Weekend Wrap: Firms focus on global outlook

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Making news this week an international law firm bolstered its team as a part of its Asia-pacific expansion, a US-based firm revealed its global integration strategy and a global legal outsourcing company recorded impressive growth.
As part of its Asia-Pacific expansion, major international law firm Withers hired a team of Sydney and Singapore based corporate and commercial lawyers from hotel and hospitality specialist firm Ryan Lawyers.
Leading Withers’ Asia-Pacific hotels practice will be Robert Williams, who previously headed up Ryan Lawyers’ Australian business. Joining Williams will be partner Justin Gross, consultant Chris Greiner and associate Vivian Chen.
“Hotels and resort investment and development in Asia is growing steadily with S$12bn in transactions expected in 2016.  We believe that combining our industry experience with Withers’ reach and reputation makes for an unbeatable proposition for us and our clients,” Williams said.
US-based legal giant K&L Gates revealed its global integration strategy as legal clients become increasingly more global.
Speaking to Australasian Lawyer whilst visiting Australia this month, Dallas-based Craig Budner explained why integration delivers best practice.
“So what a fully integrated firm means is that a lawyer in London with a client relationship can meet with the client, ask them questions about their global objectives and actually instead of worrying about selling them something that they do, really give them an integrated solution that meets what they need as a client.”
Finally, global legal outsourcing company Integreon has recorded significant growth as lawyers search for greater efficiency.
Since entering the Australian market back in 2011, Integreon’s client base has grown by 80 per cent.
“Such growth is one of the reasons for the recent expansion of Integreon’s operations in India,” said CEO Bob Gogel.
Gogel said he expects further growth as the company continues to invest in its technology.
“We have responded with significant investments in our facilities and technology infrastructure, including nine new or expanded facilities over the last 18 months, as well as placing greater focus on how we are attracting the best talent from across the legal and business fields.”

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