Asian Firms

Australia
Skadden To Close Sydney Office Amid Australia Jitters

U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say there’s still good money to be made down under.

Australia
In Australia, In-House Lawyers Are Going Back to Law Firms

Are you an in-house lawyer considering a move back to private practice? You’ll be interested to hear about a trend in Australia.

Indonesia
Squire Patton Boggs Ends Indonesian Alliance

By Rose Walker |

The US firm ended its formal ties with Jakarta-based Melli Darsa & Co. last year, but plans to continue working with the firm on an informal basis.

What's Behind Linklaters' Partner Exits in Asia?

By Frances Ivens |

Linklaters' Hong Kong private equity partner, Christopher Kelly, is joining White & Case—the latest in a string of partners to leave the firm for rivals in Asia.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.

China
Law Firms Still Optimistic as Chinese Stock Markets Swoon

By Anna Zhang |

Even as the Chinese stock market bubble bursts, lawyers report that they're keeping busy with M&A, tech deals, and restructuring work. Don't count out Hong Kong IPOs, either.

By the Numbers: Are the Biggest Firms the Most Profitable?

The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.

Hong Kong
Mississippi’s Butler Snow Opens in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Kurt Rademacher relocates from London to lead a private client U.S. tax practice and envisions a 10-lawyer team in two years.

China
The Curious Case of the DeHeng Trademark

By Anna Zhang |

China's DeHeng Law Offices and Deheng Legal Group want you to know that they are two different firms. A prolonged legal battle over their extremely similar names has its roots in a split between the firms more than 20 years ago.

China
For Many Chinese Law Firms, Revenue Doesn't Keep Pace With Size

Our new China 25 survey reports gross revenue for the country's largest firms—and finds some surprises.

China
Startups Take Aim at China's Legal Market

By Anna Zhang |

Is the new Uber for Chinese lawyers coming soon?

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Peru's President Ollanta Humala as leaders pose for a group family photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines,  Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Pictured from top left, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. front row from left, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang, U.S. President Barack Obama, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Taiwan envoy Vincent Siew.

Trade Winds

By Tom Brennan |

The new Trans-Pacific trade deal looks like a go. Law firms may want to gear up.

China
Client Confidential

By Tom Brennan |

How to win clients in Asia—and keep them happy.

China
The Asia 100

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese law firms continued their remarkable growth spree to capture nearly all the top slots in our rankings. Apparently no one told them that the economy has been slowing down.

Michael S. Kim

South Korea
Locking the Gates

By Anna Zhang |

Foreign law firms have been in South Korea for three years, but they still can't practice local law. Will they ever be able to? The answer isn't clear.

Cameroon
Report: Four Big Firms Earned Millions From Suspect States

The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.

China
How Long Will Chinese Law Remain Out of Reach for Global Firms?

By Anna Zhang |

Commercial, cultural and political concerns continue to bar foreign law firms from practicing Chinese law for the foreseeable future. But Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone joint venture program and other forms of alliances may show the way towards a gradual opening up of the market.

Malaysia
Zicolaw Launches Singapore Member Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Eight-lawyer Insights Law adds local law capability in the city-state to the Southeast Asian law firm network.

Hong Kong
Olswang Launches Hong Kong Association

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm has struck a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with 31-lawyer boutique Haldanes in the Chinese territory.

How To Be A Better Partner

In the age of the mega-firm, it's more crucial than ever for partners to take an active role in overseeing the business they own.

Happy New Year?

Our annual Law Firm Leaders Survey finds managing partners hopeful, if uncertain, about their firms' prospects for next year.

China
Upping the Ante

Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.

Hong Kong
HSF Launches Singapore Alliance, Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has set up a formal law alliance with Singapore’s Prolegis and recruited debt capital markets lawyer William Ku from King & Wood Mallesons.

China
MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

India
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

Both regional and international firms alike took home trophies for their work on the most innovative and creative deals and disputes in Southeast Asia and India. Here's the full list of winners.

