Asian Top News

Japan
Lander & Rogers Brings Aboard Japan Adviser

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has hired former government minister Andrew Thomson to bolster its Japan practice after a free-trade pact between the two countries came into effect earlier this year.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

China
Former Bio-Rad GC Files Whistle-Blower Suit Over Firing

By David Ruiz |

Sanford Wadler claims he was blocked from investigating corruption in China as the company worked to nail down its $55 million FCPA settlement with the federal government.

Australia
HSF, Ashurst on $1.4B Aussie Mining Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The combination of Independence Group and Sirius Resources would create a copper, gold and nickel miner with a total market capitalization of $2.1 billion and a handful of major projects in Western Australia.

China
Quinn Emanuel to Launch First Mainland China Office

By Anna Zhang |

A Shanghai office is expected to open this fall, and the firm has poached Kirkland & Ellis Asia investigations head Samuel Williamson to lead it.

Dewey's Demise Takes Center Stage

Dewey & LeBoeuf former chair Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial officer Joel Sanders together face more than 100 criminal charges, including grand larceny, scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy in the lead-up to the 1,300-lawyer firm's downfall in May 2012. All have pleaded not guilty.

Australia
Morgan Lewis on CalPERS's APAC Infrastructure Play

By Tom Brennan |

U.S. pension fund California Public Employees' Retirement System is investing $764 million in an Asia Pacific infrastructure portfolio that will be managed by Australian investment company QIC Ltd.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Melbourne IP Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Litigation specialist Matthew Swinn has joined the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

India
The Shroffs Speak

By Tom Brennan |

The approach that brothers Shardul and Cyril have taken in launching their new firms shows they learned very different lessons from the breakup of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

Malaysia
Cleary, Clifford Chance on Malakoff's $769M IPO

By Tom Brennan |

Malaysia's largest independent power company held the country’s biggest initial public offering in close to three years.

China, Hong Kong, India, Japan
Deadlines for Global Legal Awards, Litigation Departments of the Year Submissions

The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Global Legal Awards and Litigation Departments of the Year.

Takata airbag components presented before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on Nov. 20.

Japan
Takata Airbag Recall Falls Short, Plaintiffs Lawyers Say

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers praised Takata Corp.'s admission on Tuesday that a defect was causing its airbags to spontaneously rupture, but they insisted that the company still hasn't gotten to the root of the problem, which they hope to reveal through discovery in more than 100 pending cases.

Hong Kong
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner Leaves for Simmons & Simmons

By Tom Brennan |

The departure of U.S. securities lawyer David Neuville follows the arrival of former Latham & Watkins China partner Michael Liu and a six-lawyer capital markets and transactions team at the firm in January.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag

China
Feds Charge Chinese Engineers With Stealing Silicon Valley Technology

By Marisa Kendall |

The group, including a former employee of Avago Technologies, allegedly applied for patents and used a Cayman Island shell company for cover.

Hong Kong, India
White & Case Boosts India Practice With New Hire

By Tom Brennan |

Deals specialist Pradyumna Mysoor was most recently with Linklaters in Hong Kong.

Singapore
Sidley Austin Lures White & Case Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Indonesia practice head Charlie Wilson has joined Sidley's mergers and acquisitions and private equity group.

India, United Kingdom
US vs. UK: Which Firms Have the Best India Practices?

By Tom Brennan |

A new ranking from London-based RSG Consulting shows that U.S. firms continue to take market share in India, challenging the dominant position once held by their U.K. peers.

China
China's DaHui Hires HSF Disputes Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Arthur Ma joins as a partner in Beijing.

Hong Kong
Dorsey & Whitney Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

High yield bond specialist Joe Sevack joins the firm from Troutman Sanders.

Nuclear Power Plant in China

China
Beijing's Tianyuan on China National Nuclear Power $2.7B Shanghai IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The state-owned nuclear power company has secured an approval for what will be the largest IPO mainland China has seen since China Everbright Bank's $3.6 billion Shanghai listing in 2010.

