Asian Top News

China
Clyde & Co China Joint Venture Firm Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Clyde & Co's China joint venture firm has hired a second Chinese law partner focusing on corporate and media and entertainment matters.

Shanghai.

China
Former Davis Polk Lawyer Joins Zhong Lun as Partner

By Anna Zhang |

China's Zhong Lun Law Firm has added two partners in Shanghai.

Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong

Singapore
Top Corporate Lawyer Appointed Attorney General in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.

Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards dinner on November 24.

Singapore
Latham, Baker & McKenzie Top Winners of 2016 Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards

By The Asian Lawyer |

Latham & Watkins and Baker & McKenzie are among the biggest winners of the third annual Emerging Markets Awards, which were announced on Nov. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.

China
Skadden Leads Ctrip's $1.7B Skyscanner Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese online travel agency is buying the U.K. competitor to boost global offering.

Japan
Simpson Thacher Advises Kohlberg Kravis on Purchase of Nissan Auto Parts Supplier

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher and Japan's Big Four firms advise on a rare multibillion-dollar private equity deal in the country as the U.S. buyout firm buys auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp.

King & Wood Mallesons' European Arm Considers Merger Options as Recapitalisation Plan Fails

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons' (KWM) European recapitalisation plan has failed, with insufficient partners committing to the deal, it has been announced.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a car crash in slow motion.

Ashurst to Overhaul Partner Profit Distribution System in Move to Single Annual Payout

By Rose Walker |

Partners would receive a single profit payment each year, instead of the current quarterly system. A vote is scheduled for next month.

Joe Teig of Holland and Hart in Jackson, Wyoming

Off the Grid: Big Firms and Their Far-Flung Offices

Whether it's Myanmar, Mongolia or Wyoming, global clients in remote locations make for unique outposts for some Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Partners Could See Profit 'Clawbacks' Over Rescue Deal

By Rose Walker |

European partners at King & Wood Mallesons could have two years of profits clawed back if they choose to reject a rescue deal offered by the firm’s Asian arm.

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Hong Kong
No Asia Pullback for Baker & McKenzie

By Anna Zhang |

At a time when the Asia market becomes increasing challenging for global firms, some firms are choosing to retreat, but Baker & McKenzie's new Asia Pacific chair Gary Seib said his firm is more committed than ever.

Paul Rawlinson

Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

Baker & McKenzie's Paul Rawlinson is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Sturgis Sobin, Derek Ludwin and James O'Connell, partners at Covington & Burling

Litigators of the Week: A Win for Free Trade and Chinese Steel

When the U.S. International Trade Commission waded into a legal issue it hadn’t touched in almost 40 years--how to handle allegations of price-fixing--a Covington & Burling team rose to the challenge

Dorsey & Whitney

Hong Kong
Dorsey & Whitney Hong Kong Partner Joins Clyde & Co

By Anna Zhang |

Partner John Chrisman previously led Dorsey's Hong Kong office and the firm's India practice.

In Wake of Election, Wilmer's Bill Lee Reveals Troubling Incident

At a time of political upheaval and uncertainty over the future of civil rights in this country, William Lee, a longtime partner and former co-leader at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has a chilling story to tell.

JPMorgan Chase Settles Foreign Bribery Claims for $264M

A subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ran a nepotism program on a grand scale in China, Justice Department officials said Thursday, as the bank agreed to pay $264.4 million to settle allegations it hired the sons and daughters of government officials to bribe its way to investment deals.

Bangalore, India

India
Dechert Helps Create Law in India That Could Save Lives

By Anna Zhang |

India is moving forward on establishing legal protection for good samaritans in traffic accidents, thanks in part to assistance from the U.S. law firm Dechert.

Tetra Pak

China
China Fines Tetra Pak Record $97 Million for Antitrust Violations

By Anna Zhang |

State Administration for Industry and Commerce headed down its largest antitrust fine to the Swedish packaging giant, ending a nearly four-year-long probe.

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South Korea
Paul Hastings Advises Samsung on Purchase of Auto Technology Supplier Harman International

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings is advising Samsung Electronics on an $8 billion acquisition of U.S. automotive technology company Harman International Industries Inc.

China
U.K.'s Fieldfisher Merges With Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm combines with 12-partner boutique JS Partners under a Swiss verein structure.

Asia Legal Awards 2017 launch with new practice area and in-house categories

By Asian Lawyer |

Nomination deadline is December 9, 2016.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Is Offered Asian Rescue Package—with Some Strings Attached

By James Booth |

At a meeting in London last week, King & Wood Mallesons' European and Middle Eastern partners were told that the firm's Asian offices are willing to offer financial assistance to the troubled European partnership, conditional on a lock-in and a capital raising of 14 million pounds sterling.

Factory workers at an electronics company in the production of automotive circuit system equipment in Jiangxi province in China.

China
After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

King & Wood Mallesons Global Chief to Step Down

By Georgina Stanley |

The hunt for a successor to Stuart Fuller, who will return to practice in Sydney, begins as European partners prepare for a key meeting on firm's finances.

Hong Kong display stock market charts

Hong Kong
Global Firms Lead Opposition to Hong Kong Stock Exchange Reform Proposals

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Linklaters and Freshfields are among a raft of major law firms raising concerns that proposed changes to Hong Kong Stock Exchange regulations will lead to a reduction in the number of listings taking place.

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Singapore Offers Clues on the Future of Courtroom Technology

A look at how the integrated courtroom and related technologies have evolved in the city-nation.

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Singapore Offers Clues on the Future of Courtroom Technology

A look at how the integrated courtroom and related technologies have evolved in the city-nation.

China
China Passes Controversial Internet Security Law

By Anna Zhang |

China passed a controversial internet security law on Monday despite strong opposition from foreign companies.

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Hong Kong
Clifford Chance Hires Partner From Hong Kong Firm in Bid to Boost Offering to Local Clients

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance is hiring a new corporate partner in Hong Kong in a bid to enhance its offering to local clients.

Golden Globe Awards

China
China's Dalian Wanda Group to Acquire Dick Clark's TV Production Studio for $1B

By Anna Zhang |

Reed Smith and Paul Hastings are lead counsel on a $1 billion deal that will result in Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd. acquiring the U.S. television studio Dick Clark Productions Inc.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Leaders Seeking Financial Help from Chinese Arm

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons' new European management team is holding discussions with the firm’s Chinese leadership to work out a way forward for its European arm, which is under pressure following a series of high profile partner exits.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
PwC Recruits Former Clifford Chance Partner Duo for Australian Arm

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

PwC has hired former Clifford Chance partners Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons for its fast-growing Australian legal arm.

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Australia
Hogan Lovells Poaches Clayton Utz Corporate Partner in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells has expanded its Australian offering by hiring longtime Clayton Utz partner Matthew Johnson.

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in Dubai

Japan
Japan's Nishimura & Asahi to Open Office in Dubai

By Anna Zhang |

Nishimura & Asahi will be the first among Japan's Big Four law firms to open an office in Dubai.

The Global Lawyer: Asia Lets Loose the Hounds of Third-Party Funding

Hong Kong’s law reform commission called for legalizing arbitration finance on Oct. 12. If the past is any guide, Singapore’s law ministry, which reviewed guidelines for third-party funding this summer, will swiftly make a matching move.

Simmons & Simmons Forms Joint Venture with Singapore Corporate Boutique

Simmons & Simmons has formed a joint venture with the Singapore firm JWS Asia Law—a move that will allow the U.K. firm to offer local legal advice.

K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon joined K&L Gates in New York, the firm announced Monday. Gusy had chaired the international arbitration group at Cozen O’Connor.

Cadwalader.

Hong Kong
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner to Rejoin Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jeffrey Maddox will rejoin Jones Day following Cadwalader's decision to shutter its Asian offices, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Duane Morris Opens Taiwan Office

Duane Morris has opened an office in Taipei, Taiwan, the firm announced Monday, further expanding its on-the-ground presence in Asia.

King & Wood Mallesons Puts Brakes on Recapitalization as Four High-Profile Partners Quit

By Georgina Stanley |

The firm confirmed the resignation of U.K. investments funds head Michael Halford, private equity partner Jonathan Pittal and corporate partner Andrew Wingfield. Former managing partner Rob Day has also indicated his intention to resign from the beleaguered firm, which has seen a spate of exits over the last 18 months

Hong Kong
World Bank Report Ranks Asian Nations as Best Places to Do Business

New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea are among the best places to do business in the world, according to the World Bank’s most recent annual study of local business laws and regulations around the globe.

Foley Hoag Launches U.N. Practice Group

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Already a regional power in public international law, Foley Hoag has launched a United Nations practice group, thought to be the first of its kind at an Am Law 200 firm.

When Bad Things Happen to Bad Companies

In case after case, the bogeymen of arbitration are going up in smoke, The Global Lawyer writes. But do critics rejoice when bad things happen to bad companies? No. Rather than celebrate good arbitral judgment, they insist the system remains broken.

China
Weil Gotshal Advises Chinese Conglomerate HNA on its $6.5 Billion Investment in Hilton Worldwide

By Anna Zhang |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is advising Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. on a $6.5 billion investment in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. — a move that will give HNA a 25 percent stake in the U.S.-based hotel empire.

China
Will More Law Firms Look to Joint Ventures For China Business?

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells’ launch of a joint operation with China’s Fidelity Law Firm earlier this month again highlighted the need among international firms to have Chinese law capability.

Why Are Global Firms Less Profitable?

By Nicholas Bruch |

Global 100 data, which provides financial and headcount information on the world’s largest law firms, shows clear tradeoffs to global networks. International firms are less efficient revenue generators than their domestic peers. They are also significantly less profitable.

China
Skadden and Kirkland Advise on Privatization of Chinese Travel Site

By Anna Zhang |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Kirkland & Ellis are advising on the privatization of Chinese travel site Qunar Cayman Islands, which is valued at $4.4 billion.

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India
Firm Takes Legal Action Against Ex Partner Accused of Participating in 'Diabolical’ Plot

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Indian firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has taken legal action against its former Chennai office head over allegations relating to confidentiality and noncompete clauses.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Goodwin Procter Loses Another Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard has hired a Hong Kong partner from Goodwin Procter.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam
Korea's Yoon & Yang Opens Office in Vietnam

By Anna Zhang |

The four-lawyer office in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City will be led by partner and Southeast Asia practice head Zunu Lee.

King & Wood Mallesons Sets Deadline for Paying Out 2014-15 Profit Distributions

By Rose Walker |

The firm's European arm has laid out plans to pay all outstanding profit distributions owed to partners for the 2014-15 financial year by May 2017.

Melbourne, Australia.

Australia
Melbourne Office of Gadens Will Not Be Part of Dentons-Gadens Merger

By Rose Walker |

The Melbourne office of Dentons' Australia merger partner Gadens plans to break away from the combined firm, with the tie-up still awaiting formal completion almost one year after partners approved the deal.

Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea
Latham Opens Office in South Korea--Updated

By Anna Zhang |

Project finance partner Joseph Bevash will lead the Seoul office as managing partner, with partner Sungjin Kang and counsel Helena Kim both relocating from Hong Kong.

A Chinese deliveryman carries parcels in front of a branch of ZTO Express in Dalian city, northeast China's Liaoning province, 14 November 2014.

China
Skadden and Kirkland Advise as ZTO Express Eyes Biggest China IPO in U.S. Since Alibaba

By Frances Ivens |

The Chinese logistics company is set to list on the New York Stock Exchange in an offering that could raise as much as $1.5 billion.

Singapore
Singapore's Efforts to Halt Illicit Trade Falling Behind Other Asian Nations

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore has fallen behind other Asian countries in developing and enforcing regulations that prevent illicit trades, a new report showed.