Singapore
After Dacheng Deal, Dentons Finalizes Three-Way Combination

Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.

Shipping containers are seen in the port of Singapore.

Japan
How the TPP Will Change Law Practice in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

It's not just that lawyers expect a surge in work once the treaty's ratified. It's the shape the work will take that's also drawn so much attention.

Myanmar
Berwin Leighton Paisner Launches in Yangon

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm first tested the waters in Myanmar through an alliance with local outfit Legal Network Consultants, but now it’s diving in with an office of its own.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

China
It's Official: Dentons Merger with Dacheng Creates Global Giant

Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.

Rodyk & Davidson managing partner Philip Jeyaretnam, SC.

Singapore
When Rodyk & Davidson Meets Dentons

By Anna Zhang |

Will joining the world's largest law firm help revive Singapore's oldest law firm?

Indonesia
Freshfields Faces Regulatory Sting on Two Fronts

The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.

China
Harneys Opens Fourth Asian Office in China

By Tom Brennan |

The offshore firm has nabbed a partner from rival Ogier to open in Shanghai.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Australia
Dentons Ups the Ante in Global Growth Gamble

With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.

Malaysia
Malaysia's Christopher & Lee Ong Acquires Two Boutique Firms

By Anna Zhang |

Rajah & Tann's Kuala Lumpur-based associate firm has expanded its technology and intellectual property offerings.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

Dentons Expands Across Pacific Rim Amid Busy Merger Market

Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.

China
Dorsey & Whitney Opens in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

The Minneapolis-based firm expands into a second mainland Chinese office despite some U.S. peers leaving China entirely.

South Korea
Quinn Emanuel and Hagens Berman Sue VW on Behalf of S. Koreans

Two prominent law firms filed a federal class action in Los Angeles on Friday against Volkswagen A.G. on behalf of South Korean consumers, making it the first case of its kind against an automaker in the United States.

Vietnam
Watson Farley Adds Vietnam Capability

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm has formed an association with former Orrick best friend LVN & Associates.

India
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

By Tom Brennan |

We've broadened the scope for our second annual awards recognizing the top matters and lawyers in Southeast Asia and India, bringing the total number of categories to 25 from 17.

Australia
Merged Firms Contend With Weak Aussie Dollar

By Anna Zhang |

Here’s how Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and K&L Gates have coped with the falling currency since merging with Australian firms in recent years.

Singapore
Offshore Firm Carey Olsen Opens in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has recruited former Allen & Overy corporate partner Linda Lee to launch in the city-state.

Hong Kong
Ernst & Young Adds Hong Kong Law Capability

By Anna Zhang |

The Big Four auditor has struck a new association with local firm Lin & Associates.

China
Law Firms Lacking Cybersecurity Measures Have 'Significant Ground to Make Up'

'Tone from the top' is a critical differentiator for implementing better precautions.

China
The World's Best Known Law Firms

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

International Firms Grapple with Currency Swings

Volatile currency rates can have a big impact on global law firm revenue and partner compensation. Who’s been hit hardest—and how are firms coping?

O'Melveny & Myers Washington, D.C. offices. October 21, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hong Kong
More Changes in O'Melveny's Singapore Office

By Tom Brennan |

The relocation of transactions partner Andrew Hutton to Hong Kong leaves behind just one partner whose primary residence is in the firm's city-state office.

China
How Firms Are Faring in Five Emerging Global Markets

Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.

Indonesia
Hogan Lovells Loses Indonesian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-American firm and its former Jakarta-based partner Hermawan Juniarto have separated after three and a half years.

Allen & Overy, seen here, won International Firm of the Year at the 2015 China Law & Practice Awards.

China
Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

By Katherine Jo |

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

Japan
King & Spalding Takes First Steps Into Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The Atlanta-based firm faces stiff competition from U.S. rivals such as Morrison & Foerster and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in choosing Japan as its second base in Asia.

