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Australia
DLA Piper Taps M&A Partner in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

David Hallam joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 17, 2014: Hainan Airlines Airbus A330 arrives to the Tegel International Airport.

China, Switzerland
Weil Advises China's HNA Group on $2.8B Swiss Cargo Company Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The parent of Hainan Airlines is buying the world's largest ground and cargo handling company, Swissport International Ltd.

China
U.S. Securities Class Actions Target More Chinese Companies

By Anna Zhang |

The latest report from Cornerstone Research and Stanford Law School finds that suits against Asian companies—most of them Chinese—account for more than half of shareholder class actions filed in the United States during the first six months of 2015.

Intercontinental Conundrum: Navigating Litigation Holds

By Caroline Mitchell and David DiMeglio |

Companies facing incidents that might attract international attention must assess whether U.S. litigation is reasonably anticipated, thus triggering the need for a litigation hold.

Singapore
MoFo on GLP's Latest U.S. Logistics Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The Singapore-based warehousing giant is offering $4.6 billion for a portfolio of properties held by Industrial Income Trust.

Deal Watch: Teva’s Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

From left to right: Corporate Avenue 1 and 2. Photo via The Link REIT.

China, Hong Kong
Baker & McKenzie on $1.1B Shanghai Property Investment

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong's Link REIT is buying two office buildings and retail space in the city's Xintiandi area.

China
SEC Plays Gotcha in Case Against Baby Formula Maker

By Jenna Greene |

Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sometimes feels like small time, gotcha-style litigation. Case in point: the $12 million settlement with Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. over marketing baby formula to health care professionals in China.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

China
Bio-Rad Fires Back at Former General Counsel

By David Ruiz |

Sanford Wadler was fired for misconduct, the company's lawyers said, not in retaliation for speaking up about possible corruption in Bio-Rad's business dealings in China.

Indonesia, Singapore
Ashurst Hires Away A&O Jakarta Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Andrew Digges spent 15 years with the Magic Circle firm, most recently at its Indonesian ally Ginting & Reksodiputro.

Australia
KWM Brings on Another Insolvency Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The hire of former Ashurst partner Tim Klineberg follows last month's arrival of longtime Clayton Utz partner David Cowling.

Singapore
White & Case Adds Local Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Former Linklaters lawyer Jonathan Bowden joins the U.S. firm's mergers and acquisitions practice.

Hong Kong
Winston & Strawn's Asia Litigation Head Joins MoFo

By Anna Zhang |

Adrian Yip, who started at the San Francisco-based firm on Tuesday, advises on asset recoveries, corporate restructurings and intellectual property disputes.

China, Hong Kong
Kirkland on China Railway Signal’s $1.8B IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The traffic-control systems designer will list next month four years after its first attempt at going public was postponed because of a deadly train rash in eastern China that killed 40 people.

Japan
A Qualitative Approach to Winning E-Discovery Business in Japan

By David M. Sannar |

There is no magic to winning business in Japan. It’s all about careful listening, honest explanations, and patiently waiting for the right decision.

China, Hong Kong
Davis Polk Leads CICC’s $1B Hong Kong IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The deal gives shareholders KKR and TPG Capital the chance to exit stakes they’ve held in the Chinese investment bank since 2010.

Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance's headquarters in Tokyo. Photo by: Lover of Romance

Japan
Baker & McKenzie on Meiji Yasuda’s $5B U.S. Insurance Buy

By Anna Zhang |

Debevoise & Plimpton is advising the target, New York Stock Exchange-listed StanCorp, on the deal.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Former Newcrest GC

By Tom Brennan |

Scott Langford returns to practice two years after resigning from the Australian gold miner amidst investigations into its disclosure practices.

Lawyers at Beijing's Feng Rui Law Firm (right) have been detained by China's government.

China
In China's Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Big Law Says Little

By American Lawyer staff reporting |

Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms active in China appear reluctant to join the bar associations around the world that have expressed support for the lawyers detained by the Chinese government in July.

