Asian Top News

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 |

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.

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.

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.

China
Startups Take Aim at China's Legal Market

By Anna Zhang |

Is the new Uber for Chinese lawyers coming soon?

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.

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.

Indonesia
Ashurst Hires Away A&O Jakarta Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
KWM Brings on Another Insolvency Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
White & Case Adds Local Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Kirkland on China Railway Signal’s $1.8B IPO

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Former Newcrest GC

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

By American Lawyer staff reporting |

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

Japan
Skadden Advising Nikkei on FT Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China's Global Law Offices Hires From Davis Polk

By Anna Zhang |

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

India
Shardul Amarchand Joins Lex Mundi

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China Denies Role in Hack Attack on Arb Court Website

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

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

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

China
The EB-5 Visa is Helpful but Imperfect

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

China
Fenwick & West Hires From Latham in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

Clouds at sunset on the South China Sea

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

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

Power station in Western Australia. Source: Energy Developments

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

China
China's Zhong Lun Adds Two in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

Bhutan
The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

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

Hong Kong
Shearman to Add Arbitration Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

Pakistan
Coordinated Effort from 20 Countries Targets Darkode Hacking Forum

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

Indonesia
Holman Fenwick Taps HSF Partner With Eye on Indonesia

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Environment Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Orrick Adds Corporate Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
More Chinese Firms Seeing Benefits of Hong Kong Base

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
EB-5 Funding Is Turning Miami China-Centric

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

Slater & Gordon managing director Andrew Grech

Australia
Slater & Gordon Loses Its Gloss

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Chadbourne Exits Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Chinese E-Commerce Loophole Set to Close

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

Australia
Clifford Chance Adds Project Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Japan
Harneys Touches Down in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

China
MoFo, Macquarie Square Off in Puda Coal Malpractice Case

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Cleary Takes Hong Kong Partner From Shearman

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
HWL Ebworth Adds Property Partner in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

Damien Foulis joins from South Australia firm Finlaysons.

Australia
Mills Oakley Recruits Three New Partners

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Ince & Co Hires Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Japan
Baker & McKenzie Tokyo Taps New Disputes Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds India Capability in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

South Korea
Sheppard Mullin Brings on Another Partner in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
Pinsent Masons Hires Disputes Specialist in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Akin Gump Adds Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Weil Poaches Freshfield Partner for Shanghai Office

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

Singapore
Holman Fenwick Willan Forms Singapore FLA

By Tom Brennan |

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

Big Deals

By Tom Brennan and Anna Zhang |

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

India
A Taste of India

By Tom Brennan |

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

India
Will India Open the Door to Foreign Lawyers?

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

Singapore
Going Local in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
ACC Australia (ACLA) Debuts Down Under

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

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Deciding the World's Biggest Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

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

By Zoe Ferguson |

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

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Recruits Longtime Clayton Utz Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
HSF Advises China's JCET on Singapore Semi Deal

By Tom Brennan |

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

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

India
Uber Hires First Head of Legal for India

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

Australia
DLA Piper Brings Aboard Perth's Hardy Bowen

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Davis Polk Advises Red Star Macalline on Hong Kong IPO

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Singapore’s Cavenagh Law Launches Real Estate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

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

Vietnam
Anderson Mori Opens in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

Philippines
Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Sparks More Than 40 Class Actions

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

Vietnam
Protecting an International Brand's IP in Vietnam

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

Japan
Takata Executive 'Deeply Sorry' for Air Bag Defects

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

Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Wins Access to Documents of Law Firm Clyde & Co

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

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

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

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

China
Lawyers Double Dip as Chinese Clients ‘Go Private’

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Allen & Overy Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Tim Xia

China
China IP Practice Moves From Morris Manning to Locke Lord

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

Hong Kong
Second Cadwalader Partner Leaves for Simmons Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Madeline Farber |

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

India
Ashurst, Khaitan Lead $2.3B Vedanta Deal

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Seyfarth Adds China Partner in New York

By Anna Zhang |

Howard Jiang joins from newly merged Locke Lord.

Source: Lenovo

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Japan
King & Spalding Raids Ashurst to Open in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Skadden Leads 3SBio's Hong Kong Debut

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Jones Day Poaches HSF's Deputy Senior Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

Japan
S&C, Willkie on Tokio Marine's $7.5B U.S. Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese insurer moves to expand its Stateside footprint by acquiring Houston-based specialty insurance company HCC.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Hong Kong
Davis Polk Plans Leadership Change in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Linklaters Hong Kong partner Jon Gray will relocate to join the firm in Japan, taking over for soon-to-retire Tokyo managing partner Theodore Paradise.

