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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.

China
Dentons Hires Five Partner in Shanghai

By Frances Ivens |

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

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?

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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.

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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 $8B IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The planned Hong Kong listing of the Chinese bank could be the largest in the world this year.

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.

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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.

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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.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

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.

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Foley Square

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.

Singapore city skyline

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.

Judge Andrew Carter Jr.

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.

U.S. Department of Justice

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?

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.

China
Client Confidential

By Tom Brennan |

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

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.

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.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires Away KWM Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Nineteen-year Mallesons veteran Joshua Cole joins the Silver Circle firm to advise on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

China
Former DLA Piper Beijing Chief Representative Joins Bird & Bird

By Anna Zhang |

John Shi arrives with former of counsel Shan Lai as the U.K. firm bets on transactional work in China.

Indonesia
Olswang Hires From Ashurst in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Indonesia-focused partner Toby Grainger relocates from Jakarta.

Singapore
Singapore’s RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Adds Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Dual-qualified in Germany and Singapore, arbitration specialist Patrick Dahm joins from Rodyk & Davidson.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Leads $1.4B Aussie Tunnel Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Australia’s largest toll road operator Transurban will acquire a 6.7-kilometer motorway tunnel that connects downtown Brisbane to the city’s airport.

Shanghai's Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower viewed from Shanghai Pudong, China.

China
Seeking China Beachhead, McGuireWoods Inks Shanghai Deal

McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.

Hong Kong
Gibson Dunn Nabs Jones Day Hong Kong Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sébastien Evrard handles merger controls and antitrust government investigations and litigation in Asia and Europe.

China
Herbert Smith Freehills on CGN $2.3B Malaysian Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned nuclear generator is buying all the power assets from Malaysia’s debt-laden 1MDB.

Happy New Year?

Our annual Law Firm Leaders Survey finds managing partners hopeful, if uncertain, about their firms' prospects for next year.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

Pakistan
The Global Lawyer: Using the Courts to Fight Climate Change

The Paris climate talks won't be enough. Can courts grab control of the thermostat?

China
Upping the Ante

Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.

Hong Kong
HSF Launches Singapore Alliance, Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has set up a formal law alliance with Singapore’s Prolegis and recruited debt capital markets lawyer William Ku from King & Wood Mallesons.

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright to Add Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Anna Gamvros will join from Baker & McKenzie in March as the firm readies to boost technology practice in China and Hong Kong.

Australia
Mills Oakley Adds Five New Partners

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has bolstered its tax, environment, corporate, insurance and projects teams in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Australia
Clyde & Co Adds Insurance Partner in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. shipping and disputes firm has hired away Marcus O’Brien from Norton Rose Fulbright.

China
Cleary, Shearman on Dali Foods $1.2B IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The snack-food company's market debut is the largest this year for a privately held Chinese concern.

China
MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

E-Discovery Growing More Prevalent in Many Regions

A Kroll Ontrack report also highlights predictive coding and its popularity in the UK, US and Europe.

India
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

Both regional and international firms alike took home trophies for their work on the most innovative and creative deals and disputes in Southeast Asia and India. Here's the full list of winners.

Singapore
After Dacheng Deal, Dentons Finalizes Three-Way Combination

Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.

Hong Kong
Morrison & Foerster Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Proskauer Rose associate Jason Nelms has joined the San Francisco-based firm’s funds group.

Shipping containers are seen in the port of Singapore.

Japan
How the TPP Will Change Law Practice in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

It's not just that lawyers expect a surge in work once the treaty's ratified. It's the shape the work will take that's also drawn so much attention.

Indonesia
Linklaters' Indonesia 'Best Friend' Recruits From PT Pertamina

By Tom Brennan |

Alan Frederik rejoins Widyawan & Partners after four years as chief counsel at the state-owned oil and gas company.

Indonesia
DLA Piper Takes Clyde Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Horn joins to bolster the firm's Indonesia practice.

Myanmar
Berwin Leighton Paisner Launches in Yangon

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm first tested the waters in Myanmar through an alliance with local outfit Legal Network Consultants, but now it’s diving in with an office of its own.

Two More Countries Get Buy American Exemptions From Feds

New Zealand and Montenegro join the list of countries from which federal contractors are permitted to buy.

