Birth of the SGLA
The Sino-Global Legal Alliance (SGLA) was launched publicly in September 2007 by Hogan Lovells International LLP (formerly Lovells LLP), a global top 10 law firm, and nine leading regional Chinese law firms located in the major economic centres of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Wuhan, Shenyang and Chongqing (Solton & Partners). A tenth firm was added in Chengdu in August 2008, followed by three additional firms in Beijing and Xiamen in March 2009.
Member Selection Process
Selected by Hogan Lovells following a rigorous year-long due diligence process, each SGLA member firm has been awarded National Outstanding Law Firm status from the Ministry of Justice (or met equivalent qualification standards).
The winning firms were chosen to represent their region in the SGLA, not only because they possessed strong local knowledge and contacts, but because they understood the link between effective law firm management and client satisfaction. Each member law firm is committed to improving its client services capabilities by continuously developing its specialised practice areas, implementing effective workflow and profit-sharing arrangements and training and supervising its junior lawyers.
The selection process was ratified when Hogan Lovells was named International Law Firm of the Year in China for 2008 by Asian Legal Business and each of the other member firms were declared winners or finalists in their respective regions.
Core Strengths of the SGLA
Collectively, the SGLA has more than 1300 international and domestic lawyers located throughout China, making it the only platform for truly integrated international and domestic legal services in China. Conversely, Chinese companies with international operations or aspirations can access Hogan Lovells' more than 40 offices world-wide and its global network of partnership arrangements. No matter where your business needs to be, the SGLA offers a full range of legal services.
Working together, SGLA member firms provide practical commercial solutions to the myriad legal problems facing businesses today. Our unmatched global footprint allows us to provide critical legal support for your company's global strategic operational objectives, and we have extensive experience with sophisticated commercial transactions and complex litigation both inside and outside China.
Raising the Standard
SGLA lawyers have organized across five core specialized practice area platforms, or virtual practice groups: Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Construction and Financial Services. The legal professionals within each practice group develop shared know-how and conduct training relevant to their areas of specialized expertise, enabling the SGLA to offer a fully coordinated legal services resource to companies with operations in multiple regions of China.
The SGLA also have established partner relationships with other key leaders in the legal profession to create innovative solutions for our clients and to promote the development of the Chinese legal profession generally.
To learn more about the SGLA, visit http://sglalaw.com/about-sgla.html