Asian Firms

Am Law 100/200: The Early Reports

A sneak peek at 2016 financial results for some of the biggest firms in the United States.

China
Following Three-Way Merger, CMS Eyes Asia Expansion

By Anna Ward |

Senior partner Penelope Warne said that Asia is likely the combined firm's immediate focus for investment, given the political uncertainty under the Donald Trump presidency.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills Sues Partners Poached by White & Case

By Anna Zhang |

Eight Australian partners at Herbert Smith Freehills have been named as defendants in a case over their en masse defection to the U.S. firm.

Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C., offices.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Adds Asia-Focused Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Andrew Lee is based in Washington, D.C.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires Away Linklaters China Partner, Adds 2 in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Equity capital markets lawyer Chik Pui Hong moves over as the U.K. firm rebuilds its Hong Kong listing practice following major departures last year.

Global Lateral Hiring by The Numbers: A Look Behind the High 5-Year Attrition Rate

By Hugh A. Simons |

Half of lateral partner hires are failures. To be precise, 47 percent of laterals don’t stay more than 5 full years.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Morgan Lewis Heads to Hong Kong After Orrick Raid

By Anna Zhang |

At least nine partners are poised to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Once the mass move is complete, up to 40 lawyers and staff could head to the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy in recent months bolstering its operations in Asia.

King & Wood Mallesons.

China
KWM Confirms Names of Partners Staying on After Europe Administration

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has confirmed the names of 17 partners who have agreed to stay on with the firm in the wake of the administration of its European, UK and Middle East (EUME) business. Seven partners will stay on to maintain a London presence for the firm, as will as a three-partner team in Frankfurt.

Hong Kong
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for 2017 Asian Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer |

Davis Polk, Hogan Lovells, Freshfields and Linklaters are among the contestants for the awards that will be announced on February 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia
Herbert Smith Freehills to open in Malaysia

By Rose Walker |

Kuala Lumpur will be the firm's center of Islamic finance practice.

China
Alibaba Returns to Slaughter and May for $2.6B Retail Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Slaughter and May is advising Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on a $2.6 billion offer to privatize Chinese department store operator Intime Retail Group Co. Ltd.

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated London-based Europe projects head Jamieson Logie to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Sullivan & Cromwell Adds Asia Projects Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated Jamieson Logie, the former head of projects for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, from London to Hong Kong to head up the practice for Asia.

Six More KWM Partners Find New Homes As Exits Continue

By Rose Walker |

Reed Smith, Mishcon de Reya and Simmons & Simmons are all set to boost their London offices with partner hires from King & Wood Mallesons’ stricken European business.

Hong Kong.

China
China's Haiwen to Open in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese firm Haiwen & Partners is planning to open a Hong Kong office—a move that comes nearly a year after the firm launched in the neighboring city of Shenzhen.

Beijing, China.

China
Han Kun Hires Former White & Case China Head

By Anna Zhang |

Li Xiaoming is the latest Chinese lawyer to move from an international firm to a domestic firm.

King & Wood Mallesons.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Takes Two From JunHe, Eyes US-Related Work

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons has hired two corporate partners from top rival JunHe in Beijing.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Singapore
Dentons Rodyk Loses Real Estate Team, Gains Tax Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

A five-partner team departs for rival Rajah & Tann while Baker McKenzie Singapore cofounding partner Edmund Leow joins the firm as tax head.

Cadwalader offices in Washington, D.C. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

China
2 More Ex-Cadwalader China Partners Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia managing partner Rocky Lee has joined King & Wood Mallesons while former Hong Kong partner Stephen Chan arrives at Dechert.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.

Chinese Nationals Charged With Hacking Firms to Steal M&A Info

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara warns law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."

KWM China in Talks to Pick Up 10-Lawyer City Disputes Team

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons China is in discussions to acquire a team of more than 10 London dispute resolution lawyers, as it bids to retain a small outpost in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, staffed with lawyers from the rapidly disintegrating legacy SJ Berwin business.