Singapore
Clyde Hires Marine Specialist in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Retired Royal Navy veteran Andrew Gray was most recently at Hill Dickinson.

China
Simpson Thacher Leads Anbang's $1.6B Takeover of U.S. Insurer

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese insurer is buying Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance as more Asian investments pour into the insurance sector.

Hong Kong
Clifford Chance Boosts Bonds Practice in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The Magic Circle firm has hired former Sidley Austin partner and debt capital markets specialist Alexander Lloyd.

Australia
HSF, KWM, Skadden Advise as Santos Raises $2.5B

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian oil and gas explorer has moved to cut its debt load amidst a weakened commodities market.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

China
It's Official: Dentons Merger with Dacheng Creates Global Giant

Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.

Rodyk & Davidson managing partner Philip Jeyaretnam, SC.

Singapore
When Rodyk & Davidson Meets Dentons

By Anna Zhang |

Will joining the world's largest law firm help revive Singapore's oldest law firm?

Indonesia
Freshfields Faces Regulatory Sting on Two Fronts

The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.

Australia
Quinn Emanuel's Newest Hire Adds Plaintiffs Practice in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Former Maurice Blackburn principal Damian Scattini joins the Los Angeles-based litigation firm to help build out its class actions capability in Australia.

Japan
The TPP Treaty Text Is Released, and Critics See a Lot to Dislike

The official text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty was released Thursday, and the intellectual property provisions, previously revealed through Wikileaks, are going to make a lot of people unhappy both in the United States and overseas.

China
Harneys Opens Fourth Asian Office in China

By Tom Brennan |

The offshore firm has nabbed a partner from rival Ogier to open in Shanghai.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Australia
Dentons Ups the Ante in Global Growth Gamble

With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.

Malaysia
Malaysia's Christopher & Lee Ong Acquires Two Boutique Firms

By Anna Zhang |

Rajah & Tann's Kuala Lumpur-based associate firm has expanded its technology and intellectual property offerings.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

Dentons Expands Across Pacific Rim Amid Busy Merger Market

Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.

Priti Radhakrishnan (left) and Tahir Amin

China
The Global Lawyer: Balm of Gilead, at a Price

Sovaldi, the hepatitis C wonder drug, costs $1,000 a pill. Law-savvy advocates are fighting back.

Australia
Johnson Winter & Slattery Recruits Allens Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Sydney-based partner Marcus Clark focuses his mergers and acquisitions practice on the agribusiness sector.

Hong Kong
Is Arbitration Funding Coming to Hong Kong?

By Tom Brennan |

The city's Law Reform Commission may soon recommend that a law be updated to explicitly allow the practice, making it the first Asian jurisdiction to do so. Lawyers, clients—and funders—are watching these developments closely.

Singapore
Reed Smith Steals Ince's Top Singapore Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Ince & Co. Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman are jumping ship in the midst of other defections in London and reports the maritime specialist is looking for a merger partner.

Australia
DLA Piper, A&O on Australia's Biggest IPO of the Year

By Tom Brennan |

Pension services company Link Group raised $683 million on the country's stock exchange.

Japan
Ashurst Advises as Nippon Life Buys Aussie Insurer for $1.7B

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese company is purchasing a majority stake in National Australia Bank subsidiary MCL Ltd.

Le Bassin aux Nympheas by Claude Monet was sold by Vilma Bautista for $32 million in 2010.

Philippines
Panel Upsets Part of Conviction Over Purloined Paintings

A New York state appeals court has vacated the conspiracy conviction of a Philippine national accused of attempting to sell four French Impressionist paintings once owned by the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, worth tens of millions of dollars.

China
Skadden, Paul Weiss on $3.4B Ctrip-Qunar Merger

By Anna Zhang |

Baidu is creating China's largest travel-booking site as consolidation in the internet space continues.

China
Slaughter and May Advises China Re on $2B IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The listing of China's only domestic reinsurer was among Hong Kong's largest offerings this year.

China
Dorsey & Whitney Opens in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

The Minneapolis-based firm expands into a second mainland Chinese office despite some U.S. peers leaving China entirely.

