Jurisdiction - China
Asia Pacific – Herbert Smith Freehills Launched.

2 October, 2012



Herbert Smith Freehills launched yesterday to become the largest fully integrated law firm in Asia Pacific and the world’s eighth largest law firm. 
The full equity merger, agreed by the partnerships of the legacy firms in June, has created a firm which will operate under a single profit pool from today and offer clients a leading integrated service across its 20 offices.  Comprehensive integration plans have been put in place and are now being rolled out.  
David Willis and Gavin Bell will be the joint CEO's of Herbert Smith Freehills. David Willis said:
"The creation of Herbert Smith Freehills gives us the opportunity to provide clients with the type of capability they increasingly value – a leading origin-to-destination service across a single global platform."
"A key priority for us will be further international expansion.  We recognise that the firm's global reach, when combined with our industry sector strengths and balance of disputes and transactional expertise, will be the foundation on which we can build strong and deep client relationships."
Gavin Bell said:
"We’re gratified by the positive response we've had from our clients.  Whether they have international or domestic operations, they recognise the benefits a greater global perspective will bring to their matters."
"This merger reflects the changing global landscape and the rebalancing of world economies.  Over the next decade Asia Pacific will increasingly become the engine room of the world economy, and as the leading integrated firm in the region we will be ideally placed to help our clients take advantage of that."
For more information, please contact:
Wendy Kam, Herbert Smith

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