28 September 2021: Mishcon de Reya has received approval to open a branch office in Hong Kong in association with Karas LLP. It will be a disputes and investigations practice focusing on high value, complex issues including those arising from corporate collapses, audit and other professional negligence, shareholder disputes and commercial fraud. It will also build a private wealth practice leveraging expertise from Mishcon de Reya's highly respected private offering. A Hong Kong based law firm with a team of over 20 locally qualified professionals, Karas LLP in association with Mishcon de Reya will represent corporate, regulatory, Government and private clients and has extensive experience in dispute financing globally.
The firm will be led by Jason Karas, a dispute resolution specialist who founded Lipman Karas in Hong Kong in 2009. Jason is a highly regarded lawyer and strategist who has acted in many of the major corporate collapses and disputes across Asia over the last decade. This is the latest development in Mishcon de Reya's ambitious growth strategy, embodied in its 10 Year Vision. Following the opening of Mishcon de Reya Singapore in May 2020, this new association reinforces our commitment to Asia and to the Firm's clients and intermediaries in the region.
Commenting on the new association, Mishcon de Reya's Executive Chairperson Kevin Gold said:
"In our conversations with Jason, it is clear that our shared values and ambitions for growth in Asia as well as the synergy with our existing dispute resolution, investigations and insolvency practices in London and Singapore makes for an exciting partnership. Our 10 Year Vision announced in 2016 made clear our ambitions to grow our capabilities and presence in Asia. This association deepens our commitment to Asia and to our clients in the region. Seeing these ambitions realised gives me great pride along with confidence in an assured future for our Firm."
Jason Karas, Managing Partner of Karas LLP added:
"Our clients and people will benefit immensely from Karas LLP and Mishcon de Reya coming together. We will have a significantly enhanced platform on the ground in North and South Asia and extraordinary capability and resources in London, three of the major global dispute resolution hubs. Beyond our mutual focus on complex disputes, on dispute financing and the international scope of our business and our clients, the like-minded culture and shared values between Karas LLP and Mishcon de Reya gives us great confidence that we will bring to fruition our ambitious growth strategy and East meets West vision."
About Mishcon de Reya LLP
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs more than 1000 people with over 600 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. We have grown rapidly in recent years, showing more than 40% revenue growth in the past five years alone.
Based in London and Singapore, the firm services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work we undertake is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning six core practice areas: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Innovation; Private; and Real Estate.
In times of such far-reaching and profound change we want to be the law firm that enables our clients – and our own people – to shape the world’s possibilities. We are here to help our clients benefit from new economies, new geographic centres of wealth, the new global movement of people and capital, and the impact of new technologies and new knowledge.
Our purpose remains rooted in our founding values. We take pride in the diverse range of people who make up the firm and are proactive in driving change and continuous improvement across the spectrum of equality, diversity and inclusion. Mishcon Academy, our in-house place of learning, development and new thinking for our people, clients and contacts and our innovative impact strategy, including a commitment to be a net zero carbon business, also play a central strategic role in the direction of the firm. In 2020 we launched Mishcon Purpose, a first-of-its-kind sustainability practice providing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) advice and purpose-driven insight to clients.
The Mishcon de Reya Group comprises standalone businesses MDR Brand Management, MDR Cyber, MDR Discover, MDR Mayfair (in London, Singapore and Dubai) and MDRxTECH. Complementary to Mishcon de Reya's core areas of work, each is led by best in class professionals recruited from a variety of non-legal industries and sectors.