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Asia & Middle East

A-Law attorneys-at-law | International Law Firm Belgium | Investment and trade | legal advice | regulatory compliance | dispute resolution in Asia and Middle East. Business and legal support and dispute resolution in China, Vietnam, India, Lebanon, Iran...

Contact your single point of contract at A-Law international law firm for Asia and Middle East, attorney managing partner Patricia Leers

Patricia Leers heads the Asia and Middle East team at A-Law headquarters Belgium and follows up on the deployment of A-Law offices Shanghai, China and Hanoi, Vietnam.

For your single point of contact of your target country to invest in or trade with, please consult the region chart.

Why trade with or invest in Asia and the Middle East

Antwerp is known worldwide as the European distribution hub, a position it owns due to its excellent connectivity with overseas destinations and the European hinterland and its strategic location close to the principal European production and consumption centers.  

This interconnectivity instigates Antwerp to become a major strategic partner in the development of the “One Belt One Road” development strategy launched by China at the end of 2013.

This project aims to create a “New Silk Road” linking Europe and the Middle East with the economic centers of China and other countries in South-East Asia and around the Indian Ocean (EURASIA) and an ocean-going part with Antwerp as a major trading hub to Africa            

From a legal point of view it is to be noted that Asian countries share a substantial heritage with European law, whilst keeping their own distinct identity.

The legal systems in Asia and the Middle East are undergoing rapid change. 

The fact that Germany was a rising power in the late 19th century, and codified civil law is more 'exportable' than large bodies of common law jurisprudence, the German Civil Code has been highly influential for most oriental legal systems including the Turkish legal system.

The current legal infrastructure in the People's Republic of China reflects influences from the German-based civil law, English-based common law in Hong Kong, Soviet-influenced Socialist law, United States-style banking and securities law, and traditional Chinese law.

In India, and other previous members of the Commonwealth, English common law forms the basis of private law.  

The Law of Vietnam is based on communist legal theory and French civil law and thus codified law.

RecentlyVietnam issued major law reforms to the judicial and legal system in order to align same with the negotiated TPP agreement between Vietnam and the USA, and the FTA agreement with the European Union.

See also the articles of A-Law attorneys Dr Liliana lizarazo and Patricia leers on the Eu-Vietnam relations, the challenges for Vietnamese firms and the seminar hold at voka Mechelen in presence of ambassador Z.E.H. Thua Vuong Phong.

Middle East countries as Lebanon gradually adopted new laws and legislation modeled after the French law, while maintaining at the same time the possibility for recognized religious communities to apply their own laws.

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The existence of civil law and common law systems demands key expertise on both, which A-LAW international law firm Belgium can provide via the presence of attorneys coming from both systems and the permanent follow up on the legislation in the relevant countries.

Business and law should be practised taking into account cultural differences and local sensitivities. 

A-LAW INTERNATIONALwith headquarters at Antwerp, Belgium strongly believes in the importance of cultural differences in the world of business and law. That is why we have in-house attorneys, law and business professionals from different parts of the world.

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