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China, Hong Kong
Law Firms React to Mass Protests in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Street demonstrations by tens of thousands of pro-democracy advocates have made commutes difficult and disrupted some office operations.

Hong Kong
Debevoise & Plimpton to Add Hong Kong Law Capability

By Tom Brennan |

After 20 years of advising clients on the New York and English law aspects of their business in Asia, the firm is setting up a local law practice in Hong Kong as well.

China
MoFo on Intel's $1.5 Billion Chinese Investment

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. chipmaker is buying a 20 percent stake in state-run technology company Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

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

The Global Legal Market: By the Numbers

By Drew Combs |

A look at how the Am Law 200's head count in top markets around the world has changed between 1998 and today.

A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms

By Chris Johnson |

A surge in dealmaking boosted the top and bottom lines for the world's top-grossing firms, which experienced steady if unspectacular growth in 2013.

China
Wachtell Fends Off Class Action Sparked by Avon Bribes Flap in China

By Jan Wolfe |

Allegations that Avon bribed its way into the Chinese market sparked a massive internal probe and a criminal settlement. But a judge sent a proposed securities class action over the scandal back to the drawing board on Monday, dealing a defeat to plaintiffs lawyers at Motley Rice.

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
GSK's Record Fine Means More Compliance Work for Firms

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese court recently handed down a $490 million penalty against the U.K. drugmaker for corruption, a sign the country's regulators are getting more aggressive with foreign companies. For investigations lawyers, it also signals a likely uptick in an already busy practice.

Royce Lamberth.

Indonesia
Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

By Zoe Tillman |

Indonesian citizens suing Exxon Mobil Corp. over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday. The lawsuit centers on Exxon’s development of a natural gas field in an Indonesian province beginning in the 1970s.

Australia
Australia's Slater & Gordon Continues U.K. Acquisition Spree

By Chris Johnson |

The Melbourne-based personal injury specialist is in talks to acquire Welsh trade union boutique Leo Abse & Cohen. A deal would be Slater & Gordon's second U.K. takeover this month and its seventh since launching in the country in 2012.

China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 25, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Ashurst on Leighton-led consortium's $3.2 billion bid to build Sydney transit system
*Davis Polk, Skadden lead Chinese car rental company CAR Inc.'s $468 million Hong Kong IPO
*Norton Rose, Allen & Overy advise on Hong Kong's first-ever Islamic bond issuance

Australia
Allens on Financing for Fraser's $2.4 Billion Australand Takeover

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean real estate group had outbid Sydney-based Stockland Corp. to win 68 properties in Australia’s major cities.

Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco.

South Korea
Settlement Talks Underway 'In Earnest' in Asiana Crash

By Amanda Bronstad |

Asiana Airlines Inc. is in talks to settle lawsuits filed by as many as 70 passengers of Flight 224, which crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport last year. The July 6, 2013, crash killed three people and injured about 180.

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.

The Churn

Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico
Akin Loses Two, But Again Raids Bingham, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen lost four more partners to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld this week in Hong Kong and London, as the former continues to pursue a potential merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. McCarter & English adds eight partners of its own through a merger, Jones Day hires another Latin American dealmaker and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Australia
Five Firms on $3.2 Billion Sydney Rapid Transit Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Ashurst advised a consortium consisting of Leighton Group, MTR and UGL Rail on a winning contract to build Australia's first fully automated train system.

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 Leads Hong Kong’s Debut Sukuk Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Allen & Overy advised HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank as lead managers on the $1 billion offer.

Japan
TMI Wants to Make Japan's Big Four a Big Five

By Tom Brennan |

The gap between the country's top firms and the rest of Japan’s legal market has always been seen as unbridgeable. But TMI Associates is determined to challenge that status quo.

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.

China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance on $916 million Laos hydropower project development and financing
*Latham & Watkins advises Chinese private equity firm FountainVest Partners on its first U.S. investment
*Cleary leads state-run Korea Development Bank's $750 million note issuance

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.

