Recent compliance developments in China have companies on edge, but the community of U.S. lawyers with real expertise in China remains small.
Recent compliance developments in China have companies on edge, but the community of U.S. lawyers with real expertise in China remains small.
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*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’s second-largest lender by assets is looking to refill its coffers after spending $5 billion to purchase Hong Kong-based Wing Hang Bank.
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.
Debt capital markets partner Anna-Marie Slot has moved over from White & Case.
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?
The Thai conglomerate and Japanese trading house have struck a billion-dollar deal that will see them collaborate in the food and agribusiness sectors.
Despite the hype, law firms are seeing limited upside so far from the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
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?
A barrage of accounting fraud claims against Olympus Corp. may help set off a litigation boom in Japan.
Some Anglo-American firms have started touting Old Glory over the Union Jack in Asia.
A rising anti-immigrant tide in Singapore is putting international law firms on edge.
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?
The offshore firm opened an office in Shanghai in 2012 but previously only offered fiduciary services.
A consortium led by Transurban Group, Australia’s largest toll road operator, is buying regional competitor Queensland Motorways Ltd.
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.
* 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
The Singaporean bank sold the 10-year bonds in order to raise money for general corporate purposes and to comply with new reserve requirements.
Apple's trial team, led by Morrison & Foerster's Harold McElhinny, plays deposition testimony on Android indemnity agreement.
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.
PTT Exploration and Production Pcl. is paying $1 billion for Hess' interest in two natural gas projects in Thailand.
Jim Wu headed the Taipei office for the former Preston Gates & Ellis between 2002 and 2004.
The state-owned oil company is raising funds to repay existing debt.
Since the fall of 2012, Robert Pé, a litigation and arbitration partner in the Hong Kong office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has served as senior legal adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament and leader of the political opposition in Myanmar. The assignment has been the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Pé, whose father left the country formerly known as Burma 50 years ago.
Shirin Tang was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of Shearman & Sterling.
* White & Case and Linklaters lead on $5.85 billion Chinese mine acquisition in Peru
* Chinese retail group turns to Simpson Thacher for its takeover of a British department store chain
* Milbank advises the government of Sri Lanka on a third sovereign bond offering
HWL Ebsworth said the addition of 44-lawyer Kelly & Co would allow it to better serve clients with a presence in South Australia.
A Chinese company is buy British department store chain House of Fraser for $804 million, with plans to open 50 stores in China.
It is the third multibillion-dollar bond offering by the Chinese state-owned oil giant in the past year.
A consortium of state-owned companies led by China Minmetals subsidiary MMG is acquiring the Las Bambas copper project in southern Peru from GlencoreXstrata.
Vodafone last week paid $1.48 billion for the remaining 11 percent stake in Vodafone India Ltd. it didn’t already own, making it the first foreign telecom carrier to wholly own its Indian subsidiary.
The Chinese e-commerce giant, which is expected to have the world's largest IPO since Facebook Inc. later this year, has let it be known that it won't be hiring any firm for transactional work that also advises its major competitors. Though such demands are not uncommon outside of Asia, not least in the U.S. tech sector, lawyers say firms face a more complicated choice in the super-competitive but still-developing China market.
* Shearman and Davis Polk on $3.2 billion merger of Indian generic drug makers
* Linklaters and Gilbert + Tobin advising a South African retailer on its $2 billion bid for Australia's David Jones department stores
* Chinese state food giant COFCO turns to Clifford Chance for Hong Kong grain trading acquisition
South African retailer Woolworths has offered to pay $2 billion for Australia's David Jones chain of upscale department stores.
Helena Chen was previously a partner in Taipei with Taiwanese law firm Formosan Brothers.
U.S. insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has proposed buying the business of the Australian conglomerate for $933 million.
Do Hyung Kim was previously a partner with rival Korean firm Yulchon.
Indian generic drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is acquiring local competitor Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. from Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co.
Should firms like DLA Piper or Hogan Lovells pitch themselves as British or American in Asia? At most firms resulting from transatlantic mergers, the British side brought more to the table in Asia and continues to run the show there. But there are also strong incentives to accentuate their American identities.
