As SJ Berwin’s combination with King & Wood Mallesons goes live today, the enlarged Swiss Verein has established a new global organisational structure aimed at installing practice and sector integration.
The newly merged firm will be governed by the international management committee (IMC), consisting of 12 members in total with each of the three legacy firms having equal representation on the board. The IMC, led by global chairman Wang Junfeng, is responsible for strategy, integration, governance and other major decisions.
Legacy SJ Berwin’s senior partner Stephen Kon, managing partner Rob Day, and board members Maxence Bloch, a Paris-based corporate partner, and Stefan Kruger, a Frankfurt-based IP partner, have been added to the IMC, alongside head of international funds Jonathan Blake and disputes head Craig Pollack, who join as alternates.
The remaining board members are: Wang Junfeng, global chair, Beijing; Stuart Fuller, global managing partner, Hong Kong; Wang Ling, China managing partner, Beijing; Wang Rongkang partner, Shenzhen; Zhang Yi, partner, Hong Kong; Stephen Minns, global co-deputy chair, Melbourne; Sue Kench, Australia managing partner and partner David Friedlander, who are both based in Sydney.
In a bid to ensure integration between large practice areas across the network, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has formed an international business development committee (BDC) and appointed nine global practice co-ordinators to the committee.
The global co-ordinators (see a full list below), working through the BDC and reporting to the IMC, are responsible for coordinating business plans into a global strategy for their practice team, and will aid communication, coordination, internal secondments and drive global business development initiatives.
The nine global co-ordinators on the business development committee are:
Antitrust & Regulatory- Simon Holmes (London)
Banking & Finance- Yuen-Yee Cho (Sydney)
Corporate, M&A and Securities- Rupert Li (Hong Kong)
Dispute Resolution/ Litigation- Beau Deleuil (Sydney)
Projects (Energy & Resources)- Handel Lee (Beijing)
Funds/ Private Equity- Jonathan Blake (London)
Intellectual Property- Zhu Nongfan (Beijing)
Real Estate- Byran Pickup (London)
Tax- Justin Cherrington (Sydney)
For more on the merger watch our video interview with KWMSJB global co-deputy chairman Stephen Kon.