Past Chair of Primerus Business Law Institute of Asia Pacific
Caroline Berube is the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, a boutique law firm with offices in China and Singapore. She is admitted to practice in New York and Singapore and holds a BCL (civil law) and an LL.B. (common law) from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and studied at the National University of Singapore with a focus on Chinese law . Caroline worked in Singapore, Bangkok and China for British and Chinese firms prior to establishing her own firm 13 years ago.
Based in Asia since 1998, Caroline represents SMEs, MNCs, foreign banks and private equity firms in the Asia Pacific region dividing her time between the offices in China and Singapore. She focusses on M&A cross-border transactions, commercial law and intellectual property matters like licencing and technology transfer, areas in which she has developed a respected expertise and understanding of the challenges and advantages of most Asian jurisdictions. Caroline advises clients in various industries, including manufacturing, technology, entertainment, agriculture, trading, e-commerce and services. She is an arbitrator approved by the Chinese European Arbitration Center (CEAC) and a foreign arbitrator appointed by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).
Caroline has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Bloomberg, the Straits Times, the Business Times, Les Affaires and La Presse and is a regular speaker at international conferences. She has lectured twice a 45-hour course on Chinese law at Université Laval (Canada), and currently lectures annually at Bocconi University and at the Sorbonne Assas Law School on legal corporate structures, M&A, IP/Technology, employment law in Asia. Caroline was selected in 2015 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (https://www.weforum.org/communities/young-global-leaders).
Caroline is the Co-Chair of the China Working Group of the International Bar Association (“IBA”), past officer of the IBA Intellectual Property Committee and was appointed as a IBA Legal Practice Development Officer from January 2019 to December 2022. A firm believer in entrepreneurship, Caroline set up in 2016 her own international foundation to work with young entrepreneur between 16 and 25 years old: the Young E3 Entrepreneur Fund (https://younge3.com/).
She is the author of the practical book "Doing Business in China" published by Lexis Nexis in French and English.