Cooperation Agreements strengthen ties with China

5 December 2012

HopgoodGanim is pleased to announce that it has signed cooperation agreements with two of China’s leading law firms, Dacheng Law Offices LLP and Zhejiang T&C Law Firm.

This announcement follows HopgoodGanim’s recent move into the Western Australian market through its merger with Perth-based Q Legal.

According to HopgoodGanim managing partner Bruce Humphrys, the cooperation agreements with Dacheng and T&C are key to the firm building long-term relationships in the Chinese market.

“These agreements create a dedicated framework that will help facilitate the leveraging of synergies between our firms in their respective markets.”

Mr Humphrys says that the agreements outline the ways in which the firms will share information and resources, based on the principles of mutual benefit and understanding.

“The agreements outline a number of ways in which the firms will cooperate, including through secondments, referrals and the joint pursuit of new opportunities.”

Mr Humphrys says the activities undertaken and information exchanged will focus on HopgoodGanim’s core sectoral strengths, including resources, construction and infrastructure, agribusiness and tourism.

“These industries are key drivers of growth in the two states of Australia we’re now focused in - Queensland and Western Australia”, he says. “Furthermore, the Queensland Government, in particular, is focused on growing a ‘four pillar’ economy based on the state’s strengths in these areas.

“As these are areas in which HopgoodGanim offers considerable experience and resources, it makes sense for us to look for opportunities further afield and to establish ways in which we can successfully offer our expertise to Chinese law firms, companies and investors, who are showing a lot of interest in these growth industries.”

Humphrys says that the firm is committed to working closely with the region, and that delegations from HopgoodGanim visited China three times during 2012, with stops in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

“In July 2012, our team also travelled as part of the business delegation to encourage Chinese investment into Australia, with the Queensland Treasurer and the Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.

“We’re delighted to be working closely with Dacheng and T&C to increase our knowledge of and presence in the Chinese market.”

Dacheng Law Offices LLP is one of China’s largest commercial law firms, with 37 offices in mainland China and seven offices overseas. It offers a full range of legal services including M&A, capital markets, mining and resources, construction and infrastructure, real estate and dispute resolution.

Zhejiang T&C Law Firm is a founding member of the Sino-Global Legal Alliance, with expertise including capital markets, real estate and construction, international trade and foreign direct investment.

Esther Cohen, Senior Communications Advisor
Tel: 07 3024 0192