More than 275 lawyers at ZICO Law, a group of independent local firms with a presence in 18 Southeast Asian cities, are set to join KPMG to create one of the largest legal regional networks.
“The need for deep, local experience coupled with global insights and technology solutions has never been greater,” said Stuart Fuller, global head of legal services at KPMG International in Sydney.
“For the KPMG global organisation, 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 increasingly strategic and economic importance of the Asia-Pacific region.”
Hanim Hamzah, former regional managing partner of ZICO Law and now the Asia Pacific legal head at KPMG Law in Singapore, added that the move will build the firm’s market leadership to create more value for clients.
The agreement between ZICO Law and KPMG will see the two companies combine their strengths and expand their scope in such a way that is consistent with meeting local legal and regulatory requirements.
With offices in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, the new network will bring a globally connected legal services platform and a wider pool of specialists.