Asian Top News

Singapore
DLA Piper Adds Three Partners in Singapore Hiring Push

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner John Viverito will be the firm's new managing partner in the city-state, while former Jones Day partner Joseph Bauerschmidt is now the head of Southeast Asia capital markets. Former Gibson Dunn of counsel Myles Hankin is also making the move.

China, Taiwan
China's Yingke Opens in Taipei

By Anna Zhang |

Asia's second largest firm by headcount has launched a 12-lawyer office in Taiwan.

China
Dacheng, Dentons Deal Sets Legal Industry Abuzz

By Julie Triedman |

While law firm leaders and legal observers marvel at the scope and scale of a tie-up between Dentons and China's Dacheng to create the world's largest firm, several also wonder how the two sides will pull off such a massive undertaking and whether it will ultimately be successful.

David Greenwald

China, Hong Kong
Fried Frank Chair Discusses Asia Exit

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson chair David Greenwald says the firm's decision to effectively close its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and pull out of Asia, as revealed by The American Lawyer on Monday, was a "difficult but necessary decision."

China
Dentons and China's Dacheng Poised for Historic Merger

By Julie Triedman |

The world will soon have a new largest law firm. Dentons and leading Chinese firm Dacheng are poised to announce a combination creating a 6,600-lawyer legal giant operating under the Swiss verein structure.

Australia
Baker & McKenzie Hires in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

Aleisa Crepin is the first partner to join the firm’s newest Australian office since opened last July.

China
Fenwick & West Recruits Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Kaye Scholer partner Niping Wu has made her fourth lateral move in six years.

Singapore
Gibson Dunn Adds New Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Robson Lee is moving over after 20 years at local outfit Shook Lin & Bok.

Hong Kong
Latham Hires From Freshfields in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Los Angeles-based firm brings on partner William Woo following the loss of a seven-lawyer corporate team.

China, Hong Kong
Sidley, Ashurst, Freshfields on $10B Citic Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group Co. Ltd. and Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. are buying a 20 percent stake in the Chinese state-run conglomerate.

China, Hong Kong
Sullivan & Cromwell on China Shenhua's $1.5B Bond Sale

By Tom Brennan |

Latham & Watkins is acting for the underwriters on the state-run company’s first entry into the international bond market.

Hong Kong
Fried Frank to Pull Out of Asia

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is to effectively close its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and pull out of Asia, The American Lawyer has learned.

Wangheng Partner founders, from left to right: Victor Zhang, Qiu Zou and Karen Zhong.

China
Top Chinese Firms Face Associate Problem

By Anna Zhang |

Senior associates at China’s leading firms complain of an uncertain partnership track and a lack of training that is prompting some to quit and set up their own firms.

China
Zhong Lun Poaches Two From Rival Fangda

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyers Victor Yu and Jack Qiao join the firm in Beijing.

Australia
Former Holding Redlich Partner Forms New Firm

By Tom Brennan |

Stephen Pyman has taken his clients and launched a boutique that will focus on construction matters from Brisbane.

Singapore
Stamford, Zico Strike Outsourcing Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The agreement will allow Singapore-based Stamford Law Corp. to cut costs and free up their lawyers to focus on more high-end matters.

Vietnam, France
Hogan Lovells Hires in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gide Loyrette Nouel Vietnam practice head Samantha Campbell will take on the same role at the Anglo-American firm starting in March.

China
Shearman, Davis Polk on China's $1.4B European Hotel Buy

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons and Baker & McKenzie are also among the firms helping state-owned Shanghai Jin Jiang acquire France's Groupe Du Louvre.

China, India, Russia
FCPA Shifts in China, India, Russia and Latin America

By Sue Reisinger |

Lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offered their views on changes to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement in emerging markets.

Hong Kong
Magic Circle Firms on Reorganization of Li Ka-shing's $97B Empire

By Anna Zhang |

Asia's richest person is spinning off his real estate assets into a new company in a deal led by Freshfields, Linklaters and Woo Kwan Lee & Lo.

