YK Law has extensive experience advising clients on international and cross-border business transactions and investments. Accordingly, we understand the complexities of operating outside of one’s home jurisdiction and expanding one’s footprint in another country, so we work closely with our clients to expertly manage such complexities. This is particularly true when it comes to Southeast Asia (SEA), where many of our lawyers are SEA experts with decades of experience practicing and advising clients in the region — some of them having lived and practiced law in SEA for multiple years.
Our SEA-focused lawyers have represented many Fortune-500 multinationals and SMEs in both domestic and cross-border transactions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as other jurisdictions in SEA (Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar). And as part of its global platform, YK Law’s SEA capabilities are enhanced by the firm’s unique affiliation with the “Yingke Global Legal Service Alliance,” which comprises the largest law firm in China and the Asia-Pacific region (including SEA) by headcount, with 72 offices and about 9,000 lawyers. Therefore, unlike most U.S. firms, YK Law can provide our U.S. clients with immediate “real-time” legal advice regarding any SEA-related matter, with any factual/legal cross-checking performed by one of our SEA affiliates within 12 hours or less (i.e., during the overnight hours in the U.S., which are working hours in SEA).
Finally, to enable our clients to expand into SEA, and to ensure seamless communication between our U.S. and overseas resources, we have identified lawyers in our U.S. offices with significant SEA expertise, which includes cultural experience, to lead our SEA desk and to provide practical advice about doing business in the region.