KWM Latest: 40 Partners Have Quit Since October, City Rallies to Save Trainees

By Alex Berry and James Booth |

With all single-firm acquisitions of the business off the table, it is every person for himself or herself, prompting a scramble of partner exits.

KWM Europe Announces Intention to Appoint Administrators

The firm is expected to file for pre-pack administration in January, with numerous partners and teams being acquired by rival firms ahead of this move.

KWM China in Talks to Take On Multiple International Offices as Former Partners Are Emailed About Potential Tax Liabilities

By Anna Ward |

King & Wood Mallesons' China arm is in talks to take on large teams of lawyers from the firm’s Dubai, Germany, Italy and Spain offices as well as City corporate and litigation teams, with the news coming as former partners have been emailed about potential liabilities they may face relating to the firm’s pending January tax bill.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Opinion: Another Big Law Firm Stumbles

The collapse of King & Woods Mallesons Europe shows that the central problem afflicting most troubled law firms remains the same.

Dentons Bows Out of Race for KWM EUME Business

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is no longer talking to King & Wood Mallesons’ European management about a potential deal to take over its distressed European and Middle East business.

What Went Wrong at King & Wood Mallesons?

When Chinese-Australian giant KWM joined forces with the U.K.'s SJ Berwin, the firm was hailed as a global pioneer. Just three years later, the verein's European arm is on the brink of collapse.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Heading Towards Pre-Pack Administration

The situation at King & Wood Mallesons is coming to a head. Sources at the firm say that its beleaguered European arm is heading for a pre-packaged administration, the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy, with negotiations already at an advanced stage. An announcement should occur in the second half of next week.

Alston & Bird's Bob Dole. Photo by: Michael Whetstine. Photo July 19, 2005.

China
Alston & Bird Central to Trump's Taiwanese Phone Call

Former senator and Alston & Bird special counsel Bob Dole told The Wall Street Journal that he and his firm helped to arrange the president-elect's taboo-breaking telephone call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the paper.

One Team, One Firm, One Fine Mess

By Georgina Stanley |

Why King & Wood Mallesons is bad news for verein advocates.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a car crash in slow motion.

Ashurst to Overhaul Partner Profit Distribution System in Move to Single Annual Payout

By Rose Walker |

Partners would receive a single profit payment each year, instead of the current quarterly system. A vote is scheduled for next month.

Joe Teig of Holland and Hart in Jackson, Wyoming

Off the Grid: Big Firms and Their Far-Flung Offices

Whether it's Myanmar, Mongolia or Wyoming, global clients in remote locations make for unique outposts for some Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

Dorsey & Whitney

Hong Kong
Dorsey & Whitney Hong Kong Partner Joins Clyde & Co

By Anna Zhang |

Partner John Chrisman previously led Dorsey's Hong Kong office and the firm's India practice.

In Wake of Election, Wilmer's Bill Lee Reveals Troubling Incident

At a time of political upheaval and uncertainty over the future of civil rights in this country, William Lee, a longtime partner and former co-leader at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has a chilling story to tell.

Bangalore, India

India
Dechert Helps Create Law in India That Could Save Lives

By Anna Zhang |

India is moving forward on establishing legal protection for good samaritans in traffic accidents, thanks in part to assistance from the U.S. law firm Dechert.

China
U.K.'s Fieldfisher Merges With Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm combines with 12-partner boutique JS Partners under a Swiss verein structure.

After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

By Nell Gluckman and Anna Zhang |

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Is Offered Asian Rescue Package—with Some Strings Attached

By James Booth |

At a meeting in London last week, King & Wood Mallesons' European and Middle Eastern partners were told that the firm's Asian offices are willing to offer financial assistance to the troubled European partnership, conditional on a lock-in and a capital raising of 14 million pounds sterling.

Factory workers at an electronics company in the production of automotive circuit system equipment in Jiangxi province in China.

China
After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Leaders Seeking Financial Help from Chinese Arm

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons' new European management team is holding discussions with the firm’s Chinese leadership to work out a way forward for its European arm, which is under pressure following a series of high profile partner exits.

