R&P is the China member of Ally Law (www.allyw-law.com), an international network of independent law firms that refer work and cooperate in other areas. As new initiative, Vancouver member Kornfeld LLP (www.kornfeld.com) and Much Shelist PC (www.muchshelist.com) in Chicago agreed to host R&P partner Ms. Chen Yun for a month each, to foster understanding of and cooperation between our firms and to give Yun the opportunity to learn more of the North American business and legal environments.

The initiative was a great success. Yun continued to lead her team in Shanghai and support her clients in China; many clients never noticed that she was travelling. This exchange program allowed Yun the opportunity to establish new relationships with lawyers in Canada and the United States, and to learn more about their approach to law as well as the needs of North American clients.

We take this opportunity to thank the lawyers of Kornfeld and Much Shelist for their support of the initiative, and for the warm welcome that they all gave Yun. We are very pleased to use innovative ways to contribute to the development of our lawyers, with always as end-objective to be able to provide superior legal services to international businesses in China.