Deal Watch: All About Energy and a Sanction-Free Sale

Energy company acquisitions dominated the billion-dollar transactional tables last week and a big deal announced over the weekend—one specifically structured to avoid Western sanctions—has yielded roles for a half-dozen firms from the U.K. and India.

Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong
Linklaters Looks to Boost US Capital Markets Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters has relocated London partner Patrick Sheil to Hong Kong to boost its U.S. capital markets offering in Asia.

How Are China’s Arbitration Agreements and Awards Enforced in U.S. Courts?

Much has been written regarding the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in China, but relatively little consideration is given to the treatment in U.S. courts of awards entered by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), or to the enforcement of CIETAC arbitration agreements.

Hogan Lovells Forms Association With Law Firm in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells has formed a formal association with China’s Fidelity Law Firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, making it the third international law firm to take advantage of a special pilot program that enables foreign firms to incorporate Chinese legal advice in its offering.

Class Action Filed Against World’s First Publicly Listed Law Firm Over Share Price Crash

By Chris Johnson |

A group of Slater and Gordon shareholders have launched a class action against the Australian personal injury law firm following a catastrophic U.K. acquisition that led to its share price crashing 95 percent in less than a year.

Singapore
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2016

By The Asian Lawyer |

Baker & McKenzie and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms receiving most nominations. Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.

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Hong Kong
Former O'Melveny Hong Kong Head Joins Sidley

By Anna Zhang |

Leaving as part of a three-strong disputes team, Friven Yeoh is the second office managing partner to depart O'Melveny in Asia this year.

Where Are the Women and Minorities in Global Dispute Resolution?

Serving on international ADR panels is nice work if you can get it. But those selected as arbitrators are almost always men, predominantly white and disproportionately from wealthy nations.

King & Wood Mallesons Looks to an Aussie Transplant for Europe Turnaround

By Rose Walker |

'Australians take no prisoners': Partners react to the new leadership choice.

China
Freshfields, Weil and Wachtell Advise on $10B Aircraft Leasing Company Buyout

By Frances Ivens |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on Avolon's $10 billion purchase of CIT Group's aircraft leasing business.

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Hong Kong
Clifford Chance, Deacons and Freshfields Advise on $1.2B Hong Kong Telecom Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance is advising Asian buyout firm MBK Partners Inc. alongside TPG Capital on a $1.2 billion acquisition of the telecommunications business of Hong Kong conglomerate The Wharf Ltd.—one of the largest telecom deals in Hong Kong in recent years.

Singapore.

Singapore
Ashurst Loses Another Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Ashurst has confirmed that Singapore restructuring partner Joel Hogarth is the latest to resign from the firm’s partnership.

Will Cadwalader’s Asia Withdrawal Prompt More Pullouts?

Asia has become a tough market for law firms, but Cadwalader’s decision to close its Asian offices took many by surprise.

Australia
Minter Ellison Launches New Consultancy Offering With Four Hires

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Australia’s Minter Ellison has launched a nonlegal consulting practice focusing on board and executive remuneration with the hire of a team from Willis Towers Watson.

Japan

Japan
Shearman and Skadden Advise as Japan's Sompo Buys Insurer Endurance for $6.3B

By Anna Ward |

Shearman & Sterling and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom have taken the lead roles as Japanese insurance firm Sompo acquires New York-listed insurer Endurance Specialty Holdings for $6.3 billion.

Box of Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical's Vitamin C

China
For Chinese Companies, the My-Government-Made-Me-Do-It Antitrust Defense May Not Work Next Time

By Anna Zhang |

When a Chinese company escaped a U.S. price-fixing judgment on the grounds of international comity, some were outraged. But changes in China's antitrust laws mean that such a victory is unlikely to be repeated.

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Singapore
Watson Farley Hires Aviation Finance Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Watson Farley & Williams has hired an aviation finance partner in Singapore.

U.S. District Judge James Donato, Northern District of California

In Price-Fixing Cases, Two Judges Rule on Reach of US Antitrust Law

A pair of district court rulings reinforce plaintiffs lawyers' ability to sue foreign companies over claims that they fixed prices, even when the transactions at issue took place overseas.

China
GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $20M SEC Fine for Bribes in China

By Anna Zhang |

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will pay $20 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges of bribing Chinese doctors and officials in order to boost sales.

U.S Firms Abroad: An Interactive Road Map

By Meghan Tribe |

American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. A look at the hot spots (and the not-so-hot spots).

Australia
Volkswagen’s Legal Troubles Extend to Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Volkswagen’s legal troubles have extended to Australia, where the country’s competition regulator has filed a lawsuit against the German automaker over the company’s emissions scandal.

Panoramic view of the Singapore skyline at dusk from across the bay.

Singapore
EY Loses International Law Capability in Singapore

By Frances Ivens |

EY Law's Singapore firm DA Partners shut down just months after the firm gained a license to practice international law in the country.

China
Cadwalader Latest Big Firm to Close Offices in China

In what Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has called an attempt to refocus on its core clients, the Wall Street firm confirmed Thursday its withdrawal from bases in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fried Frank and Chadbourne & Parke have made similar moves within the past 15 months.

AB InBev Pays $6M to Settle Foreign Bribery Claims

International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle claims that its joint venture in India used third-party promoters to bribe government officials, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced.

Hong Kong.

China
China's JunHe Hires Corporate Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Skadden counsel Adam Cheng is the latest senior lawyers to depart from the U.S. firm's Hong Kong office.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
KWM Adds Equity Capital Markets Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

KWM has added an equity capital markets partner to its Hong Kong office in a bid to enhance the "one-stop-shop" service for clients seeking to list on the city's stock exchange

The Forecast for Big Law in 6 Key Markets

International firm leaders are adjusting expectations and taking a more nuanced approach to global expansion.

Interactive Chart: U.S. Firms Abroad

American law firms have established themselves all over the globe, but some markets are more vibrant than others, our data shows.

The Hungry Lawyer Abroad

Sports and culture have become typical devices for lawyers to endear themselves to clients. But what about the globe-trotting lawyer whose social interactions with clients center mainly around food? Sometimes, unfamiliar food.

South Korea
The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World’s Biggest Firms

Top-grossing law firms saw slow and steady growth over the past year, with revenues and profits increasing. But challenges abound.

China
Nu Skin Violates FCPA With China Charitable Donation

By Anna Zhang |

Provo, Utah-based cosmetic maker Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. has agreed to pay $765,688 to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into a questionable charity donation the company made in China in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

China
China Law & Practice Awards 2016 Winners Announced

By Katherine Jo |

King & Wood Mallesons and Zhong Lun Law Firm are among the biggest winners. Leading Chinese civil and commercial law scholar Jiang Ping received this year's outstanding achievement award.

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China
Letting Chinese Companies Play by Their Own Rules in U.S. Courts

In an unsatisfying decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday let a Chinese vitamin C maker off the hook for price fixing.

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China
Appeals Court Vacates $147M Judgment Over Chinese Vitamin C

Chinese vitamin C sellers are off the hook for violating U.S. antitrust law because they were compelled by the Chinese government to set prices and reduce quantities for the vitamin.

Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong
Herbert Smith Freehills Adds Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Kathryn Snager has advised on China-related joint venture disputes while at Clifford Chance.

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China
Chinese IP Firm Opens in Silicon Valley With Samsung Hire

In a rare move, a Chinese law firm has opened an office in the Silicon Valley. The IP boutique hired from Samsung's legal department to start the new office.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills Launches New Lower Cost Legal Services Center in Melbourne

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Herbert Smith Freehills has announced its second legal services center opening in a month, with the launch of a dedicated new base in Melbourne.

Singapore.

China
Singapore Duo Become Latest to Quit Ashurst as Exits Hit Six in 24 Hours

By Rose Walker |

Ashurst Singapore managing partner Shaun Lascelles has become the sixth partner departure to emerge since last night, as exits mount at the embattled U.K. firm.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Partner Departures Continue, With Exits in London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

Ashurst has seen the departure of four more partners, including London banking heavyweight Nigel Ward and former Hong Kong managing partner Lina Lee.

Panoramic view of the Singapore skyline at dusk from across the bay.

Singapore
Chicago Firm Vedder Price Opens Singapore Office

By Anna Zhang |

Chicago-based Vedder Price has opened its first Asian office in Singapore, banking on the growth of aircraft finance work.

South Korea
HP to Acquire Samsung Printer Business With Help From Paul Weiss, Cleary Gottlieb

By Anna Zhang |

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are lead advisers for HP Inc.’s $1.05 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s printer business.

Shanghai.

China
Latham Adds Disputes Practice in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Latham & Watkins has added a disputes practice to its Shanghai office with the hire of an investigations partner.

Australia
White & Case Makes Bold Move in Australia to Solidify Asia Practice

By Frances Ivens |

How will the 10-partner team from Herbert Smith Freehills help White & Case launch in Australia?

China
Exclusive Rankings: China's Biggest Law Firms

The China 35, our annual financial survey of the highest-grossing Chinese law firms, finds more firms breaking the $200 million mark.

International law systems, justice, human rights and global business education concept with world map on a school globe and a gavel on a desk on blue background.

Law Profs Attack TPP’s ‘Rigged Pseudo Court’--and They Have a Point

A sham. A disaster. A disgrace. That’s how opponents describe the legal process for resolving disputes under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

State Grid Corp. of China

China
Sullivan & Cromwell Advises Chinese Power Company on Investment in Brazilian Utility

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell is advising State Grid Corp. of China on a $1.8 billion deal that will see the Chinese power company acquire a minority stake in Brazilian utility company CPFL Energia S.A.

Beijing skyline.

China
Dentons Restructures in China

By Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang |

Dentons has completed a restructuring of its China arm that includes the creation of a 17-member regional board.

Hong Kong
Howse Williams Bowers Takes Insolvency Partner From Ashurst in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm saw a second finance partner departure from the office within a month as former O'Melveny partner Bertie Mehigan left for the local boutique.

China
Morgan Lewis Opens in Shanghai, Taking Dentons Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Alex Wang, Mitch Dudek, Edward Hsu, Todd Liao and Cindy Pan move over with a 23-lawyer team.

More Aussie IP Lawyers Go Public

By Anna Zhang |

Qantm's $110 million IPO combines Freehills Patent Attorneys and Davies Collison Cave.

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Australia
White & Case Raids Herbert Smith Freehills for Australia Launch

By Frances Ivens |

The global legal giant has opened two new offices in Melbourne and Sydney after taking on a 10-partner team from Herbert Smith Freehills in Asia.

Shanghai, China

China
Herbert Smith Freehills Launches Alt Legal Services Center

By Frances Ivens |

The global legal giant has extended its lower-cost support offering to Shanghai, its seventh office worldwide.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

AstraZeneca to Pay $5.5M to Settle FCPA Claims

AstraZeneca agreed Tuesday to pay $5.5 million in penalties and interest to settle claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through improper payments to health care providers in China and Russia.

Australia
Slater & Gordon Closes Four Offices as Ex-UK CEO Departs

By James Booth |

Cath Evans, a former CEO of Slater & Gordon’s British arm, has resigned from the publicly traded Australian firm as it prepares to close four offices amid mounting financial troubles.

Tokyo, Japan- August 5, 2015: The West Shinjuku skyscraper district of Tokyo. The district is the main financial hub of the city.

Japan
Debevoise Adds Partner in Tokyo

By Anna Zhang |

Debevoise & Plimpton has relocated a second New York partner to its newly launched Tokyo office.

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Seeks to Grow Economy—With Help From Baker & McKenzie

The global legal giant is advising the island nation on tax and financial laws in other jurisdictions.

China
In Praise of Cyber Lawfare

Everyone thought that the U.S. indicted Chinese hackers merely for show. Everyone was wrong, writes The Global Lawyer.

