As­so­ci­a­tion pro­motes train­ing for grow­ing in­ter­na­tional role

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN

More than 300 lawyers from 100 law firms have re­ceived train­ing that will en­able them to deal with cross­bor­der law­suits, ac­cord­ing to the All China Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion.

The le­gal pro­fes­sion­als will han­dle transna­tional lit­i­ga­tion cases in­volv­ing over­seas in­vest­ments, multi­na­tional merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, IPR pro­tec­tion, safe­guard­ing oceanic and space in­ter­ests, and an­titrust and an­tidump­ing cases.

In re­cent years, many Chi­nese busi­nesses have ex­panded over­seas and en­gaged in multi­na­tional merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, lead­ing to a rise in the num­ber of cross-bor­der le­gal dis­putes.

The train­ing of lawyers has “lagged far be­hind the prac­ti­cal needs re­quired for so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment”, said Jiang Junlu, deputy di­rec­tor of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s in­ter­na­tional com­mis­sion.

To help plug the gap, the as­so­ci­a­tion has in­vested 4 mil­lion yu an ($642,000) an­nu­ally since 2014 to pro­vide the nec­es­sary le­gal train­ing.

Lo­cal lawyers’ as­so­ci­a­tions have also es­tab­lished data­bases to eval­u­ate their mem­bers’ ed­u­ca­tional back- grounds, pro­fi­ciency in English and pro­fes­sional train­ing.

“Ev­ery year, we will iden­tify promis­ing lawyers rec­om­mended by lo­cal lawyers’ as­so­ci­a­tions, who will re­ceive spe­cial, prac­ti­cal train­ing in Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties. Then, we will rec­om­mend the most promis­ing lawyers to in­sti­tu­tions or large firms over­seas for fur­ther train­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions,” Wang said.

In Au­gust 2015, Xie Xianghui, a se­nior lawyer with the Gran­dall Law Firm in Shen- zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, par­tic­i­pated in a 15-day spe­cial train­ing pro­gram in Bei­jing about cross-bor­der law­suits.

Af­ter pass­ing an exam, Xie was se­lected to travel to the United States to study at law schools and gain prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in US le­gal prac­tices.

“The visit helped me gain a lot of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence,” Xie said. “It will be in­valu­able when I have to deal with lit­i­ga­tion in­volv­ing US com­pa­nies. I also learned how to man­age le­gal risks and im­prove the qual­ity of ser­vice.”

Wang Zhengzhi, se­nior part­ner at the Bei­jing Globe-Law Law Firm, said: “The pri­or­ity is to cul­ti­vate a team of lawyers spe­cial­iz­ing in cross-bor­der law­suits. We must pay at­ten­tion to train­ing tal­ented per­son­nel and en­cour­age them to be ac­tive in in­ter­na­tional fo­rums to com­mu­ni­cate and share their ex­pe­ri­ences with our com­peti­tors, and im­prove their prac­ti­cal abil­i­ties.”

Ac­cord­ing to the lawyers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, China has nearly 300,000 lawyers work­ing in more than 20,000 law firms, but only about 30,000 of them deal with transna­tional lit­i­ga­tion.

Num­ber deal­ing with transna­tional lit­i­ga­tion

Wang Zhengzhi, se­nior part­ner at Bei­jing GlobeLaw

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