Asian Firms

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.

Hong Kong
Contract Lawyers Businesses AdventBalance And LOD Announce Merger

By Anna Zhang |

The 200-lawyer Australian entity will combine with the 400-lawyer Lawyers on Demand in London.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
Latham & Watkins to Launch in Seoul

By Anna Ward |

The U.S. firm becomes latest to enter South Korea after wave of openings by international law firms.

China
As Partner Exits Mount, Will the Magic Circle Lose Ground in Asia?

By Frances Ivens |

The UK's Magic Circle firms are sticking to their traditional growth strategies in Asia, but they face increasing competition for talent, fees and profitability.

Australia
A&O to Launch Peerpoint in Australia While Eyeing U.S.

By Frances Ivens |

Allen & Overy is bringing its flexible lawyer business Peerpoint to Australia next month, as it looks to grow the service globally.

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
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.

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
Startups Take Aim at China's Legal Market

By Anna Zhang |

Is the new Uber for Chinese lawyers coming soon?

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.