Brett Feltham was previously head of the New South Wales employment team at Hunt & Hunt.
Eugene Tan will lead the British firm's Southeast Asian construction practice.
The Chinese state-owned food giant is buying a controlling stake in the agricultural unit of supply chain company Noble Group.
* HWL Ebsworth advises restructuring Aussie mall developer Westfield on $20 billion in loan facilities
* Slaughter and May and Freshfields on Singapore bank's proposed $5 billion Hong Kong acquisition
* Skadden guides Chinese antivirus software maker on $300 million U.S. IPO
New Mumbai partner Kartick Maheshwari is joining the Indian firm from the Singapore office of White & Case, while Delhi partner Dibyanshu Sinha was most recently a senior associate with J. Sagar Associates.
A consortium led by Queensland state government-owned investment fund QIC Ltd. has agreed to pay $2.76 billion to build the nine-kilometer NorthConnex Motorway near Sydney.
The loans will finance a restructuring that will split the Australian shopping mall developer into domestic and international arms.
The trio includes former King & Wood Mallesons and Morrison & Foerster partner Edward Li.
Sheela Moorthy was previously the Singapore corporate head for DLA Piper.
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., Singapore’s second-largest lender, is offering to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank Ltd. in a bid to expand its reach into China.
The Chinese e-commerce giant is investing $692 million in Beijing-based department store operator Intime Retail (Group) Co. Ltd.
David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.
A potential merger between two of China's top law firms—Jun He Law Offices and Zhong Lun Law Firm—has launched a flurry of speculation in the region about what such a combination would mean, both for the two firms involved and the still-developing Chinese legal profession.
Stacy Devoy was previously a Hong Kong partner with Withers while Alison Scott was mostly recently chair of the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales.
Frank Voon was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy.
A New York federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Baidu's blocking of pro-democracy content, ruling that the Chinese search engine had a First Amendment right to control the content presented to its users.
The government is selling part of its stake in privately held Axis Bank to help close a budget deficit.
* Latham advising Georgina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron mine on largest project financing ever
* Clifford Chance and Freshfields on Temasek's proposed $5.7 billion investment in Hong Kong retail group A.S. Watson
* Malaysian telecom giant Axiata turns to Sidley for a major Indonesian acquisition
The firm has relocated partner H. Young Shin, head of the its Korea practice, from New York to lead the new office.
Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft A.G. is offering to pay $1.1 billion to increase its stake in Australian construction company Leighton Holdings Ltd.
The Indonesian subsidiary of Malaysian mobile telecommunications carrier Axiata Group Bhd. is buying local rival PT Axis Telekom Indonesia from Saudi Telecom Co.
The two Beijing-based law firms are generally considered to be among China's top three with King & Wood Mallesons. A merger between Zhong Lun Law Firm and Jun He Law Offices would create a combined firm with about 1,300 lawyers.
The Australian firm said it has decided to focus on its home market. Its four-partner Hong Kong affiliate will carry on as a stand-alone firm.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's decision to hold what's expected to be the world's largest initial public offering since Facebook in New York instead of Hong Kong was long anticipated. But the company's recent final decision, which coincided with announcements of U.S. listings by other leading Chinese tech companies, has nevertheless swiftly renewed anxieties about Hong Kong’s future as an IPO destination.
Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd. is buying a 24.95 percent stake in A.S. Watson, the retail unit of Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.
The loans to develop an iron ore mine in Western Australia amount to the largest project financing ever in the mining sector.
A $1.2 billion settlement between Toyota Motor Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice will have little direct effect on negotiations to settle remaining lawsuits over deaths and injuries associated with sudden acceleration, but could sway jurors should those cases go to trial, according to attorneys involved in those actions.
* Alibaba confirms New York IPO with Simpson Thacher at the helm
* Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership on Temasek-led bid to acquire commodities trader Olam
* Latham leads on Indian travel site's $126.5 million Nasdaq share offering
Energy and infrastructure specialists Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett were previously partners in the Tokyo offices of Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons, respectively.