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Australia
Hogan Lovells Poaches Clayton Utz Corporate Partner in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells has expanded its Australian offering by hiring longtime Clayton Utz partner Matthew Johnson.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
PwC Recruits Former Clifford Chance Partner Duo for Australian Arm

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

PwC has hired former Clifford Chance partners Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons for its fast-growing Australian legal arm.

Duane Morris Opens Taiwan Office

Duane Morris has opened an office in Taipei, Taiwan, the firm announced Monday, further expanding its on-the-ground presence in Asia.

King & Wood Mallesons Puts Brakes on Recapitalization as Four High-Profile Partners Quit

By Georgina Stanley |

The firm confirmed the resignation of U.K. investments funds head Michael Halford, private equity partner Jonathan Pittal and corporate partner Andrew Wingfield. Former managing partner Rob Day has also indicated his intention to resign from the beleaguered firm, which has seen a spate of exits over the last 18 months

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China
The Asia 100: Chinese Firms See Dramatic Growth

Our annual survey of law firms in the Asia-Pacific region shows rapid expansion for Asia-based firms over the past five years, far eclipsing the growth rates of the biggest U.S. or global firms.

Foley Hoag Launches U.N. Practice Group

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Already a regional power in public international law, Foley Hoag has launched a United Nations practice group, thought to be the first of its kind at an Am Law 200 firm.

China
Will More Law Firms Look to Joint Ventures For China Business?

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells’ launch of a joint operation with China’s Fidelity Law Firm earlier this month again highlighted the need among international firms to have Chinese law capability.

Why Are Global Firms Less Profitable?

By Nicholas Bruch |

Global 100 data, which provides financial and headcount information on the world’s largest law firms, shows clear tradeoffs to global networks. International firms are less efficient revenue generators than their domestic peers. They are also significantly less profitable.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam
Korea's Yoon & Yang Opens Office in Vietnam

By Anna Zhang |

The four-lawyer office in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City will be led by partner and Southeast Asia practice head Zunu Lee.

King & Wood Mallesons Sets Deadline for Paying Out 2014-15 Profit Distributions

By Rose Walker |

The firm's European arm has laid out plans to pay all outstanding profit distributions owed to partners for the 2014-15 financial year by May 2017.

Melbourne, Australia.

Australia
Melbourne Office of Gadens Will Not Be Part of Dentons-Gadens Merger

By Rose Walker |

The Melbourne office of Dentons' Australia merger partner Gadens plans to break away from the combined firm, with the tie-up still awaiting formal completion almost one year after partners approved the deal.

Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong
Linklaters Looks to Boost US Capital Markets Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters has relocated London partner Patrick Sheil to Hong Kong to boost its U.S. capital markets offering in Asia.

Singapore
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2016

By The Asian Lawyer |

Baker & McKenzie and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms receiving most nominations. Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.

King & Wood Mallesons Looks to an Aussie Transplant for Europe Turnaround

By Rose Walker |

'Australians take no prisoners': Partners react to the new leadership choice.

Australia
Minter Ellison Launches New Consultancy Offering With Four Hires

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Australia’s Minter Ellison has launched a nonlegal consulting practice focusing on board and executive remuneration with the hire of a team from Willis Towers Watson.

U.S Firms Abroad: An Interactive Road Map

By Meghan Tribe |

American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. A look at the hot spots (and the not-so-hot spots).

China
Cadwalader Latest Big Firm to Close Offices in China

In what Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has called an attempt to refocus on its core clients, the Wall Street firm confirmed Thursday its withdrawal from bases in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fried Frank and Chadbourne & Parke have made similar moves within the past 15 months.

The Forecast for Big Law in 6 Key Markets

International firm leaders are adjusting expectations and taking a more nuanced approach to global expansion.

Interactive Chart: U.S. Firms Abroad

American law firms have established themselves all over the globe, but some markets are more vibrant than others, our data shows.

South Korea
The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World’s Biggest Firms

Top-grossing law firms saw slow and steady growth over the past year, with revenues and profits increasing. But challenges abound.

