Asian Top News

China
US Business Opportunities in China's Clean Energy Sector

By Barbara Yu Levy |

Companies that play it smart will be well positioned to leverage recent political developments and China's demand for low-cost renewable energy technologies into safe, lucrative and long-term business opportunities.

China, Australia
KWM, HSF on $846M Aussie Mining Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese state-owned Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co. has made an offer to acquire Australian copper miner PanAust Ltd.

China
Morrison & Foerster Sued Over Chinese IPO Work

By Scott Flaherty |

Investment bank Macquarie Group, which was ordered to pay $15 million over the defunct, fraud-addled Chinese company Puda Coal's 2010 listing, is now suing their legal counsel for failed due diligence work.

China, Hong Kong
Latham, Sullivan & Cromwell on Fuyao Glass $953M IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The car window maker’s initial public offering is the biggest so far this year in Hong Kong.

China, Hong Kong
Freshfields Hires Another Linklaters Partner for Hong Kong Team

By Anna Zhang |

Former Linklaters partner Thomas Ng is relocating from Beijing to join Freshfields three weeks after former Hong Kong partner David Ludwick made his own move to the rival Magic Circle firm.

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Australia
Hogan Lovells Makes First Move into Australia

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has hired husband and wife team Tim and Nicky Lester from Allens and plans to open new offices in Sydney and Perth this summer.

China, Hong Kong, Singapore
Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

Australia, United Kingdom
Slater & Gordon Offers $947M for U.K. Claims Processor

By Anna Zhang |

Arnold Bloch Leibler is Australian counsel to Slater, while London-based Macfarlanes is advising on English law.

Hong Kong
White & Case Hires Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Linklaters counsel Kyungseok Kim is the second PE partner to join White & Case from the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.

South Korea
Ernst & Young Launches Korean Law Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

Seoul-based Apex Law is the latest law firm to join the auditor's global legal service network.

Singapore
Law Firms Expanding in Asia Adopt Strategic CSR

By Wendy Stimpson and Natalia Olynec |

Corporate social responsibility programs among the international law firms in Singapore originally involved simply writing checks to support local charities, but contributing authors Wendy Stimpson and Natalia Olynec say that's changing.

South Korea, Russia
Yulchon Opens Moscow Office

By Tom Brennan |

The Korean firm has relocated Russia practice leader Hwajoon Lee to spearhead the new outpost.

China
Norton Rose Fulbright on $5.5B Chinese Real Estate Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong-listed China Overseas Land acquired properties in 12 cities from its state-owned parent China Construction.

Hong Kong, Singapore
White & Case Taps New York Partner to Lead Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Global banking practice leader Eric Berg has come east to take on the newly created role of Asia practice head.

FARNBOROUGH, UK - JULY 15: Closeup of a Pirelli tyre attached to a Caterham Formula 1 race car on static display at the Farnborough Airshow, UK on July 15, 2012

China, Italy
Clifford Chance Leads ChemChina’s $7.7B Italian Tire Buy

By Anna Zhang |

China's Jun He Law Offices, Italy's Pedersoli e Associati, Linklaters and Latham & Watkins are among the others working on what will be the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese state-owned enterprise since the $15 billion CNOOC-Nexen deal in 2012.

Australia
Bird & Bird Adds IP Partner in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has hired away K&L Gates' former head of intellectual property in Sydney.

Malaysia
Cleary, Milbank on Petronas' $5B Bond Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Malaysian state-owned energy company sold a mix of Islamic and conventional notes to raise cash in the wake of tumbling oil prices.

Uber

India
Uber Taps Gibson Team to Fight Liability for Alleged Rape by Driver

By Ross Todd |

Gibson Dunn partner Michael Wong, a former federal prosecutor, was hired to fend off a suit filed by a Delhi woman who claims stronger background checks could have prevented her attack.

China
Don't Laugh Off China's Tech Regulations for Banks

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The People's Republic of China has introduced highly restrictive technology rules for banks and financial institutions.

Singapore
HSF’s Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

By Anna Zhang |

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia offices in recent months.

Singapore
Does Morgan-Stamford Merger Signal New Model for Singapore?

By Anna Zhang |

Fifteen years after the city-state first allowed foreign law firms to partner with local ones, Singapore’s lawyers are still looking for the best way to internationalize their practice. The Morgan Lewis-Stamford merger is just the latest in a long line of, often times, unsuccessful attempts.

