RPC opens in Hong Kong with 40-strong team

29 Jun, 2012

City law firm RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP) will be opening a Hong Kong office in August with an initial team of over 40 people, including five partners.


The partners – who will be joining from legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and local law firm CdB and JC & Co – are:

·         Jason Carmichael           (CdB and JC& Co – corporate, M&A)

·         Andrew Horton              (BLG – shipping)

·         Antony Sassi                    (BLG – insurance, reinsurance, commercial litigation)

·         David Smyth                    (BLG – insurance, reinsurance, commercial litigation)

·         Gary Yin                             (BLG – shipping and commercial litigation)


The office will focus on a broad mix of insurance, litigation and corporate work, and mirrors RPC’s existing practice in the UK and elsewhere in Asia.


RPC Managing Partner Jonathan Watmough (pictured) says: “It’s been a year of growth for us. Establishing a presence in Hong Kong marks the next step in the development of our practice in Asia, and gives us an excellent platform for further growth in the region following the opening of our Singapore office last November.”


“The partners and their teams joining us have all been practising in Hong Kong and across Asia for many years, and have an established client base and an excellent local reputation. This means we’ll be able to hit the ground running, and start bringing our reputation for excellent client service to bear in new markets from day one.”


“We are focused on growing our business, growing it in the right way – and, crucially, with the right high quality people delivering a high quality legal service.”


“The team we have hired matches our ambitions, and approaches the way it supports its clients in a similar way to us – really understanding the commercial implications of the legal advice they are giving.”


“It’s an exciting time at RPC, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with the new team and continuing to grow our presence in Asia.”

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