Japan, United Kingdom
Skadden Advising Nikkei on FT Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

Japan's largest media company is offering $1.3 billion for FT Group, the Pearson-owned publisher of the iconic salmon-toned Financial Times.

China
China's Global Law Offices Hires From Davis Polk

By Anna Zhang |

Shanghai-based litigation partner Jerry Fang used to be a Hong Kong associate working on FCPA matters at the U.S. firm.

India
Shardul Amarchand Joins Lex Mundi

By Tom Brennan |

Shardul Shroff's new outfit has replaced the former Amarchand Mangaldas in the global network of independent law firms.

China
China Denies Role in Hack Attack on Arb Court Website

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A cyber-security breach at the Permanent Court of Arbitration places at risk any law firm that tracks arbitration in The Hague.

China
Law Firm Combinations Will Continue, But There's a Ceiling, Consultants Say

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are merging at the highest rate since the Great Recession, but consultants say there are checks within the legal industry that will prevent consolidation on the scale of other professional service industries.

China
The EB-5 Visa is Helpful but Imperfect

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The popular immigrant investor program is supposed to be a win-win, but isn't always.

China
Fenwick & West Hires From Latham in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Karen Yan specializes in China-related internet and technology deals.

Clouds at sunset on the South China Sea

China
The Global Lawyer: Not the South China Sea, Not in Court

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Last week arbitrators in The Hague heard from Foley Hoag's Paul Reichler in the first phase of the world's most misunderstood maritime battle, over the status of a few rocks that form the most controversial dots on the world map.

Power station in Western Australia. Source: Energy Developments

Australia
Allens, Gilbert + Tobin on Billion-Dollar Aussie Energy Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Sydney-based utility DUET Group is buying clean-energy producer Energy Developments.

Hong Kong, Singapore
Jones Day Brings New M&A Partner to Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Elizabeth Cole previously worked in Shanghai and Hong Kong for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

China
How Chinese Demand for EB-5 Visas Has Slowed Things Down

By Samantha Joseph |

They're eager to invest in real estate, but a backlog might lead Chinese investors to delay deals under the EB-5 visa program.

China
China's Zhong Lun Adds Two in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partners Julia Zhu and Li Zhang join the firm from Allbright and Grandway respectively.

Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam
The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

In Asia, winners include the Alibaba IPO, AB InBev's acquisition of Oriental Brewery, Bhutan's first law school and more.

Hong Kong
Shearman to Add Arbitration Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Nils Eliasson will join from Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling in September and specialize in energy-related matters.

Pakistan, Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Coordinated Effort from 20 Countries Targets Darkode Hacking Forum

By Zach Warren |

Twelve Darkode members have been charged with computer fraud conspiracy following an FBI infiltration of the forum.

Indonesia
Holman Fenwick Taps HSF Partner With Eye on Indonesia

By Tom Brennan |

Haydn Dare, who spent nearly 30 years at Herbert Smith Freehills, is in Jakarta looking for a local tie-up.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Environment Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm brings on former Ashurst special counsel Meredith Gibbs in Melbourne.

China
Orrick Adds Corporate Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Ning Zhang joins after 10 years with O'Melveny & Myers, most recently as counsel.

China, Hong Kong
More Chinese Firms Seeing Benefits of Hong Kong Base

By Anna Zhang |

Jingtian & Gongcheng is the fifth Chinese firm in the past year and a half to arrive in hopes of capturing more work from mainland clients using Hong Kong to grow their businesses.

China
EB-5 Funding Is Turning Miami China-Centric

By Ronald R. Fieldstone |

Chinese investors accept a rate of return on their invested capital as low as 0.5 of a percent to get the certainty of job creation and green card approval, writes attorney Ronald Fieldstone.

Slater & Gordon managing director Andrew Grech

Australia
Slater & Gordon Loses Its Gloss

By Tom Brennan |

Accounting issues at the Australian class-action firm and its most recent deal partner, U.K. insurance claims processor Quindell, have dulled the stock's sheen after eight years of growth since its IPO in 2007.

