As a commercial law specialist, Veronica Lockyer is quite familiar with handling major overhauls on the corporate landscape. But this year, she handled a major overhaul of her professional and personal landscapes, in relocating from Orrick’s London office to its Shanghai office.
Lockyer, whose practice also focuses on antitrust, market regulation, consumer law and data privacy, was happy to be a part of Orrick’s continued strengthening of its Asia presence. She’s also enjoyed helping existing clients explore business opportunities in Asia. “My relocation to Asia this year has allowed me to help a lot of the same clients I was already working for in Europe feel comfortable branching into new directions in Asia,” she said.
Many of the same legal issues arise in Asia as in Europe, but clients appreciate Lockyer’s guidance on the important governmental, legislative and even cultural differences. “It is fascinating to look at similar issues from an entirely different legal and regional perspective and to see the similarities and differences in the approach to and resolution of these issues,” she said.
The law in China is developing at a fast pace to accommodate the country’s rapid economic development, Lockyer noted, adding that the many new laws, regulations and guidance can sometimes appear opaque or contradictory initially. It’s therefore vitally important for attorneys to stay on top of the government’s priorities in order to provide clients with sound legal advice against this background, she said.
Veronica’s work has included advising clients on commercial agreements, merger control, abuse of dominance, anticompetitive behavior and pricing practices. She has also helped clients develop global privacy policies as well as terms and conditions for Internet sales, and provided advice on international cross-border data transfers. Veronica received her law degree from the College of Law of England and Wales in 1998. Before joining the firm, Veronica was an associate in Coudert Brothers’ London office. She speaks French and Mandarin and said that in her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring “my new city, country and region.”