Singapore
Reed Smith Launches Corporate Practice in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has hired former Stephenson Harwood partner and head of the U.K. firm's Southeast Asia corporate group Matthew Gorman.

China
Bird & Bird Adds China Competition Practice With Partner Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Taylor Wessing counsel Zhaofeng Zhou joins the firm in Beijing as intellectual property related antitrust enforcement increases.

China
Orrick, Skadden, Paul Weiss on $1.6B Bitauto Investment

By Tom Brennan |

Tencent and JD.com have used a combination of cash and resources to purchase a 28 percent stake in the Chinese autos e-commerce company.

Takata airbag components on view before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled “Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process.” November 20, 2014.

Japan
Squire Patton Boggs to Lobby for Takata Corp.

By Andrew Ramonas |

The embattled air bag manufacturer has enlisted one of the firm's partners, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, as a special counsel.

China, Hong Kong
Cadwalader Recruits Seven Latham Lawyers in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Three partners and four counsel led by former Latham China practice co-head Michael Liu have defected to the New York-based firm.

Japan
Honda Hit With Record $70M Fine

By Jenna Greene |

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. will pay two fines totaling a record $70 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to report deaths, injuries and certain warranty claims to the federal government.

Stephen Kass

The Environmental Struggle Within the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Stephen L. Kass |

In his International Environmental Law column, Stephen L. Kass writes that the tension between economists, investors and manufacturers favoring the elimination of most constraints on international trade and environmentalists (and labor advocates) fearful of a "race to the bottom" by countries competing for new factories has once again taken center stage in a struggle that is threatening to derail the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

China, India, Singapore
Singapore’s RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Adds Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Indian national Yang Yen Thaw will advise on private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions for the city-state affiliate of Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing.

China
King & Spalding Hires China-Qualified Lawyer in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Ye Cecilia Hong makes the jump from Kirkland & Ellis and previously worked for the now-defunct Coudert Brothers in Beijing.

China
Covington Hires IP Litigation Partner in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Joining from Jun He, Ran Ruixue is a leading practitioner representing Chinese companies in ITC claims.

China
China's Gaopeng Hires Microsoft Litigation Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Antitrust specialist Ron Xie has joined the Beijing-based firm as a senior partner.

Hong Kong
Last Bingham Hong Kong Partner Joins Mayer Brown JSM

By Anna Zhang |

Vincent Sum’s departure means Morgan Lewis has not acquired any Bingham partners in Hong Kong despite the merger.

India
J. Sagar Associates Opens in Ahmedabad

By Anna Zhang |

The firm launched in the western Indian city with the hire of partner Bijal Chhatrapati.

China
Kennedys and AnJie Partner Up

By Tom Brennan |

The two insurance-focused firms have agreed to service each other’s clients in their respective markets.

Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Recruits Real Estate Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Ed Sheremeta was previously a partner at DLA Piper.

Japan
Norton Rose Adds M&A Partner in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

U.S.-qualified Eiji Kobayashi joins from Big Four Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi.

China
China's East Associates and Concord & Partners Merge

By Anna Zhang |

The 210-lawyer East & Concord Partners is the latest example of Chinese legal market consolidation.

China
Three Firms on $26B Chinese Rail Merger

By Anna Zhang |

Baker & McKenzie, Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters are leading the combination of state-owned train makers China CNR and CSR.

Singapore
Gibson Dunn Hires in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Jamie Thomas joins the Los-Angeles firm’s finance team as a partner from White & Case.

Singapore
Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson Adds Arbitration Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Bryan Cave office head Iain Sharp moves over.

Japan
Greenberg Traurig Raids Rivals to Launch in Japan

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has opened its third Asian office in Tokyo by recruiting partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.

China, Hong Kong
Clifford Chance on Haitong Securities' $3.9B Placement

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong-listed Chinese brokerage sold 1.9 billion shares in order to raise funds for its margin financing and securities lending businesses.

