INTERNATIONAL LAW firm Mayer Brown LLP is to merge with leading Asian law firm Johnson Stokes & Master (JSM) in a move dubbed “truly transformational” by chairman James D. Holzhauer.
Established in Hong Kong in 1863, JSM’s network of offices includes three in China – in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai – as well as Bangkok in Thailand, and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.
“Our combination is an ideal strategic fit and offers enhanced global service to our multinational clients,” Holzhauer explains. “JSM is the unquestioned leader among law firms in Asia, and the combination extends our capabilities geographically and broadens our exposure to the fastest growing economies in the world.”
Elaine Lo, chairman of the Asian board, said the combination also benefited from a compatible “philosophy and culture”. “Like Mayer Brown, we have a business-minded, results-oriented approach to solving comple...