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Hong Kong
Linklaters, Freshfields on Li Ka-shing's Latest Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Qatar Investment Authority has invested $1.2 billion in the billionaire's Hong Kong power company.

Thailand
Rajah & Tann Boosts Team in Bangkok

By Tom Brennan |

David Gibbons returns to firm life after about four years operating as a solo practitioner in Singapore and New York.

Australia
Gadens Taps Two from K&L Gates

By Tom Brennan |

Jol Rogers and Brihony Boan have joined the Australian firm's corporate and property teams, respectively, in Melbourne.

Japan
Withers Launches in Tokyo With MoFo Hires

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private wealth boutique has hired former Morrison & Foerster tax specialists Chizuko Tomita and Takeo Mizutani to lead its newest office in Asia, while former Singapore partner Eric Roose will serve as head of international corporate tax in Asia.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Brings on Insolvency Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

Longtime Clayton Utz restructuring partner David Cowling joins the firm in Sydney.

China
China Takes Aim at Key Loophole for Foreign Investors

By Tom Brennan |

Top technology, media and telecommunications companies may face some difficult choices if regulators end their use of a key investment vehicle that allows them to operate in the country.

Indonesia
White & Case, Clifford Chance on Indonesia $2B Sukuk

By Anna Zhang |

The issuance is the Southeast Asian country's largest ever single tranche of dollar-denominated Islamic bonds.

Japan
Catalyst Moves Insight and Insight Predict Into Japan

Catalyst Repository Systems' Insight e-discovery platform with technology-assisted review is available in Japan.

India
BakerHostetler Adds India Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Transactions lawyer Rajiv Khanna makes the move from Seyfarth Shaw.

China
Making a Go of a New Business in China

The People's Republic is cracking down tax-wise on foreign companies operating improperly in the country, creating plenty of opportunity.

Australia
HSF, KWM on $1.5B Australian Cargo Project

By Anna Zhang |

A new rail freight terminal will be built in Sydney to reduce traffic congestion caused by truck transport.

China
Deacons Leads $1.8B Chinese Semiconductor Buy in Europe

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned China Jianyin Investment will acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors' radio-frequency power business.

Japan
Paul Hastings, MoFo Lead Softbank’s $1B Korean Investment

By Anna Zhang |

Seoul-based online retailer Coupang is the latest in the Japanese telecom giant's portfolio.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Bae, Kim & Lee Launches in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

A month after becoming the first Korean firm to establish a base in the Middle East, Bae, Kim & Lee has landed in the Chinese city to open its fourth overseas office.

Benjamin Wey

China
Harassment Suit Moves Forward Against China Stock Promoter

A former employee of a U.S. firm that shepherds Chinese companies through reverse mergers claims its owner, Benjamin Wey, sexually harassed her and then used his own online soapbox to defame her.

From left to right: Winston Gao, partner at Junyan Law Firm; Malcolm Dickinson, managing partner at Michelmores; Steve Ng, partner at Ng & Shum

China
First Chinese-Owned Law Firm in UK Launches in London

By Anna Zhang |

Owned by Hong Kong lawyer Steve Ng and Shenzhen lawyer Winston Gao, YangTze Law Firm will operate under U.K. regulations that allow for foreign control of domestic firms.

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Boosts IP Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has tapped former Griffith Hack principal Kate Hay to work from Melbourne.

China
Inhospitable Hospitality: BHP Billiton's $25M FCPA Fine

Lessons for companies abound in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation that arose from BHP Billiton's sponsorship of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Panel discussion on Chinese antitrust enforcement at U.S.-China Legal Summit held on May 21, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street. From left to right: Susan Ning, King & Wood Mallesons Beijing partner; Liu Jian, deputy director of China National Development and Reform Commission Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly Bureau; Lei Lingfei, policy director, Intel China.

China
China's Newest Antitrust Enforcement Target: IP

By Anna Zhang |

There will be more and more cases involving intellectual property, says a top Chinese lawyer in the practice. Here’s what foreign companies need to know.

China
King & Wood Mallesons on Fosun's $1.2B Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese conglomerate has raised funds to continue its acquisition spree in the insurance sector.

