King & Wood Mallesons merges with SJ Berwin to form new law firm


Law firms will merge and from November 2013 and will be known as King & Wood Mallesons.

King & Wood Mallesons has completed its merger with SJ Berwin to form a legal firm with 550 partners across 30 locations and more than 2,700 lawyers worldwide.

The combined firm, known collectively as King & Wood Mallesons and is headquartered in Asia.

Stuart Fuller, global managing partner of King & Wood Mallesons: “We are delighted to welcome SJ Berwin on board. This will provide our clients in the region with a first class platform and an entrepreneurial spirit to support their international expansion. It will also provide international clients with the best gateway to Asia with a global firm that has superb transactional crossborder skills and which understands local cultures. Only King & Wood Mallesons can connect its capabilities to the region’s opportunities in a way that makes a real difference to our clients.”

King & Wood Mallesons chairman, Wang Junfeng said: “There are significant synergies between our firms. We share the same values, goals, client focus and entrepreneurial drive. King & Wood Mallesons has always been a pioneer in Asia and the combination with SJ Berwin cements our position as the global law firm for the future.”

Stephen Kon, senior partner of SJ Berwin said: “Throughout its history, SJ Berwin has prided itself on being innovative. It has been prepared to be bold and challenge the market. This combination was the logical next step for the network. It positions our clients, partners and people to engage fully with the Asian Century, representing an opportunity for us to build a law firm for the future which is worthy of all we have achieved at SJ Berwin with our clients to date.”