Richard Hays

China
Alston & Bird Opens China Office, Expands in Europe

Alston & Bird is expanding abroad, opening an office in Beijing and adding three lawyers who handle privacy and data security to its Brussels outpost.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
Allen & Overy Launches in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm is the latest international firm to arrive in Korea ahead of further liberalization in the country's legal market next year.

China
What It Takes to Win—and Keep—Clients in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

We spoke to twenty veteran lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore about their secrets for keeping Asian clients happy. What they told us will surprise you.

South Korea
Kobre & Kim Launches in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Cofounding partner Michael Kim will lead the U.S. litigation boutique's practice in the Korean capital.

At Sidley Austin, A Pro Bono Project Involves Hundreds

The firm’s Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise program involves 80 pro bono projects, 285 Sidley lawyers and 25 countries.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Open New Middle East, U.S. Offices

Shearman & Sterling launches in Dubai; Dechert forms an alliance in Saudi Arabia; Ogletree Deakins and Jackson Lewis expand in the U.S.; and litigation boutique Kobre & Kim heads to South Korea.

Australia
Acquisition Spree Sees Slater and Gordon Revenues Soar

Fueled by a series of U.K. acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

China
Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 24:  (CHINA OUT) An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on August 24, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. Chinese shares plunged on Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 297.84 points, or 8.49 percent, to close at 3,209.91. The Shenzhen Component Index fell 931.76 points, or 7.83 percent, to close at 10,970.29.

China
Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Nagoya castle is one of most famous castles in Japan and was reconstructed in 1959.

Japan
Mori Hamada to Open in Nagoya

By Tom Brennan |

The new office will be the Big Four corporate firm’s fourth location in Japan.

China
China Two-Step: Re-Register Trademarks With Customs

It's not enough to register a trademark in the normal way. If you want to protect your marks, register them with the country's customs agency.

China
Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

China
Heightened Risk of Cyberattacks Puts Pressure on Law Firms to Bolster Defenses

Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Launches Contract Lawyer Division in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

R&T Asia Resources will employ at least 30 lawyers to serve clients during their peak business periods.

Eversheds Asia managing partner Stephen Kitts

Hong Kong
UK Firms Eye Axiom-Like Outsourcing Biz in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Eversheds and Allen & Overy hope to tap a new revenue source as the region's general counsel suffer the same pressures to cut costs as their peers in London and New York.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
White & Case Opens in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Korea practice head James Lee has relocated from Los Angeles to lead the three-partner office.

Lawyers at Beijing's Feng Rui Law Firm (right) have been detained by China's government.

China
In China's Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Big Law Says Little

By American Lawyer staff reporting |

Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms active in China appear reluctant to join the bar associations around the world that have expressed support for the lawyers detained by the Chinese government in July.

India
Shardul Amarchand Joins Lex Mundi

By Tom Brennan |

Shardul Shroff's new outfit has replaced the former Amarchand Mangaldas in the global network of independent law firms.

China
Law Firm Combinations Will Continue, But There's a Ceiling, Consultants Say

Law firms are merging at the highest rate since the Great Recession, but consultants say there are checks within the legal industry that will prevent consolidation on the scale of other professional service industries.

Indonesia
Holman Fenwick Taps HSF Partner With Eye on Indonesia

By Tom Brennan |

Haydn Dare, who spent nearly 30 years at Herbert Smith Freehills, is in Jakarta looking for a local tie-up.

China
More Chinese Firms Seeing Benefits of Hong Kong Base

By Anna Zhang |

Jingtian & Gongcheng is the fifth Chinese firm in the past year and a half to arrive in hopes of capturing more work from mainland clients using Hong Kong to grow their businesses.

Slater & Gordon managing director Andrew Grech

Australia
Slater & Gordon Loses Its Gloss

By Tom Brennan |

Accounting issues at the Australian class-action firm and its most recent deal partner, U.K. insurance claims processor Quindell, have dulled the stock's sheen after eight years of growth since its IPO in 2007.