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China
Chinese IP Firm Opens in Silicon Valley With Samsung Hire

In a rare move, a Chinese law firm has opened an office in the Silicon Valley. The IP boutique hired from Samsung's legal department to start the new office.

Singapore.

China
Singapore Duo Become Latest to Quit Ashurst as Exits Hit Six in 24 Hours

By Rose Walker |

Ashurst Singapore managing partner Shaun Lascelles has become the sixth partner departure to emerge since last night, as exits mount at the embattled U.K. firm.

China
Exclusive Rankings: China's Biggest Law Firms

The China 35, our annual financial survey of the highest-grossing Chinese law firms, finds more firms breaking the $200 million mark.

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Australia
White & Case Raids Herbert Smith Freehills for Australia Launch

By Frances Ivens |

The global legal giant has opened two new offices in Melbourne and Sydney after taking on a 10-partner team from Herbert Smith Freehills in Asia.

Struggling Australian Firm Expects More Financial Losses

Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has announced that it expects losses of more than $760 million (A$1 billion) for its 2015-16 fiscal year.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Becomes Latest to Target Diversity in Australia With Recruitment Tool

By Frances Ivens |

King & Wood Mallesons has become the latest international firm in Australia to introduce a recruitment tool that is designed to improve diversity in hiring.

Shanghai.

China
Chinese Firm Jun He Recruits Two New Partners

By Anna Zhang |

China’s Jun He has recruited two new partners in its Beijing and Shanghai offices.

Slaughter and May Disputes Head Sees Continued Growth Post-Brexit

By Anna Ward |

"People will continue to litigate in London," says practice leader Deborah Finkler.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker & McKenzie Posts Big Gains in Revenue, Profits

Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.

Indonesia
DLA Piper Ends Indonesia Alliance

By Anna Ward |

The firm has confirmed that its three-year alliance with Jakarta-based Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah will soon end.

Turkey
White & Case Closes Office in Kazakhstan

By Frances Ivens |

White & Case has closed its office in Almaty, leaving it with one base in Kazakhstan. The two lawyers in the Almaty office have relocated to the firm's base in Astana following the closure at the end of June.

King & Wood Mallesons Halts Profit Distributions After Recapitalization Vote

King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.

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Japan
Japan's Mori Hamada to Merge With Thai Firm Chandler & Thong-ek

By Anna Zhang |

The deal is expected to be completed in January 2017, with the merged Bangkok office operating under the new name Chandler MHM Ltd.

Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey
Former DLA Piper Turkish Partner Firm Raided by Police in Aftermath of Coup

DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.


China
Asia Sees Huge Jump in Pro Bono Hours

By Anna Zhang |

A recent TrustLaw survey found significant growth in pro bono effort from lawyers based in China.

Tokyo Bay, with the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower visible.

Squire Patton Boggs Recruits Tokyo Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Squire Patton Boggs has hired a disputes partner in Tokyo. Scott Warren will lead the firm's Asia cybersecurity, data privacy and digital data disclosures practice from the Japanese capital.

Singapore
Reed Smith Launches Singapore Alliance With Local Firm

By Frances Ivens |

Resource Law is headed by Mohan Subbaraman, who formerly led Ince & Co's alliance firm in the city state.

Singapore
Has Singapore Lost Its Luster for Law Firms?

By Frances Ivens |

As U.K. firm Watson Farley & Williams decides to end its joint law venture with a local law firm, lawyers and market observers weigh in to ponder if more will follow suit.

China
In China, Pro Bono is a Real Challenge

Foreign lawyers are barred from practicing Chinese law, and there is more discouraging international law firms from doing pro bono work or helping Chinese pro bono lawyers in the country.

China
White & Case and Simpson Thacher Lead Asia M&A Rankings in First Half of 2016

By Anna Zhang |

By scoring roles on the record breaking $46 billion ChemChina-Syngenta acquisition, the two firms have displaced last year’s leaders Freshfields, Linklaters and Skadden.