Hong Kong
Kirkland Hires Third Asia Insolvency Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Lipman Karas partner Kelly Naphtali joins a year after Kirkland launched an Asia restructuring practice with the hire of two former Hogan Lovells partners.

Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero, Northern District of California

China
Bio-Rad Can't Dodge Ex-GC's Whistleblower Suit

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero cleared a path for claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank acts.

South Korea
Quinn Emanuel and Hagens Berman Sue VW on Behalf of S. Koreans

Two prominent law firms filed a federal class action in Los Angeles on Friday against Volkswagen A.G. on behalf of South Korean consumers, making it the first case of its kind against an automaker in the United States.

China
Freshfields, Kirkland on $2.3B Huarong IPO

By Anna Zhang |

A second Chinese state-owned bad bank will list in Hong Kong to fund its distressed debt management business.

China
In re ChinaCast Education Corporation Securities Litigation

The Ninth Circuit on Friday ruled a company can be held accountable for its CEO's fraud, even if that fraud went against the company’s interests. The panel found ChinaCast Education Corp. can be held liable for the alleged embezzlement of CEO Ron Chan.

Vietnam
Watson Farley Adds Vietnam Capability

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm has formed an association with former Orrick best friend LVN & Associates.

China
S&C, Freshfields on $36B Chinese Telecom Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned mobile carriers China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are merging their tower assets.

India
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

By Tom Brennan |

We've broadened the scope for our second annual awards recognizing the top matters and lawyers in Southeast Asia and India, bringing the total number of categories to 25 from 17.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Perth Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former King & Wood Mallesons partner Sarah Harrison joins the firm's workplace relations and safety team.

Australia
Merged Firms Contend With Weak Aussie Dollar

By Anna Zhang |

Here’s how Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and K&L Gates have coped with the falling currency since merging with Australian firms in recent years.

Singapore
Withers Boosts Corporate Capability in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Tahirah Ara is slated to join the private wealth boutique on Oct. 26.

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

China
Simpson Thacher Advises as Alibaba Offers $4.2B for China’s YouTube

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese internet giant is buying Youku Tudou in a bid to enhance its digital entertainment offerings.

Australia
Johnson Winter & Slattery Grabs Partner From Ashurst

By Tom Brennan |

Martin Kudnig is relocating back to Melbourne from London after 16 years with the Silver Circle firm and the former Blake Dawson.

Hong Kong
Chinese Firm Zhong Lun Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Frederick Hui was most recently a disputes associate at DLA Piper.

Hong Kong
Linklaters Hong Kong Loses Fifth Partner This Year

By Anna Zhang |

Samantha Thompson has returned to London to join PricewaterhouseCoopers as a director.

India
Baker & McKenzie Hires India Practice Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner Sonia Baldia will be based in Washington, D.C.

HWL Ebsworth's newest partner, Melbourne-based Polat Siva

Australia
HWL Ebsowrth Adds Disputes Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Polat Siva joins the Australian firm's litigation team in Melbourne from Clayton Utz.

Hong Kong
Howse Williams Bowers Hires Disputes Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong firm has recruited Michael Withington from local litigation boutique Gall.

China
Reed Smith Recruits New Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Alexander Fischer is the former senior partner in Shanghai for German firm Roedl & Partners.

Australia
Clayton Utz Advises Macquarie on $6B Deal With ANZ

By Tom Brennan |

Australia's largest investment bank is purchasing the autos financing division of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

Kenya
Some Countries Adding Women in the Boardroom May Surprise You

Diverse director perspectives arguably improve company performance. Yet companies around the world are still far from achieving boardroom gender parity.

Singapore
Offshore Firm Carey Olsen Opens in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has recruited former Allen & Overy corporate partner Linda Lee to launch in the city-state.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Brings on Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Insurance specialist Brett Solomon was previously the head of DibbsBarker’s insurance practice.

China
Is DOJ Focus on Chinese Espionage Racial Profiling?

As the Obama Administration has made protecting American intellectual property from threats abroad a priority for the Department of Justice, it has sent clear signals that it sees China as Enemy No. 1. But the spate of cases that has followed has left some in the defense bar asking whether the government is too quick on the trigger when it comes to prosecuting individuals with Chinese ties. Three high-profile cases targeting naturalized U.S. citizens originally from China have unraveled in the past year, heightening those concerns.

