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L&E Global Enters into an Affiliation with Zhong Lun, Chinese Law Firm of the Year 2014 (Chambers)


L&E Global is proud to announce that one of the most prestigious firms in China – Zhong Lun Law Firm – has joined L&E Global as an Affiliated Member.

Zhong Lun is one of the so called ‘red circle’ firms providing a complete spectrum of legal services in China, with a stand-out employment law practice. The firm has over 200 partners and 900 professionals working in seven offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu and Hong Kong, plus several international offices.

With this addition, L&E Global has taken a big first step into the Asian market. The affiliation will include programs, joint business development activities, and exchange of know how and experiences, all aimed at providing the best global service to our clients.

The Zhong Lun Labor & Employment Practice Group consists of 5 partners and advises an array of international companies (including Fortune 500 companies), large-scale domestic state-owned enterprises and banks. The Labor & Employment Practice Group has extensive expertise in all aspects of PRC labor and employment law including litigation, labor relations, employment-related aspects of data protection and the full spectrum of workplace law counselling and advice. They are adept at handling cross-border labor and employment issues and consistently deliver optimal solutions for their clients.

Zhong Lun Law Firm is ranked in Band 1 for Chambers. Furthermore, Zhong Lun was awarded ‘Chinese Law Firm of the Year 2014’ by Chambers. According to Chambers the team is, “particularly noted for its large portfolio of overseas clients, with expertise in handling employment issues concerning inbound corporate investments. Has been active of late advising on termination disputes due to corporate downsizing and market withdrawal.”

Stephan Swinkels, Executive Director and Member of the Board of L&E Global, said that, “China is undoubtedly one of the most important economic regions in the world today. It has the largest labor force in the world with almost 800 million employees. It has the second highest GDP and leads the world in gross value of industrial output. China also has strong agriculture and services industries. With an economic power like China, it is all the more important to provide the highest quality legal counsel to national and multi-national companies with operations in the PRC. We can proudly say that Zhong Lun is just the firm to provide clients with such advice and we are a looking forward to an active cooperation in the months and years to come.”

Chris Van Olmen, Chairman of L&E Global and Partner at Van Olmen & Wynant, added, “Zhong Lun is a most welcome addition to the L&E Global alliance. With this expansion to China, we show our firm commitment to provide the highest-quality legal advice and client service in the most important international business regions in which our clients operate. And China is clearly one of those areas.”

“We cannot overestimate the importance of having a strong and reliable partner in China,” said John Sander, Shareholder at Jackson Lewis P.C. and Member of the Board at L&E Global. “Practically every day we are working with US and multinational clients on employment matters related to East Asia. Zhong Lun shares our commitment to quality, responsiveness, flexibility and devising cost-effective solutions for clients. With the addition of Zhong Lun to the L&E Global network, we now have the ability to offer seamless cross-border service to clients in this region with a stellar employment law team that includes Carol Zhu.”

“While establishing a presence in China is important for L&E Global, creating a partnership with L&E Global is equally important for Zhung Lun, because of L&E Global’s membership of top labor/employment practices worldwide,” said Carol Zhu, Partner at Zhong Lun. “The ability to call upon employment law specialists in every corner of the world is a huge benefit for a national firm in China. It is true that China is now a leading economic power and in order to maintain and build upon that success, employers must be able to grow beyond China. L&E Global provides our clients with the expertise to do so.”


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