Patrick Dransfield Joins the Sino International Professional Advisory Council (SIPAC) as Senior Advisor

The Sino International Professional Advisory Council (SIPAC) is pleased to announce that Patrick Dransfield has joined the platform as a non-executive director and senior advisor.

Patrick is currently based in Abu Dhabi and continues in his role as Client Relations Director with the Emirati law firm Alsuwaidi & Company.  He has worked for more than three decades in the Asia-MENA legal markets and is widely recognized as a builder of communities within the international legal profession, an innovator in legal media, training, coaching, events and marketing consulting.  He is a photographer, author and co-founder of the Managing Partners’ Club and was ranked as one of the top thirty people to watch in the legal profession by Asia Law Portal in 2019.    From 1998 to 2020, Patrick worked with Pacific Business Press and was instrumental in building a community of in-house counsel with chapters in London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, South Africa, India, Asia, China and Japan.   Previously, Patrick was marketing director for Asia for Shearman & Sterling and White & Case, respectively, and prior to that the Asia managing director of Euromoney Institutional Investor, the publishers of China Law & Practice. Patrick began his publishing career with Haymarket Publishing. He holds a Masters in Chinese History, Politics and Anthropology from SOAS, University of London and a Joint Honours Degree in English and History of Art from Leeds University.

SIPAC Chairman Robert Lewis commented:

“All of us at SIPAC are extremely pleased to be able to have Patrick join us as a senior advisor.  He has unmatched experience and connections in the legal profession not only throughout Asia and MENA but also across Europe and beyond.  Patrick and I have known each other for nearly two decades, and over that time we have engaged in a wide range of interesting and innovative professional collaborations.  His vision for the development of a broader legal community comprised of both in-house legal counsel and law firm lawyers in China and around the world perfectly matches the vision and mission of SIPAC.  We are excited to work closely together in this new capacity.”

Patrick Dransfield commented:

“I am honoured to be invited and thrilled to be able to contribute to the Sino International Professional Advisory Council and especially at the prospect of working directly with Robert Lewis.  Robert and I share the same values and the same mission regarding the continual holistic education of the international legal profession through the building of a global community of lawyers and legal professionals based on trade, mutual respect, and ethical values.  In its short history, SIPAC already enjoys a sterling reputation regarding the building of a community of legal professionals throughout the world. Education breeds confidence, confidence breeds hope and hope breeds peace.” 

About SIPAC:

SIPAC was formally launched in March of 2023 and held its inaugural Sino-International Law Forum in Shanghai in November 2023, attended by nearly 250 leading lawyers from around the world and across China, including more than 40 foreign lawyers from leading independent law firms covering more than 50 jurisdictions around the world, nearly 100 senior in-house legal and compliance professionals from leading Chinese companies, and more than 100 lawyers from leading Red Circle law firms as well as lawyers included on the Ministry of Justice’s list of top 1000 cross-border lawyers in China.  Given the unique nature of the event, attendance at the upcoming 2024 Sino International Law Forum, to be held in Shanghai on 14-15 November, is expected to increase as much as two-fold.

SIPAC and its comprehensive ecosystem of channel partners, including key quasi-governmental in-house counsel associations and leading outbound investment think tanks, legal know-how publishers and legal training platforms, are uniquely positioned to help promote the development of China’s international legal infrastructure, a key initiative promulgated at all levels of the Chinese government.  As such, SIPAC is designed to address the entire China legal services market, including all in-house lawyers responsible for international legal affairs as well as lawyers in Chinese law firms engaged in cross-border legal matters on behalf of their Chinese clients.

SIPAC members currently include Tilleke & Gibbins, Al Tamimi & Company, Schellenberg Wittmer, HEUKING, ENS, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Marval O’Farrell Mairal, Moroğlu Arseven, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, Waselius, Carey, GZG, Soemadipradja & Taher, Peters & Peters, BUREN, and Lakatos, Köves and Partners, with numerous additional leading independent law firms expected to join as members and delegates at this year’s second annual Sino International Law Forum

For more information, please contact SIPAC Chairman Robert Lewis.


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