China
Skadden, Davis Polk on $15B Chinese Merger

By Tom Brennan |

Tencent-backed Dianping.com and Alibaba-backed Meituan.com are combining to form a leading player in China's increasingly important online-to-offline services market.

China
Hogan Lovells, Cleary on Chinese Investment in Western Digital

By Tom Brennan |

Shenzhen-based information technology company Unisplendour is acquiring a 15 percent stake in Western Digital for $3.8 billion.

China
Sidley Austin Boosts Beijing Office With New Hire

By Tom Brennan |

The Chicago-based firm has recruited capital markets partner Mengyu Lu from Kirkland & Ellis.

China
FCPA Tally: 78 Companies Under Investigation, China Leads Mentions

At least 78 public companies have reported that they are targets of ongoing federal investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C. September 4, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

China
Bristol-Myers Squibb Settles China Bribery Case for $14.7 Million

The New York-based company agreed to settle civil charges that its joint venture in China bribed health care providers at state-controlled hospitals in order to promote drug sales.

China
The Road to Being the NBA's China GC Was a Circuitous One

Ella Wong, GC of NBA China, says NBA China still faces some major challenges, including that broadcasting of live games is not clearly protected by copyright law in that country.

Australia
Minter Ellison Recruits Insurance Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Kemsley Brennan, most recently with Colin Biggers & Paisley, also spent nearly 20 years in-house at U.S.-based insurer Chubb Group.

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

Hong Kong
Latham Adds Hong Kong Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The Los Angeles-based firm has recruited former Goldman Sachs executive director and senior in-house counsel Yilong Du.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Renminbi bond specialist Jini Lee is the latest of at least six lawyers this year to leave Linklaters’ Hong Kong office for rival firms.

Hong Kong
Ernst & Young Adds Hong Kong Law Capability

By Anna Zhang |

The Big Four auditor has struck a new association with local firm Lin & Associates.

Japan
Deal Watch: M&A Stays Strong Through Third Quarter, Skadden Tops League Tables

As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

China
Law Firms Lacking Cybersecurity Measures Have 'Significant Ground to Make Up'

'Tone from the top' is a critical differentiator for implementing better precautions.

Australia
Sidley, Clayton Utz, KWM on Origin Energy Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian oil and gas company hopes to raise $1.4 billion to pay down debt and strengthen its balance sheet in response to drastically reduced commodity prices over the past year.

China
The World's Best Known Law Firms

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

Australia
Minter Ellison, Allens on Latest Aussie Telecom Merger

By Tom Brennan |

Vocus Communications is offering $1.4 billion to acquire M2 Group in a deal that would create Australia's fourth-largest telecommunications company.

China
Gov't Mistakes Rare in Espionage Cases, Former Feds Say

The U.S. attorney's decision to drop charges against a Temple University physics professor accused of relaying U.S. defense technology information to China is not a typical move, according to former federal prosecutors.

International Firms Grapple with Currency Swings

Volatile currency rates can have a big impact on global law firm revenue and partner compensation. Who’s been hit hardest—and how are firms coping?

Daniel Fertig of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in his firm's Beijing office in Beijing, China

China
Global Legal Awards, Grand Prize Winner (Finance): Alibaba IPO

In the largest IPO ever, size wasn’t the only thing that made the deal challenging.

China
Will Initial China/US Cybersecurity Agreement Be Effective?

An initial cybersecurity agreement between China and the United States, seen as an “early step” to curb cybertheft, faces multiple challenges.

China
The Challenges of E-Discovery and International Privacy Laws

While we work and live in a "borderless" economy, when it comes to e-discovery and litigation matters, borders are ever apparent amid the myriad of international data privacy laws in play where ever data flows between regions.

O'Melveny & Myers Washington, D.C. offices. October 21, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hong Kong
More Changes in O'Melveny's Singapore Office

By Tom Brennan |

The relocation of transactions partner Andrew Hutton to Hong Kong leaves behind just one partner whose primary residence is in the firm's city-state office.

China
How Firms Are Faring in Five Emerging Global Markets

Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.

