Osborne Clarke unveils Association with Koh Vass & Co in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 08 September, 2015 – International legal practice Osborne Clarke has today launched its formal Association with Hong Kong-based firm Koh Vass & Co (“Koh Vass”), offering leading cross-border advisory services for clients operating between Europe, Asia and the US.

The Association with Koh Vass forms a key part of Osborne Clarke’s expansion plans in Asia Pacific.

Simon Beswick, CEO of Osborne Clarke’s international organisation says: “This is a powerful step in our plans to serve clients in Asia Pacific and builds upon our close working relationship with BTG Legal in India, formed by the previous head of our India Group, Prashant Mara. This Association ensures that we are not just meeting clients’ needs across Europe but in Asia too.

“The team’s sector focused approach and deep knowledge of the Asian markets strengthens our ability to provide clients insightful advice in an often complex international business environment.”

John Koh, Managing Partner, Koh Vass, commented: “Osborne Clarke is a firm at the cutting edge. Their reputation as a leading digital business firm and in other sectors says it all.

“My colleagues and I have many years’ experience in the digital business sector as well as acting for retail and other clients. Entering into an Association with Osborne Clarke was a natural decision as the two firms have natural synergies, which fits with our clients’ expectations. A sector based approach has always been critical to the way we operate and is fundamental to Osborne Clarke’s business too.”

Koh Vass will provide clients with specialist PRC advice, led by registered foreign lawyer, Guohua Zhang who has been seconded as a Consultant to Koh Vass from a leading Chinese law firm.

A registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong and fluent in English, Mandarin and the Shanghai dialect, Guohua Zhang’s practice areas include investment, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial advice in China. He regularly advises on the legal frameworks for undertaking business in China, appropriate corporate structures, underlying contractual arrangements, regulatory compliance, labour and employment matters, and other wide-ranging legal issues concerning international clients in China.