Shipping containers are seen in the port of Singapore.

Vietnam
TPP's Uncertain Prospects Weigh on Asia-Based Lawyers

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S.'s failure to ratify the TPP could result in a setback for international trade in Asia Pacific region. But even if ultimately unsuccessful, the TPP will still have a legacy in the region, lawyers say.

Australia
Gilbert + Tobin Adds Deals Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has hired a former Macquarie Capital investment banker as a partner in Perth.

China
Clifford Chance, Davis Polk Ride Joy City Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance and Davis Polk & Wardwell took lead roles on China Life Insurance Co. and GIC Private Ltd.'s $1.4 billion joint investment in Chinese developer Joy City Property Ltd.

Hogan Lovells' Asia Pacific Head Eyes Tie-Up in Shanghai

By Frances Ivens |

Patrick Sherrington, managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ operations in the Asia Pacific region, is busy with many things in his backyard: getting an alliance in China, beefing up in Australia and recovering from a recent loss of a renowned finance team in Singapore.

Struggling Australian Firm Expects More Financial Losses

Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has announced that it expects losses of more than $760 million (A$1 billion) for its 2015-16 fiscal year.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Allen & Overy to Relocate Capital Markets Partner to Lead Asia Practice

By Frances Ivens |

Allen & Overy is relocating London capital markets partner Stephen Miller to Hong Kong to lead its Asia capital markets practice.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Becomes Latest to Target Diversity in Australia With Recruitment Tool

By Frances Ivens |

King & Wood Mallesons has become the latest international firm in Australia to introduce a recruitment tool that is designed to improve diversity in hiring.

Shanghai.

China
Chinese Firm Jun He Recruits Two New Partners

By Anna Zhang |

China’s Jun He has recruited two new partners in its Beijing and Shanghai offices.

A view of the headquarters building of ChemChina (China National Chemical Corporation) in Beijing, China, 8 July 2016.

China
Simpson Thacher Helps ChemChina Obtain US Approval of Syngenta Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The decision removes uncertainty over the takeover of the world’s largest pesticides maker. Some U.S. lawmakers and groups representing farmers had expressed fears over a Chinese state-owned company being in a position to influence the U.S. food supply.

Slaughter and May Disputes Head Sees Continued Growth Post-Brexit

By Anna Ward |

"People will continue to litigate in London," says practice leader Deborah Finkler.

Hong Kong.

China
Latham, Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons Advise on $1B Hong Kong IPO

By Frances Ivens |

Latham & Watkins, Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons were advisors on Everbright Securities’ $1.03 billion Hong Kong initial public offering.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker & McKenzie Posts Big Gains in Revenue, Profits

Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.

Eduardo Leite

China
After Banner Year, Outgoing Baker & McKenzie Chair Reflects on Tenure

In his six years at the helm, Eduardo Leite has presided over the firm’s fastest growth in its 67-year history

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016.

China
Would the International Emergency Economic Powers Act Help Trump?

OPINION: The candidate could potentially use the act to advance his national security plan.

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte

China
Chinese Antitrust Enforcement and the U.S.: an Uncertain Path

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte write: As China's political and economic impact continues to grow around the world, U.S. regulators have been forced to grapple with how to protect U.S. interests in a system sprung from a very different government ideology. This clash has played out in the antitrust context in the drafting, implementation and subsequent reaction to China's Anti-Monopoly Law.

Indonesia
DLA Piper Ends Indonesia Alliance

By Anna Ward |

The firm has confirmed that its three-year alliance with Jakarta-based Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah will soon end.

India
India's Khaitan & Co Hires Capital Markets Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Gautham Srinivas joins the firm from Krishnamurthy & Co.

Turkey
White & Case Closes Office in Kazakhstan

By Frances Ivens |

White & Case has closed its office in Almaty, leaving it with one base in Kazakhstan. The two lawyers in the Almaty office have relocated to the firm's base in Astana following the closure at the end of June.

leungchopan/iStockphoto

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Hires Ashurst Finance Partner in Hong Kong

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Mayer Brown has hired Ashurst finance partner Doo-Soon Choi in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Orrick Hires Sidley Litigation Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Charles Allen most recently led the Hong Kong commercial litigation team for Sidley Austin.

King & Wood Mallesons Halts Profit Distributions After Recapitalization Vote

King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.

jon11/iStockphoto

Japan
Japan's Mori Hamada to Merge With Thai Firm Chandler & Thong-ek

By Anna Zhang |

The deal is expected to be completed in January 2017, with the merged Bangkok office operating under the new name Chandler MHM Ltd.

Pakistani lawyers chant slogans to condemn Monday's suicide bombing that took place in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed and wounded scores of people, mostly lawyers., in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.

Pakistan
Lawyers in Pakistan Stage Nationwide Strike to Protest Deadly Bomb Attack

By Anna Zhang |

Lawyers across Pakistan protested on Tuesday against the violent attacks that occurred in the southwestern city of Quetta yesterday that killed more than 70 people—mostly lawyers.

Singapore.

Singapore
Nixon Peabody Establishes a Presence in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has opened a representative office in the city-state with an association with a local firm.

Bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan.

Pakistan
Lawyers Announce Strike in Pakistan After Terrorists Kill 67

By Nell Gluckman |

The attack on a hospital on Monday is only the latest to target lawyers in Pakistan.

Craig Gardner of West Bromwich Albion takes a penalty kick.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Scores on Sale of Soccer Club to Chinese Investor

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

For the second time this summer, a British football club has been sold to Chinese investors. King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is advising on the most recent deal: the sale of West Bromwich Albion Football Club to the Chinese investment group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development.

South Africa
Deal Watch: Two Firms Behind Bedding Industry Megamerger

A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.

Beijing Intellectual Property Court

China
IP Litigation in China: Foreign Companies Still Face Challenges

By Anna Zhang |

Recent studies have shown some promising win rates for international companies' China patent litigation. But problems remain.

Singapore
The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards Deadline is September 5

We will honor top deals and leading lawyers in Southeast Asia and India.

King & Wood Mallesons

France
King & Wood Mallesons to Rebuild Paris With White & Case Hire

King & Wood Mallesons is taking steps to rebuild its Paris corporate practice, having hired senior associate Guilain Hippolyte from White & Case, The Am Law Daily has learned.

Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey
Former DLA Piper Turkish Partner Firm Raided by Police in Aftermath of Coup

DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.


China
Skadden and Davis Polk Advise on Sale of Uber in China

By Anna Zhang |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is advising Chinese ride-hailing app developer Didi Chuxing on the acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc.’s China business that will increase Didi’s valuation to $35 billion. Uber announced Monday it was surrendering to Didi in China’s highly competitive ride-sharing market.

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar
Bae, Kim & Lee Opens in Yangon

By Anna Zhang |

The three-lawyer office is led by partner Eric Yang, who last year led a team defecting from rival Yulchon’s Southeast Asian practice.

China
Troutman Sanders, Simpson Thacher on $1.3B Chinese-Indian Pharma Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Fosun Pharma’s acquisition of Gland Pharma is the largest acquisition of an Indian company by a Chinese buyer.

China
Finalists Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2016

By Katherine Jo |

For our annual awards’ 10-year anniversary, we have selected 59 categories of top matters and leading firms and lawyers for their work done in and out of China. Winners will be announced on Sept. 21 at the Park Hyatt in Beijing.

China
China Legalizes Ride-sharing Services

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese government said it will legalize online car-hailing applications such as Uber and its domestic rival Didi Chuxing.

China
Asia Sees Huge Jump in Pro Bono Hours

By Anna Zhang |

A recent TrustLaw survey found significant growth in pro bono effort from lawyers based in China.

China
Skadden and Latham Advise on Chinese Company’s $2B Foray Into U.S. TV Market

By Frances Ivens |

LeEco, the "Netflix of China," is buying California-based television manufacturer Vizio.

Shanghai

China
Dentons Hires Five Partner in Shanghai

By Frances Ivens |

The lawyers are coming from four local firms in the city.

Tokyo Bay, with the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower visible.

Squire Patton Boggs Recruits Tokyo Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Squire Patton Boggs has hired a disputes partner in Tokyo. Scott Warren will lead the firm's Asia cybersecurity, data privacy and digital data disclosures practice from the Japanese capital.

Marmal Military Base in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan
Defense Contractor Wants Afghan Law Applied to Suit in LA--Except for the Flogging Part

At first glance, the complaint looks like your average drunk driving negligence suit. Except defense contracting giant AECOM argues Afghan law should apply.

Malaysia
Lessons from U.S. v. 'Wolf of Wall Street'

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The U.S. Kleptocracy Initiative says "f--- you" to kleptocrats. What about their lawyers?

leungchopan/iStockphoto

China
As China’s Economy Slows, Asia-based M&A Partners Going Home

They are now focusing on acquisitions that their Asian clients are making in Europe and the U.S.

iStockphoto/TommL

Jones Day Raids Hogan Lovells in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

The additions show Jones Day's focus on infrastructure and energy in Asia Pacific.

Japan
Morrison & Foerster Leads SoftBank's $32B ARM Offer

By Rose Walker |

Freshfields is co-counsel advising the Japanese company while Slaughter and May and Davis Polk are representing ARM.

Singapore
Reed Smith Launches Singapore Alliance With Local Firm

By Frances Ivens |

Resource Law is headed by Mohan Subbaraman, who formerly led Ince & Co's alliance firm in the city state.

India
India's Two Amarchands Hire Partners

By Anna Zhang |

G.V. Anand Bhushan and Sidhartha Barua join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, respectively.

Expert Analysis: Stanford FCPA Database Upstages Big Law Efforts

A new database from Stanford Law School offers unique insight on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements.

Hong Kong
Davis Polk, Clifford Chance Lead Postal Savings Bank’s $7.4B IPO--Updated

By Anna Zhang |

Haiwen and King & Wood Mallesons were Chinese counsel to what has been the world's largest IPO in two years.

Singapore
Has Singapore Lost Its Luster for Law Firms?

By Frances Ivens |

As U.K. firm Watson Farley & Williams decides to end its joint law venture with a local law firm, lawyers and market observers weigh in to ponder if more will follow suit.

India
Freshfields and Pinsents Cement $1.4B India Deal

By James Booth |

Mumbai-based AZB & Partners and Crawford Bayley & Co are local counsel to the Indian conglomerate Nirma's latest acquisition.

China
In China, Pro Bono is a Real Challenge

Foreign lawyers are barred from practicing Chinese law, and there is more discouraging international law firms from doing pro bono work or helping Chinese pro bono lawyers in the country.

China
White & Case and Simpson Thacher Lead Asia M&A Rankings in First Half of 2016

By Anna Zhang |

By scoring roles on the record breaking $46 billion ChemChina-Syngenta acquisition, the two firms have displaced last year’s leaders Freshfields, Linklaters and Skadden.

China
Litigator of the Week: Paul Reichler of Foley Hoag

Paul Reichler has been dubbed Mr. World Court for his dominance at the seat of public international law. But in the past week Mr. World Court became Mr. Arbitration. It was a great week for public health and maritime borders. And a terrible week for international bullies.

India
Deal Watch: Indian M&A Leaders Revealed

With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.

American Lawyer Announces its Fourth Annual Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

All winners will be honored at the Global Legal Awards dinner on Sept. 26, 2016, at Gotham Hall in New York City, where we will also reveal the four grand prizes.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Allen & Overy Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Davis Polk counsel Alex Tao joins the Magic Circle firm’s capital markets practice following the recent exits of partners Vivian Yiu and David Kuo.

Hong Kong
Taylor Wessing Launches Hong Kong Association

By Frances Ivens |

The Anglo-German firm has tied up with local boutique HM Chan & Co in the Chinese territory.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Japan
Ashurst Recruits Tokyo Partner From Clifford Chance

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-Australian firm is making the first external partner hire nearly a year after the three-partner exodus to King & Spalding.