Hong Kong
Dealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins’ Cathy Yeung

By Anna Zhang |

So far in 2015, Yeung has already advised the largest three IPOs and the largest follow-on offer in Hong Kong

Australia
Deal Watch: Weil, Wachtell Dial Up for Verizon's $4.4 Billion AOL Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Verizon Communication Inc. cites AOL Inc.'s market success in digital content and advertising platforms as reasons behind the purchase. Also in this week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more: Williams' acquisition of its master limited partnership Williams Partners in an all-stock deal valued at $13.8 billion, led by Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts.

Nadia Soraya

Indonesia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Another Projects Partner in Jakarta

By Anna Zhang |

Second White & Case former Indonesian associate firm partner Nadia Soraya found home.

Singapore

Singapore
Dentons Shuttering Singapore Office on Heels of Dacheng Combination

By Jennifer Henderson |

The global legal giant will close its banking and finance outpost in Singapore as a result of its tie-up with China's Dacheng, a union that creates the world's largest law firm with 6,600 lawyers.

China
China's Broad & Bright Hires Siemens In-house Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Libin Zhang returns to the firm two years after leaving it to head the German company's Asia in-house M&A team.

Amy Berman Jackson.

South Korea
At U.S. Border, Laptops Are Not Searchable Like Handbags, Judge Tells Feds

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal agents do not have unlimited power to search laptops and other electronic devices without a warrant at the border, including airports, a federal judge in Washington ruled. The decision came in a case involving a Korean businessman whose laptop was seized by the Department of Homeland Security in 2012.

Singapore
A Conversation With The Minister for Law in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Speaking with The Asian Lawyer, Minister K. Shanmugam outlines his vision of building the city state into the New York of Southeast Asia's legal services.

Mita Djajadiredja

Indonesia
Baker & McKenzie Jakarta Member Firm Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mita Djajadiredja returns to Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners two year after leaving to form an association with White & Case.

China, Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Advises China Taiping Insurance on $1.74B Placement

By Tom Brennan |

The state-owned company is raising money to further grow its existing insurance businesses.

China
Laboring Under China's Labor Laws

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Employment law compliance is always a challenge, one that doesn't get any easier when you have employees in China.

India
Confirmed: Amarchand Mangaldas to Split

By Tom Brennan |

A feud between co-managing partners and brothers, Shardul and Cyril Shroff, has brought the hundred-year history of India's top law firm to an end.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires Sydney Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Rowan McDonald most recently spent 12 years as a partner at K&L Gates and Australian legacy firm Middletons.

Australia
HSF Hires Energy Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Graeme Gamble makes the move from Ashurst, making partner for the first time in his career.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Adds Senior Hong Kong Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Barclays Middle East legal head Muna Dandan has relocated from Dubai to lead the U.K. firm's financial services disputes and investigations practice in Asia.

Hong Kong
Howse Williams Bowers Boosts Disputes Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong firm has acquired a shipping, international trade and insurance practice by recruiting former Eversheds partner William Leung.

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar
Baker & McKenzie Adds Tax Capability in Yangon

By Tom Brennan |

The Chicago-based firm has recruited new partner Ola Nicolai Borge from another professional services firm that got its start in the Windy City, accounting giant Grant Thornton.

Matthew Harrison, Bentham

Australia
Australia's Bentham Launches in San Francisco

By Patience Haggin |

The litigation funder has hired a Latham & Watkins partner to open its third U.S. office.

China
DLA on Fosun's $1.8B U.S. Insurance Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Shanghai-based conglomerate is acquiring the remaining 80 percent of Ironshore that it doesn’t already own in an effort to ramp up its insurance portfolio.

Malaysia
Linklaters, Clifford Chance on Malaysia's $1.5B Sukuk

By Tom Brennan |

The Magic Circle firms once again have the lead roles on the Southeast Asian country's latest Islamic bond deal, its first since 2011.

China
China's Respect for IP: It's Getting Better

By Lisa Shuchman |

Remember the stacks of pirated DVDs, the copycat cars, the bogus phones? They still exist, but increasingly at the margins as China gets its intellectual property act together.

