More than 275 lawyers from the ZICO Law network in Southeast Asia have joined KPMG, creating a significant legal footprint across Asia Pacific.
“The need for deep, local experience coupled with global insights and technology solutions has never been greater,” said Stuart Fuller, the Sydney-based global head of legal services for KPMG International. “For the KPMG global organization, the overall agreement with the firms in the ZICO Law network increases the total number of legal professionals to close to 3,200 across 84 jurisdictions.”
ZICO Law is a group of independent law firms in nine Southeast Asian jurisdictions. According to a statement by KPMG, teams from the ZICO Law network firms in Thailand and Vietnam will join the KPMG firms in those jurisdictions; and the former ZICO Law network firms in Indonesia and Malaysia will become members of the KPMG network of firms. Subject to satisfaction of all terms, teams from the ZICO Law network firms in Laos will also join the KPMG firm in Laos, and the former ZICO Law network firm in the Philippines will become a member of the KPMG network. The remaining ZICO Law network firms in other jurisdictions in ASEAN will continue to collaborate with KPMG member firms.
“We are delighted to have our lawyers join the KPMG firms across the Asia Pacific region, which will expand our legal offerings and build our market leadership to create more value for clients,” said Hanim Hamzah, regional managing partner of the ZICO Law network. “This move, which takes place on our 35th anniversary, demonstrates we are listening and responding astutely to our people’s desire for a more robust professional journey in their careers.”