Philippe Snel Joins the Sino International Professional Advisory Council (SIPAC) as Senior Advisor

The Sino International Professional Advisory Council (SIPAC) is pleased to announce that Philippe Snel has joined the platform as a senior advisor.

Philippe Snel has been practicing as foreign lawyer in China for the past 20 years. Being an entrepreneur at heart, he independently started his practice in Shanghai as early as 2001 and has been working and living permanently in China since 2004.  Not only has he been a privileged witness to the staggering development of the country during the past two decades, he has also played an active role in this process as he has assisted and advised hundreds of foreign investors, companies, entrepreneurs and managers alike, to establish and develop their businesses in China.  His outstanding contributions, in particular to the development of the city of Shanghai, have been recognized by the Shanghai Municipal Government who bestowed him with the Silver Magnolia Award, one of the highest honors attributed to foreign nationals in Shanghai. Philippe earned his law degree at Leuven University in 1995 and joined the Brussels Bar as from 1997.  His main practice mainly involves commercial and corporate law as well as IP law.  Philippe is proficient in Dutch, French and English and conversational in Mandarin and German. 

SIPAC Chairman Robert Lewis commented:

“All of us at SIPAC are extremely pleased to be able to have Philippe join us as a senior advisor.  He is an exceptional lawyer with deep experience in and understanding of China.  He is one of the rare foreign lawyers in China who was a partner in a leading European law firm in Brussels prior to coming to China more than two decades ago, which gives him unique insights into Sino-European legal and business relations.  We are excited to work closely together with Philippe in respect of designing and building new models for legal services between East and West on the SIPAC platform.”

Philippe Snel commented:

“I am very honored to join the SIPAC platform and assist in its further development.  I believe that SIPAC has the potential to fill the huge gap in knowledge and understanding between legal practitioners in China and elsewhere in the world, in particular in Europe and the US.  This gap is too often at the heart of difficulties met by Chinese business expanding globally.  Working together on the SIPAC platform, professionals inside and outside China will be able to help Chinese companies engage more effectively in the evolving global marketplace.” 

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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