The Churn

Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, Dubai, United States
On the Move

By Brian Baxter |

Lateral hires in the United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai and Japan, as well as around the United States.

Hong Kong
China's Llinks Lands in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Shanghai-based firm has launched its first office outside of mainland China in search of capital markets deals and outbound M&A work.

China, India, Canada
US Trade Office Calls Out 37 Countries for IP Practices

By Lisa Shuchman |

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual "Special 301 Report" on intellectual property rights.

UBS at 299 Park Ave.

South Korea
Panel Says Commercial Case Belongs in Korean Court

By Ben Bedell |

The Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed dismissal of a Commercial Division case Tuesday, holding that the transaction at issue did not have a "substantial nexus" to the state.

Vietnam
From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again

By Brian Baxter |

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, The Am Law Daily catches up with several Vietnamese American lawyers to discuss the journey from refugee to Big Law.

Military soldiers wearing DuPont Kevlar vests and helmets, which provide protection against a wide range of threats, including bullets, shrapnel and fragmentation.

South Korea
Long Fight Over Kevlar Trade Secret Theft Resolved for $360M

By Jenna Greene |

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets from E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. agreed to pay $360 million in restitution and fines on Thursday, settling a long-running dispute over Kevlar brand technology.

Singapore
Head of Clyde's Singapore Partner Firm Leaving for Nabarro

By Anna Zhang |

Steven Lim will lead the construction-focused firm's city-state office; Clyde & Co says its Singaporean joint law venture is still intact.

Lewis Silkin Hong Kong partner Antonia Grant

Hong Kong
U.K. Firm Lewis Silkin Launches in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The 160-lawyer employment specialist is relocating London partner Antonia Grant to open its first office outside of the United Kingdom.

India
Davis Polk Advises Daiichi as It Exits Sun Pharma Stake

By Tom Brennan |

Japan's Daiichi Sankyo has raised about $3.2 billion by shedding the 9 percent of Sun Pharma it received when it sold Ranbaxy Labs to the Mumbai-based company earlier this month.

Hong Kong
Latham, Kirkland Act for China Galaxy on $3.1B Share Sale

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based brokerage is raising money to fund its securities-lending business as the country's stock markets continue to rally.

Australia
Weil Advises Iron Mountain on $2.1B Aussie Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The Boston-based data storage company has struck a deal to buy Australia's Recall Holdings, with Sidley Austin acting for the target.

Pakistan
Latham, Cleary Lead Habib Bank's $1B Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The government sold its entire stake in Pakistan's largest bank as part of an effort to boost the country's economy, including its foreign exchange reserves.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, India, Japan
McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Singapore
White & Case Wins Singapore License Renewal

By Anna Zhang |

A year after earning only a temporary extension of its Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license, the New York-based firm has been approved to practice local law for an additional four years.

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

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee First Korean Firm to Open in Middle East

By Anna Zhang |

The new office in Dubai comes after a pledge from the Korean government to fund $4.4 billion worth of construction projects in the region.

China, Italy
China's Han Kun Strikes Italian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has teamed up with Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners as Chinese investments into Italy increase.

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Capital Markets Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Thomas Kollar joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Clifford Chance.

China
Orrick, Skadden on Latest Take-Private for U.S.-Listed Chinese Company

By Anna Zhang |

Perfect World will be the third Chinese gaming company, including Giant Interactive and Shanda Games, to delist in the last 18 months in the face of low valuations from investors.

Australia
Allens on Australian Telecom M2's Rival Bid for iiNet

By Tom Brennan |

M2 is trying to elbow out TPG Telecom with a $1.27 billion offer for the Perth-based DSL company.

South Korea
DLA Piper Advises Groupon on Korean Unit Stake Sale

By Tom Brennan |

Kirkland & Ellis and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are acting for KKR & Co. and Anchor Equity Partners on their investment in South Korea's Ticket Monster Inc.

