Caroline Berube is the managing partner of HJM Asia Law, a boutique law firm with offices in China and Singapore. She is admitted to practise in New York and Singapore, and holds a BCL (civil law) and an LLB (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 12 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 offices in China and Singapore. She focuses on M&A cross-border transactions, commercial law and intellectual property matters like licensing 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 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 twice lectured 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 and employment law in Asia. Caroline was selected in 2015 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Caroline was also elected Secretary General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association in April 2017. She is co-chair of the China Working Group of the International Bar Association (IBA), an officer of the IBA Intellectual Property Committee and was appointed as an IBA Legal Practice Development Officer from January 2019 to December 2022. A firm believer in entrepreneurship, Caroline formed her own international foundation to work with young entrepreneurs of between 16 and 25 years old. She is the author of the practical book Doing Business in China, published by Lexis Nexis in French and English.