Hong Kong
Weil Brings on PE Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Tim Gardner has left Latham & Watkins after nearly nine years to join U.S. rival Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Hong Kong
Berwin Leighton Paisner Adds Hong Kong Arbitration Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has acquired seven-lawyer Hong Kong firm Haley & Co, bolstering its disputes, construction and major projects teams in Asia.

China
Miller Canfield Takes China Lawyer From Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Insurance specialist Anna Elshafei has joined the Detroit-based firm in Shanghai.

China
Lawyers for Lenovo, Superfish Face Venue Battle

By Ross Todd |

The Chinese laptop maker and Valley adware firm are pushing for a throng of suits to be consolidated in the Northern District of California.

Katniss Everdeen, a character in The Hunger Games movies.

China
O'Melveny on $375M Chinese Investment into Lions Gate

By Anna Zhang |

The studio behind blockbuster hits such as "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" will receive funding for a quarter of its expected movies over the next three years from popular Chinese television producer Hunan TV.

Hong Kong
King & Wood Mallesons Taps Longtime HSF Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Gary Lock, a 15-year veteran of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of its top capital markets partners in Asia, has joined King & Wood's corporate and securities team.

Hong Kong
Jones Day Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Scott Peterman makes the jump from Sidley Austin.

Macau
Judge Fines Sands $250K, Demands China Casino Documents

By Sue Reisinger |

A local judge in Las Vegas has ordered the China Sands Ltd. casino to deliver records related to a wrongful termination case, despite the Sands GC's testimony that following the order could send executives in Macau to jail.

China
Chinese Arbitration Award Stands in Mineral Co. Fight

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has ruled that an international arbitration award in favor of a China-based mineral supplier can be enforced upon an American company in a contract dispute.

Singapore
Reed Smith Nabs DLA's Asia Restructuring Head

By Tom Brennan |

Troy Doyle has joined the firm's commercial restructuring and bankruptcy group in Singapore.

Tom Daschle.

Taiwan
Daschle to Register With DOJ as Lobbyist for Foreign Client

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, now at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, said he will register with the federal government as a lobbyist for the first time in his career. Daschle will work on behalf of Taiwan.

Kazakhstan, Spain
Computer Hack in Kazakhstan Exposes Client Emails with Curtis Mallet

Emails between Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and its client, the Republic of Kazakhstan, were posted online in January after that government’s computers were hacked. Kazakhstan’s counsel at Curtis says in a complaint filed Thursday against the alleged hackers that some of the emails contained privileged and confidential attorney-client communications.

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

China
MoFo, Wilson Sonsini on Chinese Investors' $640M Take-Private Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Shanghai-based Summitview Capital is leading a Chinese consortium to buy U.S. chipmaker Integrated Silicon Solutions Inc. and delisted it from the Nasdaq.

India
India Eyes Reforms to a Disputes System Held in Low Repute

By Tom Brennan |

The country's reputation for bogging foreign investors down in litigation for years and overturning foreign arbitral awards may start to change if two soon-to-be-introduced laws are passed this year. It's all part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to attract new business to the Indian economy.

Malaysia, Thailand
ZICOlaw Launches IP Practice in Thailand

By Tom Brennan |

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has brought aboard two new partners from rival Tilleke & Gibbins, in addition to bolstering its intellectual property team in Malaysia.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, Australia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Dubai, Canada
Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart due to conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chairwoman Jami McKeon (left) and Stamford Law Corp. chairwoman Suet-Fern Lee

Singapore
In Unique Deal, Morgan Lewis Merges With Singapore's Stamford Law

By Brian Baxter and Anna Zhang |

Having just absorbed the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, a first-of-its-kind merger now awaits Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which will announce a union on Monday with Singapore's Stamford Law Corp. The combination will make Morgan Lewis the largest global firm in the city-state and the only one with the capacity to practice local law across a range of practice areas.

Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions in the United States and around the world sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

China
Jones Day Hires NDRC Official in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Xue Qiang will bring the firm an insider’s view of the all-important National Development and Reform Commission, one of the most important regulators in China.

Hong Kong
Freshfields Poaches Linklaters Asia U.S. Practice Leader

By Anna Zhang |

The arrival of capital markets specialist David Ludwick will create a four-partner team advising on U.S. law matters at the Magic Circle rival.

Australia
Minter Ellison, K&L Gates Lead $1B Broadband Deal in Oz

By Tom Brennan |

If successful, TPG Telecom Ltd.’s acquisition of iiNet Ltd. would create the second-largest fixed-line internet services provider in Australia.