Rescue operation using heavy machinery on April 30, 2013 at Rana Plaza in Savar.  On April 24 an eight-story commercial building, Rana Plaza, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh
Wal-Mart, JC Penney Sued Over Bangladesh Factory Collapse

By Zoe Tillman |

An eight-story building that housed garment factories in Bangladesh, collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring many more. This week, the victims and their families filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington against Wal-Mart and other retailers that allegedly sourced products from those factories.

China, Singapore, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada
Deal Watch: Big Firm Pharma Deal Flow Continues With Teva’s Mylan Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma leads the list of billion-dollar deals this week with a $40 billion, unsolicited bid made by Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for fellow generic-drug maker Mylan N.V.

China
Hollywood and China: An International Buddy Movie

By Anthony Paonita |

Hollywood wants the box office riches; Chinese companies want Hollywood techniques. Sister publication Corporate Counsel talks to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips partner Lindsay Conner about how the two are coming together.

Singapore
King & Spalding Hires Projects Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Simon Cowled was most recently a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Australia
DLA Piper Poaches A&O's Australian Private Equity Head

By Tom Brennan |

Grant Koch, who worked five years at Allen & Overy, will hold the same title at his new firm.

China
Ropes, Cleary, Paul Hastings on Cirque du Soleil Deal

By Tom Brennan |

U.S. private equity giant TPG Capital and Shanghai-based Fosun International are buying into the Canadian entertainment company and plan to launch the business in China.

Hong Kong
Paul Hastings Takes Two Fried Frank Hong Kong Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Private equity lawyers Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen are moving over, leaving two senior lawyers at Fried Frank's soon-to-close Asia offices.

Singapore
Bird & Bird Boosts Corporate Team in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Clean energy specialist Ken Cheung has left Berwin Leighton Paisner to join the rival U.K. firm as a partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright's new team in Hong Kong: Associate Muriel Cheng, Senior Consultant Philip Nunn, Partner Alfred Wu, Associate Anita Fong and Associate Kevin Hong

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Hong Kong Hires 5-Lawyer Team From Fried Frank

By Tom Brennan |

Three months after Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson announced it was pulling out of Asia, the firm's disputes practice in Hong Kong, led by former partner Alfred Wu, has found a new home.

Japan
Life After Bingham for Hideyuki Sakai

By Tom Brennan |

The former Bingham McCutchen Tokyo managing partner discusses his move to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and why he didn't follow his former colleagues to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Japan
Orrick Adds Senior Japan Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Former Skadden counsel Hiroshi Sarumida will oversee the firm's Japan-related transactions practice in the U.S.

Kevin Stewart, Lavan Legal

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires Disputes Head in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Kevin Stewart joins from Western Australian firm Lavan Legal and will oversee the office's two-partner disputes team.

China
Skadden, Kirkland on $1.6B Deal Between China’s ‘Craigslists’

By Anna Zhang |

China's 58.com and Ganji.com are letting go of a 10-year-old rivalry and joining forces.

Hong Kong, France, Germany
Diagnosing Sick Leave Laws Around the World

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

When you're "sick" in France, you might not be "sick" in Germany.

China
Sidley Austin Adds Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Wenseng Pan was most recently a counsel at O’Melveny & Myers advising on mergers and acquisitions.

China
Simpson Thacher, Freshfields Lead $2.5B Alibaba Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Hangzhou-based ecommerce giant is transferring its Tmall online pharmacy to its Hong Kong-listed healthcare subsidiary in exchange for a combination of shares and debt.

Hong Kong
Dear PR Professional

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia, United Kingdom
Trowers & Hamlins Wins First License to Practice in Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has announced it is now a so-called Qualified Foreign Law Firm, allowing it to advise clients on international law from the Southeast Asian country.

Ashurst global pro bono head Sarah Morton-Ramwell

Australia
Ashurst Names New Global Pro Bono Head

By Tom Brennan |

Former Reed Smith London-based lawyer Sarah Morton-Ramwell will lead the practice from Sydney.

From left to right, Baker & McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Regional Chairman Bruce Hambrett, Cao Yang, head of lawyers and notarization governance department of the Ministry of Justice, Wang Xie, deputy director of the Shanghai Justice Bureau, and Yingzhe Wang, Managing Partner of FenXun Partners.

