BLP announces it is fully operational in Hong Kong

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced today (27 October 2011) that its office in Hong Kong is fully operational. This follows the appointment of Michael Tam as a partner.

Michael is qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales. His professional experience includes 14 years in Hong Kong with Linklaters and before that Clifford Chance. He is an expert in China-related M&A and foreign direct investment work with a particular focus on energy, mining, utilities, real estate and infrastructure projects. He will be joined by five other lawyers who were previously at leading local firms.

Two London BLP partners, David Robins (Corporate)  and Victoria Gardner (Real Estate), have also relocated to Hong Kong. They will provide clients with international real estate and infrastructure development and funding expertise.

The Hong Kong launch follows significant investment by BLP in Singapore and South-East Asia, where it recently doubled in size following the hire of new office head Alistair Duffield and a team of lawyers from Holman Fenwick Willan.

Michael Tam said: “The plan has been to build a high quality team with multi-disciplinary skills to support a differentiated focus on foreign direct investment in China in areas here the firm already has a strong brand and client base. The Hong Kong office, in addition to our growing Singapore presence, will provide a significant capability in the wider Asia region.”

Neville Eisenberg, BLP’s Managing Partner, said:“We are very happy to have someone of Michael’s calibre join the firm.  Now that our office in Kong is operational, we will focus on building the team and engaging with clients.”

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