Hong Kong, April 2, 2007 – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Robert Pé, formerly head of Paul Hastings’ Hong Kong litigation practice, will join Orrick as a partner. Recognized by several leading Asian legal publications as one of the region’s top litigators, Pé will play an important role in growing Orrick’s litigation practice throughout Asia.
“We anticipate our pan-Asian litigation practice will be among our fastest growing practices because of the dramatic increase in overall investment and economic activity in and relating to China and other developing markets across Asia. China’s increasing engagement in international transactions, cross-border investments and global integration inevitably result in the need for broader dispute resolution mechanisms and services,” said James Stengel, Managing Director of Orrick’s litigation practices. “Hong Kong has become the venue of choice for many of these disputes, and Robert has litigated and arbitrated a number of prominent cases there and throughout the region for many years.”
Hong Kong’s prominence as a major center for dispute resolution has continued to increase, particularly with respect to commercial disputes involving Mainland China. Hong Kong has a well established common law legal system based on the English system, sophisticated courts and the rule of law. The courts are supportive of international arbitration and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has a reputation for excellence, which is reflected in the large number of arbitrations it administers each year. There is also a tried and tested arrangement in place with Mainland China for the mutual recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. In addition, Hong Kong’s geographical location, excellent infrastructure, pool of legal professionals and linguistic versatility have enabled it to become a popular dispute resolution venue for transactions involving other parts of Asia as well as Mainland China.
Pé has handled a broad array of contentious matters with a focus on high-end, complex commercial disputes. He has diverse experience encompassing cross-border litigation, Hong Kong litigation, international arbitration, product liability and receiverships. Additionally, Pé has significant anti-counterfeiting experience and will work closely with Dr. Xiang Wang, a recent intellectual property lateral partner in the firm’s Beijing office.
“The opportunity to combine my skills and experience with the global resources and commitment to litigation at Orrick is an exciting prospect,” said Pé. “Orrick offers litigators a unique platform and is committed to having a high caliber litigation practice in the Greater China region. I look forward to contributing to the growth of cross-border litigation and arbitration matters at the firm.”
Pé received an LL.B degree from the London School of Economics in 1990 and an MBA from London Business School in 2002.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a global law firm with 980 lawyers in North America, Europe and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups and individuals. The firm’s 18 offices are located in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, New York, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, Paris, Rome, Sacramento, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.