30 October 2020

KWM launches another 9 CloudOffices and the KWM Cloud platform

On 30 October 2020, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) will officially launch another 9 CloudOffices in Shijiazhuang, Hainan Free Trade Port (Hainan FTP), Tianjin, Hefei, Ningbo, Nanchang, Changsha, Qin-Ao and Taipei, while officially rolling out the KWM Cloud platform. Following the prior launch of the seven CloudOffices on 17 April this year, the move represents another step of KWM to extend its cloud-based legal service reach under the guidance of national policies and in response to the demands of local markets. KWM keeps enhancing the service delivery of its Cloud team, and steadily advancing its Cloud service platform and model. Up to now, KWM has 44 offices worldwide, including 28 physical offices and 16 CloudOffices*, providing strong support to more clients through innovative models and unified premium professional services. 

The firm is proactive in seizing the historic opportunity of economic development by delivering client-centric services. While pushing forward the construction of the first batch of seven CloudOffices, we have also accumulated experience in various aspects and tapped into the firm's resources to launch the second batch of CloudOffices. Among the new CloudOffices, Hainan FTP CloudOffice will support the construction of Hainan FTP and integrate the resources of the Haikou and Sanya offices to achieve online and offline integration; and the Qin-Ao CloudOffice will further strengthen KWM's presence in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and provide more support for the development of the booming area. At the same time, these new CloudOffices further complete KWM's footprint in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Central China and East China, unleashing more energy both internally and externally through a combination of "virtual and physical" business models. The number of CloudOffices is increasing, and so is the size of the CloudOffice teams, expanding from an initial team of 29 partners to a "Cloud" legal services team of over 100 partners that attracts partners and advisors/senior associates from all over the world. Through the "Qingyun Program", KWM has recruited a large number of in-house consultants and senior associates to join and build up the CloudOffice, thus further reserving talent resources for the CloudOffice.

Wang Junfeng, Global Chairman of KWM, said, "Thank you for your support for the launch of new KWM CloudOffices! Against the backdrop of our country’s vigorous development of digital economy, KWM CloudOffice is also an attempt to explore how legal services embrace internet technology. We believe that powered by science and technology, KWM will build on accumulated rich practice experience and good reputation in the legal industry, and echoing KWM's global layout and strategy, create a new model of legal services with the characteristics of the times."

KWM Global Chief Executive Sue Kench said: “The launch of KWM’s cloud offices is a milestone achievement for the firm and a new chapter for us in the Asia region. The global economic recovery and the next phase of global economic development will be driven out of Asia, and therefore ensuring we have a strong presence in this part of the world – both physically and on “the cloud” – will set the firm up for future growth.”

“We are delighted to witness the further expansion of the KWM CloudOffices with you," said Zhang Yi, Chairman of KWM China Management Committee, “Our service network is expanding in such a new way that we're pushing our quality services to more clients in a wider range of locations. It can be said that in our attempts at CloudOffices and Cloud services, we have always upheld the fine tradition of innovation and continued to push the boundaries of what can be achieved. This is not only an innovative platform to serve clients, but also a new stage for aggregating all of KWM’s resources and the strength of our teams."

KWM China Managing Partner Wang Ling commented: “Congratulations to the new CloudOffices! If our physical offices are likened to be the pillars underpinning the platform of our firm, the CloudOffices are like tentacles extended from the platform, bringing us more possibilities and opportunities. In the era of rapid development of the internet, IoT and high-technologies, the launch of CloudOffices is undoubtedly a significant move taken by the firm to maintain its leading strengths for future growth. "

The KWM Cloud platform launched at the same time fully integrates the cloud resources of KWM. KWM Cloud, the mobile portal of KWM CloudOffice, carries the functions of big data and information aggregation and instant service of "Lawyers by Your Side". The platform relies on the WeChat ecosystem to reach out to users with comprehensive legal service scenarios.

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