New Zealand’s K3 Legal to launch Hong Kong office

Association gives clients' access to legal services across multiple jurisdictions including China's Greater Bay Area

New Zealand’s K3 Legal to launch Hong Kong office

This article was provided by K3 Legal

K3 legal in New Zealand has launched an association with Fred Kan & Co., a law firm with a long history in Hong Kong and a network covering Mainland China, the Greater Bay Area and Japan. This is the first time K3 has established a presence overseas.

Branded as K3 Legal Hong Kong, Margaret Chen, K3 Legal director, has relocated from New Zealand to lead K3 Hong Kong, based out of the Fred Kan & Co. offices. A highly regarded lawyer, Ms Chen’s practice areas include litigation, commercial and business,  and New Zealand immigration.

Commenting on the formation of K3 in Hong Kong, Chen, said:

“K3 Legal is proud to announce its association with Fred Kan & Co., and marking a significant enhancement to our global service offerings, and enabling us to help clients spur growth by gaining access to new markets, including China, Hong Kong, and Japan, without the need to seek external counsel. And likewise, for clients in those markets, looking to enter New Zealand, our dual presence allows for a seamless experience.”

Fred Kan & Co., was established in 1981 and has a presence in Beijing, Shanghai and the Greater Bay Area and in Japan. Currently the firm has teams practicing in the areas of arbitration and mediation, construction, litigation, corporate and corporate finance, intellectual property, employment and real estate.

“We are honoured to be associated with K3 and through this association we can now offer a more rounded and seamless service to clients in China including the Greater Bay Area, and Japan seeking to invest in New Zealand,” said Mr Fred Kan, Managing Partner, Fred Kan & Co.”

China and New Zealand enjoy close economic and trade ties. The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2008 and was the first free trade agreement that People’ Republic of China signed with any developed country. In 2013, New Zealand joined the China’s Belt and Road Initiative to further strengthen ties between both countries.

According to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise figures, New Zealand’s largest export partner is The Greater China region accounting for NZ$19 billion (approximately US$11.8 billion) in 2019 while imports stood at NZ$13 billion (US$8.1 billion).

“K3 Hong Kong, now gives investors, private equity, family offices, ultra and high net worth individuals a means to invest in China, Japan and New Zealand through one entity,” said Margaret Chen. “Other services offered include dispute resolution, litigation management, corporate and commercial, and employment among other services, and helping companies establish a foothold in each market.”

Investment sectors of focus between China and New Zealand include food and beverages, natural health and wellness, pet food, and agriculture and technology. 

Fred Kan & Co.

Established in 1981, Fred Kan & Co. offers comprehensive legal solutions to both domestic and international corporate clients. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the firm has a presence in Beijing, Shanghai, the Greater Bay Area, and Tokyo, Japan. Fred Kan & Co. is particularly well-known for its expertise in handling construction-related legal matters and a track record assisting clients with issues related to construction contracts, tender documents, and construction disputes.

K3 Hong Kong

K3 Hong Kong is the Hong Kong office of New Zealand’s K3 Group, a leader in accounting, legal and human resources services. Through association with Fred Kan & Co., K3 Hong Kong offers legal services to investors, family offices, ultra and high net wealthy individuals, private equity for inward and outbound New Zealand investment.

The K3 Group

Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand with international partnerships, The K3 Group is made up of three pillars, namely K3 Consulting, K3 Accounting, and K3 Legal, creating an expertise powerhouse providing clients with a unique perspective from every angle. This multi-dimensional approach means clients have access to teams of experts with a history of success across the Fortune 500, government, multinationals, small-to-medium enterprises, and startups.

Issued on behalf of K3 Legal and Fred Kan & Co.

Margaret Chen
K3 Legal Director and head of K3 Legal Hong Kong

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