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Australia
Australian Firm Clayton Utz Loses Three Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Sydney partners John Elliott and David Stammers are headed to Norton Rose Fulbright and Ashurst, respectively, while Perth partner Kevin O’Sullivan declined to comment on his next role.

Australia
HSF Hires Competition Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Liza Carver was previously a partner at Ashurst.

Andrew Levander (L), David Bernick (R)

Japan
Dechert's Lateral Hires Take Lead for Troubled Takata

By Brian Baxter |

The embattled Japanese auto parts company has retained a high-powered defense team from Dechert to handle a criminal probe, congressional inquiry and class action litigation related to a growing scandal into defective airbags.

China
Report: CNOOC Severs Baker & McKenzie Ties

By MP McQueen |

The Wall Street Journal reports that CNOOC, China's state-owned oil and gas giant, cut its ties to Baker & McKenzie because of alleged conflicts of interest between an in-house lawyer and her husband, the firm's chief representative in Beijing.

China
Orrick Recruits IP Specialist from Corning in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

Yufeng Ma had been the director of intellectual property in Asia for the U.S. specialty glass maker.

China, Singapore
Ashurst Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Chin Chuan Chen is relocating from Singapore to join the Silver Circle firm.

South Korea
Ropes & Gray Hires in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

Corporate partner Hyo Young Kang makes the move from Linklaters.

Hong Kong
Simmons & Simmons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has recruited former Edwards Wildman Palmer Hong Kong managing partner Martin Lister to join its insurance team.

Australia
KWM Poaches Indie Australian Firm Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sharon Cook is leaving Henry Davis York and will join King & Wood Mallesons in February as managing partner for clients relations.

Chinese citizens wear black hoods in a performance art campaign to protest the government's mistreatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng in northern Heilongjiang province. One of the photos uploaded sarcastically reads:

China
The Global Lawyer: Two Paths to Real Rule of Law in China

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Eschewing martyrdom, a rising generation of Chinese rights lawyers finds its voice.

Singapore
Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Marine Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Ng & Partners shipping practice head Gerald Yee joined.

The Churn

France, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States
Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Debevoise Recruits HSF Asia Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Disputes lawyer Mark Johnson will retire to join the New York firm in Hong Kong.

India
Khaitan & Co. Hire Two Mumbai Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Amarchand partner Abhimanyu Bhattacharya and Bombay High Court counsel Hormaz Daruwalla both joined.

Singapore
Jones Day Poaches Nabarro Singapore Head

By Anna Zhang |

Emerson Holmes is a disputes lawyer specializing in construction and infrastructure projects.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Adds Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Jamie Wells moves from Allens, where he was head of national workplace and employee relations.

China
The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Litigation Daily |

In the decade since The American Lawyer first profiled human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese state set out to break his body and spirit. It only half succeeded.

Japan, Australia
HSF Taps Two Corporate Partners From Ashurst

By Tom Brennan |

Damian Roberts and Ian Williams will be based in Tokyo and Brisbane, respectively.

Australia
Perth Firm Lavan Legal Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment lawyer Charmaine Tsang joins from fellow Australian firm Rockwell Olivier.

China
DaHui Hires Shanghai Partner From Skadden

By Anna Zhang |

Lincoln Zhao is an M&A specialist and also the author of a tell-all book about the uber-rich in Beijing.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Brings on Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Dale Rayner previously worked as a special counsel at Clifford Chance in Sydney.

David Buxbaum at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

China
Court Removes Attorney Who Will Be Called as Witness

By Ben Bedell |

Running afoul of the advocate-witness rule, an American lawyer based in China lost his bid to remain as counsel in a case that his China-based firm brought against a former client for unpaid fees.

Singapore
Clayton Utz Recruits Property Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Simon Taskunas is relocating from Singapore.

Australia
Squire Patton Adds Construction Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Brendan Reilly was most recently at Western Australian firm Allion Legal.

