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Paul Rawlinson

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Taiwan
K&L Gates Bolsters Taipei With Baker & McKenzie Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Stephen Tan advises on cross-border deals and compliance matters.

Girl working among other children outside a shop in an Angkor temple in the Seam Reap province. She is carving leather to produce beautiful works used for Shadow Puppetry or sold to tourists that visit the Angkor temples. Child labor in Cambodia is still very common.

Hong Kong
The U.K.'s Modern Slavery Act Fuels New Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Law firms don't have to relegate their anti-human trafficking efforts to pro bono any more. A new reporting requirement has paying clients turning to lawyers for help in improving labor conditions and supply chain transparency in Asia.

Hong Kong
Latham Hires Away Kirkland Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.S.-qualified Frank Sun moves over in Hong Kong.

Australia
DLA Piper Hires Former Sidley London Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment law specialist Nicholas Turner relocates to Sydney.

Chiann Bao

Hong Kong
Skadden Recruits Hong Kong International Arbitration Center Secretary General

By Anna Zhang |

Chiann Bao will return to private practice as Asia Pacific counsel at the New York firm, after six years in the arbitration institution.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Steals Berwin Leighton Paisner Global Arbitration Head

By Frances Ivens |

Kent Phillips joins the Anglo-American firm in Singapore.

India
Cyril Amarchand Adds Another Mumbai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

New investment funds head Shagoofa Khan will return to private practice after a decade of in-house experience.

Australia
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Private Equity Head

By Anna Zhang |

Sixteen months after defecting to Ashurst, David Stammers returns as a partner.

Hong Kong
Nixon Peabody Hires Corporate Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former King & Wood Mallesons counsel Jonathan Lee is now a partner.

Singapore
Singapore’s RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Hires New Disputes Head

By Anna Zhang |

Senior Counsel Roderick Martin succeeds the late Subhas Anandan, one of the city-state’s most well –known criminal defenders, who died in January 2015.

India
Sidley Austin Takes Four-Lawyer India Practice Team from Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Manoj Bhargava joins in Singapore with one counsel and two associates.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Boosts Hong Kong Litigation Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Rachael Shek is joining as a partner in June.

Singapore
Sidley Austin Adds Projects Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

David Gartside joins from White & Case and reunites with former colleague Charlie Wilson.

South Korea
Korea’s Yoon & Yang Hires Senior Government Antitrust Official

By Anna Zhang |

Cholsoo Han previously led all the investigations at country’s top competition regulator.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

China
ABA Says Money, Not Politics, Doomed Book By Chinese Rights Lawyer

The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.

India
Cyril Amarchand Hires J.P. Morgan In-house Lawyer

By Anna Zhang |

The investment bank’s Indian assistant general counsel Ruetveij Pandya will join as a partner in Mumbai.

Australia
Ashurst Appoints Legacy Blake Dawson Partner as Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Sydney-based banking and finance partner Paul Jenkins takes up the reins after 20 years at the firm.

Japan
Former Morgan Lewis Tokyo Head Joins Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Lisa Yano also previously led Paul Weiss’ office in the Japanese capital.

China
Norton Rose Fulbright Recruits Partners in China and Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Project finance partner Paul Wee and insurance partner Samantha Kelly join the firm in Beijing and Sydney, respectively.

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

India
Are India’s 1,200 Law Schools Enough?

By Anna Zhang |

The South Asian country with the world’s largest lawyer population—two million—saw more than 400 new law schools open in the last three years. And yet, firms say, good law graduates are still rarities.

China
K&L Gates Adds Two in China and Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Henry Wang and disputes partner Jay Chiu arrive from Mayer Brown JSM and Goodwin Procter, respectively.

Hong Kong
Linklaters Promotes 24 to Partner Including Five in Hong Kong

By James Booth |

Partner promotion round is the largest since 2013 and all new Asian partners are in Hong Kong.

Geraint Hughes (left) and Peter Charlton

China
Clifford Chance Appoints New Asia-Pacific Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore managing partner Geraint Hughes will take on the Hong Kong-based role in September when incumbent Peter Charlton returns to London

Australia
Australia’s Gilbert + Tobin Recruits Two Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Minter Ellison deals chair Costas Condoleon and former Rio Tinto Australia managing director Philip Edmands will arrive in Sydney and Perth respectively.

Singapore
Simmons Hires Last Dentons Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former office managing partner and trade finance specialist Matthew Cox arrives nearly a year after the global legal giant decided to close the legacy outpost in the Southeast Asian hub.

