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Iran
France's Gide Becomes Second Big Law Firm to Launch in Iran

By Chris Johnson |

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has re-established a presence in the Middle East, becoming the second Big Law firm to open an office in Iran.

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China
Chinese Firms Deny Ties to Man Arrested in US for Industrial Espionage

By Anna Zhang |

When caught trying to break into the computer network of Raynham, Massachusetts-based Medrobotics Corp., 44-year-old Liu Dong said he was an attorney at Beijing-based Boss & Young Patent and Trademark Law Office.

Shanghai, China.

China
Simmons Further Expands China Employment Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Simmons & Simmons has recruited its second China employment law partner in a month.

What Slater & Gordon's Struggles May Mean for Other Publicly Traded Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

When Slater and Gordon became the world's first publicly-listed law firm in 2007, it was supposed to herald a new era of law firm ownership.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Recruits 2 New Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Kon Mellos and intellectual property lawyer David Fixler join from Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, respectively.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

Australia
DLA Piper Australia Leaders Defect to PwC Legal

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia Pacific head of corporate Bryan Pointon will join the Big Four auditor as a partner in October, while former Australian managing partner John Weber has already arrived as a consultant.

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Deploys Artificial Intelligence in M&A Due Diligence

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm is the latest to adopt technology developed by London-based legal tech firm Luminance.

Australia
Slater and Gordon Stripped 40 UK Partners of Partnership Status Before Lenders Took Control

By James Booth and Joseph Evans |

Slater and Gordon moved more than 40 of its U.K. partners out of its partnership before agreeing on a recapitalization package with Anchorage Capital that will give lenders ultimate control of the U.K. business.

Singapore
CMS Becomes Latest Big Firm Heading to Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

The latest international firm expanding into Singapore is CMS, which has secured a local law capability in the city-state with the launch of a formal law alliance with Holborn Law.

Australia
World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm to Split Its Business

By James Booth |

The troubled U.K. business of Australia-based Slater & Gordon, which became the world’s first publicly traded law firm a decade ago, will be divided from its parent into a holding company owned by the indebted firm’s senior lenders.

Hong Kong currency

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Bulks Up in Hong Kong With Monetary Fund Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright has recruited a financial services partner in Hong Kong from the city's de facto central bank.

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar
Stephenson Harwood Puts Together Launch Team For Myanmar Opening

By Joseph Evans |

Stephenson Harwood has announced it will open its sixth Asia office in Myanmar this week.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

China
PwC Legal Hires New China Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Veteran lawyers Wang Yadong and Liu Yi join PwC, as former partners Jenny Zhong and Xiong Tao depart for JunHe.

Seyfarth Shaw

Hong Kong
Seyfarth Shaw Forms Hong Kong Association; Hires Partner From King & Wood Mallesons

By Anna Zhang |

Seyfarth Shaw has formed an association with a Hong Kong law firm, and has hired King & Wood Mallesons partner Raymond Wong to serve as managing partner of the firm's recently opened Hong Kong office.

Stock Exchange

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Adds Sidley Practice Leader in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Mayer Brown, the Asian arm of the Am Law 100 firm, has hired Sidley Austin litigation partner Alan Linning in Hong Kong, where he served as head of the latter's local disputes and regulatory group.

Singapore
Chicago's Vedder Price Expands Singapore Office

By Anna Zhang |

Former Dentons London partner Bill Gibson is the latest to move to Vedder’s Singapore office.

Australia
Australia's Corrs Chambers Westgarth Adds Cybersecurity Practice

By Anna Zhang |

The national firm is the latest Down Under to expand beyond traditional law.

AI Drive Gains Momentum as Baker McKenzie Signs Machine Learning Deal

By Chris Johnson |

The legal giantwill use a machine learning tool developed by U.S. contract analytics company eBrevia to handle transactional due diligence in Europe, North America and Asia.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
With Green Light in Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis Plans for Asia Growth

By Lizzy McLellan |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' association with Luk & Partners has received official approval from The Law Society of Hong Kong, establishing the combined entity as a registered foreign law firm in Hong Kong.

