TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announced
today it is strengthening its long-standing commitment to China with
the official opening of the Gowlings International Inc. Representative
Office in Beijing.
"With the opening of our Beijing office, Gowlings continues to focus on
international work and to support the evolving needs of our clients
seeking to capitalize on the economic opportunities associated with the
world's fastest growing market," said R. Scott Jolliffe, Gowlings'
Chair and Chief Executive Officer. "With our established and
experienced networks in China, Gowlings is taking an important step
forward in providing on the ground liaison, co-ordination and support
in a country known for its high-growth enterprises and
Gowlings' strong commitment to China began in 1985 when it became the
first international law firm to file a patent application in the
country. Since then, Gowlings has built a global China team composed of
more than 100 professionals, including several who are fluent in
Mandarin or Cantonese.
Gowlings brings a strong team of legal experts with proven foreign
investment knowledge in the industry sectors that align with China's
growth, including natural resources, energy, mining, financial
services, manufacturing, technology and life sciences. Gowlings also
boasts strong expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions
and government relations, which are critical in China's growing desire
to expand in other countries, including Canada.
The Firm's professional team also brings insight into the social,
cultural and legal differences between Canada and China, which are
essential to bilateral trade and investment with China.
"Having an office in Beijing is reflective of the fast-changing nature
of our global economy," said Clark M. Roberts, Chief Representative in
Beijing. "As one of the largest law firms in Canada, we have a
responsibility to our clients to remain at the forefront of global
economic trends, and we believe our Beijing office strengthens our
ability to reach out to the market in a city that is increasingly
shaping our global economic future."
Founded in 1887, Gowlings is one of Canada's largest law firms, with
offices across the country, as well as in Moscow, London and Beijing.
The Firm offers a diverse range of services to assist Canadian and
international organizations in achieving their business objectives.
Recognized for excellence in business law, advocacy and intellectual
property, Gowlings provides dedicated industry expertise in the energy,
oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, life sciences, government,
financial services, technology and manufacturing sectors. Combining
traditional legal services with innovative solutions in a number of
highly specialized areas of law and business such as international tax
planning and listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Gowlings is
Canada's go-to law firm. Visit www.gowlings.com.
SOURCE Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
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