China
Baker & McKenzie First in Shanghai FTZ Joint Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm is teaming up with China's FenXun Partners to be the first joint operation between law firms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in a program that was introduced last year.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Steals DLA's Global Mining Head

By Anna Zhang |

Perth partner Robert Edel will join the firm in June.

Singapore
Allen & Gledhill, WongPartnership on $2.6B Take-Private Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Singaporean oil rig builder Keppel Corp. is delisting its property development arm in a bid to diversify revenues.

China
FireEye Suspects China of 10-Year Cyberespionage Operation

By Erin E. Harrison |

Report concludes governments, businesses and journalists have all been affected by a Chinese cybertheft operation.

Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea
Finnegan Henderson Joining Competitors in Seoul

By Katelyn Polantz |

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner will open an office in Seoul. The D.C.-based intellectual property firm follows some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms that have opened in South Korea since 2012.

Technological and Cultural Challenges of Cross-Border E-Discovery

By Christopher DiMarco |

A Q&A with Deloitte's Andy Ruckman: Reliance on local counsel is a critical consideration, but evolving technology can streamline international discovery.

Alibaba banners hang on the front facade of the New York Stock Exchange.

China
For Chinese Companies Facing U.S. Class Actions, Déjà Vu All Over Again?

By Anna Zhang |

Not necessarily, lawyers say. Alibaba and other Chinese newcomers to U.S. exchanges are far different from the companies, like now-defunct Sino Forest, that came before. Here’s why.

China, Hong Kong
Latham, Clifford Chance Advise on GF Securities $3.6B IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese brokerage ranks as the biggest initial public offering so far this year in Asia.

Australia
Clifford Chance on Apache’s $2.1B Australian Divestment

By Anna Zhang |

Four months after the Houston-based oil and gas giant sold two offshore assets to Woodside Petroleum for $2.8 billion, Apache has turned again to the Magic Circle firm to unload its entire Australian division.

China, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Am Law Firms Advise on $70 Billion Royal Dutch Shell Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Oil and gas tops off the week's list of billion-dollar deals, with Royal Dutch Shell plc's $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc.

Singapore
Freshfields, Linklaters on DBS's Billion-Dollar Partnership with Manulife

By Tom Brennan |

The two companies have struck an exclusive agreement that would see DBS sell Manulife's insurance products through the bank's 200 branches in Asia.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Recruits Stamford Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Min-tze Lean was most recently a director at the former Stamford Law Corp.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Hires JPMorgan Chase China Head

By Anna Zhang |

New partner Shao Zili will co-lead the firm's China practice from Beijing.

Australia
Norton Rose Hires Melbourne Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Insurance disputes specialist Mark Attard joins from Australian firm CBP Lawyers.

Indonesia
Norton Rose Boosts Jakarta Team

By Tom Brennan |

Projects partner Benny Bernarto joins from Indonesian firm Makarim & Taira S.

Malaysia
Watson Farley, A&O on SapuraKencana's $2.3B Islamic Debt Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Malaysia's largest oil and gas services company is refinancing part of a $5.5 billion credit facility it took on last year.

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Scores Senior Counsel From Stamford Law

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Tan Chuan Thye joins the Singaporean firm as a partner.

Australia
Ropes, Sullivan & Cromwell Lead MYOB's $636M IPO

By Tom Brennan |

Bain Capital is selling some of its shares in the Australian enterprise software company four years after buying it from Archer Capital for $1.3 billion.

China, Hong Kong
Kirkland on TCM's $930M Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

State-owned China Traditional Chinese Medicine is selling shares to a group of investors to fund its acquisition of Jiangyin Tianjiang Pharmaceutical.

India
Amarchand Split Delayed but Not Halted

By Tom Brennan |

A breakup of the storied Indian firm appears to be only a matter of time as feuding brothers Shardul and Cyril Shroff make lateral hires, promote new partners and lease office space on each other’s home turf.

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.