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Doing business in Asia

There’s no doubt Asia is a rapidly growing force in the global economy.

But like any conversation between two different cultures, the language of business and law is spoken differently. That’s why we have a specialist team who are at home with and fully understand the Asian intellectual property, law and business landscape.

This team is headed up by Johnathan Chen and founding partner Ceri Wells.  Johnathan’s our main man on the inside. He’s fluent in Mandarin and  regularly travels in and around Asia. He has worked in Chinese IP law firms, so has many contacts and knows how the system works. Johnathan offers our kiwi team and clients first hand insight into the Asian market, as well as assisting Chinese clients wanting to invest in New Zealand.  

Johnathan and Ceri work closely with our commercial team to provide expert advice on the commercial arrangements that come with international distribution. For exporters, we’ve even created dual language contracts and offer a Chinese brand creation service.

Our Asian specialist team can provide the following services:

  • Intellectual property protection specific to the greater China region
  • Intellectual property strategy specific to the greater China region
  • Chinese brand creation / strategy
  • Commercial negotiations, contracts, agreements and strategies
  • Commercialisation of inventions
  • Contacts for supplier / manufacturer
  • Investment / funding contacts

Key people

The team who talks the talk, and walks the walk.

Johnathan Chen (陈禹豪), Auckland

Head of Division - Asia (亚洲部总监)

Judy Chou (周姿伶), Auckland

Personal Assistant (法务助理)

Chloe Li (李慧俐), Auckland

Personal Assistant (法务助理)

Global clients

These clients called on us to make the transition into the Asian market smoother.

What people say
"James & Wells have been instrumental in guiding us through a Chinese business opportunity. They registered our brand in China and developed an enduring and robust agreement which ensures our Company’s interests are well protected."
Martin Blampied, General Manager - Dunstan Nutrition Ltd
"James & Wells provided us with expert advice to protect our brand in the Chinese market. Their international experience and contacts in China ensured the translation for the Chinese market was based on thorough research enabling us to achieve our objective of safe guarding our reputation. "
Lucy Chambers, Executive Officer - Gimblett Gravels
"We have been helped by James & Wells dealing with a couple of intellectual property issues in local and overseas in last five years. We are very pleased with the results they achieved on our behalf."
Tony Gong - Cambricare New Zealand Limited
"We believe engaging a professional IP firm to handle and follow up the case is one of the key successful factors. The result of our case was satisfactory and we were happy with the professional support from the team. James & Wells demonstrated a sound understanding of the situation and their teams provided professional advice and support all the way down. "
Alison Leung - Beijing Tong Ren Tang Chinese Medicine Co., Ltd