According to a new report authored by Dr George Beaton and Eric Chin of Australia’s Beaton Capital — which appears in the new book: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets — the indigenous law firms in Asia for its regions face a rapidly evolving landscape requiring concerted action to assess, adapt and act to maximize opportunity.
Asia Law Portal is highlighting each contribution to the book in a series of articles here. This article is the 6th in that series. So, below is a preview of Beaton and Chin’s report:
“The Region’s macro-environment forces and legal services industry life cycle are accelerating the pace of change for indigenous law firms. In the face of globalisation, the Region’s law firm leaders are being forced to rapidly professionalise their firms’ management. Further, it ranges from strong local law firms in Asia into regional and in turn for many into international firms.”
“The importance of Hong Kong and Singapore as financial centres in the Region has made the city-states the major battleground. Here local, regional as well as international law firms fight for market share.”
“The most notable threats from international law firms are brand strength in cross border–inbound and outbound–transactions and localisation of practices through association or merger. What’s more, Magic Circle and Wall Street firms enjoy their near monopolising brand strength. Moreover, it emerges and saturates countries where clients prefer to appoint well-known legal brands.”
“The creation of King & Wood Mallesons in 2012 marks the first time in the Region’s legal services industry history that two major law firms in Asia– China’s Red Circle firm, King & Wood and Australia’s Big Six firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques – merged into the first major regional player. In 2013, the Asian-headquartered international law firm combined with UK’s Silver Circle firm, SJ Berwin. However, this move provides a blueprint for the Region’s law firms with global aspirations.
“Many of the Region’s top tier firms are already following clients offshore, mainly to other parts of Asia. They are doing so to brick-wall clients from incoming international law firms and peers from other jurisdiction.”
Beaton and Chin also provide a comprehensive analysis of the region’s key markets and the trends driving change in those markets. Therefore, they conclude, based on those trends and their analysis, that: “In the Asia-Pacific region, successful law firms of the future will be those with a clear and well executed strategy on the type of clients to pursue and, from this logic, the range of services and geographic coverage required, the requisite human capital model, and the appropriate management systems to implement.”
- The full text of the report from Dr. George Beaton and Eric China appears in the new book: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets
- For more information about Dr. George Beaton, please see his LinkedIn Profile here.
- For more information about Eric Chin, please see his LinkedIn Profile here.
- For more information about Beaton Capital, please see their website.