China
Wilson Sonsini Adds China Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings partner Ouyang Dan will split her time between Beijing and Hong Kong advising capital markets deals.

Singapore
Clyde & Co Adds Three in Singapore and Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm has hired from Korea's Lee & Ko, Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson and Australia's Minter Ellison.

China
Clifford Chance Advises on HTSC's $4.5B IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The deal is the latest in a flurry of equity offerings by Chinese brokerages this year.

Japan
Lander & Rogers Brings Aboard Japan Adviser

By Tom Brennan |

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

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

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

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

Australia
HSF, Ashurst on $1.4B Aussie Mining Deal

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Quinn Emanuel to Launch First Mainland China Office

By Anna Zhang |

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

Dewey's Demise Takes Center Stage

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

Australia
Morgan Lewis on CalPERS's APAC Infrastructure Play

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Melbourne IP Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

India
The Shroffs Speak

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Deadlines for Global Legal Awards, Litigation Departments of the Year Submissions

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

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

Japan
Takata Airbag Recall Falls Short, Plaintiffs Lawyers Say

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

Hong Kong
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner Leaves for Simmons & Simmons

By Tom Brennan |

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

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag

China
Feds Charge Chinese Engineers With Stealing Silicon Valley Technology

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

Hong Kong
White & Case Boosts India Practice With New Hire

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Sidley Austin Lures White & Case Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China's DaHui Hires HSF Disputes Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Dorsey & Whitney Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Nuclear Power Plant in China

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Dealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins’ Cathy Yeung

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

Nadia Soraya

Indonesia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Another Projects Partner in Jakarta

By Anna Zhang |

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

Singapore

Singapore
Dentons Shuttering Singapore Office on Heels of Dacheng Combination

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Amy Berman Jackson.

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

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

Singapore
A Conversation With The Minister for Law in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

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

Mita Djajadiredja

Indonesia
Baker & McKenzie Jakarta Member Firm Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Laboring Under China's Labor Laws

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

India
Confirmed: Amarchand Mangaldas to Split

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires Sydney Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
HSF Hires Energy Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Eversheds Adds Senior Hong Kong Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Howse Williams Bowers Boosts Disputes Practice

By Tom Brennan |

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

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar
Baker & McKenzie Adds Tax Capability in Yangon

By Tom Brennan |

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

Matthew Harrison, Bentham

Australia
Australia's Bentham Launches in San Francisco

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

The Churn

Japan
On the Move

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

Hong Kong
China's Llinks Lands in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
US Trade Office Calls Out 37 Countries for IP Practices

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

UBS at 299 Park Ave.

South Korea
Panel Says Commercial Case Belongs in Korean Court

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

Vietnam
From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again

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

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

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Lewis Silkin Hong Kong partner Antonia Grant

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

India
Davis Polk Advises Daiichi as It Exits Sun Pharma Stake

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Weil Advises Iron Mountain on $2.1B Aussie Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

The Churn

China
McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Singapore
White & Case Wins Singapore License Renewal

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
China's Han Kun Strikes Italian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Capital Markets Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

South Korea
DLA Piper Advises Groupon on Korean Unit Stake Sale

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

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

China
Deal Watch: Big Firm Pharma Deal Flow Continues With Teva’s Mylan Bid

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

China
Hollywood and China: An International Buddy Movie

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

Singapore
King & Spalding Hires Projects Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Paul Hastings Takes Two Fried Frank Hong Kong Partners

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Bird & Bird Boosts Corporate Team in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Japan
Life After Bingham for Hideyuki Sakai

By Tom Brennan |

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

Japan
Orrick Adds Senior Japan Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

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

Kevin Stewart, Lavan Legal

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires Disputes Head in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Diagnosing Sick Leave Laws Around the World

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

China
Sidley Austin Adds Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Simpson Thacher, Freshfields Lead $2.5B Alibaba Deal

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Dear PR Professional

How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia
Trowers & Hamlins Wins First License to Practice in Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

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

Ashurst global pro bono head Sarah Morton-Ramwell

Australia
Ashurst Names New Global Pro Bono Head

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

China
Baker & McKenzie First in Shanghai FTZ Joint Venture

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

Perth partner Robert Edel will join the firm in June.

