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
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
"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."
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.
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