Arion Legal signs Strategic Co-operation Agreement with Yunnan Baqian Law Firm

Arion Legal together with its associated company in the Lao PDR, Arion Legal Lao (Sole) Co Ltd is pleased to announce the signing on 19 June 2015 of a Framework Agreement for Strategic Co-operation with the Yunnan Baqian Law Firm (Baqian).

The signing of the agreement follows closely on the heels of the signing in Canberra on 15 June 2015 of the China – Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). An integral part of ChAFTA is the development of closer cooperation between commercial law firms from China and Australia in the effective provision of transnational legal services.

Baqian is a leading law firm in Yunnan, PR China, with its main office in Kunming, and is recognised as one of the largest, most comprehensive and leading law firms in Western China following years of sustainable and rapid development.

Arion Legal is an international law firm based in Adelaide, South Australia with its associate office in Vientiane, Lao PDR serving clients from Australia, Asia- Pacific, Europe and the US and focusing on the provision of legal services into Australia, Lao PDR and the Greater Mekong subregion.

Under the Strategic Co-operation Agreement the firms will –

  • work to foster outbound direct investment from PR China into Australia, Lao PDR and other Asia Pacific countries;
  • recognise each other as their primary strategic partner in each party’s respective territory and pursue business co-operation with that party in its territory;
  • undertake joint promotional and business development activities in Australia, PR China and Lao PDR in the pursuit of common business goals; and
  • locate secondee lawyers in each other’s offices.

Since establishing its operations in the Lao PDR in 2008, Arion Legal has worked with China based investors and financiers on a number of large infrastructure developments within that country and the signing of the Framework Agreement for Strategic Co-operation with Baqian is a significant step in the development of closer business and client links in China which will enable both Baqian and Arion Legal to further their transnational legal services.

 About Yunnan Baqian Law Firm:

Baqian was established in 2008 by the combination by three law firms in Yunnan Province, including Zhaoyao Law Firm, Lvzheng Law Firm and Xingtianping Law Firm. Baqian is recognised as one of the leading full-service law firms in Western China. Baqian is headquartered in Kunming and has one branch office in Chenggong. The firm has approximately 154 employees and is a member of the Sino-Global Legal Alliance.

Baqian provides legal services in the following practice areas: real estate investment, bank & financial investment, intellectual property strategic management, company business, civil & commercial & administrative litigation, criminal procedure, foreign legal business, research department and marketing. Website:

About Arion Legal:

Arion Legal is an international corporate and commercial law firm with a focus on providing innovative, commercial and cost effective legal services. Arion Legal is based in Adelaide, Australia and has an associated office in Vientiane, Lao PDR which provides legal services to a broad range of clients from the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States.

Arion Legal provides legal services in the following practice areas: corporate and commercial, energy and resources, equity capital markets, corporate & commercial disputes and foreign investment.

Arion Legal is also part of wider cross-disciplinary group which includes its associated company, Arion Consulting Group (ACG). ACG is an independent professional advisory firm specialising in corporate advisory and business strategy advice. ACG advises clients on asset acquisitions and divestments, corporate services, foreign investment facilitation, native title and mining tenement management and geological services/mapping.  Websites: /

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