Hong Kong
Clifford Chance, Kirkland and Sullivan & Cromwell Advise on CVC $1.1B Funeral Home Investment

By Frances Ivens |

Private equity house CVC has offered $1.1 billion for Kuala Lumpur-based Nirvana Asia, the largest integrated funeral and bereavement care provider in Asia.

India
India Liberalization Plans Draw Objection From National Law Society

By Frances Ivens |

The Society of Indian Law Firms has voiced opposition to the government’s draft plans for opening up the Indian legal market to foreign firms, published last week.

China
Allen & Overy China IP Head to Leave for Alibaba Affiliate

By Frances Ivens |

Allen & Overy’s China IP head Benjamin Bai is leaving the firm to join China’s Ant Financial as vice-president and chief IP counsel.

Jeremy Cross

United Kingdom
Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.

Japan
Japan Still Sees Fewer Female Law Firm Partners

By Anna Zhang |

The number of female lawyers in Japan has been growing steadily for the past 25 years, accounting for just above 18 percent of the country’s lawyer population. The challenge now is how they can advance their careers more.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Tops Asia Branding Survey

By Anna Zhang |

Results were based on brand awareness interviews of 630 senior in-house lawyers conducted by London-based market research firm Acritas.

China
China’s Proposed Data Localization Cybersecurity Law Catches Eye of U.S. Tech Companies

The law could require ‘operators of key information infrastructure’ to maintain personal information collected and produced within China.

christophe_cerisier/iStockphoto

Afghanistan
DLA Piper Strikes Alliance in Afghanistan

A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.

Dentons Caught Up in Perceived Conflict of Interest in China

By Anna Zhang |

The world’s largest law firm by headcount is accused of dumping an alleged police brutality victim client, then taking on the police as a client in the same case.

South Korea
Brexit Puts UK Firms' Right to Practice in South Korea at Risk

The status of U.K. firms operating in South Korea could be at risk as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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China
France's Gide Loyrette Nouel To Close Its Hong Kong Office

By Anna Zhang |

France’s Gide Loyrette Nouel will close its office in Hong Kong and launch a "best friends" relationship with local firm Howse Williams Bowers.

China
Chinese Insurance Group Buys Auto Website with Help from Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell played lead roles in a $1.6 billion deal that saw China's Ping An Insurance Group buy a 47.7 percent stake in Chinese automobile website Autohome Inc. from Melbourne-based Telstra Corp. Ltd.

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

Dentons Gobbles Its Way Across the Globe

Its growth strategy raises eyebrows, but no one denies the firm's bold and risky vision.

Pro Bono Rankings: National and International Firms

Dechert, Arnold & Porter and Paul Hastings lead the pack in non-U.S. pro bono.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

While Brexit may end up casting a shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

China
Apple Turns to Fangda Partners to Protect Its iPhone in China

By Anna Zhang |

Fangda Partners, a large China-based law firm headquartered in Shanghai with a strong intellectual property disputes practice, is representing Apple in its fight to reverse a recent ruling that threatens to ban sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing.

Asian Law Firm Partners React to Brexit

By Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang |

As volatility continues across markets in Asia, law firm partners in the region are bracing themselves for the full impact of Brexit on their business.

United Kingdom
Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

By Frances Ivens and Rose Walker |

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

Hong Kong
Firms Review Strategies as Hong Kong IPO Numbers Fall

By Frances Ivens |

A slowing Chinese economy has promoted international firms in Asia’s financial capital to reassess their capital markets practices: Some opt to cut fees while others turn to small ticket deals.

Corinne Ball

China
Kaisa Effects Restructuring of U.S. Bonds Offshore

In her Distress Mergers and Acquisitions column, Corinne Ball of Jones Day writes: Defaults on onshore and offshore obligations by companies in Greater China, as well as other Emerging Markets, have been increasing. Restructuring of this debt via a scheme of arrangement in tandem with a U.S. bankruptcy case may present an effective restructuring mechanism for Emerging Market enterprises.

China
E-Discovery and IG Efforts in China Hampered by Vague Regulations, Loyal Business Culture

Foreign Companies based in China face a host of social and legal challenges in discovery and corporate governance.

China
Covington, Slaughter and May on Tencent's $8.6B Gaming Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan’s SoftBank and the game maker’s employees. The deal, Tencent’s largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

China
Orrick on JD.Com’s $1.5B Deal With Walmart

By Frances Ivens |

The Chinese ecommerce company will take over the Chinese online business Yihaodian and in exchange give a 5 percent stake to the American retailer.

China
Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates-With Updates

By Anna Zhang and Frances Ivens |

While Global firms race to match Cravath’s new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStockphoto

China
For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

China
BLP Raises Its Bet on Asia

By Frances Ivens |

The U.K. firm's Asia leader discusses Berwin Leighton Paisner's recent expansion in Hong Kong and Myanmar, its new "one Asia approach," and possible moves in Singapore and mainland China.

Japan
Ropes & Gray Patent Litigator In Tokyo Moves to Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Movement of IP attorneys in Asia has been active this year

Japan
Cleary Representing Japanese App Company in IPO

By Anna Zhang |

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is representing Japanese messaging app Line Corp. on a planned initial public offering that could raise $900 million. Listing is planned for Tokyo and New York.

Members of a Chinese delegation of lawyers speaking at an event at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C. in June. The organizer of the visit, Chu Wang, is second from right.

China
On U.S. Tour, Chinese Lawyers Soak Up Big Law Lessons

Tips ranged from better transparency to stronger management as lawyers from several Chinese firms visited with law firm leaders in New York and D.C.

Hong Kong
Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates-Further Updated

By Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang |

Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.

China
Key Lessons for GCs From Two FCPA Cases

The Justice Department revealed how it reached decisions under its new pilot enforcement program.

China
No Simple Formula: How Chinese Law Firms Pay Their Partners

By Anna Zhang |

In the second installment of a two-part article, we look at partner compensation at Chinese law firms. In recent years, many firms have overhauled their compensation systems, trying to balance growth with integration.

Japan
Skadden Hires Tokyo Partner From MoFo

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

China
Dentons Mulls Plan to Extend Secondment Program to China

By Anna Ward |

The firm is looking to introduce a formal program of secondments for lawyers at its China arm, formerly known as Dacheng, as a means to win more work from Chinese clients.

Shell's Legal Offshoring a Sign of Things to Come

The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.

India
Have Global Compliance Problems? You're Not Alone

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The 2016 Global Business Ethics Survey, released Thursday by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative , revealed that more workers in Brazil, India and Russia reported seeing misconduct and experiencing pressure to compromise standards than their counterparts in 10 other countries.

French police officers look over a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island, on July 29, 2015. The wing was later found to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Malaysia
Paths to Legal Relief in Malaysia Flight Disappearance Prove Elusive

The location and cause of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance two years ago continues to prove elusive, but that hasn't stopped plaintiffs lawyers from pursuing novel and, at times conflicting, legal theories in U.S. courts on behalf of the families of the deceased.

Japan
Sullivan & Cromwell on Softbank $10B Alibaba Share Sale

By Anna Zhang |

The cash raised will help the Japanese company reduce debt and invest in new startups.

China
How Do Chinese Law Firms Operate?

By Anna Zhang |

In this first of a two-part story, we compare two most commonly used business models by Chinese law firms. The loosely organized commission-based structure allows fast growth, while the more tightly integrated corporation model promotes healthier revenue per lawyer. Which will prevail?

China
Davis Polk, Linklaters on $1.4B Chinese Insurance Deal

By Frances Ivens |

Fujian-based Thaihot Group is acquiring Dah Sing Banking Group’s Hong Kong and Macau life insurance business.

Hong Kong
Second Paul Hastings Hong Kong IPO Partner Leaves

By Anna Zhang |

Edwin Kwok’s departure to O'Melveny & Meyers comes only a week after that of former office head Sammy Li to Hogan Lovells.

China
Paul Hastings on Latest Chinese Property Venture in Manhattan

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned insurer China Life is the largest investor in a $1.65 billion joint acquisition of a New York office building that houses Paul Weiss’ headquarters.

Hong Kong
Kirkland Asks Hong Kong Partner to Pay Back Bonus Before Leaving

By Frances Ivens |

Frank Sun had to write a $120,000 personal check to the Chicago-based firm before moving to Latham & Watkins.

Indonesia
Hogan Lovells Enters New Indonesia Association

By Rose Walker and Frances Ivens |

The firm has struck a partnership with Jakarta-based Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners, seven months after previous arrangement with Hermawan Juniarto ended.

China
O'Melveny Loses Shanghai Managing Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Li Qiang’s departure leaves only one resident partner in the U.S. firm’s Shanghai office. Walker Wallace takes over as office head.

Lisa Hobbs, partner, Kuhn Hobbs, Austin

Australia
Texas Supreme Court Allows $1.29M Legal Mal Case Against DLA Piper to Proceed

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an Australian businessman has standing to sue DLA Piper, giving him a shot at recovering a $1.29 million jury verdict he won against the huge multinational law firm after the judgment was thrown out by an intermediate court of appeals.

China
Paul Hastings, White & Case on $752M Chinese Offer for German Chipmaker

By Anna Zhang |

Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund is buying Germany's Aixtron as Chinese investors continue shopping spree in Europe’s technology sector.

Singapore
Norton Rose Fulbright Recruits Derivatives Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Rice was most recently a senior in-house lawyer at Credit Suisse’s office in the city-state.

China
Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance on $650M Sino-Italian Sports Media Buy

By Anna Ward |

A Chinese consortium led by Shanghai-based Everbright Securities has bought a controlling stake in Italy’s sports media rights business MP & Silva.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Bolsters Asia Capital Markets Practice

By Frances Ivens |

Hong Kong listing lawyer Sammy Li and U.S. securities specialist Stephen Peepels will join from Paul Hastings and DLA Piper, respectively.

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China
Chicago's Brinks Gilson & Lione Plans Shenzhen Office

Once approved by Chinese authorities, the 142-lawyer intellectual property boutique will become the first U.S. firm to launch in Southern Chinese city that is home to some of China's largest patent owners such as Huawei and ZTE.

China
China Law & Practice Awards Deadline is June 17

By Staff |

We will be honoring top matters and leading lawyers in and out of China.

China
Freshfields Under Scrutiny as Alibaba Deal Falls Foul of Hong Kong Securities Regulator

By Frances Ivens |

Legal advisers' role referenced as Alibaba's $171 million acquisition of healthcare company is criticized for breaking takeover rules.

China
Huawei’s Lawsuit Against Samsung Illustrates Key Issues in Smartphone Patent Conflicts

The patent infringement lawsuit highlights major similarities and differences with other recent smartphone legal disputes.

Australia
Australian Agency Pitches Patent Case to U.S. Supreme Court

The appeal could make new law on patent damages—where it's badly needed, according to Kobre & Kim partner Michael Ng.

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Probes by Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell Draw Scrutiny

The law firms who carried out investigations for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. and Standard Chartered Bank have recently found their roles questioned. It's a reminder that firms hired to do internal probes must walk a tightrope between pleasing clients and regulators.

The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

The Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.

Singapore

Singapore
DLA Piper Eyes Potential Domestic Singapore Venture

A week after announcing massive layoffs in the U.K., DLA Piper is considering inking a formal law alliance with a Singapore firm in order to practice local law in the city-state.

Jeremy H. Temkin

Expert Analysis: Accessing Records With Bank of Nova Scotia Summonses

Through Bank of Nova Scotia summonses, the IRS seeks to compel U.S. branches of foreign banks to produce records held by their overseas branches, even when production would otherwise be proscribed by foreign bank secrecy laws. This law enforcement tool has been used rarely over the past three decades, but in today's regulatory climate, practitioners representing taxpayers need to be aware of their availability.