American Lawyer Announces its Fourth Annual Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

All winners will be honored at the Global Legal Awards dinner on Sept. 26, 2016, at Gotham Hall in New York City, where we will also reveal the four grand prizes.

Hong Kong
Taylor Wessing Launches Hong Kong Association

By Frances Ivens |

The Anglo-German firm has tied up with local boutique HM Chan & Co in the Chinese territory.

India
India Liberalization Plans Draw Objection From National Law Society

By Frances Ivens |

The Society of Indian Law Firms has voiced opposition to the government’s draft plans for opening up the Indian legal market to foreign firms, published last week.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Tops Asia Branding Survey

By Anna Zhang |

Results were based on brand awareness interviews of 630 senior in-house lawyers conducted by London-based market research firm Acritas.

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Afghanistan
DLA Piper Strikes Alliance in Afghanistan

A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.

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China
France's Gide Loyrette Nouel To Close Its Hong Kong Office

By Anna Zhang |

France’s Gide Loyrette Nouel will close its office in Hong Kong and launch a "best friends" relationship with local firm Howse Williams Bowers.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at the combination signing ceremony in Beijing.

Dentons Gobbles Its Way Across the Globe

Its growth strategy raises eyebrows, but no one denies the firm's bold and risky vision.

Pro Bono Rankings: National and International Firms

Dechert, Arnold & Porter and Paul Hastings lead the pack in non-U.S. pro bono.

Asian Law Firm Partners React to Brexit

By Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang |

As volatility continues across markets in Asia, law firm partners in the region are bracing themselves for the full impact of Brexit on their business.

United Kingdom
Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

By Frances Ivens and Rose Walker |

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

Hong Kong
Firms Review Strategies as Hong Kong IPO Numbers Fall

By Frances Ivens |

A slowing Chinese economy has promoted international firms in Asia’s financial capital to reassess their capital markets practices: Some opt to cut fees while others turn to small ticket deals.

China
BLP Raises Its Bet on Asia

By Frances Ivens |

The U.K. firm's Asia leader discusses Berwin Leighton Paisner's recent expansion in Hong Kong and Myanmar, its new "one Asia approach," and possible moves in Singapore and mainland China.

Members of a Chinese delegation of lawyers speaking at an event at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C. in June. The organizer of the visit, Chu Wang, is second from right.

China
On U.S. Tour, Chinese Lawyers Soak Up Big Law Lessons

Tips ranged from better transparency to stronger management as lawyers from several Chinese firms visited with law firm leaders in New York and D.C.

China
No Simple Formula: How Chinese Law Firms Pay Their Partners

By Anna Zhang |

In the second installment of a two-part article, we look at partner compensation at Chinese law firms. In recent years, many firms have overhauled their compensation systems, trying to balance growth with integration.

China
Dentons Mulls Plan to Extend Secondment Program to China

By Anna Ward |

The firm is looking to introduce a formal program of secondments for lawyers at its China arm, formerly known as Dacheng, as a means to win more work from Chinese clients.

China
How Do Chinese Law Firms Operate?

By Anna Zhang |

In this first of a two-part story, we compare two most commonly used business models by Chinese law firms. The loosely organized commission-based structure allows fast growth, while the more tightly integrated corporation model promotes healthier revenue per lawyer. Which will prevail?

Indonesia
Hogan Lovells Enters New Indonesia Association

By Rose Walker and Frances Ivens |

The firm has struck a partnership with Jakarta-based Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners, seven months after previous arrangement with Hermawan Juniarto ended.

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China
Chicago's Brinks Gilson & Lione Plans Shenzhen Office

Once approved by Chinese authorities, the 142-lawyer intellectual property boutique will become the first U.S. firm to launch in Southern Chinese city that is home to some of China's largest patent owners such as Huawei and ZTE.

China
Freshfields Under Scrutiny as Alibaba Deal Falls Foul of Hong Kong Securities Regulator

By Frances Ivens |

Legal advisers' role referenced as Alibaba's $171 million acquisition of healthcare company is criticized for breaking takeover rules.

The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

The Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.

