Opportunity for Korean launch is a ‘true honour’
Clifford Chance is preparing to set sail for the Republic of Korea this month after its application to open an office in Seoul was approved by the country’s Ministry of Justice.
But it might not all be plain sailing – before the firm can hang their ‘open for business’ sign they first need to get the final nod of approval from the Korean Bar Association. Nevertheless, they’re optimistic they’ll be up and running before the end of 2012, with Brian Cassidy blazing the Asian trail as head.
Peter Charlton, Clifford Chance’s Managing Partner for Asia Pacific said:
We are delighted that our application to open an office in Seoul has been successful and are truly honoured to be one of the first law firms approved. Our office in Seoul is a natural extension of our over 30-year history of working with Korean clients. It is also an important part of our Asia Pacific strategy to extend our coverage through new offices.
But it seems that CC aren’t the only firm to think that the only way is east. International firm Trowers and Hamlins also launched a new office in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur this month. The opening of the regional office aims to address increasing demand for the firm’s expertise and knowledge in emerging markets, such as Malaysia.
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