China, Italy
China's Italian Shopping Spree

By Heather O'Brian |

Chinese investment in Italy continues to rise.

Australia, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Smoke and Lawyers

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Big Tobacco is attacking packaging regulations with both trade law and arbitration. Which is the better weapon?

Japan
Big Four No More?

By Tom Brennan |

Japan's upstart TMI Associates has been on a global growth spree. And it isn't done yet.

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

Asia's Biggest-Ticket Recent Transactions

Juan Martinez

Australia
Australia's Last Big Independent Firms Get Squeezed

By Tom Brennan |

In the wake of the Australian law firm merger frenzy of recent years, the few remaining large independents have faced tough competition from the global giants. Now mid-tier firms want a piece of their business, too.

China
Taming the Beast

By Anna Zhang |

As China cracks down on corruption, international firms with FCPA expertise are gearing up.

South Korea
A Buyers' Bonanza in Seoul

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

An influx of foreign firms in Korea has led to rock-bottom rates for some legal services.

Hong Kong
Out With the Oligarchs?

By Anna Zhang |

A new competition law is creating plenty of work for lawyers. But local moguls needn't panic just yet.

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 Way Forward

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A new generation of human rights defenders steps up in China.

Indonesia, Australia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Uruguay
A Guide to the Legal Battles Over Tobacco Packaging

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Big Tobacco is fighting plain-packaging regulations in court, in the World Trade Organization, and in international arbitrations.

China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia
The Asia 50: Growth Spurt

By Anna Zhang |

Our annual survey names the biggest law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. This time, we found more law firms embracing ambitious expansion plans.

India
Former AZB & Partners CEO Launches New Firm

By Tom Brennan |

Abhijit Joshi has established Mumbai-based Veritus Legal and fellow former AZB corporate partner Nandish Vyas will join him late next month.

China, Hong Kong
Sullivan & Cromwell, Freshfields on Shengjing Bank's $1.3B IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese lender's Hong Kong listing is the largest so far for a mainland city commercial bank.

China
MWE China Launches First E-Discovery Center

By Anna Zhang |

Chicago's McDermott Will & Emery extends its Chinese alliance into discovery and data analysis as demand for investigations and compliance work grows.

Singapore
Bird & Bird Hires Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment lawyers Seow Hui Goh has joined the British outfit's Singapore association firm.

Francis Kwan, former vice president of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, left, Rafael Hui, Hong Kong's former chief secretary, second left, Thomas Chan, former executive board member of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., second right, and Thomas Kwok, former co-chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., right, arrive at the High Court in a prison van in Hong Kong.

China, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Billionaire, Ex-Official Jailed For Corruption

By Anna Zhang |

Thomas Kwok and Rafael Hui will each spend five and seven-and-a-half years in prison as Hong Kong vows to build corruption-free government and business community.

Hong Kong
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Australia
Minter Ellison Recruits Tax Team from Maddocks

By Tom Brennan |

Partners Carmen McElwain, Peter Poulos and Chris Kinsella have been hired to bolster the Australian firm's disputes and risk management practices.

Thailand
A&O, S&C on $1.5B Bumble Bee Seafoods Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

Private equity owner Lion Capital is selling the U.S. company to the world’s largest canned tuna processor, Thai Union Frozen Products Plc.

China, Hong Kong
Clifford Chance on BAIC Motor's $1.4B Hong Kong IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The state-controlled company makes and sells Mercendez-Benz and Hyundai vehicles in China.

South Korea
Weil Leads Korean Private Equity Investor's $3.6B Autos Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Hahn & Co. and Hankook Tire are buying a climate control business from U.S. auto supplier Visteon Corp.

China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Netherlands, Portugal
Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 18, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Weil, Skadden lead $3.6 billion acquisition of Halla Visteon Climate Control in Korea
*Herbert Smith Freehills advises issuers oOh!media and SurfStitch on their recent Australian IPOs
*Clifford Chance on Haitong’s $467 million takeover of Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo

Australia
Withers Arrives in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

The British private wealth firm has formed an alliance with former Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst partners to establish its first-ever presence Down Under.

