Asian Lawyer

Asian Top News

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.

China
From the Experts: What to Do When the Chinese Government Comes Knocking

By Steve Olson and Bingna Guo |

Since becoming President and General Secretary of China's Communist Party in 2012, Xi Jinping has made fighting corruption—both in the government and in commerce—a national priority. As recent events demonstrate, a foreign passport will not deter Chinese authorities in their fight against corruption.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds a Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
Three Firms Lead Medibank's $4.8B Australian IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian government, Medibank's sole shareholder, plans to sell its entire holding in order to raise money for infrastructure investment.

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
Protests Prompt Hong Kong Lawyers to Consider Beijing's Mandates

By Tom Brennan |

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to call for electoral reform, but so far the Chinese government has yet to budge. So what recourse, if any, does the city's legal community have in its own potential disagreements with Beijing?

Hong Kong
Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia, United Kingdom
Bird & Bird to Merge With Australia’s Truman Hoyle

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm is establishing a presence Down Under by acquiring the 33-lawyer technology boutique.

Shanghai, China

China
Knowles Evens Score in IP Fight With Chinese Rival

By Lisa Shuchman |

Amid claims that its client was unfairly bullied by protectionist Chinese courts, a team from Covington won a key victory at the U.S. International Trade Commission in an intercontinental patent feud involving mobile device technology.

India
US Reviewing India IP Practices, With Focus on Pharma

By Lisa Shuchman |

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has begun its “out-of-cycle review” of India’s intellectual property practices. Such a review could in theory lead to U.S. sanctions against India if the USTR concludes that India’s policies impede protection of intellectual property.

China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Australia, New Guinea
Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 16, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Simpson Thacher, Sullivan & Cromwell lead two Tokyo IPOs worth $2.6 billion
*Morgan Lewis guides Kazakhstan through its first dollar bond issue in 14 years
*Skadden acts on the first listing by a Malaysian company in the U.S.

Japan
Simpson Thacher, Sullivan & Cromwell on Two Japan IPOs

By Anna Zhang |

The firms led Recruit Holdings' $1.9 billion offering and that of Skylark Co., which raised $700 million.

Kazakhstan
Morgan Lewis on Kazakhstan's $2.5B Bond Offer

By Anna Zhang |

White & Case advised the underwriters on the Central Asian country's first dollar notes issuance in fourteen years.

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.

Philippines
Philippines Broadcaster Prevails in Battle With Pirate

By Sheri Qualters |

ABS-CBN Corp. has secured a $10 million U.S. judgment against a copyright and trademark infringer as an early victory in a broader court campaign against Internet pirates.

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.

Randall Arthur, Kobre & Kim Hong Kong partner

Hong Kong
Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

By Anna Zhang |

The city’s once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here’s why.

China
Bird & Bird Recruits from DLA Piper in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

India
Amarchand Advises IFC on $1B Indian Bond Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The International Finance Corp. sold rupee-denominated notes to fund infrastructure investments in the country.

New Guinea
Clifford Chance on Sime Darby's $1.74B Papua New Guinea Buy

By Tom Brennan |

The Malaysian conglomerate is acquiring New Britain Palm Oil in an effort to further expand its plantation business.

Australia
Clayton Utz Adds Employment Partner in Canberra

By Tom Brennan |

Jennifer Wyborn was formerly a partner at Meyer Vandenberg.

China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore
Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 9, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Five firms on Anbang Insurance's $1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria New York
*Ashurst advises state-run PT Pertimina on $2 billion acquisition of Murphy Oil's Malaysian assets
*Herbert Smith Freehills guides Australia's Regis Healthcare on its recent IPO.

Japan
Latham Leads Starbucks' $914M Japan Buyout

By Tom Brennan |

The Seattle-based coffee giant is taking control of its Japanese operations through a buyout of its joint venture partner and the purchase of all outstanding shares.

Skadden Once Again Comes Out on Top of M&A Rankings

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Continuing on its transactional tear, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for global M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first three quarters of the year.

China
China's Anjie Opens in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The 100-lawyer antitrust and insurance firm launches its second office with three lateral hires.

Hong Kong
Former Mallesons, Milbank Partners Launch New Hong Kong Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyers Dieter Yih, Larry Kwok and Conrad Chan have joined forced to start a new boutique firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital market deals.

Kazakhstan
Two Am Law 100 Firms Double Down on Overseas Investments

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Baker & McKenzie and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius are setting their sights on some far-flung horizons, setting up new outposts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Astana, Kazakhstan, respectively.

China
Five Firms on $1.95 Billion Waldorf Astoria Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Skadden, Fried Frank, Greenberg Traurig, Simpson Thacher and Dentons all have roles on a Chinese company's purchase of the landmark New York hotel.

Kasia Walawska.

Cambodia
These Deals Help Save the World

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

To mitigate global warming, Ropes & Gray and Dentons have pioneered new forms of finance in the Seychelles and Cambodia.

Hong Kong
Kobre & Kim Adds Hong Kong Law Practice

By Anna Zhang |

The New York-based firm has hired partner Randall Arthur from local litigation boutique Gall.

Brunei, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore
Finalists Announced for The Asian Lawyer's Emerging Markets Awards

By Tom Brennan |

We've chosen a short list in 17 different categories for our inaugural awards recognizing the top matters and lawyers in Southeast Asia and India.

Singapore
Ernst & Young Enters Singapore Legal Market

By Anna Zhang |

The accounting firm has established a legal practice in the city-state through an alliance with local firm PK Wong & Associates.

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.

Vietnam
ZICOlaw Launches in Hanoi

By Tom Brennan |

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has opened its second Vietnamese office by recruiting former Mayer Brown JSM partner Phuong Nguyen.

Malaysia
Gibson Dunn on Pertamina's $2 Billion Malaysia Buy

By Tom Brennan |

The Indonesian state-run company is acquiring 30 percent of the Malaysian oil and gas assets held by U.S. energy outfit Murphy Oil Corp.

Susan Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster partner

Japan
MoFo Helps Softbank Buy Piece of Hollywood

By David Ruiz |

The San Francisco-based firm represented Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank Corp. in a $250 million investment into film and media studio Legendary Entertainment, which is known for "Where the Wild Things Are," "Inception" and the "Dark Knight" films.

Kyrgyzstan argued that Eugene Gourevitch stole $6 million from the republic.

Kyrgyzstan
Restitution Bid Fails in Wire Fraud Involving Kyrgyzstan

By Andrew Keshner |

In a wire fraud case against a onetime investment banker connected to a now-deposed regime in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, a judge has ruled the prosecution's inability to identify exactly who the money was stolen from has made the task of restitution impossible.

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, United Kingdom
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.

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.

business men in London

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.