Chadbourne Exits Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Fifteen years after opening in the Chinese capital, the firm has chosen to run its China practice from New York and London.

Japan
Harneys Touches Down in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The offshore firm has opened a representative office in the Japanese capital.

China
Mayer Brown to Form Hong Kong Alliance With China's Jingtian

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm plans to use Jingtian & Gongcheng's arrival in Hong Kong to access a long list of Chinese clients.

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, with Marina Bay Sands in the background

Singapore
Holman Fenwick Willan Forms Singapore FLA

By Tom Brennan |

The London-based firm has partnered with seven-lawyer AsiaLegal in a formal law alliance.

India
Will India Open the Door to Foreign Lawyers?

By Tom Brennan |

Global law firms are keeping a cautious eye on India as the government moves closer to lifting the protectionist regulations that have barred foreign firms from the country.

China
Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.

Singapore
Going Local in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

A handful of international firms have obtained a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license, which allows them to hire Singapore-qualified lawyers and practice some local law. Others say it's not worth the trouble.

Singapore
Singapore: A Tough Market, But Law Firms Can't Stay Away

By Anna Zhang |

As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Singapore continues to be a hot spot for global law firms. To thrive in such a competitive legal market, firms need to be smart about where they invest their resources.

Signs of Slower Growth for U.S. Firms in Asia

By Zoe Ferguson |

Data from The NLJ 350 shows that lawyer counts at U.S. firms in Asia have soared in the past decade. But is the growth story over?

Scott Gibson, John Weber, Michael Bowen and Marc Wilshaw pose for a photo at the Hardy Bowen offices on June 22, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images for DLA Piper)

Australia
DLA Piper Brings Aboard Perth's Hardy Bowen

By Tom Brennan |

A 12-lawyer team from the Western Australian corporate boutique will join DLA Piper's current roster of 51 lawyers in Perth on July 1.

Singapore
Singapore’s Cavenagh Law Launches Real Estate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance's alliance partner in the city-state has hired former WongPartnership partner Carol Anne Tan to lead the new venture.

Vietnam
Anderson Mori Opens in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

The firm has launched its second office in Southeast Asia, adding to a current base in Singapore.

China
Lawyers Double Dip as Chinese Clients ‘Go Private’

By Tom Brennan |

The same law firms that rode a wave of U.S. IPOs by mainland companies last decade are cashing in again as those clients pull stakes and head home to China.

Japan
King & Spalding Raids Ashurst to Open in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Four Ashurst partners, including three already in Japan and one in Perth, are expected to join the U.S. firm to launch its second office in Asia.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Hong Kong
Davis Polk Plans Leadership Change in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Linklaters Hong Kong partner Jon Gray will relocate to join the firm in Japan, taking over for soon-to-retire Tokyo managing partner Theodore Paradise.

Japan
Withers Launches in Tokyo With MoFo Hires

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private wealth boutique has hired former Morrison & Foerster tax specialists Chizuko Tomita and Takeo Mizutani to lead its newest office in Asia, while former Singapore partner Eric Roose will serve as head of international corporate tax in Asia.

China
Making a Go of a New Business in China

The People's Republic is cracking down tax-wise on foreign companies operating improperly in the country, creating plenty of opportunity.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Bae, Kim & Lee Launches in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

A month after becoming the first Korean firm to establish a base in the Middle East, Bae, Kim & Lee has landed in the Chinese city to open its fourth overseas office.

From left to right: Winston Gao, partner at Junyan Law Firm; Malcolm Dickinson, managing partner at Michelmores; Steve Ng, partner at Ng & Shum

China
First Chinese-Owned Law Firm in UK Launches in London

By Anna Zhang |

Owned by Hong Kong lawyer Steve Ng and Shenzhen lawyer Winston Gao, YangTze Law Firm will operate under U.K. regulations that allow for foreign control of domestic firms.