Paul Rawlinson of Baker & McKenzie (HANDOUT).

Baker McKenzie's Revenue, Profits Nudge Up Amid Global Uncertainty

By Roy Strom |

Baker McKenzie saw revenue climb to a record high of $2.67 billion in 2016-17, up just over 2 percent on last year's results, with average profits per equity partner creeping up marginally to $1.3 million.

DLA Piper offices in Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.

China
DLA Piper Continues China Corporate Group Expansion With Skadden Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Skadden associate James Chang is now a partner at DLA Piper in Beijing.

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

Hong Kong
O'Melveny Hires Hong Kong Competition Law Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Philip Monaghan was previously an executive director and general counsel for the local regulator -- the Competition Commission.

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China
Asia Pacific M&A Volume Hits 3-Year Low; Firms See Sharp Drop in Big Deals

By Anna Zhang |

Newly released league tables showed as much as a 34 percent decrease in total deal value from last year.

Haiwen & Partners.

China
Haiwen & Partner Hires 5th Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese firm Haiwen & Partner has recruited a fifth partner in its newly launched Hong Kong office.

China
Clyde & Co Asia Revenue Surges as Global Turnover Breaks £500M Mark

By James Booth |

The U.K. firm's Asia Pacific revenue rose 33 percent from last year, while firmwide growth reached 14 percent.

Slater and Gordon's Lenders Take Control as Australian Firm's Leader Is Ousted

By Alex Berry |

The first-ever law firm to go public has been grappling with huge debts as a result of its controversial acquisition of U.K. insurance company Quindell’s professional services arm in March 2015.

Hong Kong
Baker McKenzie Tops Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index

By Anna Zhang |

Baker McKenzie has once again been named the top law firm brand in the Asia Pacific region, according to a recent survey by London-based market research firm Acritas.

Mark Lehmkuhler,  Orrick.

Hong Kong
Orrick Hires Ex-Davis Polk Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Mark Lehmkuhler is the firm’s first hire in the Asian financial capital following a seven-partner exodus in January.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Suet Fern Lee.

Singapore
Morgan Lewis Singapore Chief Becomes Entangled in Prime Minister's Family Feud, Steps Down From Post

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Singapore partner Suet Fern Lee is caught up in a highly public family dispute between the three children of late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and will step down as office managing partner, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Singapore
Duane Morris Nabs Sidley Austin Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Gerard Hekker specializes in Indonesia-related transactions.

Australia
Clyde & Co Expands Australian Insurance Practice

By Anna Zhang |

A four-lawyer team led by partner Jonathan Wyatt joins from Australian firm Sparke Helmore.

China
Big Law Falls Victim to China's Trademark Squatters

By Anna Zhang |

Squire Patton Boggs, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clark have all been targets of China’s trademark squatters—entities that register the marks of known brands in the hopes of profiting off the name or extracting money from the brand owner.

Singapore
Eversheds Harry Elias Merger Takes Effect

By Anna Zhang |

The combined firm has 29 partners, but includes only two from the legacy U.K. firm's Singapore office.

Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar
Dentons Enters Myanmar With Seven-Strong Team

By Anna Zhang |

The global legal giant has bolted on Livingstons Legal, a firm led by name partner Mark Livingston, to become the latest in a spate of international and regional firms setting up shop in Yangon.

China
China Law & Practice Awards Deadline is June 23

By Staff |

We will honor top matters and leading lawyers in and out of China.

Partner Exits Continue at King & Wood Mallesons' Rebuilt European Arm

By Rose Walker |

Seven of the roughly 30 partners who initially agreed to remain with KWM 2.0 or its affiliated offices have made departures in recent weeks.