Lawmakers Seek to Make NJ International Hub for ADR

New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would make the state a center for international alternative dispute resolution.

Philippines
Norton Rose Fulbright to Move 170 Jobs to Philippines

By James Booth |

The global firm is relocating about 5 percent of support staff to a new business services center in Manila. The affected jobs will move from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and other areas.

China
Freshfields Leads Midea’s $4.5B European Robotics Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese home appliance maker is acquiring Germany’s Kuka in a bid to upgrade manufacturing and logistics systems.

Singapore
Gadens Closes Singapore Office Following Dentons Combination

By Rose Walker |

The Australian firm’s former Singapore managing partner Marc Rathbone has joined U.K. firm Nabarro in the city-state.

China
Citing Cyberespionage, U.S. Steel Seeks China Import Ban through IP Trade Law

Breached by Chinese officials in 2010 and 2011, U.S. Steel is pushing back against appropriation of its stolen trade secrets.

Taiwan
K&L Gates Bolsters Taipei With Baker & McKenzie Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Stephen Tan advises on cross-border deals and compliance matters.

Girl working among other children outside a shop in an Angkor temple in the Seam Reap province. She is carving leather to produce beautiful works used for Shadow Puppetry or sold to tourists that visit the Angkor temples. Child labor in Cambodia is still very common.

Hong Kong
The U.K.'s Modern Slavery Act Fuels New Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Law firms don't have to relegate their anti-human trafficking efforts to pro bono any more. A new reporting requirement has paying clients turning to lawyers for help in improving labor conditions and supply chain transparency in Asia.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

 Mark Kelly

Taiwan
Vinson & Elkins Opens Office in Taipei

The Houston-based firm's new office opened on May 16 and plans to focus on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, renewable energy and corporate matters there.

Hong Kong
Latham Hires Away Kirkland Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.S.-qualified Frank Sun moves over in Hong Kong.

Australia
DLA Piper Hires Former Sidley London Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment law specialist Nicholas Turner relocates to Sydney.

Chiann Bao

Hong Kong
Skadden Recruits Hong Kong International Arbitration Center Secretary General

By Anna Zhang |

Chiann Bao will return to private practice as Asia Pacific counsel at the New York firm, after six years in the arbitration institution.

A Smooth Landing for Air Cargo Suit

After $1.2 billion in settlements and a decade of litigation that swept in antitrust lawyers from more than 50 firms (seriously, did anyone NOT work on this case?), the massive air cargo price fixing litigation is coming in for a landing.

China
China’s Han Kun Switches Hong Kong Association

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets specialist Miao & Co has replaced intellectual property boutique Choy, Cheung & Co as the local partner firm.

Australia
Former Clifford Chance Sydney Partners Launch New Firm

By Frances Ivens |

Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons, previously cofounders of the Magic Circle firm’s Australian operations, have taken clients such as Sumitomo Corp. with them to their new corporate boutique.

China
Expert Analysis: Lessons Learned and Practical Tips After Reading the CFIUS Annual Report

The prospect of a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review need not serve as a deterrent to foreign investment. Rather, it can serve as a process to reduce political and legal risks for foreign investors in the U.S. market.

China
More Asia Pacific Firms Emerge in ‘Panama Papers’ Records

By Anna Zhang and Brian Baxter |

These include eight Asia 100 firms from China, Singapore and Korea as well as other notable firms such as Hong Kong’s Deacons.

India
Big Pharma Gets a Big Win in India

India may be showing signs that it no longer wants to be Big Pharma’s public enemy No. 1.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Steals Berwin Leighton Paisner Global Arbitration Head

By Frances Ivens |

Kent Phillips joins the Anglo-American firm in Singapore.

China
Zhong Lun Adds Two U.S. Offices With Dentons Hires

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based firm opens in Los Angeles and San Francisco with three new equity partners from legacy Dacheng Law Offices.

Hong Kong
Paul Hastings, Latham on J.P. Morgan’s Returned Hong Kong Listing Application

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons and Commerce & Finance were Chinese law advisors on first such rejection involving a global investment bank.

China
Singaporean, Chinese Law Firms Appear In New 'Panama Papers' Database

Plenty of Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms' Asian offices appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

India
Cyril Amarchand Adds Another Mumbai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

New investment funds head Shagoofa Khan will return to private practice after a decade of in-house experience.

Australia
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Private Equity Head

By Anna Zhang |

Sixteen months after defecting to Ashurst, David Stammers returns as a partner.

Australia
After Sydney Closure, Skadden Team Sails to Allen & Overy

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Hong Kong
Nixon Peabody Hires Corporate Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former King & Wood Mallesons counsel Jonathan Lee is now a partner.

Singapore
Singapore’s RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Hires New Disputes Head

By Anna Zhang |

Senior Counsel Roderick Martin succeeds the late Subhas Anandan, one of the city-state’s most well –known criminal defenders, who died in January 2015.

United Kingdom
King & Wood Mallesons Exits Continue in London

By Rose Walker |

Baker Botts and Keystone Law pick up one KWM partner apiece, as filings show eight partners leaving the Anglo-Asian firm's European partnership as of April 30.

India
Sidley Austin Takes Four-Lawyer India Practice Team from Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Manoj Bhargava joins in Singapore with one counsel and two associates.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Boosts Hong Kong Litigation Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Rachael Shek is joining as a partner in June.

China
Four Am Law 100 Firms on $822M Momo Privatization

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher, Skadden and Ropes & Gray are representing members in a buyout group led by Alibaba, while Shearman & Sterling advises a special committee at the Chinese chat app developer.

Australia
World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm Won't Go Bankrupt

Slater & Gordon, an Australian plaintiffs shop that became the world's first publicly traded law firm in 2007, has reached a $630 million debt refinancing deal with lenders to avert a potential bankruptcy filing Down Under.

Singapore
Sidley Austin Adds Projects Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

David Gartside joins from White & Case and reunites with former colleague Charlie Wilson.

China
The Pitfalls of Private-Label Selling

American entrepreneurs buy Chinese goods to sell, but lose out on patent protection.

Jerry K. Clements

Hong Kong
Spotlight: Locke Lord Finds Its Way in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

It has taken five years for Locke Lord's Hong Kong office to break even. Now what?

The Appellate Division, First Department, at 27 Madison Ave.

Kazakhstan
Panel Finds NY, Not London, Is Proper Forum for Dispute

New York's First Department said that a forum selection clause in the earlier of four agreements between a Kazakh oligarch and his former financial advisor designating New York courts for the resolution of disputes controlled the matter, even though later agreements cancelled the earlier one.

China
Linklaters Confirms China Launch and Deloitte Review as Lockstep Debate Rumbles On

By Georgina Stanley and James Booth |

Firm brings in the Big Four auditor to review its business services function as new managing partner Gideon Moore sets out his aims.

South Korea
Korea’s Yoon & Yang Hires Senior Government Antitrust Official

By Anna Zhang |

Cholsoo Han previously led all the investigations at country’s top competition regulator.

India
Detailed Plans for Opening Up India to Foreign Firms Expected Soon

By Frances Ivens |

The first phase of Indian liberalization is set to center on arbitration work, as India looks to become an international hub.

China
Hogan Lovells Guides HNA Group's $2B Carlson Hotel Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The parent of Hainan Airlines will add 1,400 hotels worldwide to its portfolio in the latest Chinese outbound hospitality deal.

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China
Whistleblower Suit Over Chinese Imports Settles for $15 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has secured $15 million from a California-based furniture chain to resolve claims that it improperly evaded anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

China
ABA Says Money, Not Politics, Doomed Book By Chinese Rights Lawyer

The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.

Singapore
Dentons Formalizes Singapore Combination

By Frances Ivens |

The city-state’s oldest law firm Rodyk & Davidson is now officially part of the global legal giant.

India
Cyril Amarchand Hires J.P. Morgan In-house Lawyer

By Anna Zhang |

The investment bank’s Indian assistant general counsel Ruetveij Pandya will join as a partner in Mumbai.

China
Sullivan & Cromwell on Alibaba’s $1B Southeast Asian Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese ecommerce company is buying a controlling stake in Singapore-based online retailer Lazada in its largest overseas investment.

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The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows For Big Law

The American Lawyer's annual report on the 100 top-grossing law firms in the United States. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

China
The Biggest Law Firm You Never Heard Of

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang talks about the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.

China
Beijing’s Guantao Merges With Shanghai Alliance Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The 450-lawyer Ashurst's Chinese alliance firm combines with 40-lawyer Zhongmao Law Firm that lists the Shanghai Disneyland as a client.

Australia
Ashurst Appoints Legacy Blake Dawson Partner as Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Sydney-based banking and finance partner Paul Jenkins takes up the reins after 20 years at the firm.

China
Skadden, King & Wood Mallesons on $3.6B Lexmark Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese printer chip maker Apex Technology is buying the Lexington, Kentucky-based company.

Chinese human rights lawyer, Teng Biao (Shizhao/Wikimedia)

China
Lawmakers Pounce After ABA Scraps Book by China Rights Lawyer

A congressional committee that monitors human rights in China wants the ABA's president to explain why the group reversed plans to publish a book by Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao.

Edward M. Spiro and Judith Mogul

China
Service of Process by Email on Defendants Outside the U.S.

In their Southern District Civil Practice Roundup, Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul write: Several recent decisions have permitted plaintiffs frustrated by elusive defendants or uncooperative foreign governments to serve defendants through email under FRCP 4(f)(3), providing a modern-day solution to an age-old problem.

Japan
Former Morgan Lewis Tokyo Head Joins Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Lisa Yano also previously led Paul Weiss’ office in the Japanese capital.

China
Norton Rose Fulbright Recruits Partners in China and Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Project finance partner Paul Wee and insurance partner Samantha Kelly join the firm in Beijing and Sydney, respectively.

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

India
Are India’s 1,200 Law Schools Enough?

By Anna Zhang |

The South Asian country with the world’s largest lawyer population—two million—saw more than 400 new law schools open in the last three years. And yet, firms say, good law graduates are still rarities.

China
K&L Gates Adds Two in China and Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Henry Wang and disputes partner Jay Chiu arrive from Mayer Brown JSM and Goodwin Procter, respectively.

Hong Kong
Linklaters Promotes 24 to Partner Including Five in Hong Kong

By James Booth |

Partner promotion round is the largest since 2013 and all new Asian partners are in Hong Kong.

Malaysia
DAC Beachcroft to Enter Malaysia Through Joint Venture

By Frances Ivens |

The U.K. firm has applied to the Malaysian Bar Council to establish a presence in the country with its associate firm Gan Partnership.

Geraint Hughes (left) and Peter Charlton

China
Clifford Chance Appoints New Asia-Pacific Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore managing partner Geraint Hughes will take on the Hong Kong-based role in September when incumbent Peter Charlton returns to London

Singapore
Singapore’s WongPartnership Forms Middle Eastern Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The city-state firm has relaunched its presence in the region with an association with United Arab Emirates boutique Ali Al Aidarous after closing two of its own offices.

India
Simpson Thacher on Blackstone’s $1.1B Mphsis Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. private equity firm is buying the Indian outsourcing company from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in its largest acquisition in the country.

Japan
Data Residency Compliance Leads Box to Plant Cloud Locations Overseas

In launching Box Zones in Europe and Asia, the cloud provider aims to assist its international customers with the challenges of complying with new and upcoming local regulations

India
Slaughter and May Advises on Tata European Steel Works Sale

By Rose Walker |

The Indian steel giant has struck a deal to sell its long product business to private equity firm Greybull Capital

B. Todd Patterson Founding partner, Patterson & Sheridan of Houston

Japan
Texas IP Firm Launches in Japan

Patterson & Sheridan of Houston opens its first international office because of clients in Asia.

