Innovative approach, successful engagement with China

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Innovative approach, successful engagement with China

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Founded by Alfred and Lewis Goodbody in 1901, leading Irish law firm A&L Goodbody has instilled a collaborative approach to serving clients and developing relationships.

By developing its knowledge of the business environment in China through its innovative Chinese Lawyer Programme, A&L Goodbody has a deep understanding of China’s legal and business environment – a benefit to anyone engaged in Irish-Sino business.

A&L Goodbody is a full service law firm and one of the largest and longest established law firms in Ireland which is consistently ranked No. 1 across its various practice areas.   A&L is particularly successful and experienced in advising on international business matters and regularly advises on investments into and out of Ireland, cross-border transactions and complex international transactions.

Some of the firm’s Asian clients include China Eastern Airlines, China Aircraft Leasing Company, ICBC and China Development Bank and the firm regularly advises Chinese companies looking at opportunities in Ireland and assisting Irish clients with interests in China.

With strong working relationships with many of the top law firms, universities, State and privately owned enterprises in China, A&L Goodbody is at the forefront of new opportunities within the dynamic Chinese market.

In 2010, A&L Goodbody established a Chinese Lawyer’s Programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, with a number of the top independent business law firms, companies and universities in China. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny who launched the programme in China commented;

“This programme has the potential to take the business relationship between China and Ireland to a new plane in its development of a professional network which will benefit both countries.”

To date, over 40 Chinese lawyers have spent up to six months in the firm’s Dublin office, servicing clients while lawyers from A&L Goodbody have gained experience working on secondment in the offices of Chinese law firms. The Programme is proving a huge success in developing A&L Goodbody as the “go to” Irish law firm in China and building recognition and awareness of Ireland as an attractive jurisdiction for investment.

Marie O’Brien, Partner and Head of the Firm’s Chinese Lawyer’s Programme said:

“The Chinese Lawyer’s Programme means the firm develops its knowledge and understanding of Chinese business culture. In a practical context we learn how best to progress transactions efficiently in China’s legal, governmental and regulatory environment not to mention building strong relationships which is a key driver to success in China.”

A&L Goodbody’s collaborative approach to doing business is enabling the firm to achieve continued success in China.

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A&L Goodbody
A leading Irish law firm with a Chinese Lawyers’ Programme since 2010

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