Three lawyers from Mayer Brown’s Hong Kong office have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the firm. The lawyers recently returned from a business trip overseas, where they are thought to have contracted the virus.

“We confirm that all three of our Hong Kong-based colleagues (whose identity cannot be revealed for privacy reasons) who had recently returned to Hong Kong together from an overseas business trip have unfortunately all tested positive for COVID-19,” the firm said in a statement.

There are reports, including from The Standard, that that group includes Hong Kong partner Menachem Hasofer. Hasofer is co-leader of Mayer Brown’s international arbitration practice.

The lawyers have immediately gone into self-quarantine following the firm’s policy and have not been to any of Mayer Brown’s offices nor, as far as the firm was aware, have had any direct interaction with other members of the firm for around a month, the statement added.

“We have allowed our lawyers and staff to work from home and have made essential shift arrangements during this period,” the Mayer Brown statement further said.

A few weeks ago Alfred CY Chow, a partner at Hong Kong firm Kwan & Chow, reportedly became the first lawyer in the city to have tested positive for COVID-19.


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