China
Quinn Emanuel to Launch First Mainland China Office

By Anna Zhang |

A Shanghai office is expected to open this fall, and the firm has poached Kirkland & Ellis Asia investigations head Samuel Williamson to lead it.

Dewey's Demise Takes Center Stage

Dewey & LeBoeuf former chair Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial officer Joel Sanders together face more than 100 criminal charges, including grand larceny, scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy in the lead-up to the 1,300-lawyer firm's downfall in May 2012. All have pleaded not guilty.

India
The Shroffs Speak

By Tom Brennan |

The approach that brothers Shardul and Cyril have taken in launching their new firms shows they learned very different lessons from the breakup of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

China
Deadlines for Global Legal Awards, Litigation Departments of the Year Submissions

The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Global Legal Awards and Litigation Departments of the Year.

India
US vs. UK: Which Firms Have the Best India Practices?

By Tom Brennan |

A new ranking from London-based RSG Consulting shows that U.S. firms continue to take market share in India, challenging the dominant position once held by their U.K. peers.

Singapore

Singapore
Dentons Shuttering Singapore Office on Heels of Dacheng Combination

The global legal giant will close its banking and finance outpost in Singapore as a result of its tie-up with China's Dacheng, a union that creates the world's largest law firm with 6,600 lawyers.

China
Laboring Under China's Labor Laws

Employment law compliance is always a challenge, one that doesn't get any easier when you have employees in China.

India
Confirmed: Amarchand Mangaldas to Split

By Tom Brennan |

A feud between co-managing partners and brothers, Shardul and Cyril Shroff, has brought the hundred-year history of India's top law firm to an end.

Matthew Harrison, Bentham

Australia
Australia's Bentham Launches in San Francisco

The litigation funder has hired a Latham & Watkins partner to open its third U.S. office.

Hong Kong
China's Llinks Lands in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Shanghai-based firm has launched its first office outside of mainland China in search of capital markets deals and outbound M&A work.

Singapore
Head of Clyde's Singapore Partner Firm Leaving for Nabarro

By Anna Zhang |

Steven Lim will lead the construction-focused firm's city-state office; Clyde & Co says its Singaporean joint law venture is still intact.

Lewis Silkin Hong Kong partner Antonia Grant

Hong Kong
U.K. Firm Lewis Silkin Launches in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The 160-lawyer employment specialist is relocating London partner Antonia Grant to open its first office outside of the United Kingdom.

Singapore
White & Case Wins Singapore License Renewal

By Anna Zhang |

A year after earning only a temporary extension of its Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license, the New York-based firm has been approved to practice local law for an additional four years.

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in Dubai

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee First Korean Firm to Open in Middle East

By Anna Zhang |

The new office in Dubai comes after a pledge from the Korean government to fund $4.4 billion worth of construction projects in the region.

China
China's Han Kun Strikes Italian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has teamed up with Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners as Chinese investments into Italy increase.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia
Trowers & Hamlins Wins First License to Practice in Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has announced it is now a so-called Qualified Foreign Law Firm, allowing it to advise clients on international law from the Southeast Asian country.

From left to right, Baker & McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Regional Chairman Bruce Hambrett, Cao Yang, head of lawyers and notarization governance department of the Ministry of Justice, Wang Xie, deputy director of the Shanghai Justice Bureau, and Yingzhe Wang, Managing Partner of FenXun Partners.

China
Baker & McKenzie First in Shanghai FTZ Joint Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm is teaming up with China's FenXun Partners to be the first joint operation between law firms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in a program that was introduced last year.

Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea
Finnegan Henderson Joining Competitors in Seoul

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner will open an office in Seoul. The D.C.-based intellectual property firm follows some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms that have opened in South Korea since 2012.