China
DLA Piper Poaches Paul Hastings Real Estate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Shanghai-based Wayne Ma specializes in properties acquisitions, disposals and financing in China.

Japan
Foley & Lardner Recruits Patent Litigation Partner in Japan

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells Tokyo head of U.S. intellectual property practice Philippe Riesen joins the firm’s five-lawyer office in the Japanese capital.

Singapore
Ashurst Boosts Southeast Asia Energy Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Jon Ornolfsson joins as a partner in Singapore.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

Australia
Hogan Lovells Hires Four New Partners in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Partners Andrew Crook, Ros O'Mally, Scott Harris and Richard Hayes will strengthen the firm’s finance practice and add corporate and restructuring to the Anglo-American firm’s offering Down Under.

China
Chinese-Speaking Lawyers a Rarity in South Florida and in Demand

South Florida law firms are snapping up attorneys who can bridge language and culture gaps to build relationships with Chinese investors.

China
Sheppard Brings on Silicon Valley IP Partner With China Practice

Weiguo "Will" Chen joins Sheppard Mullin's Palo Alto office from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Australia
Minter Ellison Launches Perth Employment Practice

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has hired partners Kathy Reid and Craig Boyle from boutique firm Allion Legal to lead the team.

Gervais Green (left) and Kate Sherrard

Singapore
Clifford Chance Recruits Offshore Finance Partners in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright partners Gervais Green and Kate Sherrard will start in April and September, respectively.

Singapore
Holman Fenwick Willan Poaches BLP Singapore Aviation Team

By Rose Walker |

Asset finance partners David Brotherton and Justin Sun defect to the U.K. firm in the city-state with five additional associates.

Hong Kong
Allen & Overy Recruits Hong Kong Regulatory Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Charlotte Robins will arrive after a flurry of capital markets departures from the Magic Circle firm.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Boosts Australia Insurance Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former DLA Piper partner Jacques Jacobs arrives in Sydney as firms increase insurance offerings Down Under.

Jared Genser, of Freedom Now, at a press conference for the UN and the Unfair Trial of President Nasheed of the Maldives, at Doughty Street Chambers in London, England.  October 5, 2015.

Human Rights Hero Jared Genser on Dictators, DLA Piper and the World’s Worst Prisons

No lawyer in the world has a client list like Jared Genser. A former partner at DLA Piper, the human rights lawyer spoke with The Litigation Daily about his work, including his recent partnership with Amal Clooney to free the ex-president of the Maldives, and how law firms can help.

China
Where Are Partners Moving in Asia?

By Anna Zhang |

In analyzing 362 lateral hires across Asia Pacific in the past 14 months, we found more partners were moving into U.S. firms from U.K. firms than in the opposite direction; Singapore was the most active lateral market for arbitration lawyers; and more.

Hong Kong
MoFo Hires Away Allen & Overy Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Ward |

Vivian Yiu is leaving the Magic Circle firm after 10 years as U.K. firms Asia partner exits to US firms continues.

China
Now in U.S., Freed Lawyer Seeks to Reform Chinese Judicial System

Chen Taihe, a law school professor in China, was one of the 200 human rights lawyers detained in China last summer.

China
Zhong Lun Grabs Simmons China Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Alan Xu relocates to Hong Kong from Shanghai.

Hong Kong
Freshfields Hires Clifford Chance London Partner to Head Hong Kong Competition Law Practice

By Frances Ivens |

London partner Alastair Mordaunt is relocating to lead the practice in the next few months.

United Kingdom
King & Wood Mallesons Litigator To Leave For Arnold & Porter

By Frances Ivens |

As Hilton Mervis heads to Arnold & Porter's London office, his departure is the latest in a string of partner exits from King & Wood Mallesons in Europe.

Australia
In-House Lawyers Swapped Jobs for Three Months. Here’s What They Learned

In an innovative pilot program, two in-house lawyers in Sydney, Australia, changed places for three months.

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Poaches Latham Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Rod Brown will arrive in April.

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires M&A Pair From Norton Rose Fulbright

By Anna Zhang |

Con Boulougouris and Wissam Abwi arrive with five additional lawyers in Sydney.

Hong Kong
Skadden Hires Former U.S. Federal Prosecutor in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Steve Kwok joins as an investigations partner from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he was a resident legal advisor for the Justice Department.

Hong Kong
Clyde & Co global aviation finance head resigns

By Frances Ivens |

Hong Kong-based aviation finance head Paul Jebely has resigned from Clyde & Co and the firm is yet to appoint his successor.