Australia
Lawyer Dies in Sydney Siege

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Katrina Dawson, an Australian barrister, was one of two killed Monday during the siege of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney.

Australia, Canada
V&E, Clifford Chance Leads Apache $3.75B Divestment

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. energy company is selling interests in oil and gas projects in Australia and Canada to Australian oil company Woodside Petroleum.

Hong Kong, Singapore
Kennedys Hires Seven-Lawyer Aviation Team in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Months after former Kennedys Singapore aviation partner David Johnston defected with a group of lawyers to Clyde & Co, Kennedys has recruited a similar team from Clyde in the city-state.

Australia
Allens, HSF on $1B Sale of Leighton Unit

By Tom Brennan |

China Communications Construction is acquiring engineering and contracting division John Holland.

Australia
Allens, KWM on $5B Aussie Pipeline Sale

By Tom Brennan |

Australian natural gas infrastructure company APA Group is buying a major pipeline in the country from the U.K.'s BG Group.

China, Hong Kong
The Global Lawyer: A Salute to Hong Kong's Occupy Central

By Michael Goldhaber |

Hong Kong's students did themselves proud—and so did its barristers.

The Churn

Singapore, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn’s litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

China, Japan, South Korea, European Union, United States
Global IP Offices Report Increased Patent Activity

By Lisa Shuchman |

A total of 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the world's five largest patent offices in 2013, according to the "IP5 Statistics Report, 2013 Edition."

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea
Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 11, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Skadden, Davis Polk advise on $619 million share sale by JD.com investors
*MoFo, White & Case and Hunton & Williams on $4.4 billion Japan-led financing for LNG plant in Texas
*Allen & Gledhill acts for Alibaba subsidiary on stake purchase in mobile security company V-Key

India
AZB Hires New Mumbai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Rishi Gautam is returning to India after six years in London working for Clifford Chance and a U.K. subsidiary of e-commerce giant Amazon.com.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Adds Singapore M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters senior associate Mark Cooper will join in February.

Singapore
Clifford Chance Transfers Projects Co-Head to Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Paris partner Nicholas Wong moves to the city-state early next month in response to increasing projects work in the Asia Pacific region.

South Korea
Debevoise, Paul Hastings on Billion-Dollar Solar Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Two solar subsidiaries of Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group are combining in an all-stock transaction.

First group of post-war child migrants arrive in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1947.

Australia
US Court Affirms Dismissal of Suit by Victims of Child Migration to Australia

By Ben Bedell |

The plaintiffs had sued the U.S. affiliates of various Australia Catholic orders in the Southern District of New York in 2009, alleging violations of customary international law, including slavery and involuntary servitude, child trafficking, forced child labor and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

The Churn

Australia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada
Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Jardine Matheson Taps Another Linklaters Partner for GC Role

By Anna Zhang |

London-based corporate partner Jeremy Parr will be the third Linklaters lawyer out of four general counsel to serve at the Hong Kong conglomerate since 1997.

Singapore
Wall Street Duo on Temasek $180M High-Speed Trading Buy

By Brian Baxter |

Cravath is advising the Singaporean sovereign investor while Paul Weiss is guiding Virtu Financial, a high-speed trading firm led by former partner Douglas Cifu.

Australia
Squire Patton Adds Insolvency Litigator in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Amanda Banton has brought successful class actions against Lehman Brother and Standard & Poors.

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Foley Square

China
Immigrant Must Show Poverty to Gain Asylum, Circuit Rules

By Mark Hamblett |

An immigrant seeking asylum after being fined for resisting China's coercive population control program has to show the fine "actually deprived him of the basic necessities of life or reduced him to an impoverished existence" in asserting a claim of past persecution, the Second Circuit said Friday.

