Growth in Asia for Rouse with Cambodia Office Opening

Latest expansion cements specialist’s reputation as leading IP firm in emerging economies

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Cambodia, effective immediately.

Located in the capital Phnom Penh, the new office further consolidates Rouse’s position as the preeminent provider of IP services in emerging economies globally.

In 1993, Rouse became the first international IP specialist to establish a base in China. The firm has since expanded to cover the wider ASEAN region, with offices in Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

Rouse has been conducting IP work in Cambodia from these established ASEAN offices for a number of years, in particular Vietnam, building significant experience in the country. The new office in Phnom Penh will offer the full suite of strategic portfolio management, disputes and enforcement services to large US and European law firms operating in the region, as well as new clients with a presence in the country. 

Rouse Cambodia will be led by current Hong Kong and Vietnam Country Manager, Chris Vale supported by Sokunvannary (“Vannary”) Tep, a Cambodian trade mark attorney and qualified US lawyer who specialises in all forms of IP.  Vannary has spent the last 15 months in Rouse's Vietnam offices, getting to know Rouse's clients and systems, so she will be able to hit the ground running in Cambodia.   As part of Rouse’ ambitious global growth plans, Rouse starts with a team of 5 on the ground in Phnom Penh, and Vannary expects to grow the Cambodia team significantly, in line with growing client demand. 

Luke Minford, Chief Executive of Rouse, said:

“The ASEAN region represents a huge growth opportunity for us and our clients. Cambodia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and we know the demand for our services in the country is high – both from our existing client base, and from new and prospective clients. These are also complex and challenging jurisdictions, which is why we focus on ensuring our clients get the right mix of local and international expertise. The depth and breadth of our team in Asia is now unparalleled”