India
Amarchand Split Delayed but Not Halted

By Tom Brennan |

A breakup of the storied Indian firm appears to be only a matter of time as feuding brothers Shardul and Cyril Shroff make lateral hires, promote new partners and lease office space on each other’s home turf.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

Australia
Hogan Lovells Makes First Move into Australia

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has hired husband and wife team Tim and Nicky Lester from Allens and plans to open new offices in Sydney and Perth this summer.

China
Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

South Korea
Ernst & Young Launches Korean Law Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

Seoul-based Apex Law is the latest law firm to join the auditor's global legal service network.

Singapore
Law Firms Expanding in Asia Adopt Strategic CSR

By Wendy Stimpson and Natalia Olynec |

Corporate social responsibility programs among the international law firms in Singapore originally involved simply writing checks to support local charities, but contributing authors Wendy Stimpson and Natalia Olynec say that's changing.

South Korea
Yulchon Opens Moscow Office

By Tom Brennan |

The Korean firm has relocated Russia practice leader Hwajoon Lee to spearhead the new outpost.

Singapore
Does Morgan-Stamford Merger Signal New Model for Singapore?

By Anna Zhang |

Fifteen years after the city-state first allowed foreign law firms to partner with local ones, Singapore’s lawyers are still looking for the best way to internationalize their practice. The Morgan Lewis-Stamford merger is just the latest in a long line of, often times, unsuccessful attempts.

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chairwoman Jami McKeon (left) and Stamford Law Corp. chairwoman Suet-Fern Lee

Singapore
In Unique Deal, Morgan Lewis Merges With Singapore's Stamford Law

By Brian Baxter and Anna Zhang |

Having just absorbed the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, a first-of-its-kind merger now awaits Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which will announce a union on Monday with Singapore's Stamford Law Corp. The combination will make Morgan Lewis the largest global firm in the city-state and the only one with the capacity to practice local law across a range of practice areas.

Singapore
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing-Linked Company Seeks Singapore IPO

By Anna Zhang |

RHT Holding Ltd., launched by partners of Singaporean firm, is planning to raise capital to fund growth through mergers and acquisitions in the region.

Singapore
Clifford Chances Names New Southeast Asia Corporate Head

By Tom Brennan |

London partner Kathy Honeywood is relocating in May to take the reins from longtime Asia-based partner Simon Clinton.

Singapore
Kennedys Launches Singapore Joint Law Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm will join forces with shipping boutique Legal Solutions to add a local law practice to its city-state office.

Australia
Pinsent Masons to Launch Australian Offices

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm will extend its construction practice to Sydney and Melbourne to capture work in the country's surging infrastructure sector.

China
Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.

Australia
DLA Phillips Fox Rebrands to DLA Piper New Zealand

By Tom Brennan |

The firm will remain financially independent but has changed its name to better align with its global 'best friend.'

China
Sweden's Magnusson Enters Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Stockholm-based firm opened its first Asian office by forming an association with local firm Odebjer Fohlin.

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

China
The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

In its boldest move yet, the verein is betting big on the Chinese economy.

China
Lifting the Veil on Dacheng

China's biggest firm by head count, Dacheng is little known in the West.

Malaysia
Trowers & Hamlins Makes Move to Enter Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

London-based Trowers is the first to take advantage of changes in the country’s law that had prohibited foreign firms from operating there. But other firms with a much bigger Southeast Asian presence aren’t rushing in behind them.

Singapore
HSF Now 'Best Friends' With Singapore's Prolegis

By Tom Brennan |

After deciding last year not to renew its license to practice local law, Herbert Smith Freehills has partnered with the three-lawyer firm to give clients access to Singapore legal advice.

Australia
Mills Oakley to Launch in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

The mid-tier Australian firm has recruited a 15-lawyer team to establish a base in Western Australia.

Adrian Tembel

Australia
Which Aussie Law Firms Will Be Next to IPO?

By Tom Brennan |

Single-practice firms and their easy-to-follow business models have enticed Australian investors so far, but there are indications that some generalist corporate firms may want in on the action.