China
Latham, Davis Polk on FountainVest's First U.S. Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese private equity firm is paying up to $800 million for a controlling stake in auto supplier Key Safety Systems.

China
Stephenson Harwood Shutters Guangzhou Office

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm has also lost its sole resident lawyer in Beijing, and is currently looking for new lawyers to work from the Chinese capital.

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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.

Singapore Law Minister K. Shanmugam spoke of an oversupply of law graduates at the Criminal Justice Conference organized by the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University on Aug. 21.

Singapore
Singapore Law Students to Face Tough Job Market

By Anna Zhang |

The city-state has gone from an undersupply of law graduates to an oversupply. Students are advised to consider other career options, as Law Minister K. Shanmugam warns that there may not be enough training contracts to allow all graduates to qualify.

Laos
Allen & Overy on $916 Million Laos Power Project

By Tom Brennan |

Clifford Chance acted for a group of nine lenders funding the 290-megawatt hydro plant, which is expected launch in 2019.

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.

David Makarechian O'Melveny & Myers

Singapore
O'Melveny on $700 Million Investment in XPO Logistics

By David Ruiz |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Canadian firm Torys also have roles in the deal.

Indonesia, Japan
Nishimura & Asahi Forms Indonesian Alliance

By Tom Brennan |

The Big Four Japanese corporate firm is partnering with seven-lawyer Rosetini & Partners in Jakarta.

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.

China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 11, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Linklaters leads establishment of China Orient Asset Management's $2 billion medium-term note program
*Jones Day acts for Japan's Ajinomoto on its $800 million offer for U.S. frozen-foods maker Windsor Quality
*Rajah & Tann on KMP Private Ltd.'s $37 million investment in Vietnamese feed company Hiep Thanh Group

Sri Lanka
Duane Morris Forms Alliance to Enter Sri Lankan Market

By Gina Passarella |

Duane Morris appears to be the first U.S. law firm to enter the Sri Lankan legal market in some capacity.

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, Ireland
Big Tobacco Takes Aim at Plain Packaging Laws

By Lisa Shuchman |

As Ireland and other countries threaten to follow Australia in banning logos and other distinguishing marks from cigarette packages, tobacco companies fight back with trademark law.

Journalists follow the progress on a television screen of the trial of British investigator Peter Humphrey (center) linked to beleaguered pharmaceutical giant GSK and his wife, at the Shanghai Intermediate Court on August 8, 2014.

China
ChinaWhys Trial Underlines Due Diligence Obstacles in China

By Wenxiong Zhang |

International law firms often rely on corporate intelligence firms to investigate clients' Chinese business partners or third-party suppliers. Following the conviction of two corporate investigators, lawyers are concerned about new challenges to conducting due diligence in China.

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.

Kazakhstan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Argentina, Ecuador
Global Legal Awards: Global Disputes of the Year

The American Lawyer Global Disputes of the Year Awards honor the winning team in transnational cases regardless of the venue.

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Sep. 4, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Davis Polk on Taiwan's largest dollar debt offer
*DLA Piper leads $464 million Fosun investment
*Clayton Utz, A&O on $540 million Veda share sale

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.

Global Legal Awards: Global Citizenship Awards of the Year

In this category, The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

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.

China
Paul Hastings Leads China Huarong $2.4bn Share Sale

By Anna Zhang |

Eight investors including Warburg Pincus and Goldman Sachs bought 21 percent of the Chinese bad-debt manager ahead of its IPO.

India
Amarchand Opens Eighth Office

By Anna Zhang |

The Indian firm launches in Gurgaon with four partners relocating from its New Delhi base.

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.

Xiang Wenbo, president of China's Sany Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., has been restlessly promoting the Ralls decision as a historical victory for Chinese companies.

China
Sany's Win Chips Away at CFIUS Secrecy. Now What?