China
Skadden on YY’s $2.4B Chinese Go-Private Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The video social networking company is the latest U.S.-listed Chinese company planning its return to China’s stock exchanges.

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown, Freshfields on $938M Hong Kong Hotel Buy

By Tom Brennan |

A group of investors led by Gaw Capital Partners has made a bid for the 5-star InterContinental on the Kowloon waterfront.

Chadbourne Exits Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Fifteen years after opening in the Chinese capital, the firm has chosen to run its China practice from New York and London.

China
Chinese E-Commerce Loophole Set to Close

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Companies selling products to Chinese consumers have been avoiding strict consumer laws by selling directly via e-commerce. But that might not be a viable option much longer.

Australia
Clifford Chance Adds Project Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Allens banking and finance specialist Richard Gordon will join the Magic Circle firm's Sydney office in September.

Japan
Harneys Touches Down in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The offshore firm has opened a representative office in the Japanese capital.

Marc Kasowitz is representing Macquarie Capital in its malpractice case against Morrison & Foerster.

China, Australia
MoFo, Macquarie Square Off in Puda Coal Malpractice Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Macquarie Capital appears to have made peace with U.S. regulators over the messy demise of China's Puda Coal. But Macquarie's fight with its former lawyers at Morrison & Foerster is just heating up.

China, Hong Kong
Mayer Brown to Form Hong Kong Alliance With China's Jingtian

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm plans to use Jingtian & Gongcheng's arrival in Hong Kong to access a long list of Chinese clients.

China, Hong Kong
Cleary Takes Hong Kong Partner From Shearman

By Anna Zhang |

Shuang Zhao specializes in taking Chinese companies public in the U.S.

Australia
HWL Ebworth Adds Property Partner in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

Damien Foulis joins from South Australia firm Finlaysons.

Australia
Mills Oakley Recruits Three New Partners

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has grown its construction and property teams with the arrival of Rechelle Brost in Brisbane, Patrick Thuang in Perth and Luke Westmore in Melbourne.

China
Ince & Co Hires Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

French lawyer Paul-Emmanuel Benachi joins from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Japan
Baker & McKenzie Tokyo Taps New Disputes Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former White & Case lawyer Joel Greer specializes in international arbitration.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds India Capability in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Finance partner Prashanth Venkatesh was most recently at the former Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. in Bangalore.

South Korea
Sheppard Mullin Brings on Another Partner in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

Capital markets lawyer Johneth Chongseo Park makes the move from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Australia
Pinsent Masons Hires Disputes Specialist in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

Former King & Spalding Singapore partner Peter Megens is returning home to join the U.K. firm's newly opened Melbourne office.

Hong Kong, Singapore
Akin Gump Adds Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Newly hired Paul Greening, formerly with Vinson & Elkins, will relocate from Hong Kong later this year.

China, Hong Kong
Weil Poaches Freshfield Partner for Shanghai Office

By Tom Brennan |

Charles Ching is relocating from Hong Kong to join the U.S. firm's China practice.

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, with Marina Bay Sands in the background

Singapore
Holman Fenwick Willan Forms Singapore FLA

By Tom Brennan |

The London-based firm has partnered with seven-lawyer AsiaLegal in a formal law alliance.

Big Deals

By Tom Brennan and Anna Zhang |

China National Nuclear Power IPO, 58.com/Ganji, Daiichi/Sun Pharma and more of the Asia-Pacific region's largest recent transactions.

India
A Taste of India

By Tom Brennan |

A few firms set up shop in India during a previous liberalization campaign. Then a lawsuit brought by an Indian lawyers' group shut them down.

India
Will India Open the Door to Foreign Lawyers?

By Tom Brennan |

Global law firms are keeping a cautious eye on India as the government moves closer to lifting the protectionist regulations that have barred foreign firms from the country.

