Opening of Gowlings International Inc. Representative Office in Beijing Reflects Growing Opportunities in China

BEIJING, China and Vancouver, BC, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The opening of a Representative Office of Gowlings International Inc. in Beijing reflects the immense opportunities associated with China, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said today.

Gowlings International Inc. is the international arm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, one of Canada's largest law firms.

Speaking at an event in Beijing to celebrate the opening of the new office, the Premier noted that British Columbia is strategically positioned to benefit from emerging trade opportunities and attract new markets for its products and services.

"Gowlings' presence in China is a clear sign of the immense opportunities resulting from growing bilateral trade and investment flows with China," Premier Clark said. "The on-the-ground expertise that Gowlings provides is a significant asset for companies involved in business ventures in the Chinese and B.C. markets, and illustrates how business can partner with government in opening new markets."

The Premier spoke at the Gowlings function as part of a trade mission to China to promote Canada Starts Here - the BC Jobs Plan, which aims to expand and open new markets for B.C.-based companies in the Asia-Pacific region in order to create new, long-term jobs at home.  During the two-week trade mission, the Premier will work to strengthen existing relationships and open new doors for B.C. exports, setting the stage for future jobs and economic diversification.

The mission is focused on opportunities in the resources sector - mining, energy and forestry - as well as seafood, transportation and education.

The sectoral focus of B.C.'s mission aligns well with Gowlings' professional strengths, said Gowlings' Managing Partner, External, Stephen Pike. "Gowlings brings a strong legal team with proven expertise in the industry sectors that align with China's growth, which include natural resources, financial services, manufacturing, technology and life sciences."

He added, "Gowlings also boasts strong expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and government relations, which are critical to China's growing desire to expand in other countries, including Canada. The Firm's professional team brings insight into the social, cultural and legal differences between Canada and China."

Both the Premier and Gowlings recognize that China is a key world market - with fast growing, dynamic economies and a large emerging-middle class.

"With the opening of our Beijing office, Gowlings continues to focus on global trade and investment which supports the evolving needs of our clients seeking to capitalize on the economic opportunities associated with the world's fastest growing market," said Stephen Pike.  "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 entrepreneurship."

About Gowlings

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 entities 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 law firm of choice. Visit www.gowlings.com.

Image with caption: "BC Premier Clark speaking at the opening of Gowlings International Inc. Representative Office in Beijing: "a clear sign of the immense opportunities resulting from growing bilateral trade and investment flows with China" (CNW Group/Gowlings International Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111110_C4178_PHOTO_EN_6468.jpg

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