 From left to right: Austin Cheung, Steven Gong, Aven Zhang, Chens Chen and Alice Teng.

China
Mossack's China Connection

By Anna Zhang |

The Panamanian law firm at the center of an unprecedented document leak has found China to be a rich source of business.

Australia
Australia’s Gilbert + Tobin Recruits Two Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Minter Ellison deals chair Costas Condoleon and former Rio Tinto Australia managing director Philip Edmands will arrive in Sydney and Perth respectively.

Mongolia
Fossils Returned to Mongolia

U.S. Eastern District Attorney Robert Capers presided over a ceremony Tuesday in which the United States transferred to Mongolia the ownership of the remains of six species of dinosaurs.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. January 10, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

DOJ Sweetens Rewards for FCPA Cooperation

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday launched a pilot program that could significantly reduce the criminal penalties for companies that self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Singapore
Simmons Hires Last Dentons Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former office managing partner and trade finance specialist Matthew Cox arrives nearly a year after the global legal giant decided to close the legacy outpost in the Southeast Asian hub.

China
DLA Piper Poaches Paul Hastings Real Estate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Shanghai-based Wayne Ma specializes in properties acquisitions, disposals and financing in China.

Japan
Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher on $1.2B Japan Outbound Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Tokyo-based passenger-car tire maker Yokohama Rubber is buying industrial tire manufacturer Alliance Tire Group from buyout firm KKR.

China
Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

Japan
Foley & Lardner Recruits Patent Litigation Partner in Japan

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells Tokyo head of U.S. intellectual property practice Philippe Riesen joins the firm’s five-lawyer office in the Japanese capital.

Singapore
Ashurst Boosts Southeast Asia Energy Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Jon Ornolfsson joins as a partner in Singapore.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

China
Holman Fenwick Strikes Shanghai Alliance to Offer Chinese Law Advice

By James Booth |

The U.K. law firm is teaming up with Chinese firm Wintell & Co under the Shanghai free trade zone rules.

China
Tips for M&A Agreements With Chinese Companies

Companies based in the People’s Republic of China have been on an M&A spree.

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Australia
Hogan Lovells Hires Four New Partners in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Partners Andrew Crook, Ros O'Mally, Scott Harris and Richard Hayes will strengthen the firm’s finance practice and add corporate and restructuring to the Anglo-American firm’s offering Down Under.

China
Am Law 100, Magic Circle Firms on $2.6B Hong Kong IPOs

By Anna Zhang |

Freshfields and Paul Hastings have represented China’s Zheshang Bank and Bank of Tianjin, respectively, on two largest listings in the city so far this year. Jones Day and Clifford Chance were underwriters’ counsel on respective deals.

Australia
Slater and Gordon GC Steps Down After Two Months

By Frances Ivens |

Moana Weir has left the firm with immediate effect after being appointed to the role on Jan. 29.

United Kingdom
King & Wood Mallesons Overhauls Profit Distribution System

By Rose Walker |

The legacy SJ Berwin arm of the firm has been dogged by delays in distributing partner profits in recent months

China
DLA Piper on ENN’s $750M Australian Energy Deal

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons is advising Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital as it exits a five-month-old investment in Adelaide-based oil and gas producer Santos.

Singapore
Has the Electronic Courtroom Finally Arrived? Leading the Way in Asia

Singapore and Brunei are at the forefront of digital modernization.

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Singapore
Abusive Husband's Award Found 'Clearly Inappropriate'

Intimate partner violence should have prevented a judge from awarding a man more than $283,000 in fees and costs in an international child custody dispute, a federal appeals court said Friday.

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

From the manic M&A world to the schizophrenic capital markets, a look at some of 2015's most innovative and interesting deals around the globe.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

China
Latham's Asia Reboot

By Anna Zhang |

Will Latham & Watkins' high-profile new hires in Hong Kong allow it to pull away from the pack?

China
Chinese-Speaking Lawyers a Rarity in South Florida and in Demand

South Florida law firms are snapping up attorneys who can bridge language and culture gaps to build relationships with Chinese investors.

China
Expert Analysis: CFIUS and the Terminated Sale of Lumileds to a Chinese Company

Phillips Lighting agreed to sell a majority stake in a subsidiary to a China-led equity group, but the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ultimately blocked the deal. What are the lessons for U.S. sellers and their lawyers?

China
Sheppard Brings on Silicon Valley IP Partner With China Practice

Weiguo "Will" Chen joins Sheppard Mullin's Palo Alto office from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

China
Eversheds Eyes Beijing Capital Markets Expansion

By Frances Ivens |

The U.K. firm has a "blank sheet" in Asia as it targets growth across multiple practices, says Asia corporate head Stephen Mok.

Australia
Minter Ellison Launches Perth Employment Practice

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has hired partners Kathy Reid and Craig Boyle from boutique firm Allion Legal to lead the team.

Gervais Green (left) and Kate Sherrard

Singapore
Clifford Chance Recruits Offshore Finance Partners in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright partners Gervais Green and Kate Sherrard will start in April and September, respectively.

KWM to Slash 15 Percent of Legacy SJ Berwin Partnership

By Rose Walker |

Three years after a transformative merger with the U.K. firm, King & Wood Mallesons will trim approximately 24 partners in its Europe, U.K. and Middle East partnership.

Australia
Ashurst Launches Research And Development Arm

By Rose Walker |

The R&D capability will form one part of the firm's new global innovation initiative, Ashurst Advance.

China
Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker Botts on $1.2B “Silk Road” Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The state-owned Chinese investment fund set up for the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives have invested 10 percent in a Russian liquefied natural gas project that’s been struggling with funding since the Ukraine crisis sanctions against Russia.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Japan
Debevoise Opens in Tokyo

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. firm launches in the Japanese capital on Tuesday with a three-lawyer mergers and acquisitions team relocating from New York.

Singapore
Holman Fenwick Willan Poaches BLP Singapore Aviation Team

By Rose Walker |

Asset finance partners David Brotherton and Justin Sun defect to the U.K. firm in the city-state with five additional associates.

China
Will More Law Firms Retreat From China?

A changing Chinese economy coupled with more longstanding corruption and political interference could cause clients to think twice about doing business in the country, and, as a result, make law firms rethink the already tenuous financial proposition of having an office in China.

China
Skadden Leads Anbang’s $14B Starwood Counteroffer

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese insurance company has made a bid for the U.S. hotels group that’s superior to a previous $12 billion proposal by hospitality giant Marriott International.

China
Stephenson Harwood Formalizes Chinese Association

By Frances Ivens |

Through a pair of former lawyers, the U.K. firm is taking advantage of a free trade agreement between Hong Kong and mainland China to gain Chinese law capability.

Hong Kong
Allen & Overy Recruits Hong Kong Regulatory Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Charlotte Robins will arrive after a flurry of capital markets departures from the Magic Circle firm.

China
Norton Rose Fulbright, Freshfields Land $4.8B Chinese Real Estate Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned conglomerate Citic is offloading residential property assets to focus on commercial real estate in mainland China.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Boosts Australia Insurance Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former DLA Piper partner Jacques Jacobs arrives in Sydney as firms increase insurance offerings Down Under.

Australia
Five Firms on $6.8B Aussie Logistics Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Herbert Smith Freehills, Gilbert + Tobin, Allens, Freshfields and King & Wood Mallesons also advise as Melbourne-based Asciano gets acquired in the largest Australian take-private deal since 2011.

Hong Kong
Pillsbury to Enter Hong Kong With Clyde Aviation Hire

By Frances Ivens |

The New York-based firm is launching a new office in the Chinese city spearheaded by former Clyde & Co global aviation finance head Paul Jebely.

China
Expert Analysis: When U.S. Law Collides With Chinese Reality

Cross-border transactions present challenges to legal and audit practitioners.

Jared Genser, of Freedom Now, at a press conference for the UN and the Unfair Trial of President Nasheed of the Maldives, at Doughty Street Chambers in London, England.  October 5, 2015.

Human Rights Hero Jared Genser on Dictators, DLA Piper and the World’s Worst Prisons

No lawyer in the world has a client list like Jared Genser. A former partner at DLA Piper, the human rights lawyer spoke with The Litigation Daily about his work, including his recent partnership with Amal Clooney to free the ex-president of the Maldives, and how law firms can help.

China
Where Are Partners Moving in Asia?

By Anna Zhang |

In analyzing 362 lateral hires across Asia Pacific in the past 14 months, we found more partners were moving into U.S. firms from U.K. firms than in the opposite direction; Singapore was the most active lateral market for arbitration lawyers; and more.

Hong Kong
MoFo Hires Away Allen & Overy Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Ward |

Vivian Yiu is leaving the Magic Circle firm after 10 years as U.K. firms Asia partner exits to US firms continues.

China
When U.S. Law Collides With Chinese Reality

Drew Bernstein of Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk, and Caryn G. Schechtman and Robert D. Weber of DLA Piper, share the extraordinary amount of specialized knowledge, resourcefulness, and patience it requires to complete transactions and educate parties on both sides to avoid running afoul of U.S. and Chinese laws.

Global Legal Awards Deadline Is May 1

We're honoring the best lawyering the world over in cross-border deals, disputes, finance and citizenship.

China
Now in U.S., Freed Lawyer Seeks to Reform Chinese Judicial System

Chen Taihe, a law school professor in China, was one of the 200 human rights lawyers detained in China last summer.

China
Zhong Lun Grabs Simmons China Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Alan Xu relocates to Hong Kong from Shanghai.

Hong Kong
Freshfields Hires Clifford Chance London Partner to Head Hong Kong Competition Law Practice

By Frances Ivens |

London partner Alastair Mordaunt is relocating to lead the practice in the next few months.

Japan
State-Sponsored Patent Funds: Licensing or Litigating?

Such funds have long been a target of criticism, especially from the U.S. And international trade experts have sounded the alarm, saying SPFs signaled a new form of nationalism and protectionism.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370)[b] was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Beijing Capital International Airport in China.

China
Miami, Chicago Attorneys Suing Boeing in Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Crash

Attorneys in Miami and Chicago are suing Boeing Co. on behalf of the families of passengers who disappeared on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 two years ago.

Report: It’s Not Just the U.S. That’s Fighting Bribery

The extraction industries saw the brunt of bribery enforcement actions in 2015, but the manufacturing/service providing industry faces more U.S. investigations, according to a new report from TRACE International, a provider of anti-bribery compliance services.

China
Expert Analysis: CFIUS Report Highlights Cybersecurity Scrutiny of Tech Companies

Chinese acquirers lead in CFIUS submissions, while U.S. government focuses on control of overseas U.S. tech companies.

Hong Kong
The Strategy Behind Latham's Asia Hiring Spree

By Frances Ivens |

With a spate of new recruits in Asia, is Latham leading the way for U.S. firms in the region?

United Kingdom
King & Wood Mallesons Litigator To Leave For Arnold & Porter

By Frances Ivens |

As Hilton Mervis heads to Arnold & Porter's London office, his departure is the latest in a string of partner exits from King & Wood Mallesons in Europe.

Australia
World's First Publicly Listed Law Firm to Restructure After Mammoth Loss

Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.

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Singapore
Eversheds in Singapore Merger Talks

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm is seeking to combine its eight-lawyer office in the city-state with local 56-lawyer firm Harry Elias Partnership.

China
Davis Polk, Zhong Lun Lead on $1.6B China Resources Snow Beer Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell, Freshfields and Fangda are advising AB InBev as the brewing giant decides to exit from China’s most popular beer brand.

