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Hong Kong

China
Kirkland Nabs Skadden Corporate Partner in China

By Anna Zhang |

Daniel Dusek will join the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm's Hong Kong office from Beijing.

Beijing, China.

China
Shearman & Sterling Adds Beijing Partner, Reshuffles Asia Management

By Anna Zhang |

Former Akin Gump partner Li Chen arrives as several longtime office and regional managing partners move to new roles.

Michael Joyce

Singapore
Akin Gump Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added an energy and projects partner in Singapore.

Sanford Wadler.

The GC Who Blew the Whistle

By Ross Todd |

How a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation turned the chief legal officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories into the company's chief legal adversary.

Todd Toral

Jenner & Block Bags DLA Piper's Cross-Border Litigation Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Pascale Dubois.

World Bank Taps Pascale DuBois as Next Integrity Vice President

By Sue Reisinger |

The World Bank Group is set to name Pascale DuBois to its top anticorruption post as its next Integrity Vice President.

China
DLA Piper Hires Hogan Lovells China IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

William “Skip” Fisher will be China head of patent at his new firm and remains in Shanghai.

Will Law Schools’ LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump’s ‘America First’ Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

Beijing China

China
White & Case Hires Partner From Skadden in Beijing After China Head's Departure

By Anna Zhang |

Andre Zhu, who regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving private equity investors, was most recently counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Chinese capital.

Shanghai.

China
Asia's Digital Growth Set to Squeeze Region's Corporate Counsel

By Rhys Dipshan |

Asian companies are bracing for an expected wave of rising litigation, regulatory action and cost pressures, a Baker McKenzie survey found.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Reshuffles Its Asia Management 

By Anna Ward |

Hong Kong partner Psyche Tai and Singapore partner Yu-En Ong have been appointed heads of their respective offices.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Are Lawyers With Foreign Law Degrees at a Disadvantage in the U.S. Market?

By Julie Brush |

U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.

Shanghai.

China
Morgan Lewis Expands Shanghai Office With Employment Law Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has recruited a China-based employment partner.

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.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Loses Asia Projects Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong partner Matthias Schemuth moves over as the Anglo-American firm expands project finance offering in the region.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Hong Kong
Baker McKenzie Recruits International Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells partner Paul Teo moves over from Singapore.

Takata airbag components.

Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

M&A Hiring Heats Up in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

More than a third of 2016 partner hires in Asia by Global 100 firms were mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Hong Kong
Akin Gump Former Asia Head Leaves Firm for Startup

By Anna Zhang |

Gregory Puff, who joined the firm in 2012 to launch the Hong Kong office, now runs a food ordering mobile app operator.

Hong Kong
Dechert Recruits Hong Kong Funds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Michael Wong joins the Philadelphia-based firm from K&L Gates.

China
Shanghai Firm Llinks Adds Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Pan was most recently general counsel for U.S. chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corp.’s China business.

Shanghai Skyline.

China
Kirkland & Ellis Expands Shanghai Office With M&A Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Paula Liu is now a partner at the Chicago-based firm.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former WilmerHale Beijing office co-head Robert Woll joins to advise on fund formation.

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.

Singapore
Last Singapore Resident Partner Leaves O'Melveny

By Anna Zhang |

Nathan Bush has joined DLA Piper as Asia head of antitrust and Asia head of investigations after leaving O'Melveny & Myers, where he spent the past 16 years.

Tokyo skyline

Japan
TMI Poaches Nishimura Corporate Heavyweight

By Anna Zhang |

Masakazu Iwakura joins as the firm tries to build up corporate M&A capability.

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.

Sydney, Australia

Australia
Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Carl Harrap, currently a principal at the global law firm’s relationship IP firm, allegedly groped a female jogger in Sydney before being arrested by police.

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. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC Accuses California Lawyer in Scheme to Defraud Chinese Investors

By C. Ryan Barber |

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from investors in China who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

David Rivkin

A Bar Association That Stands Up for the Rule of Law

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Rather than being a self-serving lobby or guild, the International Bar Association has become a progressive voice for the profession. Few today think the "A" in ABA stands for admirable. But the "I" in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring.

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Malleson

United Kingdom
As Suitors Circle, Ex-KWM Senior Partner Resigns

By Rose Walker |

Stephen Kon, a former senior partner for King & Wood Mallesons' Europe and Middle East arm, has resigned from the firm. The antitrust lawyer, who joined legacy firm SJ Berwin in 1982, helped oversee its combination with KWM in 2013. In September, Kon left his leadership role at the combined firm in anticipation of his retirement.

China
K&L Gates Expands Shanghai Office With Linklaters Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shanghai partner Simon Poh arrives at K&L Gates along with M&A lawyer Amigo Xie.

Paul Rawlinson

Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

By Roy Strom |

Baker & McKenzie's Paul Rawlinson is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Asia Legal Awards 2017 launch with new practice area and in-house categories

By Asian Lawyer |

Nomination deadline is December 9, 2016.

King & Wood Mallesons Global Chief to Step Down

By Georgina Stanley |

The hunt for a successor to Stuart Fuller, who will return to practice in Sydney, begins as European partners prepare for a key meeting on firm's finances.

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Hong Kong
Clifford Chance Hires Partner From Hong Kong Firm in Bid to Boost Offering to Local Clients

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance is hiring a new corporate partner in Hong Kong in a bid to enhance its offering to local clients.

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.

K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon joined K&L Gates in New York, the firm announced Monday. Gusy had chaired the international arbitration group at Cozen O’Connor.

Cadwalader.

Hong Kong
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner to Rejoin Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jeffrey Maddox will rejoin Jones Day following Cadwalader's decision to shutter its Asian offices, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Goodwin Procter Loses Another Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard has hired a Hong Kong partner from Goodwin Procter.

