Asian Top News

China
US Companies Criticize China's New Data Rules

In the name of antiterrorism, China may require all companies to keep their servers and user data within the country, and demand that technology firms turn over encryption keys.

Australia, New Zealand
DLA Phillips Fox Rebrands to DLA Piper New Zealand

By Tom Brennan |

The firm will remain financially independent but has changed its name to better align with its global 'best friend.'

Hong Kong
O'Melveny Taps U.S. Federal Prosecutor for APAC Matters

By Tom Brennan |

New partner Ronald Cheng will work from Hong Kong and Los Angeles as a part of the firm's white collar defense and corporate investigations group.

China, Hong Kong, South Korea
From the Experts: A Global Perspective on Antitrust Regulation

By Thomas A. McGrath and Fay Zhou |

Antitrust/competition regulators are becoming more active and are in increasingly closer contact with each other. It's almost cartel-like.

China, Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Poaches Mayer Brown IP Trio

By Anna Zhang |

Former Mayer Brown JSM partner Alan Chiu, associate Eugene Low and senior consultant Kenny Wong have joined the firm a year after Hogan Lovells partner Gabriela Kennedy defected to lead Mayer Brown's intellectual property practice in Asia.

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former K&L Gates partner David Johnson will lead the firm's U.S. securities team in Asia.

China, Hong Kong, Sweden
Sweden's Magnusson Enters Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Stockholm-based firm opened its first Asian office by forming an association with local firm Odebjer Fohlin.

Hong Kong
Debevoise on $4B Asian Private Equity Fund

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong-based Baring Private Equity Asia has raised the second-largest fund in the region since KKR's $6 billion fund in 2013.

Japan, Italy, Spain, Canada, Cayman Islands
Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.’s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion.

Chinese Furniture Factory in the Guangdong Province, China

China
The Global Lawyer: The U.S. Offensive in the China Trade War

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

When it comes to protectionism, China isn't blameless. But the United States wields its trade laws just as aggressively against Chinese companies.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at the signing ceremony in Beijing.

China
The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

By Julie Triedman |

In its boldest move yet, the verein is betting big on the Chinese economy.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Real estate partner Andrea Rezos is joining from Ashurst.

China
Lifting the Veil on Dacheng

By Anna Zhang |

China's biggest firm by head count, Dacheng is little known in the West.

Malaysia, United Kingdom
Trowers & Hamlins Makes Move to Enter Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

London-based Trowers is the first to take advantage of changes in the country’s law that had prohibited foreign firms from operating there. But other firms with a much bigger Southeast Asian presence aren’t rushing in behind them.

India
Cravath Acts on Indian Lender HDFC's $1.6B Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

One of India's largest banks has sold stock on the country's domestic exchanges and in the U.S. to fund future growth and boost its capital reserves.

Singapore
HSF Now 'Best Friends' With Singapore's Prolegis

By Tom Brennan |

After deciding last year not to renew its license to practice local law, Herbert Smith Freehills has partnered with the three-lawyer firm to give clients access to Singapore legal advice.

China
China Tightening Rules on Personal Data

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

A new personal information law in China aims to protect consumer personal information and clarify the obligations of companies operating in the region.

China
Quarantine for Digital Devices That Travel Overseas

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects that when employees travel overseas, their devices may come back bugged. So into quarantine they go.

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Recruits Veteran Tax Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Singapore-based Pieter de Ridder joins after spending 20 years with Dutch firm Loyens & Loeff.

Hong Kong
Kobre & Kim Hires in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The litigation firm has brought aboard former O’Melveny & Myers counsel Vasu Muthyala, who has relocated from Washington, D.C.

China
New Year, New Strategies for Negotiation in China

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Whether goats or sheep are in ascendancy, it's time to update your approach to negotiation when dealing with companies based in China.

Australia
Mills Oakley to Launch in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

The mid-tier Australian firm has recruited a 15-lawyer team to establish a base in Western Australia.

Australia
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Real Estate Practice Head

By Tom Brennan |

David Wilkie was one of 15 of the firm's partners to leave for Allen & Overy when it opened its first Australian offices in 2010.

Australia
Slater & Gordon Expands Amid New Push for Publicly Traded Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Australia’s Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, is headed to Wales after acquiring a pair of personal injury shops in the U.K. The move comes as a co-founder of a prominent U.S. litigation finance firm calls for the adoption of alternative business structures by U.S. law firms.

Japan
In-house in Japan Seen as Underqualified 'Black Sheep'

Corporations in Japan need to better manage their risks and reputations, but there are few in-house lawyers in the country, and many are not qualified.

