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Anglo-American Firms Face Identity Choice in Asia

, The Asian Lawyer

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Should firms like DLA Piper or Hogan Lovells pitch themselves as British or American in Asia? At most firms resulting from transatlantic mergers, the British side brought more to the table in Asia and continues to run the show there. But there are also strong incentives to accentuate their American identities.

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  • Esquire

    Jury is out on whether it should be American or Chinese, but the managing partner should clearly not be British. That ship sailed in 1997.

  • Esquire

    Jury is out on whether it should be American or Chinese, but the managing partner should clearly not be British. That ship sailed in 1997.

  • Randall Goodden

    Good article. It would seem logical for Anglo/American firms throughout Asia, especially in China, to be managed by the American partner, and there is more to be gained by the Chinese to learn how the American Legal system works, as the U.S. is the most litigious nation in the world, and China‘s largest export customer, many times that of the UK or EU.

    I have been working with manufacturers throughout China and Asia and teaching product safety & liability seminars to their management teams for the past 7 years, and if Asian countries like China can learn how to put themselves in the best light in the U.S., they will be in the best position in any country worldwide.

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