L&E Global Expands Into Asia-Pacific Region

Prominent New Zealand Employment Law Practitioners Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon Join Alliance

Brussels (August 1, 2011) – Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon, recognized as one of New Zealand’s most outstanding employment law firms, has joined forces with L&E Global, the international alliance providing counsel to employers on employment, labor, workplace privacy, employee benefits and immigration law.

Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon will join seven leading law firms from Europe and the United States that have formed an alliance to provide attentive, efficient, and cost-effective legal counsel to clients operating in what has increasingly become a multi-jurisdictional legal arena. Founded in 2010, L&E Global member firms also include Flichy Grangé Avocats (France), Jackson Lewis LLP (United States), LABLAW — Studio Legale (Italy), Palthe Oberman (the Netherlands), Pusch Wahlig Lega (Germany), Bufete Suárez de Vivero, S.L (Spain) and Van Olmen & Wynant (Brussels.)

“Joining forces with SBM greatly strengthens our global footprint,” said Stephan C. Swinkels, the Executive Director of L&E Global. “This move indicates our first footsteps into Asia-Pacific countries. SBM’s wealth of knowledge about the Asia-Pacific business environment puts them in the perfect position to guide international clients doing business in this very important area.”

All three name partners, Kathryn Beck, Don Mackinnon and Penny Swarbrick, are leading practitioners in employment law with outstanding reputations in New Zealand. They are supported by an excellent team of specialist employment lawyers with a broad range of experience and skills. Ms. Swarbrick said, “We are excited to join this stellar group of international employment law boutiques. The enhanced benefits of
collaborating with L&E Global will provide tremendous value to our clients whose operations are located around the world.”

The clients of Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon view them as employment law advisors, strategists, risk management negotiators and compliance specialists. Many large employers also see the firm as a key extension of their HR Departments.

L&E Global: Employer’s Counsel Worldwide

L & E Global is an alliance of premier boutique law firms in Europe, the United
States, and the Asia-Pacific region. Each member firm concentrates its practice on
employment law, employee benefits, labor relations and immigration, and each firm is
recognized by clients and legal organizations as a leader in this field.

L&E Global provides workplace law advice and services globally. Member firms offer
deep experience in a very broad array of sectors and markets, including financial and
insurance services, high tech, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and information
services, luxury goods, retail, and energy. Together, they operate in every major
U.S. city, in key European business centers, and in the Asia-Pacific region. In other
jurisdictions, the alliance is able to draw on strong relationships with leading local
practices to provide seamless global coverage.

For more information, please contact:

Stephan C. Swinkels LL.M. MBA
Avenue Louise 221
B 1050 Brussels
t: +32 2 64 32 633
m: +31 6 523 25 531