Japan, Australia
Clayton Utz Acts for Japan Post on $5.1B Toll Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

Japan's state-owned postal service is buying Australia's largest logistics company as it seeks growth outside a weak home market.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Adding Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Katrina Parkyn is moving over from Allens.

Australia
A GC Says to Outside Counsel: No Value Pricing, No Work

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

A general counsel in Australia is refusing to work with outside firms that don't offer value-based pricing.

Australia
K&L Gates Boosts Finance Practice in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Jason Opperman is joining the U.S. firm after spending much of his career at Henry Davis York.

China
Skadden, Simpson on $6B Taxi-Hailing App Merger in China

By Tom Brennan |

Tencent-backed Didi Dache and Alibaba-backed Kuaidi Dache are tying up after a fierce battle for market share in the world's largest economy.

Adrian Tembel

Australia
Which Aussie Law Firms Will Be Next to IPO?

By Tom Brennan |

Single-practice firms and their easy-to-follow business models have enticed Australian investors so far, but there are indications that some generalist corporate firms may want in on the action.

China
Freshfields, Sidley on Alibaba's $590M Investment in Meizu

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese e-commerce giant has taken a step toward boosting the market share of its mobile operating system with the purchase of an undisclosed stake in the Zhuhai-based smartphone maker.

Thailand
White & Case, Shearman on $1.7B Thai Telecom IPO

By Anna Zhang |

Jasmine International is spinning off its fiber-optic cable business to raise money for the expansion of its national broadband network.

China
Sands China Casino GC Bows to Chinese Data Privacy Law

The general counsel of the Sands China casino in Macau is caught between Chinese data privacy law and a Nevada judge's order that the casino disclose private information.

Hogan Lovells Introduces Community Service Mandate to All Employees

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has put in place a new policy that requires each of its more than 5,000 employees in about 25 countries to devote 25 hours per year to community service. The policy is unique because it does not just apply to lawyers, and it will encompass the international offices.

China, Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Loses Four-Lawyer China IP Team

By Anna Zhang |

Former partner Ai-Leen Lim has left to launch new offices in Beijing and Hong Kong for Swedish intellectual property consultancy Awapatent A.B.

China
Qualcomm To Pay $975M China Antitrust Fine

By Anna Zhang |

The San Diego-based chipmaker will also charge lower patent royalties in China as the result of a 14-month antimonopoly investigation.

Japan, Singapore
Ashurst Moving Asia MP to Tokyo from Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Matthew Bubb and fellow Singapore partner Dominic Gregory are relocating to bolster the firm’s projects and finance practice in Japan.

China
China Formally Detains Canadian Man Suspected of Espionage

By Anna Zhang |

Kevin Garratt has been moved to a detention center after months under house arrest for allegedly stealing Chinese state secrets. His wife, who also was being held, has been released on bail.

Hong Kong
DLA Piper Adds Another Partner to Asia Corporate Team

By Tom Brennan |

Melody He-Chen joins in Hong Kong after three years at Morrison & Foerster.

Andrew Ceresney.

China
'Big Four' China Affiliates Settle SEC Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Four China-based accounting firms affiliated with the "Big Four" on Friday agreed to pay $500,000 each to settle charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that they refused to turn over documents in multiple fraud investigations.

China
In Asia, One Firm Goes Big as Another Goes Home

By Steven J. Harper |

Fried Frank and Dentons have implemented dramatically different China strategies. Maybe they're both correct.

Chief Judge Gregory Sleet, District of Delaware

China, Romania
China's ZTE Wins TRO Blocking Romanian Sales Ban

By Scott Graham |

ZTE's legal team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman turned to the U.S. District Court for Delaware to stop an injunction entered last week by a court in Romania.

Hong Kong, South Korea
Mayer Brown JSM Brings on Real Estate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Kwon Lee has joined the firm's Asia outbound real estate transactions team and will relocate to New York after spending most of the year in Hong Kong.

India
HSF on Coal India's $3.6B Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The deal was the latest divestment in a state-run company as the Indian government raises money to improve the country's finances.

Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Expands Hong Kong Corporate Offering

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Wing On Chui joins from King & Wood Mallesons.

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires Senior Insurance Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Onetime DLA Piper Hong Kong partner Will Harrison has been tapped to grow the Australian firm's insurance practice in Asia.

Australia, United Kingdom
Withers to Enter Formal Law Alliance in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The London-based private client boutique is partnering with 70-lawyer KhattarWong.

China
China's Jun He Adds Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings employment of counsel Gordon Feng moves over.