Indonesia
Hogan Lovells Loses Indonesian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-American firm and its former Jakarta-based partner Hermawan Juniarto have separated after three and a half years.

India
IP Battles Disturb the Meditative Calm of Yoga Rivals

The Indian government, hoping to discourage Western companies from trying to capitalize on its ancient yoga practice, is taking steps to protect what it considers its traditional knowledge.

South Korea
Global Legal Awards: Global Disputes of the Year

This annual award from The American Lawyer honors the winning team in a range of high-impact, high-profile transnational cases—from Yukos's $50 billion arbitration win against Russia to the groundbreaking Swiss tax settlements.

India
Khaitan, Shardul Amarchand Swap Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Former Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas New Delhi partner Nikhil Narayanan moves to Khaitan & Co., while former Khaitan Mumbai partner Abhay Sharma defects to SAM.

China
DLA Leads $1.3B Chinese Hotel Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Shanghai's Jinjiang International Hotel Group is buying an 81 percent stake in budget hotel chain 7 Days from investors including the Carlyle Group and Sequoia Capital.

Singapore
Minter Ellison, Allen & Gledhill Advise as Ascendas Goes Down Under

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean real estate fund is purchasing a portfolio of Australian logistics properties from fellow city-state investors GIC and Frasers Centrepoint for $725 million.

Allen & Overy, seen here, won International Firm of the Year at the 2015 China Law & Practice Awards.

China
Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

By Katherine Jo |

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

United Kingdom
Expert Analysis: UK Holds Companies Responsible for Slavery in Supply Chain

By Maureen Gorsen and Doug Bryden |

Under the United Kingdom's new Modern Slavery Act, Asian businesses that make or supply goods or services sold in the U.K. can expect greater scrutiny of their labor practices.

Patuxai in Vientiane, victory gate and landmark of the Laotian capital.

Laos
Zicolaw's Laos Member Firm Hires New Top Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Vientiane Law Co. Ltd. has brought aboard Aristotle David from VNA Legal to serve as managing partner.

China
Three Firms on China's Biostime Buyout of Aussie Vitamins Maker

By Tom Brennan |

The Guangzhou-based baby food company is offering $995 million for Swisse Wellness in a push to expand its product portfolio.

The Universal Studios globe in Los Angeles.

China
Three U.S. Firms on Universal Studios' $7.8B Move Into China

By Tom Brennan |

The Comcast-owned theme park company is planning to open its biggest-ever location in Beijing in 2019.

Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella

China
IP Legend Morgan Chu on Winning at Trial, Retirement and Poker

"Lucky" is a word that Morgan Chu uses often. Lucky enough as a young lawyer to be tapped to take a major patent case to trial. Lucky enough to win—again and again. But what the Irell & Manella partner doesn't say is that you also make your own luck. Chu spoke to the Lit Daily about his biggest cases and keys to success.

China
Steptoe Hires Beijing Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

China litigation specialist Richard Wagner arrives from Baker & McKenzie.

Australia
DLA Piper Adds Employment Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Leanne Nickels had joined Norton Rose Australia’s legacy firm Deacons in 1998.

Japan
King & Spalding Takes First Steps Into Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The Atlanta-based firm faces stiff competition from U.S. rivals such as Morrison & Foerster and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in choosing Japan as its second base in Asia.

India
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Hires New Corporate Head

By Tom Brennan |

Shuva Mandal had spent the last decade and a half at rival AZB & Partners.

China
Chinese Lawyers Look for Next Uber of Legal Services

By Anna Zhang |

China's attempt to boost economic growth by supporting online businesses has some lawyers looking for ways to cash in beyond the billable hour.

Japan
Sullivan & Cromwell, Simpson Thacher Partners on Japan Post's $11.5B Triple Listing

By Tom Brennan |

The same lawyers who led Japan Tobacco's $7.8 billion share sale two years ago are advising on the IPOs of the state-owned postal service and its banking and insurance divisions.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Recruits New Partner From Hong Kong Firm

By Tom Brennan |

Employment specialist Jennifer van Dale joins the U.K. firm from Hong Kong litigation boutique Gall, but previously spent 16 years with Baker & McKenzie.

