Mitchell Charlesworth visits China to strengthen trade partnership


Leading North West accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has travelled to China to strengthen its partnership with an Anglo Chinese law firm looking to create trade opportunities between North West and Chinese businesses.

Mitchell Charlesworth's managing partner David Darlington led the visit where he made a presentation at the opening ceremony of Christine Lee & Co's office in Guangzhou a city the size of London in Southern China. Earlier this year Mitchell Charlesworth signed a formal partnership with the law firm, which also has offices in London, Birmingham and Hong Kong. Christine Lee & Co is the chief legal adviser to the Chinese embassy in London. It is further the only UK Chinese firm authorised by the Chinese Ministry of Justice to practise as a foreign law firm in China.

Mr Darlington said he was able to use his presentation to tell guests about business opportunities in the SME sector in the North West. Darlington said a number of high profile guests attended the opening ceremony including the Chinese Government, the foreign affairs office and the Guangzhou Government as well as numerous business owners.

"This was a terrific event to attend with many of the city's most influential people," he said. "It really crystallised the opportunities this partnership could create. Christine Lee & Co has deep links with the Chinese Government and business community. Specifically it has strong links with the Chinese SME market. An estimated 250,000 Chinese SMEs actively want to do business in Britain. The type of business they want to do includes joint ventures, research and development and mergers and acquisitions. The stumbling block, however, is that many simply do not know how to do it and how to make contact with UK firms. The same goes for UK SMEs wanting to enter the China market. That is where our partnership comes in. We will act as a bridge between firms in the UK and China sharing contacts and expertise in the key areas of law and finance. We will help UK and Chinese SMEs find partners and make deals happen."

Christine Lee managing director of Christine Lee & Co said having Mitchell Charlesworth attend the launch was important to emphasize the depth of expertise in Christine Lee's operation.

"In China it is vital to show you have a clear track record of knowledge, experience and expertise in your field," she said. "Having Mitchell Charlesworth present at our launch showed the dignitaries the breadth of our expertise and worldwide contacts. Mitchell Charlesworth has successfully been in business for more than 100 years and Chinese businesses like to see that."

Mr Darlington said Guangzhou presents real business opportunities with its massive manufacturing base.

"As part of our visit we also toured other cities around the Pearl River Delta including Zhuhai and Jiangmen which have strong manufacturing communities," he said. "Again there are many opportunities out here for UK SMEs and for Chinese firms based in these areas to invest in UK businesses."

Mr Darlington said opportunities existed in China for UK SMEs across sectors including raw materials, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services and property development. He also pointed to other markets that Chinese firms want to buy into including computer games, house hold appliances, automotive parts and agricultural products such as fertiliser and animal food.

For further details contact: David Darlington Email: David.Darlington@mitchellcharlesworth.co.uk or any member of the China Division in Liverpool: 0151 255 2300 Manchester: 0161 817 6100 Chester: 01244 323051 Warrington: 01925 635141 Widnes: 0151 423 7500

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