Friven Yeoh, Sidley Austin

Hong Kong
Former O'Melveny Hong Kong Head Joins Sidley

By Anna Zhang |

Leaving as part of a three-strong disputes team, Friven Yeoh is the second office managing partner to depart O'Melveny in Asia this year.

iStockphoto/TommL

Singapore
Watson Farley Hires Aviation Finance Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Watson Farley & Williams has hired an aviation finance partner in Singapore.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
KWM Adds Equity Capital Markets Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

KWM has added an equity capital markets partner to its Hong Kong office in a bid to enhance the "one-stop-shop" service for clients seeking to list on the city's stock exchange

The Hungry Lawyer Abroad

By Vivia Chen |

Sports and culture have become typical devices for lawyers to endear themselves to clients. But what about the globe-trotting lawyer whose social interactions with clients center mainly around food? Sometimes, unfamiliar food.

Hong Kong
Howse Williams Bowers Takes Insolvency Partner From Ashurst in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm saw a second finance partner departure from the office within a month as former O'Melveny partner Bertie Mehigan left for the local boutique.

Australia
Gilbert + Tobin Adds Deals Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has hired a former Macquarie Capital investment banker as a partner in Perth.

Eduardo Leite

China
After Banner Year, Outgoing Baker & McKenzie Chair Reflects on Tenure

By Julie Triedman |

In his six years at the helm, Eduardo Leite has presided over the firm’s fastest growth in its 67-year history

India
India's Khaitan & Co Hires Capital Markets Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Gautham Srinivas joins the firm from Krishnamurthy & Co.

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Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Hires Ashurst Finance Partner in Hong Kong

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Mayer Brown has hired Ashurst finance partner Doo-Soon Choi in Hong Kong.

Pakistani lawyers chant slogans to condemn Monday's suicide bombing that took place in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed and wounded scores of people, mostly lawyers., in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.

Pakistan
Lawyers in Pakistan Stage Nationwide Strike to Protest Deadly Bomb Attack

By Anna Zhang |

Lawyers across Pakistan protested on Tuesday against the violent attacks that occurred in the southwestern city of Quetta yesterday that killed more than 70 people—mostly lawyers.

Bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan.

Pakistan
Lawyers Announce Strike in Pakistan After Terrorists Kill 67

By Nell Gluckman |

The attack on a hospital on Monday is only the latest to target lawyers in Pakistan.

Zhou Shifeng

China
Chinese Lawyer Sentenced to Seven Years for Subversion

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced laywer Zhou Shifeng, former managing partner of Beijing-based Fengrui Law Firm, to seven years in prison for political subversion.

King & Wood Mallesons

France
King & Wood Mallesons to Rebuild Paris With White & Case Hire

By Chris Johnson |

King & Wood Mallesons is taking steps to rebuild its Paris corporate practice, having hired senior associate Guilain Hippolyte from White & Case, The Am Law Daily has learned.

Shanghai

China
Dentons Hires Five Partner in Shanghai

By Frances Ivens |

The lawyers are coming from four local firms in the city.

India
India's Two Amarchands Hire Partners

By Anna Zhang |

G.V. Anand Bhushan and Sidhartha Barua join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, respectively.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Allen & Overy Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Davis Polk counsel Alex Tao joins the Magic Circle firm’s capital markets practice following the recent exits of partners Vivian Yiu and David Kuo.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Japan
Ashurst Recruits Tokyo Partner From Clifford Chance

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-Australian firm is making the first external partner hire nearly a year after the three-partner exodus to King & Spalding.

China
Allen & Overy China IP Head to Leave for Alibaba Affiliate

By Frances Ivens |

Allen & Overy’s China IP head Benjamin Bai is leaving the firm to join China’s Ant Financial as vice-president and chief IP counsel.

Jeremy Cross

United Kingdom
Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

By James Booth, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.

Japan
Japan Still Sees Fewer Female Law Firm Partners

By Anna Zhang |

The number of female lawyers in Japan has been growing steadily for the past 25 years, accounting for just above 18 percent of the country’s lawyer population. The challenge now is how they can advance their careers more.

China
China’s Proposed Data Localization Cybersecurity Law Catches Eye of U.S. Tech Companies

By Ed Silverstein |

The law could require ‘operators of key information infrastructure’ to maintain personal information collected and produced within China.

China
Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates-With Updates

By Anna Zhang and Frances Ivens |

While Global firms race to match Cravath’s new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.

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China
For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

By Julie Triedman |

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

Hong Kong
Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates-Further Updated

By Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang |

Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.

Japan
Skadden Hires Tokyo Partner From MoFo

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Shell's Legal Offshoring a Sign of Things to Come

By Sue Reisinger |

The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.

Hong Kong
Second Paul Hastings Hong Kong IPO Partner Leaves

By Anna Zhang |

Edwin Kwok’s departure to O'Melveny & Meyers comes only a week after that of former office head Sammy Li to Hogan Lovells.

Hong Kong
Kirkland Asks Hong Kong Partner to Pay Back Bonus Before Leaving

By Frances Ivens |

Frank Sun had to write a $120,000 personal check to the Chicago-based firm before moving to Latham & Watkins.

China
O'Melveny Loses Shanghai Managing Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Li Qiang’s departure leaves only one resident partner in the U.S. firm’s Shanghai office. Walker Wallace takes over as office head.

Singapore
Norton Rose Fulbright Recruits Derivatives Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Rice was most recently a senior in-house lawyer at Credit Suisse’s office in the city-state.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Bolsters Asia Capital Markets Practice

By Frances Ivens |

Hong Kong listing lawyer Sammy Li and U.S. securities specialist Stephen Peepels will join from Paul Hastings and DLA Piper, respectively.