The Churn

China, Japan, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Willkie Adds Another Ex-Kirkland Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Wenxiong Zhang |

Eight months after leaving Kirkland & Ellis for McDermott Will & Emery, private equity partner Leonard Klingbaum is on the move again; Greenberg Traurig hires a former California Senate leader; Weil, Gotshal & Manges adds a high-yield partner in London and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Australia
Baker & McKenzie Hires M&A Veteran in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has tapped Corrs Chambers Westgarth senior partner Peter Ickeringill to join its Australian team.

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee Hires Two Partners From Kim & Chang

By Anna Zhang |

Wook Rae Lee and Young Hoon Park have joined the Seoul-based firm's employment practice.

Japan
HSF's Tokyo Corporate Head Leaves for MoFo

By Tom Brennan |

James Robinson is moving over to the San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster after 15 years with Herbert Smith Freehills.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds a Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Chen Yih Pong was formerly a capital markets partner at WongPartnership.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Hires Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Alex Cull makes the move after seven years with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Hong Kong
Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Vietnam
Hogan Lovells Hires First Vietnam-Based Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has recruited Allen & Overy's Jeff Olson to work from Ho Chi Minh City.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires Again in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Regulatory partner Ben Hammond joins from Slaughter and May's London office.

Australia
Johnson Winter & Slattery Adds Partners in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

Both Reynah Tang and Stewart Grieve had both worked more than 20 years at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Japan
Sidley Adds Asia-Focused Litigation Partner

By Patience Haggin |

Scott Nonaka joins the firm's San Francisco office from O'Melveny & Myers.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Nandakumar Ponniya joins the Chicago-based firm after five years with White & Case.

China
Bird & Bird Recruits from DLA Piper in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Ying Wang has joined the U.K. firm's employment practice.

Australia
Clayton Utz Adds Employment Partner in Canberra

By Tom Brennan |

Jennifer Wyborn was formerly a partner at Meyer Vandenberg.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Taps Two Partners From Sparke Helmore

By Tom Brennan |

Dianne Hollyoak and Alan Girle join the firm's employment practice in Brisbane.

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Recruits in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Rebecca Field joins the Australian firm's banking and property finance group from Ashurst.

China
Haynes and Boone Hires in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

The Dallas-based firm has recruited Louis Meng from Allbright Law Offices to cohead its Asia practice.

Australia
K&L Gates Adds Banking Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Tom Lennox has moved over after a year with Squire Patton Boggs.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

Former Finlaysons associate Peter Staniszewski has joined the Australian firm's banking and finance group.

Hong Kong
Two More Bingham Hong Kong Partners Move to Akin Gump

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Fucci and Anne-Marie Godfrey are joining Charles Rogers, Naomi Moore and Matthew Puhar as part of the firm's raid of Bingham’s London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices.

China
Broad & Bright Hires in Shanghai, Plans Tokyo, L.A. Launch

By Anna Zhang |

Peter Neumann, former Shanghai managing partner for Miami's Greenberg Traurig, will join the Chinese firm next week.

Hong Kong
Akin Gump Takes Another Bingham Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Matthew Puhar will join fellow partners Charles Rogers and Naomi Moore on their move to Akin Gump, following its raid of Bingham’s London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices last week.

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Shipping finance lawyer Jonathan Silver returns to the firm after spending a year at local outfit Howse Williams Bowers.

India, Singapore
DLA Piper's India Co-Head Leaves for Squire Patton

By Anna Zhang |

Former Singapore-based corporate partner Biswajit Chatterjee, the second DLA Piper partner to leave the firm this week, will now co-lead the India practice at Squire Patton Boggs.

India
Steptoe Lawyer Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to India

By Katelyn Polantz |

The White House has nominated Richard Verma, a Washington, D.C.-based senior counselor at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, as the next U.S. ambassador to India.

Hong Kong
Berwin Leighton Paisner Taps DLA's Asia Pacific Head

By Tom Brennan |

Hong Kong-based Bob Charlton will join the U.K. firm next month after two years overseeing the region for DLA Piper.

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Hong Kong
Akin Gets Two Hong Kong Partners in Bingham Raid

By Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter |

Corporate partner Charles Rogers and restructuring partner Naomi Moore are moving over as part of Akin's en masse recruitment of most of Bingham's London and Frankfurt offices.

