RPC boosts international profile with commercial partner hire in Asia

Peter Kwon will lead the firm's newly formed 'Korea Desk' in Hong Kong

RPC boosts international profile with commercial partner hire in Asia

International law firm RPC has hired Peter Kwon as partner to head up its newly formed 'Korea Desk', effective January 4, 2022. Based in RPC’s Hong Kong office, Kwon joins the firm from Ashurst, where he co-headed the Korean practice. He brings extensive experience assisting Korean financial institutions, chaebols (large Korean industrial conglomerates) and investment funds in major cross-border disputes, as well in securities regulatory matters.

The hire is part of APC’s continued growth phase, with the firm having doubled its number of partners across its Asia offices in the past 20 months.

 Kwon’s established reputation in the Korean market will support APC’s focus on expanding its presence in Korea and its service offerings for Korean clients and Korean law firms.

"We are delighted that Peter will be joining us in Hong Kong,” said Antony Sassi, RPC managing partner, Asia. “Peter has a fantastic reputation in the local Korean market and very strong relationships with the leading Korean law firms. Peter's addition will open up the Korean market for us and create new opportunities to work for Korean clients and Korean law firms through our leading referral practice across all our offices."

Managing Partner, James Miller added: "Peter's arrival is a key strategic hire which will not only open up new exciting opportunities with the 12th largest economy in the world, but also put us on the front foot of developing our international presence and responding to evolving market opportunities."

 Commenting on his new role, Kwon said: "It's an exciting time to join RPC with the firm investing heavily in its growth and adding quality lawyers. I am thrilled to be part of the firm's journey to grow its international platform and help open up opportunities with Korean clients and working closely with like-minded law firms."

 Kwon’s arrival brings the firm to 18 partners across its Hong Kong and Singapore offices. Nine of these partners joined in the last 20 months – through a combination of strategic lateral hires and promotion of internal talent.

Headquartered in London, RPC has 112 partners and over 850 staff around the world, offering legal advice to a range of sectors, including retail, technology, media and insurance.

 

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