China, Australia, Germany
Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

By Julie Triedman |

With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.

Singapore
Going Local in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

A handful of international firms have obtained a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license, which allows them to hire Singapore-qualified lawyers and practice some local law. Others say it's not worth the trouble.

Singapore
Singapore: A Tough Market, But Law Firms Can't Stay Away

By Anna Zhang |

As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Singapore continues to be a hot spot for global law firms. To thrive in such a competitive legal market, firms need to be smart about where they invest their resources.

Australia
ACC Australia (ACLA) Debuts Down Under

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The Association of Corporate Counsel is solidifying its plans to joins forces with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association by creating a singular resource for in-house counsel in the country.

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Deciding the World's Biggest Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Our survey finds more billion-dollar cases than ever—and they’re being heard by the same tiny club of arbitrators.

Signs of Slower Growth for U.S. Firms in Asia

By Zoe Ferguson |

Data from The NLJ 350 shows that lawyer counts at U.S. firms in Asia have soared in the past decade. But is the growth story over?

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Recruits Longtime Clayton Utz Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Tuckfield joins his new firm's infrastructure and major projects practice in Melbourne.

Singapore
HSF Advises China's JCET on Singapore Semi Deal

By Tom Brennan |

A consortium led by Shanghai-listed Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology is buying Temasek-controlled chipmaker STATS ChipPAC for $760 million.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

India
Uber Hires First Head of Legal for India

By Tom Brennan |

The taxi-hailing service has tapped Mohit Abraham of Khaitan & Co., the firm currently defending Uber against a ban in Delhi.

Scott Gibson, John Weber, Michael Bowen and Marc Wilshaw pose for a photo at the Hardy Bowen offices on June 22, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images for DLA Piper)

Australia
DLA Piper Brings Aboard Perth's Hardy Bowen

By Tom Brennan |

A 12-lawyer team from the Western Australian corporate boutique will join DLA Piper's current roster of 51 lawyers in Perth on July 1.

China, Hong Kong
Davis Polk Advises Red Star Macalline on Hong Kong IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The mainland home-improvement and furniture retailer will use the $925 million raised in its initial public offering to open nine new specialty malls and seek further expansion through acquisitions.

Singapore
Singapore’s Cavenagh Law Launches Real Estate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance's alliance partner in the city-state has hired former WongPartnership partner Carol Anne Tan to lead the new venture.

Vietnam
Anderson Mori Opens in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

The firm has launched its second office in Southeast Asia, adding to a current base in Singapore.

China
Four Firms Advise on Shanghai Developer's $920M Fund Raising

By Tom Brennan |

Jones Day, Baker & McKenzie and Deacons all had roles on an investment into real estate company Chongbang.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Philippines
Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Sparks More Than 40 Class Actions

By Amanda Bronstad |

More than 40 class actions have been filed over last month’s highly publicized fight between Floyd Mayweather and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, alleging that the boxers, their promoters and the cable networks airing the match misled viewers about the “Fight of the Century.”

Vietnam
Protecting an International Brand's IP in Vietnam

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Vietnam's 93 million residents, a large percentage of whom are under 40, have money to spend on foreign goods and services.

China
Simpson, Allen & Overy on HP’s New Chinese JV

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned Tsinghua University is paying $2.3 billion for a majority stake in a new joint venture that includes Hewlett-Packard’s network, server and storage business in China.

Singapore
White & Case Acts for Temasek, CVC on US Pharma Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund and London-based CVC Capital Partners have acquired a majority stake in New Jersey-based Alvogen that values the company at $2 billion.

Takata Corp displays at a showroom for vehicles in Tokyo, Japan on May 20, 2015.

Japan
Takata Executive 'Deeply Sorry' for Air Bag Defects

By Mike Sacks |

A senior executive from Takata Corp. appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday to update lawmakers on the recall of nearly 34 million vehicles installed with the company's air bags.