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C. August 21, 2013. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

China
Attorney Facing SEC Fraud Charges 'Shocked' by Allegations

William Uchimoto, who spent time running the China practice groups for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Stevens & Lee, said he was "shocked" to learn of the SEC's civil securities fraud charges leveled against him Thursday.

Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Adds One Asia Partner, Loses Another

By Anna Zhang |

Former DLA Piper Asia Pacific employment head Pattie Walsh joins the firm in Hong Kong while Singapore partner Sheena Jacob leaves for local firm.

Rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks at the Maafushi Prison while meeting with jailed former Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed in Maafushi on September 8, 2015. Rights lawyer Amal Clooney spent hours in a high security prison island in the Maldives September 8 consulting former president Mohamed Nasheed as part of efforts to secure his release.

Amal Clooney: Beautiful? Yes. Famous? Yes. But Is She a Good Lawyer?

Amal Clooney may be the most famous practicing lawyer in the world, and is certainly the most photographed. But is she a good lawyer? In some ways, it’s the wrong question to ask.

China
Han Kun Takes Another Partner From Fangda

By Anna Zhang |

Intellectual property disputes lawyer Wang Yan joins the firm's head office in Beijing.

Mitsui Sumitomo's headquarters at the Tokyo Sumitomo Twin Building.

Japan
Skadden, Linklaters on $5.3B Mitsui Sumitomo-Amlin Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Tokyo-based company is buying the London-based reinsurer as the Japanese insurance industry continues an overseas shopping spree.

Richard Hays

China
Alston & Bird Opens China Office, Expands in Europe

Alston & Bird is expanding abroad, opening an office in Beijing and adding three lawyers who handle privacy and data security to its Brussels outpost.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
Allen & Overy Launches in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm is the latest international firm to arrive in Korea ahead of further liberalization in the country's legal market next year.

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

Singapore
Kennedys Hires Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Rival DAC Beachcroft's former office head in the city-state Ben Nicholson moved over.

China
Sidley, Weil on Bohai's $2.6B Avolon Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese leasing company Bohai is acquiring the Irish aircraft lessor as China looks set to overtake the U.S. as the world's largest domestic aviation market.

South Korea
Three Am Law 100 Firms on Tesco $6B Korea Sale

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. retailer is unloading its largest overseas operations in a bid to strengthen balance sheet.

Hong Kong
Reed Smith Adds Three in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Gregory Wang joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Morrison & Foerster, while Calvin Chan and Kohe Hasan arrive in Singapore from Skadden and Oon & Bazul, respectively.

China
What It Takes to Win—and Keep—Clients in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

We spoke to twenty veteran lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore about their secrets for keeping Asian clients happy. What they told us will surprise you.

Singapore
New Singaporean Firm Hires From Rajah & Tann

By Anna Zhang |

Commercial litigator Mohammed Reza has joined Simmons & Simmons' best friend in the city-state as a director.

South Korea
Kobre & Kim Launches in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Cofounding partner Michael Kim will lead the U.S. litigation boutique's practice in the Korean capital.

Joanne Du and Phillip Georgiou, partners, Baker Botts, Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Baker Botts Hires Three Lateral Partners in Asia

Three lawyers leave Jones Day's Hong Kong office to join Baker Botts' Hong Kong office.

Hong Kong
Kirkland Poaches Linklaters Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Leveraged buyout specialist David Irvine is the fourth partner to leave the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.

At Sidley Austin, A Pro Bono Project Involves Hundreds

The firm’s Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise program involves 80 pro bono projects, 285 Sidley lawyers and 25 countries.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Open New Middle East, U.S. Offices

Shearman & Sterling launches in Dubai; Dechert forms an alliance in Saudi Arabia; Ogletree Deakins and Jackson Lewis expand in the U.S.; and litigation boutique Kobre & Kim heads to South Korea.

China
DLA Piper Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Gloria Liu joins from Goodwin Procter.

China
Han Kun Steals Eight Allbright Lawyers in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based boutique firm has poached a mixed team of partners and senior counsel whose practices range from mergers and acquisitions to employment law.

Minter Ellison's newest employment partner, Karl Blake, works from Melbourne.

Australia
Minter Ellison Brings on Employment Partner in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

Karl Blake is the former head of regulation and disputes at Maddocks.