Hong Kong
K&L Gates Sees Revenue Fall 7 Percent, PPP Rise 5.3 Percent

In Asia Pacific, the firm saw a 14.8 percent decline in revenues and the largest head count reduction of 10.4 percent.

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China
Immigration Residency Rule Found Unfair in Remarriages

Southern District Judge Andrew Carter has thrown out part of an immigration regulation he said set the bar too high for obtaining lawful permanent residency for the spouses of people taking a second shot at marriage.

Australia
In-House Lawyers Swapped Jobs for Three Months. Here’s What They Learned

In an innovative pilot program, two in-house lawyers in Sydney, Australia, changed places for three months.

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Poaches Latham Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Rod Brown will arrive in April.

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires M&A Pair From Norton Rose Fulbright

By Anna Zhang |

Con Boulougouris and Wissam Abwi arrive with five additional lawyers in Sydney.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, the early reports on 2015 financial results for DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, K&L Gates, Latham, White & Case and more international law firms.

Hong Kong
Skadden Hires Former U.S. Federal Prosecutor in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Steve Kwok joins as an investigations partner from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he was a resident legal advisor for the Justice Department.

Hong Kong
Clyde & Co global aviation finance head resigns

By Frances Ivens |

Hong Kong-based aviation finance head Paul Jebely has resigned from Clyde & Co and the firm is yet to appoint his successor.

China
Jones Day Taps King & Wood Mallesons Energy Duo in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers Dirk Walker and Dina Yin both advise state-owned Chinese oil and gas companies on cross-border transactions.

Hong Kong
Proskauer Rose Recruits Asia Capital Markets Head

By Anna Zhang |

Joshua Zimmerman joins as a partner in Hong Kong from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Baker & McKenzie tax partner Ellen Thomas arrives.

Australia
Slater and Gordon To Make U.K. Cuts As It Reports $683M Loss

By James Booth |

The struggling personal injury firm—the first law firm ever to go public—writes down A$814.2M from its Quindell acquisition as it restructures.

China
Simpson Thacher Rainmaker Leiming Chen to Join Alibaba Affiliate

By Anna Zhang |

The New York firm's Hong Kong partner has been named global general counsel at Ant Financial Services Group, which operates third party payment platform Alipay.

Hong Kong
White & Case Adds Hong Kong Restructuring Partner

By Anna Zhang |

With the hire of former Herbert Smith Freehills Greater China restructuring head Damien Whitehead, the New York-based firm became the latest to bolster an Asia insolvency practice.

Yulchon chairman Woo Chang-Rok (second from left) received Asian Law Firm of the Year Award with corporate and disputes partners on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

China
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Asia Legal Awards 2016

By The Asian Lawyer |

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its third annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms and individual practitioner. As promised, here's the list of winners and why they stood out.

Australia
Gilbert + Tobin Recruits Litigation Partner

Joining in Perth from Allens, Marshal McKenna specializes in mining and projects disputes.

Taiwan
One GC’s Advice on Running a Global Legal Department

In a recent interview with the Association of Corporate Counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s general counsel Sylvia Fang explained how she manages such a spread-out, global group of 80.

Hong Kong
Contract Lawyers Businesses AdventBalance And LOD Announce Merger

By Anna Zhang |

The 200-lawyer Australian entity will combine with the 400-lawyer Lawyers on Demand in London.

Hong Kong
Latham Bolsters Hong Kong PE and Finance Practices With Five Additions

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity partners Gary Hamp, Simon Cooke and Amy Beckingham join as debt financing partner James Burnett and restructuring partner Josef Athanas relocate to the Asia financial capital.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
Latham & Watkins to Launch in Seoul

By Anna Ward |

The U.S. firm becomes latest to enter South Korea after wave of openings by international law firms.

India
SEC Action Recommended in Alleged Cadbury Bribery

It was a not so sweet day for Mondelēz International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies. The company says federal investigators have recommended enforcement action against it for alleged bribes paid over operations in India that were bought from Cadbury.

China
Linklaters Sees Further Partner Exits in Asia as Duo Jumps to Paul Weiss

By James Booth |

The U.S. firm makes a double partner hire and another Linklaters partner retires, bringing Links' total Asia exits to 12 since January 2015.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. January 10, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Uzbekistan
Vimpelcom’s FCPA Settlement is One of the Largest Ever

The Dutch telecommunications giant VimpelCom agreed Thursday to pay $795 million to resolve U.S. and Dutch charges that it bribed government officials in Uzbekistan to win business.

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Kazakhstan
Expert Analysis: Feds Expand Strategy to Trace Bribery Funds

Recent anti-kleptocracy cases highlight the Justice Department's new approach to fighting corruption.

China
As Partner Exits Mount, Will the Magic Circle Lose Ground in Asia?

By Frances Ivens |

The UK's Magic Circle firms are sticking to their traditional growth strategies in Asia, but they face increasing competition for talent, fees and profitability.

Douglas Lumish, Latham & Watkins partner

China
Biotech Company Accuses Chinese Rival of Stealing Materials

Codexis, represented by Latham & Watkins partner Douglas Lumish, alleges that EnzymeWorks' CEO gained access to sensitive biomaterials while working for Pfizer.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Technology Partner in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Josh Messing is now a partner at the Australian national firm.

China
Experts: Product Development in China Can Lead to 'Disaster'

U.S. companies, particularly startups, often fail to protect their IP through product development agreements when they outsource product development in China. This is a “big mistake,” according to a recent blog post by attorneys at Harris & Moure.

China
Mayer Brown Leads Beijing Enterprises $1.6B German Buy

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance advises Stockholm-based EQT Partners on the sale of Germany’s EEW Energy from Waste as Chinese state-owned companies continue overseas buying spree.

Pakistan
Linklaters, Pinsent Masons on $2B China-Pakistan Project Financing

By Anna Zhang |

The 660--megawatt power plant in the South Asian country is part of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiatives.

Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Adds Two Arbitration Partners in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Jonathan Choo and Robert Rhoda join the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices, respectively.

China
Deal Watch: A Chinese Buyer’s Big U.S. Tech Deal

A pair of Am Law 100 firms, Davis Polk and Weil, have lead roles as China’s Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company Ltd. pays $6 billion in cash for Irvine, California-based Ingram Micro Inc.

Australia
Jones Day Continues Australia Build-up with Double Partner Hire

By Frances Ivens |

Anticipating more insolvencies in Australia's natural resources sector, the firm has hired restructuring partner duo Roger Dobson and Katie Higgins from independent firm Henry Davis York.

Australia
A&O to Launch Peerpoint in Australia While Eyeing U.S.

By Frances Ivens |

Allen & Overy is bringing its flexible lawyer business Peerpoint to Australia next month, as it looks to grow the service globally.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Down Under After Moscow Closure, Plus More Lateral Moves

After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Slaughters Hong Kong Corporate Star Neil Hyman to Leave the Firm

By Frances Ivens |

The Magic Circle firm will promote corporate associate Roger Cheng to partner on Hyman's departure.

Australia
Skadden To Close Sydney Office Amid Australia Jitters

U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say there’s still good money to be made down under.

Thomas A. Dickerson and Sheri S. Roman

China
Expert Analysis: The Risky Business of Providing Student Travel Programs

Thomas A. Dickerson and Sheri S. Roman review cases involving students injured or killed while traveling abroad and the liability of the program organizers, including the claims of a student whose school failed to warn her of the risk of insect-borne disease in China, a complaint brought by the family of a student who died after a fall during a wilderness expedition in the Himalayas, and more.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Japan
Deal Watch: Mylan Moves on to Meda With Cravath in Tow

A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.

Australia
In Australia, In-House Lawyers Are Going Back to Law Firms

Are you an in-house lawyer considering a move back to private practice? You’ll be interested to hear about a trend in Australia.

India
Pharma Companies Slam India's 'Weak' IP Laws

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a group that represents leading pharma and biotech companies in the U.S., says India has created “impermissible hurdles to patentability” in its patent laws.

Australia
Clifford Chance Australia Managing Partner to Exit Firm

By Vern Pitt |

Two of the Magic Circle firm's founding partners in the country are leaving.

Indonesia
Squire Patton Boggs Ends Indonesian Alliance

By Rose Walker |

The US firm ended its formal ties with Jakarta-based Melli Darsa & Co. last year, but plans to continue working with the firm on an informal basis.

What's Behind Linklaters' Partner Exits in Asia?

By Frances Ivens |

Linklaters' Hong Kong private equity partner, Christopher Kelly, is joining White & Case—the latest in a string of partners to leave the firm for rivals in Asia.

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

China
Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Kazakhstan
Investors Can Sue Foreign Wealth Fund in US, Circuit Rules

The Second Circuit has clarified the law on sovereign immunity for actions by a foreign nation's commercial entity that take place outside of the United States but harm investors within the United States.

China
Brace Yourself for China’s Baby Boom

With the termination of the one-child policy in China late last year, there could be a jump in pregnant or nursing employees come spring time.

China
Editor's Note

By The Asian Lawyer |

Starting Monday Feb. 8, we are suspending The Asian Lawyer newsletters for a week during Chinese New Year. We will resume publication on Feb. 15.

Indonesia
Linklaters Indonesia Associate Firm Adds Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Adrian Pranata joins Jakarta-based Widyawan & Partners from Herbert Smith Freehills associate firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung.

Hong Kong
Stephenson Harwood Takes Two From Eversheds

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia head of banking and finance King Tak Fung and litigation partner Ivan Ng join in Hong Kong with five associates.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Recruits Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Banking and finance lawyer Maria Townsend specializes in the automotive sector.

China
China’s Haiwen Opens in Shenzhen With Latham Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former counsel Lu Guiping relocates across the border from Hong Kong to run the third office for the leading Chinese corporate firm.

Japan
Buchalter Nemer Launches L.A.-Based Japan Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Parker Milliken shareholders Sabina Helton and Steven Nakasone join as a shareholder and of counsel respectively.

Crowell & Moring's Michael Songer flew to Korea with videographers in tow.

China
Case Study: How To Catch an IP Thief

Lawyers for DuPont and the Justice Department teamed up to protect Kevlar, the iconic body armor—and redefined trade secrets law.

China
Law Firms Still Optimistic as Chinese Stock Markets Swoon

By Anna Zhang |

Even as the Chinese stock market bubble bursts, lawyers report that they're keeping busy with M&A, tech deals, and restructuring work. Don't count out Hong Kong IPOs, either.

Australia
Jones Day Opens in Brisbane, Adds New Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Veteran Queensland lawyer Brett Heading arrives from domestic firm McCullough Robertson while Perth partner John Cooper relocates to lead the four-lawyer new office.

Singapore
King & Wood Mallesons Adds Disputes Practice in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Former Drew & Napier construction head Chau Ee Lee arrives to lead the practice.

By the Numbers: Are the Biggest Firms the Most Profitable?

The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Bolsters Construction Disputes in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

Former Clayton Utz special counsel Peter Lamont arrives.

China
Pillsbury Grabs Perkins Coie Patent Litigator

By Anna Zhang |

Jack Ko joins as a Shanghai partner from San Diego.

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.

China
Report: China Saw a Surge of Trademark Filings

China’s trademark filings grew at a staggering rate in 2014, while the overall pace of new trademark activity in both established and developing economies slowed across the rest of the world, according to a newly released report.

China
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2016

By The Asian Lawyer |

For our third annual Asia Legal Awards, we have selected a short list of 27 categories of deals and matters from the region’s leading firms and practitioners. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Gaston P. Fernandez, with Hogan Lovells

China
This Mandarin-Speaking Miami Attorney, with Cuban Roots, is in High Demand

Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.

Lawyer Amal Clooney embraces the deposed President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed as he arrives at Heathrow airport in London, January 21, 2016.

Maldives
Amal Clooney for the Win (But Would You Expect Anything Less?)

