Class of 2020:
Vivien Chan & Co
Why did you become a lawyer?
I became a lawyer to bring positive changes and
solutions to my clients’ businesses.
How did you become founding partner of
Vivien Chan & Co?
After I obtained a law degree from the University
of London, I undertook a traineeship with a major
city firm in London. In the early 1980s, I returned to
Hong Kong and joined an international law firm as a
corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer.
I founded Vivien Chan & Co in 1985. In 1992, our
firm became one of the first to be awarded a licence
for a Beijing law office. We celebrate our 35 years as a
Greater China premier firm this year.
Our Hong Kong and China teams have an in-depth
understanding and knowledge of Chinese legal culture
and market dynamics. We help major multinational
corporations and listed companies to do business
in Greater China and the Asian region. The key is
we know China (which is a civil law country) and we
understand our clients, as we grew up in Hong Kong, a
common law market economy.
WIPR Influential Women in IP 2020
What’s your biggest achievement?
I am proud that I have founded and built a Greater
China stellar legal practice over 35 years. It has been
a rewarding experience and we pride ourselves on
having established and maintained a loyal and longstanding
client portfolio of multinationals and
Fortune 500 companies.
What’s the best part about your job?
Providing solution-orientated advice and obtaining
success for our clients’ business needs.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
Dealing with misguided competition.
Have you faced any barriers or challenges in
Things do not always work out as we expect. You
must have a good sense of humour and try not to
take yourself too seriously. Events will always
happen, but how we respond to them can make all
the difference. You have to love what you are doing,
so that you will be happy when you successfully
tackle the problem.
What advice would you give to those looking
to enter the IP profession?
Be very good at what you do and, most of all, enjoy
the journey. God will take care of the rest.
How are you involved in promoting
Our firm has a non-discrimination mechanism in
place, to ensure we employ staff of all ages, genders
and backgrounds. We promote on talent, irrespective
of age, gender or background.
Our female lawyers outnumber their male
counterparts in the firm—this is not limited to
those in junior positions, but is true also for the
senior roles. l
Vivien Chan is the founding and managing partner of Vivien
Chan & Co, a Greater China law firm in Hong Kong and
Beijing. She has more than 40 years’ experience in mergers
and acquisitions, China direct investment, technology
transfers, information technology, IP and related tax issues.
She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vivien Chan helps major multinational corporations
and listed companies to do business in Greater China,
as she tells WIPR.
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