FIRM SPOTLIGHT: APRIL EDITION

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is a multinational law firm headquartered in Hong Kong. Its Melbourne office practices in Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects and Real Estate and Taxation, with sub teams including Competition, Technology, Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications.

“King & Wood Mallesons is a new breed of global law firm – centered in Asia, positioned for emerging market growth and designed to support regional clients as they internationalise and Western clients as they do business in Asia.”

KWM began in 1832 with the founding of Stone James in Western Australia, and King & Wood establishing one of the earliest partnerships with law firms in Beijing, China in 1993. On 1 March 2012, King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaque combined to create King & Wood Mallesons – the first global law firm to be headquartered in Asia.

KWM enjoys a decorated history, advising for industry leaders including World Bank/CBA Bond-i and Westfield Group, as well as assisting with the Commonwealth purchase of Snowy Hydro Limited from the New South Wales and Victorian governments.

“We are committed to technical excellence but we don’t think in black and white. We challenge our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be today, tomorrow and beyond and we encourage our people to create, innovate and differentiate.”

KWM distinguishes itself through its unmatched ties to Asia. “As the only global law firm that can practice Chinese, Hong Kong, UK, European and Australian law, we offer real depth and local connections in China.”

KWM uses these ties not only to inform their practice, but also to act as a conduit between Eastern and Western markets.

“With all the facets of a world-class law firm and unique Asia perspective, we act as a bridge between East and West and help our clients cut through the cultural, regulatory and technical complexities of getting deals done in new markets.”

“Our global network is strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets and financial centres. We’re on the ground where our clients need us most.”

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We are committed to technical excellence but we don’t think in black and white. We challenge our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be today, tomorrow and beyond and we encourage our people to create, innovate and differentiate.

As an employer, KWM invests heavily in graduate development, to ensure graduates are equipped to make meaningful contributions from day one.

“KWM’s market leading Graduate Education Program is designed to positively enhance the graduate experience. It is aligned with the firm’s strategic priorities and provides our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need for professional and personal growth – in order to become the best they can be.”

“We have a legacy of excellence spanning more than 200 years but we know that our future is in the hands of the next generation of lawyers. As such, at KWM we make your development our priority, and encourage our lawyers to be innovative and creative in meeting our clients’ challenges.”

This investment is reflected in numerous awards and accolades including Most Popular Overall Law Employer, Most Innovative National Law Firm of the Year – Australia, and Innovation in the Business of Law for the KWM Virtual Experience Program.

“We believe in teamwork and the ‘Power of Together’. Our success is realised through collaboration – with each other, with our clients and with the communities in which we work.”

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