Jae Chul Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with DLA Piper.
A consortium led by the Singapore sovereign wealth fund has offered to buy outstanding shares of commodities trader Olam for around $2 billion.
Philip Hyde was formerly head of the finance practice in Hogan Lovells' Tokyo office.
In what's believed to be its first enforcement action against a lawyer for insider trading, the China Securities Regulatory Commission fined Jun He Law Offices partner Mi Xingping just $5,000. A number of lawyers in the country say insider trading is not usually viewed as a serious offense in China, with offenders more often hailed as clever than reviled as criminal.
The firm is partnering with Yangon-based Legal Network Consultants.
Young Kon Cho is joining the firm from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, where he was chief prosecutor.
Dong Soo Han was most recently presiding judge of the Civil Appellate Court in Suwon, and has spent 16 years as a judge in various Korean courts.
Paul Ng will lead Milbank's Asian aviation practice from Singapore.
Marae Ciantar was formerly the Singapore managing partner for Australian firm Allens.
The leading Beijing capital markets law firm says it was fined $50,000 and ordered to disgorge $25,000 in legal fees by China’s securities regulator, which also lifted a four-month ban on IPO applications from the firm.
* MoFo advises Singapore's GLP on its $1.4 billion purchase of Brazilian warehouse space
* Chinese auction house Poly Group turns to Clifford Chance for $331 million IPO
* Davis Polk and Skadden on Tencent's strategic alliance with online retailer JD.com.
Wei Guangqin was previously a special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson specializing in corporate finance and capital markets.
Taeck Soo Kwon, most recently an appellate judge with the Seoul High Court, is joining the firm’s intellectual property practice. Former Seoul Central District Court judge Joo Hyae Jun and former Supreme Court research judge Il Yeon Kim will join the firm's litigation department.
Nigel Ward was previously a Beijing partner with Norton Rose Fulbright.
The Chinese Internet giant's investment in online retailer JD.com could help it challenge Alibaba's e-commerce dominance.
The offshore firm's global banking and finance head is relocating from Hong Kong to head the new office.
On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.
The Singapore-based company is buying 34 warehouses, most of which are in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, from commercial real estate investor BR Properties SA.
The Indian law firm is advising a consortium of investors led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. on its proposed acquisition of two hydropower assets from a subsidiary of conglomerate Jaypee Group.
* Sullivan & Cromwell and Mori Hamada team for Japan Display's $3.8 billion Tokyo IPO
* Clifford Chance advises Chinese state food giant COFCO on its acquisition of a Dutch grain trader
* Skadden on planned $500 million IPO for Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo
The state-owned food giant's acquisition of a controlling stake in a Dutch grain trader is seen as driven by the Chinese government's desire to secure food supplies.
The state-backed company, which counts Apple Inc. among its customers, was created when the display divisions of Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. merged in 2011.
Surasak Vajasit, Melisa Uremovic and Pakpoom Suntornvipat will all join Singapore-based Rajah & Tann as partners, taking 11 lawyers with them.
China's Twitter-like 'microblogging' service is seeking a U.S. listing.
Tyco International is selling its South Korean fire protection and security unit to buyout firm Carlyle Group for $1.93 billion in cash.
Tokyo District Court has accepted the troubled bitcoin exchange’s civil rehabilitation application, in which Mt. Gox will be granted protection from creditors while it seeks a buyer.
The former Reed Smith Richards Butler partners who launched the firm two years ago see opportunity in independence, while so many others have staked their fortunes on tie-ups with large international players. And they say others may follow in their footsteps.
Former Henry Davis York partner Elizabeth Gray has joined the firm's investment management practice.
Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.
The Chinese state-owned developer has acquired a 7.75-acre site in southwest London where it plans to build a $1 billion mixed-use complex.
* Skadden guides Holland's Vitol on $2.6 billion acquisition of Shell assets in Australia
* Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chinese copper recycler on Hong Kong IPO
* Wilmer and Amarchand team for $110 million Web hosting acquisition in India