Stibbe opens Hong Kong office as extension to China Practice
Brussels-Amsterdam-Luxembourg, 09/07/2012 – Stibbe, a leading Benelux law firm, announces the opening of its Hong Kong office. This extends its global reach through an increased international orientation, with its head offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, and Luxembourg and branch offices in London, New York, and Dubai.
Heleen Kersten, managing partner of Stibbe Amsterdam, says, “Our lawyers of the China Practice have gained a lot of experience in advising Chinese and Asian clients. In the past years, we have noticed an increase in business from that region. This is a logical next step for Stibbe.”
Stibbe’s Hong Kong office will be able to assist Chinese clients with their investments in Europe and support its Benelux clients with their activities in China. It will advise on corporate, financial, and tax law. Our local team will offer legal advice on Belgian and Dutch law. Thanks to the close cooperation with the Luxemburg office, Stibbe’s Asian clients will be able to rely on the full-service back up from its Benelux head offices.
Jan Peeters, managing partner of Stibbe Brussels, says, “Chinese investments in Europe are often structured through Hong Kong, and subsequently through the Benelux. Stibbe can manage those transactions like no other because of its full-service capacity in this European central region.”
Corporate specialist Jan Bogaert and HK-China-experienced Alexander de Nerée tot Babberich will manage and run this office as local partners.
Jan Bogaert has broad experience in international mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He has worked in the Stibbe Brussels and New York offices and will lead the Hong Kong office. Alexander de Nerée had his own law firm and has been working in Hong Kong and China for over 7 years as a Dutch lawyer. He explains, “When I came to Hong Kong in 2005, advising foreign clients was still very much focused on the Western-companies-wanting-to-invest-in-China perspective. Now, this has rapidly evolved and developed into advising Chinese companies wanting to invest or having investments outside China.”
The synergy between Jan Bogaert and Alexander de Nerée ensures that Stibbe Hong Kong will start off with a strong team. “Preparations for the office opening have started,” says Jan Bogaert, “and as soon as the last steps are in place, the office will open.”