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
FireEye Suspects China of 10-Year Cyberespionage Operation

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

Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea
Finnegan Henderson Joining Competitors in Seoul

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

Technological and Cultural Challenges of Cross-Border E-Discovery

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Recruits Stamford Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
King & Wood Mallesons Hires JPMorgan Chase China Head

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Norton Rose Hires Melbourne Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Indonesia
Norton Rose Boosts Jakarta Team

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Scores Senior Counsel From Stamford Law

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Kirkland on TCM's $930M Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

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

India
Amarchand Split Delayed but Not Halted

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
US Business Opportunities in China's Clean Energy Sector

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

China
KWM, HSF on $846M Aussie Mining Deal

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Morrison & Foerster Sued Over Stock Offering for China's Puda Coal

The defunct, fraud-addled Chinese company Puda Coal was disaster for its investors, and remains a major litigation headache for its bankers. Now the investment bank Macquarie Group wants the lawyers to share the blame.

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Freshfields Lifts Second Linklaters Partner in Three Weeks

By Anna Zhang |

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

Koala on a tree with bush green background

Australia
Hogan Lovells Makes First Move into Australia

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
White & Case Hires Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

South Korea
Ernst & Young Launches Korean Law Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

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

Singapore
Law Firms Expanding in Asia Adopt Strategic CSR

By Wendy Stimpson and Natalia Olynec |

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

South Korea
Yulchon Opens Moscow Office

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Bird & Bird Adds IP Partner in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Uber

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

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

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Weil Brings on PE Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Berwin Leighton Paisner Adds Hong Kong Arbitration Practice

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Miller Canfield Takes China Lawyer From Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Lawyers for Lenovo, Superfish Face Venue Battle

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

Katniss Everdeen, a character in The Hunger Games movies.

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Jones Day Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Scott Peterman makes the jump from Sidley Austin.

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

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

China
Chinese Arbitration Award Stands in Mineral Co. Fight

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

Singapore
Reed Smith Nabs DLA's Asia Restructuring Head

By Tom Brennan |

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

Tom Daschle.

Taiwan
Daschle to Register With DOJ as Lobbyist for Foreign Client

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

Kazakhstan
Computer Hack in Kazakhstan Exposes Client Emails with Curtis Mallet

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

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Malaysia
ZICOlaw Launches IP Practice in Thailand

By Tom Brennan |

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

The Churn

China
Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

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

By Brian Baxter and Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

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

China
Jones Day Hires NDRC Official in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Singapore's Virtus Law Adds Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Singapore
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing-Linked Company Seeks Singapore IPO

By Anna Zhang |

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

Singapore
Clifford Chances Names New Southeast Asia Corporate Head

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

LEGO Friends.

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

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

China
Shearman Takes Kirkland China M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
Kennedys Launches Singapore Joint Law Venture

By Anna Zhang |

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

Singapore
Dechert Hires Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
Pinsent Masons to Launch Australian Offices

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Christopher Reynolds

Japan
Toyota Creates New Global GC and CLO Role

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

China
Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

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

Australia
Jones Day Hires Away Ashurst Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
US Companies Criticize China's New Data Rules

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

Australia
DLA Phillips Fox Rebrands to DLA Piper New Zealand

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
From the Experts: A Global Perspective on Antitrust Regulation

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

China
Hogan Lovells Poaches Mayer Brown IP Trio

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Sweden's Magnusson Enters Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

Hong Kong
Debevoise on $4B Asian Private Equity Fund

By Anna Zhang |

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

Japan
Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

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

Chinese Furniture Factory in the Guangdong Province, China

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

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

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

China
The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

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

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

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

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Real estate partner Andrea Rezos is joining from Ashurst.

China
Lifting the Veil on Dacheng

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

Malaysia
Trowers & Hamlins Makes Move to Enter Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China Tightening Rules on Personal Data

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

China
Quarantine for Digital Devices That Travel Overseas

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

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Recruits Veteran Tax Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Hong Kong
Kobre & Kim Hires in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
New Year, New Strategies for Negotiation in China

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

Australia
Mills Oakley to Launch in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Real Estate Practice Head

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Adding Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Katrina Parkyn is moving over from Allens.

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

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

Australia
K&L Gates Boosts Finance Practice in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Adrian Tembel

Australia
Which Aussie Law Firms Will Be Next to IPO?

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Sands China Casino GC Bows to Chinese Data Privacy Law

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

Hogan Lovells Introduces Community Service Mandate to All Employees

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

China
Bird & Bird Loses Four-Lawyer China IP Team

By Anna Zhang |

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