Nick Redfearn
Deputy CEO

Nick is Deputy CEO of Rouse.

Nick is Deputy CEO & Partner of Rouse, providing hands-on support to Chief Executive, Luke Minford. His areas of responsibility include Asia and New Markets. He is head of our US task force and he opened Rouse's new African offices in 2015.

Before joining Rouse in 1997, Nick worked with an Australian law firm and a London commercial law practice.  After working in Rouse's London office for two years, he worked in Rouse offices in Indonesia, Vietnam and Dubai. He was Indonesia Country Manager from 1999-2003 and he helped set up the Rouse businesses in Thailand and the Philippines. He moved to run the Hong Kong office in 2003, he ran the Guangzhou office in 2004 before returning to manage Rouse's business in Indonesia from 2010 - 2013.

His experience in the mid - late 1990s was in IPR programmes for multinationals in Greater Europe and the UK as well as handling English civil IPR litigation (including the Chocosuisse v Cadbury reported English case).

Nick's 15 years of Asian experience has led him to run anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy work throughout Asia, from the South East Asian countries to China. He has a specialisation in complex IP litigation in Asia, including cross border disputes, Chinese infringement disputes and famous trade mark recovery cases in Indonesia. He has built and managed many China enforcement programs.

Nick advises many MNCs as well as Asian companies on copyright, patent and trade mark protection around the world. His commercial experience includes IP agreements and deal structuring including IP M&A and financing. He has also devised and implemented intellectual asset management strategies to align IPRs with client's business goals.

His clients include multinationals in the green tech, pharmaceutical, electronics, consumer goods, personal care, tobacco, financial, motor, entertainment and food and beverages sectors. Nick advises many of the copyright industry associations as well as many luxury brands. He especially likes working for IP rich Asian SMEs and start-ups. 

Nick writes the IP Komodo Dragon blog ( about IP issues in Asia. He has been on the editorial board of Managing Intellectual Property. He has been a speaker at conferences and events run by INTA, AIPLA, The New York State Bar Association, Managing Intellectual Property, ASEAN IP Association, Indonesian IP Association, ITechlaw, and Malaysian IP Association. He is active in the following organisations: INTA, IPO, FICPI & AmCham (as 2009 and 2010 Hong Kong IP committee head). Nick teaches law at Stenden University. 

Professional qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), Exeter University, United Kingdom

  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales, United Kingdom

  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong


  • Managing Intellectual Property 2016: Listed as an IP star for trade marks
  • Chambers Global 2016: Listed as an Expert Based Abroad 

  • WTR 1000, 2016: Recommended Individual
  • Who's Who Legal: Trademarks, 2015: Listed as Most Highly Regarded Individual for Asia-Pacific
  • WTR 1000, 2015: Recommended Individual

  • Managing Intellectual Property, 2015: Listed as 'IP' star
  • Chambers Global, 2015: Listed as 'Foreign Expert'
  • WTR 1000, 2014: Listed as a 'Leading individual'

  • Managing Intellectual Property, 2014: Named as an 'IP' star

  • Who's Who Legal: Trademarks, 2014: Listed as 'most highly regarded individual'

Personal interests 

  • Travelling, spending time with my family, history, modern literature, obscure modern music, motorcycling, running, surfing and a competitve triathlete hoping to complete an Ironman one day