Kazakhstan, United Kingdom
Kazakhstan Wins Access to Documents of Law Firm Clyde & Co

By Scott Flaherty |

In a battle over foreign oil and gas assets, the Republic of Kazakhstan has won a ruling that the New York office of U.K.-based law firm Clyde & Co must turn over information about the value of an oil and gas plant seized by the republic.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta receives the oath of office from Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 19, 2015.

India
First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to D.C. Federal District Court

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

China, Hong Kong
Lawyers Double Dip as Chinese Clients ‘Go Private’

By Tom Brennan |

The same law firms that rode a wave of U.S. IPOs by mainland companies last decade are cashing in again as those clients pull stakes and head home to China.

China, Hong Kong
Linklaters, Freshfields Lead CITIC Securities $5B Share Sale

By Anna Zhang |

China's largest brokerage raised money for securities lending from the National Social Security Fund, the Kuwait Investment Authority, GIC Private Ltd. and others.

Australia
Allen & Overy Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm rehires private equity lawyer Jamie Palmer two months after former Australia PE practice head Grant Koch left for DLA Piper.

Tim Xia

China
China IP Practice Moves From Morris Manning to Locke Lord

By Meredith Hobbs |

Tim Tingkang Xia, who headed Morris Manning & Martin's intellectual property and international practices, has left for Locke Lord with another partner, IP litigator Bryan Harrison, and a 12-member IP team made up of an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.

Hong Kong
Second Cadwalader Partner Leaves for Simmons Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Nearly a month after former partner David Neuville’s return to the British firm, corporate Joseph Lee has also rejoined Simmons & Simmons.

China
Kirkland, Skadden Leads $9B Going-Private Bid for Qihoo

By Madeline Farber |

If approved by shareholders, the deal would make Qihoo's privatization the largest such transaction by a U.S.-listed Chinese company.

The charging bull statue on the Bund, the historic business area in Shanghai.

China
Haiwen Leads Guotai Junan’s $4.9B China Listing

By Anna Zhang |

The Shanghai-based brokerage is the country’s largest IPO since Agricultural Bank of China's $10 billion Shanghai listing in 2010.

India
Ashurst, Khaitan Lead $2.3B Vedanta Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. and Indian firms are the sole counsel for the Indian resources company's latest restructuring.

China
Seyfarth Adds China Partner in New York

By Anna Zhang |

Howard Jiang joins from newly merged Locke Lord.

Source: Lenovo

China, Hong Kong
Cleary, Davis Polk Lead Legend's $2B Hong Kong IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The parent company of Chinese computer maker Lenovo is raising capital for future acquisitions.

Japan
King & Spalding Raids Ashurst to Open in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Four Ashurst partners, including three already in Japan and one in Perth, are expected to join the U.S. firm to launch its second office in Asia.

China
Chinese, More Than Americans, See Benefits of US Law Degree

By Anna Zhang |

A tough market for legal services has prompted many U.S. students to drop the idea of going to law school at all. Their Chinese peers, however, think studying in the States is exactly the edge they need to overcome their own employment hurdles.

China, Hong Kong
Skadden Leads 3SBio's Hong Kong Debut

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese biotechnology company has returned to the public markets two years after delisting from the Nasdaq.

China
Wilson Sonsini, Kirkland on $673M US-to-China Take Private

By Anna Zhang |

China Mobile Games has become the latest Chinese game developer to exit the Nasdaq, six weeks after Perfect World announced its own plan to delist from the U.S. exchange.

Australia
Jones Day Poaches HSF's Deputy Senior Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Crean, a former chairman of legacy Freehills and steward of its merger with Herbert Smith, will lead the U.S. firm's Australian M&A practice from Sydney.

Hong Kong
Last Departing Fried Frank Asia Partner Joins K&L Gates

By Tom Brennan |

Hong Kong-based corporate lawyer Carolyn Sng will start at her new firm on Monday.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Snags Work for Teva, Tokio Marine

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva’s $40 billion bid for Mylan.