By Anna Zhang |

When the U.S. government ordered a Sany affiliate to sell land near a U.S. Navy base because of national security concerns, Sany won an unprecedented ruling that CFIUS, the government body that reviewed the transaction, had denied the Chinese company due process. But plenty of obstacles remain for Sany's challenge.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

This category of The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes 2013's largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions in every corner of the globe.

China, Hong Kong
Freshfields on Citic $6.9 Billion Share Placement

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned enterprise sold shares to 27 investors to fund its $36.8 billion restructuring.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 28, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Kirkland & Ellis advises Orchid Asia on $920 million China fund
*HSF, KWM lead AGL's $1.1 billion rights issue for MacGen acquisition
*Simpson Thacher, Gunderson Dettmer on Murata's $465 million acquisition of chipmaker Peregrine

Australia
HSF, KWM Lead on AGL's Billion-Dollar Rights Offer

By Anna Zhang |

The Sydney-based power company will use the proceeds to fund its recently approved $1.4 billion acquisition of Macquarie Generation.

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Gore Details Al-Jazeera Dispute in New Filings

By Jeff Mordock |

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has alleged Al-Jazeera America Holdings Inc. is withholding $65 million owed to Current Media shareholders so it could wage legal battles against cable distributors, according to updated court papers filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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.

China
Chinese Court Acquits Four-Time Death-Row Inmate

By Anna Zhang |

Nian Bin was released immediately after Fujian Provincial High Court overturned a lower court’s guilty verdict of fatally poisoning two children.

China
Kirkland & Ellis on Orchid Asia $920 Million Fund

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese private equity firm closed its sixth fund to invest in high-growth Chinese companies.

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Kuwait
Auto Accident in Kuwait Leads to Jurisdictional Dispute

By Max Mitchell |

When Virginia resident Morgan Lee Hanks' Mitsubishi Pajero collided with the Dodge Durango driven by Pennsylvania native Brian Mark Patton, who died in the accident, the ensuing motor vehicle litigation was anything but ordinary.

Brad Butwin.

Singapore
O'Melveny Sees Wave of Departures in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Over the past nine months, the Los Angeles-based firm has lost 14 lawyers in its city-state office. Why have so many left, and what does O'Melveny plan to do next?

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.

China
Evolving Compliance Challenges in China

By Alexandra Wrage |

Recent compliance developments in China have companies on edge, but the community of U.S. lawyers with real expertise in China remains small.

The Asian Lawyer’s Ready for Relaunch

By Asian Lawyer Staff |

On Monday, Aug. 25, the site will become part of a broader collection of global legal coverage by parent publication The American Lawyer. In the run-up to that launch, The Asian Lawyer site will be on standby.

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 19, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Allen & Gledhill, Clifford Chance on OCBC’s $2.7 billion rights issue in Singapore
*HSF advises KKR/Abacus joint venture on stake purchase in Melbourne’s World Trade Center
*Gibson Dunn leads Chinese consortium’s $1.7 billion take-private offer for U.S. chipmaker OmniVision

Singapore
Allen & Gledhill on OCBC’s $2.7 Billion Rights Issue

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore’s second-largest lender by assets is looking to refill its coffers after spending $5 billion to purchase Hong Kong-based Wing Hang Bank.

China
Gibson Dunn on Chinese Consortium's Bid for OmniVision

By Anna Zhang |

Beijing-based Hua Capital Management and Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment are looking to take the Santa Clara-based company private for $1.7 billion.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

India
Modi's Won, What Now for India?

By Tom Brennan |

Law firms and their clients are just as eager as the Indian electorate for new Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn the country's ailing economy around. But can a man who was swept into office in India's biggest electoral victory in 30 years live up to the hype?

Global Lawyer, Argentina
The Global Lawyer: Cleary's Litigation Slump

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

In the past six months Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton litigators have lost a string of historic cases. Powerful entities routinely ask Cleary to push the envelope in international law. Lately it hasn't worked out well.

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Singapore
Dechert Gets License to Practice in Singapore

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert has officially been granted a license to practice law in Singapore, eight months after the firm applied for permission to practice in the country.

