In a somewhat rare twist, and APAC-based firm is looking outside the region and is opening its flagship office in Europe. Pinsent Masons has launched a seven partner office in Munich, giving it its first beachhead in mainland Europe. We say this is relatively rare because over the past few years, it has been more the case that we see more U.S. and U.K. firms moving into Asia and Australia rather than the other way around, but Pinsent is banking on a truly global legal economy, where, despite a sluggish economy, a firm can’t afford not to have a physical presence in the West:
“The launch represents the latest international expansion by Pinsent Masons as it drives forward its global sector strategy; the new office will play a key role in delivering core services to the advanced manufacturing and technology sector, working closely with the UK and China offices.
The firm has had an international presence for over 30 years after it first launched in China. Since then it has also opened in Singapore in 2007, Dubai in 2008 and Qatar in 2011. In 2010 the firm entered into a long-term cooperation with Beijing HeSen.
Chris Mullen, Senior Partner at Pinsent Masons said, ‘While we have been advising German clients and international businesses operating in Germany for many years, this new direction in our continuing international expansion gives us the ability to provide top quality advice on the ground to major German companies in their domestic market and also to service the cross-border needs of international companies operating from, or coming into, Germany. Linked to our continued investment in Asia Pacific, and in particular our recent recruitment of Bernd Uwe-Stucken in Shanghai, it also ensures we are well positioned to provide a legal gateway between mainland Europe and China.’”
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