Singapore

Singapore
DLA Piper Eyes Potential Domestic Singapore Venture

A week after announcing massive layoffs in the U.K., DLA Piper is considering inking a formal law alliance with a Singapore firm in order to practice local law in the city-state.

Philippines
Norton Rose Fulbright to Move 170 Jobs to Philippines

By James Booth |

The global firm is relocating about 5 percent of support staff to a new business services center in Manila. The affected jobs will move from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and other areas.

Singapore
Gadens Closes Singapore Office Following Dentons Combination

By Rose Walker |

The Australian firm’s former Singapore managing partner Marc Rathbone has joined U.K. firm Nabarro in the city-state.

 Mark Kelly

Taiwan
Vinson & Elkins Opens Office in Taipei

The Houston-based firm's new office opened on May 16 and plans to focus on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, renewable energy and corporate matters there.

China
China’s Han Kun Switches Hong Kong Association

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets specialist Miao & Co has replaced intellectual property boutique Choy, Cheung & Co as the local partner firm.

Australia
Former Clifford Chance Sydney Partners Launch New Firm

By Frances Ivens |

Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons, previously cofounders of the Magic Circle firm’s Australian operations, have taken clients such as Sumitomo Corp. with them to their new corporate boutique.

China
More Asia Pacific Firms Emerge in ‘Panama Papers’ Records

By Anna Zhang and Brian Baxter |

These include eight Asia 100 firms from China, Singapore and Korea as well as other notable firms such as Hong Kong’s Deacons.

China
Zhong Lun Adds Two U.S. Offices With Dentons Hires

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based firm opens in Los Angeles and San Francisco with three new equity partners from legacy Dacheng Law Offices.

China
Singaporean, Chinese Law Firms Appear In New 'Panama Papers' Database

Plenty of Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms' Asian offices appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Australia
After Sydney Closure, Skadden Team Sails to Allen & Overy

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

United Kingdom
King & Wood Mallesons Exits Continue in London

By Rose Walker |

Baker Botts and Keystone Law pick up one KWM partner apiece, as filings show eight partners leaving the Anglo-Asian firm's European partnership as of April 30.

Australia
World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm Won't Go Bankrupt

Slater & Gordon, an Australian plaintiffs shop that became the world's first publicly traded law firm in 2007, has reached a $630 million debt refinancing deal with lenders to avert a potential bankruptcy filing Down Under.

Jerry K. Clements

Hong Kong
Spotlight: Locke Lord Finds Its Way in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

It has taken five years for Locke Lord's Hong Kong office to break even. Now what?

China
Linklaters Confirms China Launch and Deloitte Review as Lockstep Debate Rumbles On

By Georgina Stanley and James Booth |

Firm brings in the Big Four auditor to review its business services function as new managing partner Gideon Moore sets out his aims.

India
Detailed Plans for Opening Up India to Foreign Firms Expected Soon

By Frances Ivens |

The first phase of Indian liberalization is set to center on arbitration work, as India looks to become an international hub.

Singapore
Dentons Formalizes Singapore Combination

By Frances Ivens |

The city-state’s oldest law firm Rodyk & Davidson is now officially part of the global legal giant.

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The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows For Big Law

The American Lawyer's annual report on the 100 top-grossing law firms in the United States. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

China
The Biggest Law Firm You Never Heard Of

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang talks about the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.

China
Beijing’s Guantao Merges With Shanghai Alliance Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The 450-lawyer Ashurst's Chinese alliance firm combines with 40-lawyer Zhongmao Law Firm that lists the Shanghai Disneyland as a client.

Malaysia
DAC Beachcroft to Enter Malaysia Through Joint Venture

By Frances Ivens |

The U.K. firm has applied to the Malaysian Bar Council to establish a presence in the country with its associate firm Gan Partnership.

Singapore
Singapore’s WongPartnership Forms Middle Eastern Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The city-state firm has relaunched its presence in the region with an association with United Arab Emirates boutique Ali Al Aidarous after closing two of its own offices.

B. Todd Patterson Founding partner, Patterson & Sheridan of Houston

Japan
Texas IP Firm Launches in Japan

Patterson & Sheridan of Houston opens its first international office because of clients in Asia.

