The Cathay Associates network of law offices, which was launched by the Chinese boutique Kejie Law Office in September 20015, reports 9 CEE members. The network was initiated to offer global coverage, with a special focus on China and cross-border matters.
The CEE members are: Drazic, Beatovic & Partners in Belgrade and Podgorica, Dvorak Hager & Partners in Bratislava and Prague, BWSP Hammond Bogaru & Associates in Bucharest and Chisinau, Varnai & Partners in Budapest, Bozo & Associates in Pristina and Tirana, Kolcheva, Smilenov, Koev and Partners in Sofia, RE-Structure in Vienna, Kijewski Gras in Warsaw, and Benko i Partneri in Zagreb.
According to a Cathay Associates announcement, the network expects to expand to 40 firms by the end of 2016, covering major countries and regions across five continents with new member firms expected from Bombay, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta and Singapore in Asia; Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Milan, and Moscow in Europe; Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto in North America; Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo in South America; Johannesburg and Maputo in Africa; and Melbourne, Sydney, and Wellington in Oceania.
He Jie, the Managing Partner of the Kejie Law Office, serves as Global Chairman of Cathay Associates as well as on the global management committee. Rupert Varnai and Pascal Demko, two European co-founders of the network who are also the foreign legal counsels of Kejie Law Office, serve as Global Chief Executive Officer and Global Managing Partner, respectively.