After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release—at least for now—of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London on Thursday. And she's already got a new client to save.

Gaston P. Fernandez, with Hogan Lovells

China
This Mandarin-Speaking Miami Attorney, with Cuban Roots, is in High Demand

Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.

China
Reed Smith Boosts China Energy practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Fulbright Beijing office head Jie Zhang joins the firm in the Chinese capital.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

China
Five Charged With Theft of GSK Cancer Drug Secrets

Five people including two scientists working for GlaxoSmithKline have been charged with taking part in a scheme to steal trade secrets and methods for manufacturing cancer medication from the drugmaker, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ­announced Wednesday.

Hong Kong
Stephenson Harwood Adds Hong Kong Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Watson, Farley & Williams partner Richard Wilmot moves over.

Top, from left to right: Zhou Shifeng, Wang Quanzhang, Wang Yu, Xie Yanyi, Sui Muqing, Xie Yang.
Bottom: Meng Jianzhu met with 12 lawyer representatives on January 7. 
(Sources: Ministry of Justice and others)

China
China Charges Lawyers With Political Subversion

By The Asian Lawyer Staff Reporter |

In China, some lawyers are accused of overthrowing the government, giving away state secrets and colluding with anti-China forces, while others get lunch with top party officials.

China
Four Big Firms Help GE Unload Appliances Unit to China's Haier Group.

Sidley Austin and Arnold & Porter have taken the lead for General Electric Co. as the industrial conglomerate continues to reinvent itself through the $5.4 billion sale of its appliance business to the Chinese electronics maker.

University of Arizona and Ocean University of China officials gathered at the student orientation for the first class of the dual degree program in fall 2015.

China
Two Law Schools Launch Degree Programs in China

Two U.S. law schools are expanding into China with new degrees—one of which is the first of its kind.

Australia
DLA Piper Boosts Australia Real Estate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Arthur Chong joins the firm in Melbourne.

China
K&L Hires Partners in Shanghai and Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

M&A lawyer Ian Liao and construction specialist Glenn Cheng arrive from Jones Day and U.K. firm Nabarro, respectively.

China
Catalyst Expands Asia-Pacific Presence, Moves Into China

The e-discovery platform provider has added executives to its Korea and newly-formed China operations.

Hong Kong
Ince & Co Bolsters Hong Kong Finance Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Locke Lord partner Balbir Bindra is a veteran banking and finance lawyer.

Singapore
King & Spalding Grabs Jones Day Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Construction disputes specialist Emerson Holmes joins the 20-lawyer office.

Joshua Grode, Irell & Manella.

China
Chinese Buyer of Legendary Taps Irell for $3.5B Deal

Joshua Grode represented Dalian Wanda in buying the studio behind Jurassic World and the Batman trilogy.

Hong Kong
Mississippi’s Butler Snow Opens in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Kurt Rademacher relocates from London to lead a private client U.S. tax practice and envisions a 10-lawyer team in two years.

From the EU to China, 2016 Ushers in New Data Headaches for Companies

Foreign governments, including China, Turkey and the European Union, are giving corporate America fits over how companies handle information and data, and the trend is only going to worsen this year.

Hong Kong
ALM Buys UK's Legal Week From Incisive Media

The parent company of The American Lawyer said that the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.

China
The Curious Case of the DeHeng Trademark

By Anna Zhang |

China's DeHeng Law Offices and Deheng Legal Group want you to know that they are two different firms. A prolonged legal battle over their extremely similar names has its roots in a split between the firms more than 20 years ago.

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Hires From Sidley Austin in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Nicholas Chan moves over to advise on corporate finance transactions.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Snaps Up Former Ince & Co Asia Energy Head

By Anna Zhang |

Martin David’s exit from the London-based firm follows those of former Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman in October.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Adds Hong Kong Banking Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills banking lawyer Jae Lemin arrives.

Singapore
Singapore’s TSMP Hires Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Wun Wen-na rejoins the firm after nearly a decade of in-house experience.

China
McDermott Will & Emery Hires China Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Michelle Gon joins and resides at the firm’s alliance firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

Global E-Discovery Market Exceeds $10B in 2015, Continues to Grow

By 2019, Europe will be almost 23 percent of the market and Asia will be more than 7 percent.

Hong Kong
White & Case Hires Hong Kong Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Paul Hastings partner Catherine Tsang moves over.

Colleen Tracy James

China
Expert Analysis: Patent Reform in China and Its Impact on U.S. Companies

Colleen Tracy James, a partner at Mayer Brown, highlights some of the trade-offs and strategic considerations in creating international IP portfolios and analyzes the extent to which China's proposed Fourth Amendment might affect such IP strategies for U.S. companies.

China
Freshfields on Deutsche Bank $4B Huaxia Sale

By Anna Zhang |

Jun He and Davis Polk & Wardwell advise as state-owned insurer PICC takes over a 20 percent stake in the Chinese bank.

China
China's Broad & Bright Adds Litigation Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Construction disputes specialist Yanjie Lian joins from Shanghai-based Xinhua Law Firm.

China
Freshfields Leads $20B Chinese Shipping Restructuring

By Anna Zhang |

China Shipping and China Ocean Shipping are consolidating assets and mulling a combination that will create the world’s fourth largest container-shipping giant.

China
Expert Analysis: Why Tech Companies Need to Follow China’s New Anti-Terrorism Law

While the law “creates the duty” without defining how it will be “exercised,” companies should watch how it will be written into regulation.

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang speaks during an interview at his office in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

China
The Seven Tweets that Ended a Chinese Lawyer's Career

Seven Weibo posts landed prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in jail, got him convicted and ended his legal career.

China
Tech Sector Fights Back as U.S. Approves CISA, UK, China Consider Proposals

New intelligence gathering initiatives have led to a chorus of concern from the tech sector and privacy advocates.

Japan
Three Firms on GE’s $4.8B Japanese Leasing Sale

By Anna Zhang |

Baker & McKenzie is representing acquirer Sumitomo Mitsui Financial as Sullivan & Cromwell and Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advise the seller.

China
Chinese Rights Lawyer Pu Convicted, Gets Suspended Prison Sentence

By Anna Zhang |

After spending 19 months in custody, Beijing-based human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang will soon be released, but he will no longer practice law.

China
For Many Chinese Law Firms, Revenue Doesn't Keep Pace With Size

Our new China 25 survey reports gross revenue for the country's largest firms—and finds some surprises.

Hong Kong
Magic Circle Duo on $8.8B Nanyang Commercial Bank Sale

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned "bad bank" Cinda Asset Management is taking over the 66-year-old Hong Kong commercial bank from Bank of China.

China
Chinese Online Giant Alibaba Hires Former Pfizer and Apple Lawyer for IP Enforcement

Matthew Bassiur, who previously oversaw anti-counterfeiting operations for Pfizer Inc. and is also former counsel for intellectual property enforcement at Apple Inc., has been appointed head of global intellectual property enforcement at Chinese online retail giant Alibaba.

Michael S. Kim

South Korea
Locking the Gates

By Anna Zhang |

Foreign law firms have been in South Korea for three years, but they still can't practice local law. Will they ever be able to? The answer isn't clear.

China
The Asia 100

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese law firms continued their remarkable growth spree to capture nearly all the top slots in our rankings. Apparently no one told them that the economy has been slowing down.

China
Startups Take Aim at China's Legal Market

By Anna Zhang |

Is the new Uber for Chinese lawyers coming soon?

Hong Kong
Starting the Party for Third-Party Dispute Funding in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

A legal reform subcommittee urges Hong Kong to pass legislation to permit outside funding in arbitration.

China
Client Confidential

By Tom Brennan |

How to win clients in Asia—and keep them happy.

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Peru's President Ollanta Humala as leaders pose for a group family photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines,  Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Pictured from top left, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. front row from left, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang, U.S. President Barack Obama, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Taiwan envoy Vincent Siew.

Trade Winds

By Tom Brennan |

The new Trans-Pacific trade deal looks like a go. Law firms may want to gear up.

Cameroon
Report: Four Big Firms Earned Millions From Suspect States

The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.

Editor's Note

By The Asian Lawyer |

Our daily coverage will continue as the newsletters break for two weeks. We will resume publication on January 4, 2016.

Australia
Clyde & Co Hires Five Partners in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Partners David Lee, Lucinda Lyons, David Amentas, Michelle Dunne and Christopher Smith will join from boutique Lee & Lyons as part of a 30-lawyer team.

New Rules Allow Foreign Lawyers to Practice in NY

State court officials have approved new rules authorizing lawyers outside the state to practice in New York on a temporary basis and to allow foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel. The rules take effect Dec. 30.

China
Kirkland & Ellis Advises on $1.4B Chinese Auto Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The deal will see Shanghai-based China Grand Automotive buy a controlling stake in competitor Baoxin Auto.

Hong Kong
Slaughter and May Leads on Alibaba-South China Morning Post Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese ecommerce company is paying $266 million for the 112-year-old English-language daily newspaper in Hong Kong.

China
China Powers to No. 1 in the World Patent Filing Race

China cranked out more patent applications in 2014 than the United States and Japan combined, according to a survey released Monday by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

China
How Long Will Chinese Law Remain Out of Reach for Global Firms?

By Anna Zhang |

Commercial, cultural and political concerns continue to bar foreign law firms from practicing Chinese law for the foreseeable future. But Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone joint venture program and other forms of alliances may show the way towards a gradual opening up of the market.

Hong Kong
Debevoise Snaps Up Sullivan & Cromwell Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Last year, William Chua was underwriters’ counsel on Alibaba’s $25 billion New York Stock Exchange listing and $8 billion corporate bond issue.

L-R Stephanie Kim and Han C. Choi

South Korea
Ballard Spahr Advises on $270M in Loans for Kumho Tire's Macon Plant [DEALWATCH]

The U.S. subsidiary of South Korean tire manufacturer Kumho Tire has lined up $270 million in syndicated loans to finance its almost-completed tire plant in Macon, with assistance from Han Choi of Ballard Spahr, who acted as counsel to Kumho Tire Georgia and co-bond counsel.

Don H. Liu

South Korea
Scholar Program for Future Asian-American Lawyers Expands

Jean Lee didn't anticipate the Don H. Liu Scholars Program to be as successful as it was coming out of its first year, but now heading into its second year, the program has been extended and a $15,000 scholarship will now be offered to three budding Asian-American law students, not just two.

Australia
Clayton Utz Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Ashley Tsacalos, who specializes in advising government departments, will join the firm in February.

Australia
Is Clayton Utz Partner Andrew Sommer Behind Bitcoin’s Creator?

A prominent tax partner at the Australian firm is named in records obtained by Wired and Gizmodo that purportedly identify the creator of leading digital currency bitcoin, which has been a boon to many Am Law 100 firms in recent years.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Boosts Asia Arbitration Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Baker & McKenzie partner James Kwan joins in Hong Kong.

Malaysia
Zicolaw Launches Singapore Member Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Eight-lawyer Insights Law adds local law capability in the city-state to the Southeast Asian law firm network.

The Churn

Magic Circle Firms Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden, K&L Gates grabs three Down Under and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Singapore
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Hires Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Ow Kim Kit arrives from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the city-state’s top financial regulator.

Hong Kong
Locke Lord Adds Hong Kong Energy Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia energy head of Mayer Brown JSM Jack Su arrives at the newly integrated office.

Hong Kong
Olswang Launches Hong Kong Association

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm has struck a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with 31-lawyer boutique Haldanes in the Chinese territory.

Cisco Systems

China
DLA Piper Adds Valley Corporate Partner

Sherman Chu comes from Cisco, where he'd spent six years as general counsel of the company's business in China.

How To Be A Better Partner

In the age of the mega-firm, it's more crucial than ever for partners to take an active role in overseeing the business they own.