Singapore
Singapore’s Virtus Law Adds New Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The associate firm of Stephenson Harwood has recruited corporate partner Douglas Koh from Colin Ng & Partners.

Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Recruits U.S. Federal Prosecutor for Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Patrick Sinclair joins the Boston-based firm from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he was the deputy chief of the general crimes section.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires Again in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has recruited former Gadens restructuring partner Matthew Broderick.

Japan
Hogan Lovells Hires Tokyo Projects Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Joseph Kim has moved over to the U.S.-U.K. firm after seven years at Paul Hastings.

Australia
DLA Piper Names New Australia Managing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The firm has tapped former Minter Ellison chief executive John Weber to take over for current country head Andrew Darwin.

Hong Kong
O'Melveny Hires Top Disputes Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The Los Angeles-based firm has recruited King & Wood Mallesons' Denis Brock to join its business trial and litigation practice in Asia.

Hong Kong
Kirkland to Launch Restructuring Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm has tapped Hogan Lovells' regional practice head, Neil McDonald, and one other Hong Kong-based insolvency partner in a move to grow its own team beyond the U.S. and Europe.

China
Wilson Sonsini Hires in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Ethan Jin specializes in Hong Kong capital markets deals.

Hong Kong
King & Wood Mallesons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The firm is also relocating another Hong Kong-based partner to New York, with both moves serving to bolster its U.S. law capability.

Australia
K&L Gates Boosts Australia With Mining Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Having launched in Australia last year through a merger with national firm Middletons, K&L Gates has continued to expand down under with hire of Norton Rose Fulbright mining partner Robert Milbourne.

The Churn

Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
The Churn: Lateral Moves Around the World

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day bolsters its London office with hires from GE and Ropes & Gray, while Baker & McKenzie picks up a Norton Rose energy partner in Amsterdam, and Boies Schiller recruits an arbitration partner from Wilmer.

Australia
Squire Patton Boosts Australia With Team Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Simon Rear joins the firm's Perth office with three associates from boutique Allion Legal.

Singapore
Singapore's Colin Ng Launches Professional Liability Practice

By Anna Zhang |

New practice will be led by disputes partner Sean La’Brooy, who joins the firm from Litigation boutique Wee, Tay & Lim.

China
Simmons Launches China Trademark Practice With Rouse Hire

By Anna Zhang |

George Chan, who joins Simmons as a partner in Beijing, will also lead a six-member China IP agency for the U.K. firm.

Hong Kong
Baker & McKenzie Boosts Hong Kong With Magic Circle Duo

By Anna Zhang |

The firm swoops for Clifford Chance Hong Kong antitrust head Stephen Crosswell and Linklaters Asia employment head Rowan McKenzie.

Singapore
Norton Rose Fulbright Taps Client For Data Privacy Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Standard Chartered Bank in-house counsel Stella Cramer joins the firm in Singapore.

Australia
Clayton Utz Adds Technology Partner in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Ken Saurajen was mostly recently a partner at Gilbert + Tobin.

Singapore
Clyde & Co Boosts Singapore With Hire of Malaysia Airlines Crashes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Kennedys partner David Johnston, who was retained by the carrier's insurer on claims following the crashes of flights MH370 and MH17, joined Clyde & Co last month.

India
Khaitan Recruits Three New Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Mohit Abraham, Thomas Phillippe and Deepto Roy are moving over from PXV Law Partners, which is closing shop as a result of the departures.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Debt capital markets partner Anna-Marie Slot has moved over from White & Case.

Philippines
Former Marcos Lawyer Stays in the Game Acting for Philippines Elite

By Tom Brennan |

Estelito Mendoza served 14 years as solicitor general under former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, then thrived after his downfall by representing some of the most infamous associates of his administration. And now, at 84, Mendoza's still one of the top defense lawyers in the country.

China, Taiwan
K&L Gates Adds Taipei Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Jim Wu headed the Taipei office for the former Preston Gates & Ellis between 2002 and 2004.

