07:15, October 09 1303 0

2017-10-09 07:15:09
Ince relocates international senior partner to Hong Kong

Ince & Co international senior partner Jan Heuvels has relocated Hong Kong as the firm seeks to boost revenue through the One Belt One Road initiative.

He will join the Hong Kong office next month which focuses on transport, trade, energy & infrastructure and insurance.

Heuvels began his role in January 2015, taking over from previous incumbent James Wilson. He joined the firm in 1993 as a trainee and spent time as the managing partner in its Hamburg office.

Heuvels said: “My relocation to Hong Kong is simply about playing to our strengths. Our established presence in Asia, coupled with our focus on sectors of strategic importance to clients with interests in the region, give us a strong foundation for future growth.

“I will be responsible for helping to drive that growth, while maintaining my role as International Senior Partner.”

Including Heuvels, nine partners will be based in the Hong Kong office with a further nine split across in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore offices.

Since taking charge, Heuvels has overseen several changes at the firm which saw two redundancy consultations at the firm’s London office in 2015, downsizing that same office and an overhaul in its lockstep.

These measures enabled the firm to open its third French office in Marseille and an insurance-focused office in Cologne with a team hire from CMS.

Ince & Co’s turnover grew from £76.2m to £88.5m in 2016/17, reversing a three-year trend of declining revenues.

The firm is steadily increasing its resources in AsiaPac as the office’s core sectors align well with the Chinese government’s infrastructure strategy. Two out of the three partners made up in this year’s promotions round were AsiaPac-based; Fei Mao in Beijing and Shirley Li in Shanghai.

The firm launched in Hong Kong in 1979 which was its first in the Asia Pacific region.

Ince & Co Hong Kong managing partner David Beaves said: “Asia has long been of strategic importance to many of our clients and we opened our first Asian office in Hong Kong in 1979 to assist those clients with interests in the region.

“China’s growing influence on the international stage, most notably through its Belt & Road Initiative, continues to further increase Asia’s importance. We are excited about the growth prospects that this presents, not just in Asia, but across our international network and look forward to Jan’s relocation.”