Singapore
King & Wood Mallesons to Open in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

The firm announced it plans to launch by early spring, after this week receiving a foreign law practice license from city-state regulators.

Australia
Ashurst, Allens, Minter Ellison Lead $6B Aussie Merger

By Tom Brennan |

The combination of real estate investment trust Federation Centres and retail-focused Novion Property Group will create a new company with 102 assets under management worth $17 billion.

John Attanasio

China, France
Former Law Dean in Prostitution Arrest, Plus the Name Game in China and France

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic faces a sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese doppleganger; why you're unlikely to meet a Frenchwoman named Nutella.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

China
Chinese Law Firms Aim to Follow Dentons-Dacheng

By Anna Zhang |

Challenges of integration and restrictive rules discourage some, but others say more global mergers may be in the cards.

China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2015

By Nick Ferguson |

We reveal the contenders for our annual awards ahead of a gala dinner in Hong Kong on March 3.

China, Hong Kong
Three Firms on $1B Investment in Xiaomi

By Anna Zhang |

A consortium led by Hong Kong-based All-Starts Investment has valued the Chinese smartphone maker at $45 billion, making it the most valuable private technology company in the world.

Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Adds Hong Kong Investigations Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong-qualified Andrew Dale joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Australia
Australia's Lavan Legal Launches Family Law Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Perth-based firm has tapped former Paterson & Dowding partner Framy Anne Brown to lead the new group.

Hong Kong
K&L Gates Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Wong was most recently a counsel at Allen & Overy.

Thailand, United Kingdom
Linklaters, DLA Piper on Thai Tycoon's British Soccer Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Dejphon Chansiri is acquiring Sheffield Wednesday Football Club for a reported $45 million.

Australia
Lavan Legal Adds a Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Norton Rose Fulbright senior partner Derek La Ferla joins the Western Australian firm starting next week.

China, Israel
Boies Wins Discovery Fight in Bank of China Terror Funding Case

By Julie Triedman |

Over the objections of defense lawyers at Dorsey & Whitney and Squire Patton Boggs, Bank of China was ordered to turn over internal investigation records that could help plaintiffs tie the bank to a 2006 Palestinian terrorist attack.

An Uber car drives down Market Street in San Francisco

India
Delhi Woman Sues Uber Over Alleged Rape by Driver

By David Ruiz |

Lawyers for the woman say Uber performed inadequate checks of drivers and "breached its duty" to protect customers.

Australia
Baker & McKenzie Adds Melbourne Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Arthur Apos has resigned from Ashurst after more than 20 years at the firm and legacy Blake Dawson.

China
Kirkland Leads Billion-Dollar Chinese Medicine Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned China Traditional Chinese Medicine is buying an 81.5 percent stake in a competitor.

India
Pondering India Without Amarchand

By Tom Brennan |

If the media reports are true, the country's biggest and most prominent law firm will split in two as of April 1. So what's that mean for the Indian legal market?

Hong Kong
Milbank Taps Another A&O Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

David Kuo will strengthen the U.S. firm’s private equity and high-yield bond capabilities in China.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

China
Dentons, Dacheng Seal the Deal for a Union

By Julie Triedman |

Five days after The American Lawyer broke news of the impending combination between Dentons and Asia's largest firm, the union is now official. Chinese regulators gave the expected green light to the landmark deal between China-based Dacheng Law Offices and Dentons early on Monday Beijing time, clearing the way for the signing ceremony.

China
Sidley Austin Poaches Wilson Sonsini's Beijing Head

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Kefei Li has advised Chinese companies on IPOs in Hong Kong and the United States.

Hong Kong
White & Case Recruits Linklaters Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Peggy Wang is expected to join the U.S. firm’s corporate practice in April.

India
India’s Amarchand to Split Into Two New Firms: Reports

By Tom Brennan |

India’s largest and most prominent law firm is on the verge of a breakup, according to reports in Indian media.

Betsy Benjaminson.

Japan
Toyota Nears Settlement with Blogging Translator

By Amanda Bronstad |

Toyota Motor Corp. is in settlement talks with a former translator and self-described whistleblower who was sanctioned last month for posting on a blog internal documents related to its sudden acceleration defects.

Hong Kong, United Kingdom
A&O, Freshfields Lead Li's $3.75B British Rail Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Two companies controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing are acquiring Eversholt Rail Group from a consortium that includes U.K. private equity funds 3i Infrastructure and STAR Capital Partners.

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.

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, Dacheng Deal Sets Legal Industry Abuzz

By Julie Triedman |

While law firm leaders and legal observers marvel at the scope and scale of the 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.

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.