 From left to right: Austin Cheung, Steven Gong, Aven Zhang, Chens Chen and Alice Teng.

China
Mossack's China Connection

By Anna Zhang |

The Panamanian law firm at the center of an unprecedented document leak has found China to be a rich source of business.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

China
Holman Fenwick Strikes Shanghai Alliance to Offer Chinese Law Advice

By James Booth |

The U.K. law firm is teaming up with Chinese firm Wintell & Co under the Shanghai free trade zone rules.

Australia
Slater and Gordon GC Steps Down After Two Months

By Frances Ivens |

Moana Weir has left the firm with immediate effect after being appointed to the role on Jan. 29.

United Kingdom
King & Wood Mallesons Overhauls Profit Distribution System

By Rose Walker |

The legacy SJ Berwin arm of the firm has been dogged by delays in distributing partner profits in recent months

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

China
Latham's Asia Reboot

By Anna Zhang |

Will Latham & Watkins' high-profile new hires in Hong Kong allow it to pull away from the pack?

China
Eversheds Eyes Beijing Capital Markets Expansion

By Frances Ivens |

The U.K. firm has a "blank sheet" in Asia as it targets growth across multiple practices, says Asia corporate head Stephen Mok.

KWM to Slash 15 Percent of Legacy SJ Berwin Partnership

By Rose Walker |

Three years after a transformative merger with the U.K. firm, King & Wood Mallesons will trim approximately 24 partners in its Europe, U.K. and Middle East partnership.

Australia
Ashurst Launches Research And Development Arm

By Rose Walker |

The R&D capability will form one part of the firm's new global innovation initiative, Ashurst Advance.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Japan
Debevoise Opens in Tokyo

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. firm launches in the Japanese capital on Tuesday with a three-lawyer mergers and acquisitions team relocating from New York.

China
Will More Law Firms Retreat From China?

A changing Chinese economy coupled with more longstanding corruption and political interference could cause clients to think twice about doing business in the country, and, as a result, make law firms rethink the already tenuous financial proposition of having an office in China.

China
Stephenson Harwood Formalizes Chinese Association

By Frances Ivens |

Through a pair of former lawyers, the U.K. firm is taking advantage of a free trade agreement between Hong Kong and mainland China to gain Chinese law capability.

Hong Kong
Pillsbury to Enter Hong Kong With Clyde Aviation Hire

By Frances Ivens |

The New York-based firm is launching a new office in the Chinese city spearheaded by former Clyde & Co global aviation finance head Paul Jebely.

Global Legal Awards Deadline Is May 1

We're honoring the best lawyering the world over in cross-border deals, disputes, finance and citizenship.

Hong Kong
The Strategy Behind Latham's Asia Hiring Spree

By Frances Ivens |

With a spate of new recruits in Asia, is Latham leading the way for U.S. firms in the region?

Australia
World's First Publicly Listed Law Firm to Restructure After Mammoth Loss

Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.

Singapore city skyline

Singapore
Eversheds in Singapore Merger Talks

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm is seeking to combine its eight-lawyer office in the city-state with local 56-lawyer firm Harry Elias Partnership.

Hong Kong
K&L Gates Sees Revenue Fall 7 Percent, PPP Rise 5.3 Percent

In Asia Pacific, the firm saw a 14.8 percent decline in revenues and the largest head count reduction of 10.4 percent.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, the early reports on 2015 financial results for DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, K&L Gates, Latham, White & Case and more international law firms.

Australia
Slater and Gordon To Make U.K. Cuts As It Reports $683M Loss

By James Booth |

The struggling personal injury firm—the first law firm ever to go public—writes down A$814.2M from its Quindell acquisition as it restructures.

Yulchon chairman Woo Chang-Rok (second from left) received Asian Law Firm of the Year Award with corporate and disputes partners on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

China
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Asia Legal Awards 2016

By The Asian Lawyer |

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its third annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms and individual practitioner. As promised, here's the list of winners and why they stood out.