China
Jones Day Taps King & Wood Mallesons Energy Duo in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers Dirk Walker and Dina Yin both advise state-owned Chinese oil and gas companies on cross-border transactions.

Hong Kong
Proskauer Rose Recruits Asia Capital Markets Head

By Anna Zhang |

Joshua Zimmerman joins as a partner in Hong Kong from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Baker & McKenzie tax partner Ellen Thomas arrives.

China
Simpson Thacher Rainmaker Leiming Chen to Join Alibaba Affiliate

By Anna Zhang |

The New York firm's Hong Kong partner has been named global general counsel at Ant Financial Services Group, which operates third party payment platform Alipay.

Hong Kong
White & Case Adds Hong Kong Restructuring Partner

By Anna Zhang |

With the hire of former Herbert Smith Freehills Greater China restructuring head Damien Whitehead, the New York-based firm became the latest to bolster an Asia insolvency practice.

Australia
Gilbert + Tobin Recruits Litigation Partner

Joining in Perth from Allens, Marshal McKenna specializes in mining and projects disputes.

Taiwan
One GC’s Advice on Running a Global Legal Department

In a recent interview with the Association of Corporate Counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s general counsel Sylvia Fang explained how she manages such a spread-out, global group of 80.

Hong Kong
Latham Bolsters Hong Kong PE and Finance Practices With Five Additions

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity partners Gary Hamp, Simon Cooke and Amy Beckingham join as debt financing partner James Burnett and restructuring partner Josef Athanas relocate to the Asia financial capital.

China
Linklaters Sees Further Partner Exits in Asia as Duo Jumps to Paul Weiss

By James Booth |

The U.S. firm makes a double partner hire and another Linklaters partner retires, bringing Links' total Asia exits to 12 since January 2015.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Technology Partner in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Josh Messing is now a partner at the Australian national firm.

Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Adds Two Arbitration Partners in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Jonathan Choo and Robert Rhoda join the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices, respectively.

Australia
Jones Day Continues Australia Build-up with Double Partner Hire

By Frances Ivens |

Anticipating more insolvencies in Australia's natural resources sector, the firm has hired restructuring partner duo Roger Dobson and Katie Higgins from independent firm Henry Davis York.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Down Under After Moscow Closure, Plus More Lateral Moves

After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Slaughters Hong Kong Corporate Star Neil Hyman to Leave the Firm

By Frances Ivens |

The Magic Circle firm will promote corporate associate Roger Cheng to partner on Hyman's departure.

Australia
Clifford Chance Australia Managing Partner to Exit Firm

By Vern Pitt |

Two of the Magic Circle firm's founding partners in the country are leaving.

China
Brace Yourself for China’s Baby Boom

With the termination of the one-child policy in China late last year, there could be a jump in pregnant or nursing employees come spring time.

Indonesia
Linklaters Indonesia Associate Firm Adds Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Adrian Pranata joins Jakarta-based Widyawan & Partners from Herbert Smith Freehills associate firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung.

Hong Kong
Stephenson Harwood Takes Two From Eversheds

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia head of banking and finance King Tak Fung and litigation partner Ivan Ng join in Hong Kong with five associates.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Recruits Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Banking and finance lawyer Maria Townsend specializes in the automotive sector.

China
China’s Haiwen Opens in Shenzhen With Latham Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former counsel Lu Guiping relocates across the border from Hong Kong to run the third office for the leading Chinese corporate firm.

Japan
Buchalter Nemer Launches L.A.-Based Japan Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Parker Milliken shareholders Sabina Helton and Steven Nakasone join as a shareholder and of counsel respectively.

Australia
Jones Day Opens in Brisbane, Adds New Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Veteran Queensland lawyer Brett Heading arrives from domestic firm McCullough Robertson while Perth partner John Cooper relocates to lead the four-lawyer new office.

Singapore
King & Wood Mallesons Adds Disputes Practice in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Former Drew & Napier construction head Chau Ee Lee arrives to lead the practice.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Bolsters Construction Disputes in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

Former Clayton Utz special counsel Peter Lamont arrives.

China
Pillsbury Grabs Perkins Coie Patent Litigator

By Anna Zhang |

Jack Ko joins as a Shanghai partner from San Diego.

Lawyer Amal Clooney embraces the deposed President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed as he arrives at Heathrow airport in London, January 21, 2016.

Maldives
Amal Clooney for the Win (But Would You Expect Anything Less?)

After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release—at least for now—of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London on Thursday. And she's already got a new client to save.