China
Ropes & Gray Adds Private Equity Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Weil, Gotshal & Manges counsel Daniel Yeh advises on China-related deals.

Robert Pe with Suu Kyi

Hong Kong
Gibson Dunn Recruits Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Robert Pé, most recently a partner at Orrick, also serves as adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Japan
Clifford Chance Advises Mitsubishi on $1.1B Olam Investment

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese trading house is buying a 20 percent stake in the Singapore-listed agribusiness to capture rising global demand for food commodities.

China
O'Melveny Hires Weil China Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Anthony Wang relocates from Shanghai to join the firm's office in Newport Beach.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds to Projects Practice in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Longtime construction lawyer Michael Hollingdale joins the Australian firm as a partner.

Australia
Acquisition Spree Sees Slater and Gordon Revenues Soar

Fueled by a series of U.K. acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.

India
Khaitan, Dorsey on IndusInd's $675M Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Indian bank placed shares with institutional investors in order to boost its reserve capital.

Taiwan
Orrick Adds Taiwan-Focused IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Ellisen joins the firm's Silicon Valley office from Greenberg Traurig.

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

China
Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.

China
Video Game Exec Charged With Trade Secrets Theft

Terminated employee of Machine Zone was arrested just before boarding a flight to China after an FBI investigation.

China
Most Countries Keep Bribery Prosecution Within Borders

More than half the countries that signed on to an international bribery law convention haven't ventured beyond their own countries.

Singapore
K&L Gates Boosts Banking Team in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Markus Blenntoft moves over from the recently closed office of Dentons.

India
The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama at a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia last November. They will meet again next month in Washington, D.C. for Xi's first state visit where China's hunt for economic fugitives in the U.S. is expected to be discussed.

China
China’s Uneasy Embrace of U.S. Justice for Corrupt Fugitives

By Anna Zhang |

The trial of alleged embezzler Zhao Shilan will be the first U.S. prosecution of a Chinese economic fugitive since China began to hunt for corrupt officials living overseas last year. But difficulties in cooperation between the two countries means a conviction is far from guaranteed.

China
Sinopec Handles $1.1B Lukoil Deal In-House

By Anna Zhang |

Akin Gump advised the Russian oil company on the sale of its 50 percent share in five Kazakhstan oil and gas fields to its Chinese joint venture partner.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 24:  (CHINA OUT) An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on August 24, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. Chinese shares plunged on Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 297.84 points, or 8.49 percent, to close at 3,209.91. The Shenzhen Component Index fell 931.76 points, or 7.83 percent, to close at 10,970.29.

China
Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Eva Pils

China
Crackdown on Chinese Rights Lawyers Signals Trouble for Wider Legal System

China's current crackdown on human rights lawyers is part of a wider attempt to criminalize forceful advocacy, and the transnational legal community must decide how to react, writes Eva Pils of King's College London.

Nagoya castle is one of most famous castles in Japan and was reconstructed in 1959.

Japan
Mori Hamada to Open in Nagoya

By Tom Brennan |

The new office will be the Big Four corporate firm’s fourth location in Japan.

Port Botany in Sydney

Australia
HSF on Brookfield's $6.6B Aussie Infrastructure Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The Canadian asset manager is buying Melbourne-based Asciano in one of the biggest deals Down Under this year.

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

Philippines
In Boxing Litigation, Pacquiao and HBO Win First Round

Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Home Box Office Inc. won the first round in the litigation over his highly publicized match against Floyd Mayweather after a federal panel sent more than 40 consumer class actions to a judge in Los Angeles.

Japan
Sony Hit With Trade Secrets Suit Over PlayStation Heroes

A startup backed by a former L.A. Galaxy player accuses Sony of ripping of its idea for a charitable gaming platform.

China
China Two-Step: Re-Register Trademarks With Customs

It's not enough to register a trademark in the normal way. If you want to protect your marks, register them with the country's customs agency.

China
Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

China
Heightened Risk of Cyberattacks Puts Pressure on Law Firms to Bolster Defenses

Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Launches Contract Lawyer Division in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

R&T Asia Resources will employ at least 30 lawyers to serve clients during their peak business periods.

