agenda

PricewaterhouseCooper’s legal arm, PwC Legal, has set out ambitions to become a global top-20 legal services player within the next five years, putting growth in Asia at the top of the expansion tree

Yun Kriegler

“We’re keen on opportunities in Asia and Africa,” legal services chief Leon Flavell says. “This is largely to do with businesses coming out from countries such as China and Japan requiring legal services support in Europe as well as global companies looking to have help from us on the ground in many emerging markets, such as China and Indonesia.”

Flavell isn’t the only one to spot opportunities in the market. Last week, US firm Pillsbury boosted its energy and projects practice in Japan through hires from Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons, while Berwin Leighton Paisner unveiled plans to bolster its Asian network.

Herbert Smith Freehills, meanwhile, installed China chief Justin D’Agostino as its new global dispute resolution head.

All eyes are on Asia as the region becomes the new battleground for law firms.

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