Olswang strengthens China offering with addition of new consultant Andrew Halper
11 Jan, 2013
International technology, media and telecoms law firm Olswang has boosted its offering in the Asian market with the arrival of consultant Andrew Halper, who will draw on his extensive Chinese experience to further develop the firm’s offering in the area.
Formerly head of China at CMS Cameron McKenna, Andrew will be based in London with frequent travel to China, and will work closely with Olswang’s European and Asian teams, and selected Chinese firms, to advise companies looking to invest in China across a wide range of sectors, including media, technology, financial services and real estate. Andrew will also help Chinese businesses to enter markets outside of China, leveraging Olswang’s international expertise in corporate, regulatory, commercial, arbitration and litigation work.
Previously a Canadian diplomat as well as Director of the China Britain Business Council, Andrew was a partner at leading City firms for nearly 15 years. He worked in Beijing for seven years, and brings with him a network of clients in the area. Chambers International describes him as “a fluent Mandarin speaker (who) possesses extensive experience of helping clients overcome regulatory hurdles as they seek to invest in Chinese markets”.
Olswang has been operating in Asia since November 2011 and with the opening of an ASEAN-focused office in Singapore in 2012, the firm’s presence in Asia has flourished to include key clients in corporate, commercial and international arbitration. Olswang’s strong performance in Asia has recently gained external recognition with Chambers Asia Pacific ranking the firm’s India practice in its Corporate/M&A category and the Singapore office in its TMT category.
David Stewart, Olswang’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to our international practice to strengthen our offering in a key growth market like China. His extraordinary expertise will help Olswang consolidate its presence in Asia and we look forward to working with him on new cross-border matters.”