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Spruson & Ferguson expands to Manila

APAC-based intellectual property firm Spruson & Ferguson, which is part of ASX-listed IPH Group, has opened its 10th office in the region, expanding its reach into the Philippines.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 May 2023 Big Law
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Spruson & Ferguson, which first opened its doors in Singapore in 1997, has just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the region — a quarter century that also included expansion into three major Australian cities.

Now, the international IP firm is set to open in a 10th location in the Asia-Pacific region: Manila.

Spruson & Ferguson Asia managing director Kristian Robinson called the opening of the Manila office an “exciting step” for the firm’s Asia growth.


“We are a well-established IP firm with a strong local team based in Asia and are pleased to further expand our service offering and local connections to clients through a physical presence in the Philippines,” he proclaimed.

“Twenty-five years on, the firm continues its strong momentum in the region, delivering consistent organic growth, and an even stronger network in Asia.”

The Manila-based team is operational and will open the doors to its new premises in July 2023, the firm noted.

Spruson & Ferguson’s nine other offices in the region are located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The firm has nearly 500 staff, including almost 200 IP professionals, across its offices.

The news follows Spruson & Ferguson’s appointment of a new managing director in December 2022 and the release of its HY23 results in February.

It also follows the data breach on IPH (ASX: IPH), first reported by Lawyers Weekly in mid-March of this year. By late March, the hack had been identified as having affected both Spruson & Ferguson Australia and fellow IPH member firm Griffith Hack.

In mid-April, IPH noted — in a market announcement — that the financial fallout from the hack would likely include millions in non-underlying costs.

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