Singapore
Singapore's Virtus Law Adds Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shook Lin & Bok partner Terence Seah has moved to Stephenson Harwood's Formal Law Alliance partner firm.

Singapore
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing-Linked Company Seeks Singapore IPO

By Anna Zhang |

RHT Holding Ltd., launched by partners of Singaporean firm, is planning to raise capital to fund growth through mergers and acquisitions in the region.

Singapore
Clifford Chances Names New Southeast Asia Corporate Head

By Tom Brennan |

London partner Kathy Honeywood is relocating in May to take the reins from longtime Asia-based partner Simon Clinton.

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee Adds Two Partners in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

The Korean firm has brought aboard former senior judge Jung Il Moon and former prosecutor Jung Ho Lee.

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China, Denmark
Lego Sues to Block Imports in Patent Fight Over Toy Dolls

By Jenna Greene |

The International Trade Commission on Wednesday gave a green light to toymaker Lego A/S to bring a patent and copyright infringement case against three competitors that are seeking to appeal more to girls. Lego says its rivals copied its "Friends" line.

China
Shearman Takes Kirkland China M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Stephanie Tang specializes in delisting Chinese companies from U.S. exchanges.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Emanuel Confos was most recently head of the construction practice at Gilbert + Tobin.

Singapore, United Kingdom
Kennedys Launches Singapore Joint Law Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm will join forces with shipping boutique Legal Solutions to add a local law practice to its city-state office.

Singapore
Dechert Hires Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Mangan had spent 10 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, most recently as counsel, before joining the Philadelphia-based firm.

Australia, United Kingdom
Pinsent Masons to Launch Australian Offices

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm will extend its construction practice to Sydney and Melbourne to capture work in the country's surging infrastructure sector.

Hong Kong
O’Melveny Taps Arbitration Partner to Lead in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

In what looks like a push for the firm’s Asia disputes practice, Friven Yeoh has been tapped for managing partner following the hire of two senior litigation lawyers for the office since last fall.

Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: AbbVie's $21B Pharma Buy, NXP in $12B Tech Acquisition, Plus More

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma tops our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more, with AbbVie Inc. agreeing to purchase cancer-drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc. for $21 billion. NXP Semiconductors, based in the Netherlands, will acquire Austin's Freescale for $11.8 billion.

Hong Kong
Freshfields Advising on HKBN's $750M IPO

By Tom Brennan |

Investors CVC Capital and GIC are cashing out of some of their stakes in Hong Kong's second-largest broadband internet provider.

China
Grandall on Chinese Brokerage’s $1.6B Shanghai IPO

By Anna Zhang |

Citigroup joint venture partner Orient Securities is going public amidst a rush of planned listings in China.

Christopher Reynolds

Japan
Toyota Creates New Global GC and CLO Role

By Sue Reisinger |

Toyota Motor Corp. has promoted Christopher Reynolds, previously general counsel of its U.S. subsidiary, to general counsel and chief legal officer for the global corporation.

China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea
Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.

Australia
Jones Day Hires Away Ashurst Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Infrastructure specialist Paul Riethmuller is the third partner to join the office since it opened nearly a year ago.

China
US Companies Criticize China's New Data Rules

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Thomas A. McGrath and Fay Zhou |

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

China, Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Poaches Mayer Brown IP Trio

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Debevoise on $4B Asian Private Equity Fund

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

Chinese Furniture Factory in the Guangdong Province, China

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

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

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

China
The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

By Julie Triedman |

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

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

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

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Real estate partner Andrea Rezos is joining from Ashurst.

China
Lifting the Veil on Dacheng

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China Tightening Rules on Personal Data

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

China
Quarantine for Digital Devices That Travel Overseas

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Recruits Veteran Tax Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Kobre & Kim Hires in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
New Year, New Strategies for Negotiation in China

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

Australia
Mills Oakley to Launch in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Real Estate Practice Head

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Adding Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Katrina Parkyn is moving over from Allens.

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

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

Australia
K&L Gates Boosts Finance Practice in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Adrian Tembel

Australia
Which Aussie Law Firms Will Be Next to IPO?

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Sands China Casino GC Bows to Chinese Data Privacy Law

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

Hogan Lovells Introduces Community Service Mandate to All Employees

By Nell Gluckman |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Qualcomm To Pay $975M China Antitrust Fine

By Anna Zhang |

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

Japan, Singapore
Ashurst Moving Asia MP to Tokyo from Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China Formally Detains Canadian Man Suspected of Espionage

By Anna Zhang |

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