Morgan Lewis

China, Hong Kong, Japan
Bingham Deal Is Done, But Morgan Lewis' Asia Plans Still Unclear

By Tom Brennan and Anna Zhang |

The Philadelphia-based firm has added lawyers in Beijing and Tokyo and gained a Hong Kong office to boot. The lingering question, however, is what role the region will play in a new firm that’s so heavily focused on U.S. work.

Australia
ACC Makes an In-house Connection Down Under

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association is joining the Association of Corporate Counsel's international membership.

The Churn

Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Dubai
Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Singapore
Dealmaker of the Week: Sasan Mehrara of Simpson Thacher

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The real estate corporate partner led the deal team for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's representation of The Blackstone Group in its sale of warehouse landlord IndCor Properties to GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, for $8.1 billion.

China
Linklaters, A&O on ICBC $5.6B Bond Sale

By Anna Zhang |

China's biggest lender sold preference shares to meet capital adequacy requirements.

Judge Raymond Chen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

South Korea
Federal Circuit Toys With Remanding Part of Apple-Samsung Fight

By Scott Graham |

The Federal Circuit hears Samsung's appeal of Apple's nearly $1 billion trial verdict in the companies first showdown over the look and feel of their rival smartphones and tablets. Judges Chen, Prost and O'Malley are on the panel. Big issues is must Samsung disgorge all profits over design patents.

Robert Wick

Litigator of the Week: Robert Wick of Covington & Burling

By David Bario |

Wick twice persuaded the Seventh Circuit to throw out $3.5 billion in price-fixing claims against Asia-based LCD panel manufacturers, winning a decision last week with important implications for other foreign and U.S. companies.

Japan, Singapore, Luxembourg
Skadden Says 'Aloha' to Busy December Deal Week

By Brian Baxter |

As the holiday season rolls around, transactional work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is ramping up. The firm recently grabbed a role on a handful of big deals worth more than $15 billion for clients like Hawaiian Electric Industries, Japan's Ostuka Holdings, the Robb Report and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund.

China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia
Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 4, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Skadden guides Singapore's GIC on $8.1 billion U.S. logistics acquisition
*Reed Smith leads Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties $6 billion upcoming IPO
*Shearman on Chinese nuclear power producer CGN Power $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Acquires Another Adelaide Firm

By Tom Brennan |

After taking over 44-lawyer Kelly & Co. earlier this year, the Melbourne-based firm announces that insurance firm Lawson Smith Lawyers will join its South Australia team next month.

China, Hong Kong
Shearman, Clifford Chance Lead CGN Power’s $3.6B Hong Kong Debut

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned nuclear power producer is this year's largest IPO in Hong Kong.

Hiroshi Shimizu.

Japan
Takata Exec Defends Decision to Limit Air Bag Recall

By Andrew Ramonas |

In his second public appearance on Capitol Hill in three weeks, senior vice president for global quality assurance Hiroshi Shimizu told lawmakers that the most recent information his company has on the problem shows that the Japanese manufacturer doesn't need to expand recalls beyond the 7.8 million U.S. cars and trucks in the hot and humid climates of many Southern states.

Betsy Benjaminson.

Japan
Tentative Sanctions Against Translator in Toyota Probes

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge has tentatively sanctioned a former translator and subcontractor for Toyota who posted dozens of confidential documents relating to its sudden-acceleration recalls on her blog.

Kenya, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Cayman Islands
From Offshore to Onshore, Law Firm Merger Boom Continues

By Nell Gluckman |

Locke Lord Edwards and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius aren’t the only two firms making merger-type moves. Maine’s Verrill Dana, which became one of the largest 350 firms in the U.S. this summer, is poised to hit the 140-lawyer mark after absorbing Connecticut’s Levett Rockwood. The Am Law Daily examines that deal and others in a globetrotting look at some recent legal tie-ups of note.

Japan
Jones Day Recruits From MoFo in Tokyo

By Anna Zhang |

Shogo Asaji handles IP litigation in Japan and the United States.

Australia
DLA Piper Adds Property Partners in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Eagul Faigen and Tim Mathers will respectively join in Perth and Brisbane in February next year.