More than 275 lawyers across Southeast Asia set to join KPMG legal firms, giving the global organization an extensive legal footprint in Asia Pacific, and bringing coverage globally to 84 jurisdictions.
1 December 2022: Global organization, KPMG International, has announced that a number of law firms and teams from the ZICO Law network have joined its network of firms.
The deal will see more than 275 lawyers join over 2,900 legal professionals in the KPMG global organization, creating a significant legal footprint across Asia Pacific. It will offer legal services and solutions, a globally connected legal services platform, and specialists who work with leading technology providers to modernize legal functions across organizations.
Stuart Fuller, Global Head of Legal Services, KPMG International commented: “This expansion reflects KPMG professionals’ commitment to support clients as they seek to drive their businesses in times of exponential change. The need for deep, local experience coupled with global insights and technology solutions has never been greater. For the KPMG global organization, the overall agreement with the firms in the ZICO Law network increases the total number of legal professionals to close to 3,200 across 84 jurisdictions, all working to help support clients as they navigate the increasing strategic and economic importance of the Asia Pacific region.”
Adding her comments, Hanim Hamzah, Regional Managing Partner of the ZICO Law network said, “We are delighted to have our lawyers join the KPMG firms across the Asia Pacific region, which will expand our legal offerings and build our market leadership to create more value for clients. This move, which takes place on our 35th anniversary, demonstrates we are listening and responding astutely to our people’s desire for a more robust professional journey in their careers.”
The agreement will be implemented in such a way that is consistent with meeting local legal and regulatory requirements.
The announcement builds on KPMG firms’ ongoing commitment to offer global coverage and capability to organizations as they seek to deal with changing business models, geopolitical factors, government and regulatory oversight, and increasing digitization.
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Consistent with local regulatory requirements, teams from the ZICO Law network firms in Thailand and Vietnam join the KPMG firms in those jurisdictions; and the former ZICO Law network firms in Indonesia and Malaysia become members of the KPMG network of firms. Subject to satisfaction of all terms, teams from the ZICO Law network firms in Laos will also join the KPMG firm in Laos, and the former ZICO Law network firm in the Philippines will become a member of the KPMG network. The remaining ZICO Law network firms in other jurisdictions in ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) will continue to collaborate with KPMG member firms.
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About ZICO Law
ZICO Law is the first network of leading independent local law firms with a full presence in all 10 ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. With a presence in 18 cities in 10 out of 10 ASEAN countries, ZICO Law’s 300 lawyers enable clients to enjoy value-added legal services by leveraging a combination of local expertise and regional insights.