Judge Kaplan

China
Chinese GC Ordered to US for Deposition in Patent Case

A federal judge has ordered the general counsel of a Chinese corporation to come to the United States for a deposition in a patent case, despite the attorney's fear of a possible arrest upon entry by U.S. authorities in a criminal investigation into a violation of the embargo against the Iranian regime.

Eversheds Asia managing partner Stephen Kitts

Hong Kong
UK Firms Eye Axiom-Like Outsourcing Biz in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Eversheds and Allen & Overy hope to tap a new revenue source as the region's general counsel suffer the same pressures to cut costs as their peers in London and New York.

Singapore
Stephenson Harwood Adds Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Michelle Yong has rejoined the U.K. firm after a brief stint at rival Ince & Co.

China
Rouse Adds Patent Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Erick Robinson most recently worked as Qualcomm’s director of intellectual property in India.

Norton Rose Fulbright's new Hong Kong-based corporate partner Terence Lau

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Nabs New Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Terence Lau will make the move from rival Hogan Lovells early next month.

Mega International Commercial Bank at 65 Liberty St.

Taiwan
Taiwanese Bank Told to Comply With Information Subpoena

Although bank accounts held outside New York cannot be frozen or seized to satisfy a New York judgment, an information subpoena can be used to determine where the accounts are located within the bank, a unanimous First Department panel has held.

Australia
HSF on Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s $3.7B Rights Issue

By Anna Zhang |

Australia's second largest lender is boosting its capital reserves in response to newly tightened regulations.

Sumitomo Life Insurance's headquarters in Osaka. Photo by 663highland.

Japan
Simpson Thacher on $3.7B Sumitomo-Symetra Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Osaka-based company is the latest Japanese life insurer to seek growth through acquisitions in the U.S.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
White & Case Opens in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Korea practice head James Lee has relocated from Los Angeles to lead the three-partner office.

Hong Kong
In Asia, Women Taking In-House Career Path

An in-house counsel career is an increasingly attractive option for women in Asia; 59 percent of in-house lawyers in Hong Kong are female.

A Suning retail store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo via Suning.

China
Simpson Thacher Leads Alibaba's New $4.6B Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese ecommerce giant has turned again to its U.S. law firm of choice for an investment in bricks-and-mortar electronics retailer Suning.

Maxwell Chambers, location of the Singapore International Arbitration Center. Photo by Nicolas Lannuzel

Cambodia
Asia Still Sees Fewer Big Arbitrations

By Anna Zhang |

The latest Arbitration Scorecard finds only seven—out of 128—billion-dollar disputes that are being heard in Asia. But Asian arbitral institutes in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and beyond see no shortage of smaller cases.

India
In-House Hiring Challenges in India

To hire and develop the right people for the job in India, brand reputation, workplace culture, credible leadership and meaningful work are all imperative.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Boosting Corporate Team in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has hired former Hogan Lovells consultant Charles Butcher.

Tim Lobanov

China
Despite Chinese Growth, Miami Investors Mostly Latin American

Tim Lobanov, managing director of Verasca Group, shares his thoughts on the foreign investment coming into the Miami market.

China
Clayton Utz, Allens on $1.8B Aussie Property Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp. is buying a commercial real estate portfolio from Morgan Stanley-controlled Investa Property Group.

Singapore
Singapore Duo on $3.6B Urban Development Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership advised state-run companies Temasek and JTC in a four-way merger that created one of the largest home and industrial park builders in the region.

Australia
DLA Piper Recruits Longtime Minter Ellison M&A Partner

By Tom Brennan |

James Philips leaves the independent Australian firm after 30 years to join DLA Piper's team in Sydney.

China
Orrick Takes Beijing IP Partner from Kirkland

By Tom Brennan |

Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Ya-Chiao Chang specializes in U.S. patent litigation.

China
E-Discovery Expands in Asia as Regional M&A Activity Heats Up

To be successful, practitioners need to understand the distinct legal paradigms that subsist in the APAC region.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

South Korea
Ginsburg, Other Justices Head Overseas During Summer Recess

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has winged her way to South Korea for a series of public events. Later this month, she will visit Hanoi to officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony as the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, renews his vows with his husband.

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
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

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

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
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

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

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.