Gaston P. Fernandez, with Hogan Lovells

China
This Mandarin-Speaking Miami Attorney, with Cuban Roots, is in High Demand

Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.

China
Reed Smith Boosts China Energy practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Fulbright Beijing office head Jie Zhang joins the firm in the Chinese capital.

Hong Kong
Stephenson Harwood Adds Hong Kong Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Watson, Farley & Williams partner Richard Wilmot moves over.

University of Arizona and Ocean University of China officials gathered at the student orientation for the first class of the dual degree program in fall 2015.

China
Two Law Schools Launch Degree Programs in China

Two U.S. law schools are expanding into China with new degrees—one of which is the first of its kind.

Australia
DLA Piper Boosts Australia Real Estate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Arthur Chong joins the firm in Melbourne.

China
K&L Hires Partners in Shanghai and Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

M&A lawyer Ian Liao and construction specialist Glenn Cheng arrive from Jones Day and U.K. firm Nabarro, respectively.

Hong Kong
Ince & Co Bolsters Hong Kong Finance Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Locke Lord partner Balbir Bindra is a veteran banking and finance lawyer.

Singapore
King & Spalding Grabs Jones Day Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Construction disputes specialist Emerson Holmes joins the 20-lawyer office.

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Hires From Sidley Austin in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Nicholas Chan moves over to advise on corporate finance transactions.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Snaps Up Former Ince & Co Asia Energy Head

By Anna Zhang |

Martin David’s exit from the London-based firm follows those of former Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman in October.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Adds Hong Kong Banking Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills banking lawyer Jae Lemin arrives.

Singapore
Singapore’s TSMP Hires Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Wun Wen-na rejoins the firm after nearly a decade of in-house experience.

China
McDermott Will & Emery Hires China Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Michelle Gon joins and resides at the firm’s alliance firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

Hong Kong
White & Case Hires Hong Kong Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Paul Hastings partner Catherine Tsang moves over.

China
China's Broad & Bright Adds Litigation Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Construction disputes specialist Yanjie Lian joins from Shanghai-based Xinhua Law Firm.

China
Chinese Rights Lawyer Pu Convicted, Gets Suspended Prison Sentence

By Anna Zhang |

After spending 19 months in custody, Beijing-based human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang will soon be released, but he will no longer practice law.

China
Chinese Online Giant Alibaba Hires Former Pfizer and Apple Lawyer for IP Enforcement

Matthew Bassiur, who previously oversaw anti-counterfeiting operations for Pfizer Inc. and is also former counsel for intellectual property enforcement at Apple Inc., has been appointed head of global intellectual property enforcement at Chinese online retail giant Alibaba.

Australia
Clyde & Co Hires Five Partners in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Partners David Lee, Lucinda Lyons, David Amentas, Michelle Dunne and Christopher Smith will join from boutique Lee & Lyons as part of a 30-lawyer team.

New Rules Allow Foreign Lawyers to Practice in NY

State court officials have approved new rules authorizing lawyers outside the state to practice in New York on a temporary basis and to allow foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel. The rules take effect Dec. 30.

Hong Kong
Debevoise Snaps Up Sullivan & Cromwell Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Last year, William Chua was underwriters’ counsel on Alibaba’s $25 billion New York Stock Exchange listing and $8 billion corporate bond issue.

Don H. Liu

South Korea
Scholar Program for Future Asian-American Lawyers Expands

Jean Lee didn't anticipate the Don H. Liu Scholars Program to be as successful as it was coming out of its first year, but now heading into its second year, the program has been extended and a $15,000 scholarship will now be offered to three budding Asian-American law students, not just two.

Australia
Clayton Utz Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Ashley Tsacalos, who specializes in advising government departments, will join the firm in February.

Australia
Is Clayton Utz Partner Andrew Sommer Behind Bitcoin’s Creator?

A prominent tax partner at the Australian firm is named in records obtained by Wired and Gizmodo that purportedly identify the creator of leading digital currency bitcoin, which has been a boon to many Am Law 100 firms in recent years.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Boosts Asia Arbitration Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Baker & McKenzie partner James Kwan joins in Hong Kong.

The Churn

Magic Circle Firms Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden, K&L Gates grabs three Down Under and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Singapore
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Hires Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Ow Kim Kit arrives from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the city-state’s top financial regulator.

Hong Kong
Locke Lord Adds Hong Kong Energy Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia energy head of Mayer Brown JSM Jack Su arrives at the newly integrated office.

Cisco Systems

China
DLA Piper Adds Valley Corporate Partner

Sherman Chu comes from Cisco, where he'd spent six years as general counsel of the company's business in China.