Robert Pe with Suu Kyi

Myanmar
The Lawyer and 'The Lady'

By Tom Brennan |

Since the fall of 2012, Robert Pé, a litigation and arbitration partner in the Hong Kong office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has served as senior legal adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament and leader of the political opposition in Myanmar. The assignment has been the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Pé, whose father left the country formerly known as Burma 50 years ago.

Singapore
Morrison & Foerster Adds Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Shirin Tang was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of Shearman & Sterling.

China
Pinsent Masons Adds Partner in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Helena Chen was previously a partner in Taipei with Taiwanese law firm Formosan Brothers.

South Korea
Yoon & Yang Adds M&A Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Do Hyung Kim was previously a partner with rival Korean firm Yulchon.

Australia
Sydney Employment Partner Joins DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

Brett Feltham was previously head of the New South Wales employment team at Hunt & Hunt.

Singapore
Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Eugene Tan will lead the British firm's Southeast Asian construction practice.

India
Khaitan & Co Adds Two Partners

By Anna Zhang |

New Mumbai partner Kartick Maheshwari is joining the Indian firm from the Singapore office of White & Case, while Delhi partner Dibyanshu Sinha was most recently a senior associate with J. Sagar Associates.

China
Three Partners Join Zhong Lun in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The trio includes former King & Wood Mallesons and Morrison & Foerster partner Edward Li.

Singapore
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sheela Moorthy was previously the Singapore corporate head for DLA Piper.

China, Hong Kong
V&E Partner Moves to Latham Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.

China, Hong Kong
Two Partners Join Howse Williams Bowers

By Anna Zhang |

Stacy Devoy was previously a Hong Kong partner with Withers while Alison Scott was mostly recently chair of the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales.

China
K&L Gates Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Frank Voon was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy.

Japan
Two Partners Join Pillsbury in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Energy and infrastructure specialists Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett were previously partners in the Tokyo offices of Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons, respectively.

China, Hong Kong
Loeb & Loeb Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Jae Chul Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with DLA Piper.

Japan
K&L Gates Adds Tokyo Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Philip Hyde was formerly head of the finance practice in Hogan Lovells' Tokyo office.

South Korea
Prosecutor Moves to Defense at Yoon & Yang

By Tom Brennan |

Young Kon Cho is joining the firm from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, where he was chief prosecutor.

South Korea
Yulchon Adds IP Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Dong Soo Han was most recently presiding judge of the Civil Appellate Court in Suwon, and has spent 16 years as a judge in various Korean courts.

Singapore
Stephenson Harwood Global Aviation Head Joins Milbank

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Ng will lead Milbank's Asian aviation practice from Singapore.

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Adds Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Marae Ciantar was formerly the Singapore managing partner for Australian firm Allens.

China, Hong Kong
Dentons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Wei Guangqin was previously a special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson specializing in corporate finance and capital markets.

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee Brings Aboard Three Ex-Judges

By Anna Zhang |

Taeck Soo Kwon, most recently an appellate judge with the Seoul High Court, is joining the firm’s intellectual property practice. Former Seoul Central District Court judge Joo Hyae Jun and former Supreme Court research judge Il Yeon Kim will join the firm's litigation department.

China, Hong Kong
New Partner Joining Berwin Leighton in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Nigel Ward was previously a Beijing partner with Norton Rose Fulbright.

China, Hong Kong
The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

By Anthony Lin |

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

Thailand
Rajah & Tann Recruits Hunton & Williams Team in Bangkok

By Tom Brennan |

Surasak Vajasit, Melisa Uremovic and Pakpoom Suntornvipat will all join Singapore-based Rajah & Tann as partners, taking 11 lawyers with them.

Australia
K&L Gates Hires Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Henry Davis York partner Elizabeth Gray has joined the firm's investment management practice.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Five Partners

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has brought aboard new partners in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.

China
King & Wood Founder Moves to Different Beijing Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Bai Yanchun, one of the three founding partners of the former King & Wood, has joined Commerce & Finance Law Offices as a partner.