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.

Global Lawyer
Outlook for Corporate IP Filing: Go Global

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Inovia's "2014 U.S. Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator Report" looks at how the economy has impacted global IP strategies and forecasts an optimistic outlook for foreign filing.

Japan
MoFo, Ashurst Lead CP Group-Itochu Alliance

By Tom Brennan |

The Thai conglomerate and Japanese trading house have struck a billion-dollar deal that will see them collaborate in the food and agribusiness sectors.

US Federal District Judge Kevin McNulty, Martin Luther King Courthouse, Newark, NJ.

China
Judge Nixes Price-Fixing Suit Against Alleged Chinese Cartels

By Charles Toutant |

A $58 million antitrust suit, claiming Chinese companies conspired to fix prices for the mineral magnesite, was dismissed July 24 by a Newark federal judge who found that the plaintiffs lacked statutory standing to sue.

Japan
Tort Trouble Ahead?

By Anna Zhang |

A barrage of accounting fraud claims against Olympus Corp. may help set off a litigation boom in Japan.

Myanmar
Myanmar's Moment?

By Tom Brennan |

With its rich natural resources and recent political and economic reforms, Myanmar has become one of Asia's "it" destinations for law firms. But will the widely anticipated boom in foreign investment actually follow?

Singapore
The New Nativist Normal

By Anthony Lin |

A rising anti-immigrant tide in Singapore is putting international law firms on edge.

A visitor walks past a design promoting the recently opened China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone in Shanghai.

China
A Long Way From Liberalization

By Anna Zhang |

Despite the hype, law firms are seeing limited upside so far from the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Trading Places

By Tom Brennan |

Some Anglo-American firms have started touting Old Glory over the Union Jack in Asia.

Raymond Kwok (left) and Thomas Kwok, co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.

China, Hong Kong
Will Antitycoon Mood Affect Hong Kong Trial?

By Anthony Lin |

Thomas and Raymond Kwok, two of Hong Kong's—and the world's—richest men, are going on trial May 8 for allegedly bribing a senior government official. It is the territory's largest corruption trial ever, and it's taking place amid a rising tide of resentment toward the billionaire developers who dominate the Hong Kong economic landscape. Will antitycoon sentiment show up in the courtroom?

China
Appleby Gets Shanghai Practice License

By Tom Brennan |

The offshore firm opened an office in Shanghai in 2012 but previously only offered fiduciary services.

Australia
Aussie Firms on $6.6 Billion Toll Road Deal

By Anna Zhang |

A consortium led by Transurban Group, Australia’s largest toll road operator, is buying regional competitor Queensland Motorways Ltd.

China
Davis Polk Advises CNOOC on $4 Billion Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned oil company will use the proceeds to repay funds borrowed to finance its $15.1 billion acquisition of Canada's energy company Nexen Inc.

China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: April 24, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

* Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields lead on state-owned company's acquisition of Hess Oil assets in Thailand
* Cleary, O'Melveny and Kirkland on a Chinese IT company's $332 million take-private
* Willkie Farr guides a U.S. VC fund on a $250 million investment Down Under

Singapore
Linklaters on $1 Billion OCBC Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean bank sold the 10-year bonds in order to raise money for general corporate purposes and to comply with new reserve requirements.

South Korea
Google Lawyer Details Defense Pact With Samsung

By Julia Love, The Recorder |

Apple's trial team, led by Morrison & Foerster's Harold McElhinny, plays deposition testimony on Android indemnity agreement.

Japan
Mitsubishi Loses Appeal in Chip Design Case

By Scott Graham, The Recorder |

California's Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld a verdict against Mitsubishi Electric Inc. for breaching a non-disclosure agreement but agreed with a superior court judge that the $123 million awarded by jurors was excessive.

Thailand
Herbert Smith Freehills Advises Thai SOE on Hess Buyout

By Tom Brennan |

PTT Exploration and Production Pcl. is paying $1 billion for Hess' interest in two natural gas projects in Thailand.

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.