Singapore
Ashurst Forms Singapore Law Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm ventures into local law practice in Singapore through an association with boutique firm ADTLaw after losing four partners since September in the city-state.

Clifford Chance offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Thailand
Clifford Chance to Close Bangkok Office, End Jakarta Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm will wind down its 26-lawyer office in Thailand over the next 15 months and end a three-year-old Indonesian association in order to refocus its Southeast Asia work in Singapore.

The 2017 Am Law 100

The Am Law 100, the highest-grossing law firms in the United States, posted solid gains in revenue and profits in 2016, but the revenue per lawyer figure dropped on stronger growth in head count.

Henry Nassau, Dechert CEO

China
Spotlight: Dechert Expands in China as Others Pull Back

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. firm has benefited from market forces that prompted its competitors to scale back in Asia.

Australia
DLA Piper Exits Australian Capital in Latest Office Closure

By James Booth |

In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.

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Hong Kong
U.S. Law Firms Face Tough Reality in China

By Anna Zhang |

U.S. law firms are reassessing their China strategy. Some are laying off lawyers and partners. Some are shifting focus. Others are pulling back or even shuttering their doors in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Seoul, Korea.

South Korea
Kennedys Expands Marine Practice With Korea-Focused Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Deug Rong Lee joins from Clyde & Co in London.

China
'We Are Not Recreating SJ Berwin' - Looking Forward with KWM 2.0

By Rose Walker |

This January, around 30 partners from King & Wood Mallesons' pared-down European, Middle East and U.S. offices travelled to Beijing for KWM China’s partnership meeting. A weekend of team performances —from karaoke to flamenco—ensued. But also centre stage, and very much up for discussion, were the prospects for the firm’s business outside Asia-Pacific.

Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong
Davis Polk Hong Kong Capital Markets Star to Leave

By Anna Zhang |

Antony Dapiran will leave the firm in June after seven years while more corporate lawyers are set to exit.

Maxwell Chambers, location of the Singapore International Arbitration Center.

Singapore's Judiciary is Focused on Legal Tech, Will the Industry Follow?

By Zach Warren |

Legal tech companies that have opened offices in Singapore say the market is ripe for innovation, but local firms will not change overnight.

Hong Kong
PwC Launches Hong Kong Law Firm With KWM, O'Melveny Hires

By Anna Zhang |

Former King & Wood Mallesons partner David Tiang formed the auditor's associated firm with former O'Melveny & Myers Hong Kong partner Gigi Woo.

Mitchell Zuklie, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman

Hong Kong
Spotlight: Orrick Overhauls Asia Strategy After Partner Exodus

By Anna Zhang |

Orrick lost almost its entire Hong Kong capital markets and corporate practice, which it built up over 11 years, to Morgan Lewis. What will the San Francisco-based firm do now?

Davis Polk & Wardwell received International Law Firm of the Year.

Hong Kong
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for 2017 Asia Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer Staff |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee are among the top winners of the fourth annual celebration for the regions leading firms and individuals.

Seyfarth Shaw

Hong Kong
Seyfarth Shaw to Open Hong Kong Office

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. employment law specialist is adding a fourth office in Asia Pacific following Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne, as former DLA Piper Asia employment law head Julia Gorham moves over.

Am Law 100/200: The Early Reports

By ALM Staff |

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

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

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

By Mark Hamblett |

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

By Rose Walker |

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

By Steven J. Harper |

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?

By Chris Johnson and Rose Walker |

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

By Chris Johnson |

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

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

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

By Chris Johnson |

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

By Roy Strom |

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'

By Chris Johnson |

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

By Susan Beck |

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

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

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.

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.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

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.

Melbourne, Australia.

Australia
White & Case Poised to Open Two New Australian Offices

By Brian Baxter |

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

By Julie Triedman |

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

By Nicholas Bruch, senior legal analyst, ALM Intelligence |

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

Interactive Chart: U.S. Firms Abroad

By Meghan Tribe |

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.