Asian Top News

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ashurst's Indonesian Affiliated Firm Expands Disputes Offering

By Anna Zhang |

Litigation partner Prawidha Murti joins Oentoeng Suria & Partners following the July departure of insolvency specialist Debby Sulaiman.

Singapore.

Singapore
U.K.'s Woodsford Litigation Funding Enters Singapore Market

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based legal financier is launching its first Asian office.

India gate.

India
India's Bharucha & Partners To Merge With Delhi Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The spin-off from legacy Amarchand Mangaldas will expand its offerings in intellectual property litigation and white-collar defense work.

Three Hong Kong student protest leaders, from left, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow walk out from a magistrate's court in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. They have avoided prison time for leading or encouraging an illegal rally that sparked huge pro-democracy street protests two years ago as a magistrate sentenced them to community service on Monday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Gibson Dunn Partner, Other Lawyers Warn of Threat to Rule of Law in Hong Kong

By Staff |

A dozen barristers and judges, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher London partner Charlie Falconer, QC, penned an open letter on Sunday criticizing a Hong Kong court’s decision to send three student activists to prison for unlawful assembly.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Amid Rising Security Concern, Foreign Lawyers in Seoul Stay Calm

By Anna Zhang |

For many lawyers working on Korea-related matters, the threat of North Korea has been part of life for decades. This time is no different.

Beijing Intellectual Property Court

Why China Is Still A Challenge for In-House IP Counsel

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

While on one hand the IP protection situation in China appears to have improved somewhat, plenty of obstacles remain for foreign companies that want to protect what's legally theirs in the country.

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Clifford Chance Nabs Latham Asia Technology Practice Head

By Anna Zhang |

Luke Grubb, who moved to Singapore from London five years ago with the U.S. firm, will join the Magic Circle firm later this year.

Seoul, Korea.

South Korea
White & Case Recruits Seoul Partner From Korean Conglomerate

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hyundai Heavy Industries general counsel Jun Hee Kim joins the U.S. firm as the fifth partner in Seoul.

Hogan Lovells Closes Up Shop in Ulaanbaatar

By Rose Walker |

The managing partner of the Global 100 firm's office in the Mongolian capital, where it opened in 2010, is poised to set up a new local firm.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Hong Kong
Baker McKenzie Hires Former Nike Trade Counsel Amid Rising Tension Between US and China

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Jon Cowley joins the firm's San Francisco office before relocating to Hong Kong in January.

Ince Senior Partner Heuvels Leaving London to Lead the Firm From Hong Kong

By James Booth |

Ince & Co international senior partner Jan Heuvels is relocating from London to the firm’s Hong Kong office next month.

Linklaters Lawyer Assumes Managing Partner Role at Affiliated Chinese Firm

By Joseph Evans |

London-based legal giant Linklaters is awaiting regulatory approval for a joint operation with Chinese “best friend” firm Zhao Sheng, which is now led by former Linklaters counsel and consultant Eric Liu.

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Australia
IMF Bentham Secures $115M in Latest Litigation Funding Frenzy

By Roy Strom |

Australian-based IMF Bentham Ltd. said this week that it had raised up to AUD$150 million, or more than $115 million, from two institutional investors to finance the litigation funder’s future cases in Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Four Tokyo Lawyers Depart Freshfields to Form Japanese Boutique

By Anna Zhang |

Former labor and disputes partners Akiko Yamakawa and Kazuki Okada launch Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo as part of the Magic Circle firm's StrongerTogether network.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
White & Case Adds Arbitration Partner in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Longtime King & Wood Mallesons partner Max Bonnell arrives as the third partner in the newly launched office.

Brisbane city skyline and Brisbane river at twilight in Australia

Australia
DWF Set For Australia Merger As International Expansion Continues

By James Booth |

DWF has agreed an exclusive association with an Australian law firm ahead of a merger that will see it add two offices to its fast-growing international network.

Singapore
Litigation Funding Firm Burford Capital Launches Singapore Office

By Anna Zhang |

New director Quentin Pak joins from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as the legal financier expands Asian presence.

China
China on the Rise

By Anna Zhang |

Outward investment by Chinese companies fueled local law firms' growth in 2016.

Brisbane city skyline and Brisbane river at twilight in Australia

Australia
Quinn Emanuel Files Class Action Against Australian Law Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S.-based firm has filed a lawsuit against Brisbane-based personal injury law firm Shine Corporate.

Hugh Hefner.

Selling Playboy Bunnies in China: How Hugh Hefner Kept His Lawyers Busy

By Scott Flaherty |

The death of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner marks the end of an era for a crowded hutch of corporate lawyers who have represented his company over the years.

Signage for Toshiba Corp. is displayed atop the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Toshiba Corp. projected its annual loss could more than double to a record 1.01 trillion yen ($9.1 billion) as its U.S. nuclear unitWestinghouse Electric filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York court. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japan
Ropes, MoFo And Freshfields Advise On Toshiba's $18B Chip Unit Sale To Bain-Apple Group

By Rose Walker |

Ropes & Gray and Morrison & Foerster are acting on either side of Japanese technology giant Toshiba’s $18bn (£13bn) sale of its chip business to an investor group led by Bain Capital.

Unilever signage.

South Korea
Clifford Chance, Ropes & Gray Advise on Unilever's $2.7B Acquisition of Korean Cosmetics Maker

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant is buying the maker of popular Korean skincare brand A.H.C.

China
China 40: A Peek at Profitability

For the first time, we are able to share profitability data on a subset of the largest Chinese firms.

China
China 40: Law Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

This ranking details how firms stack up when it comes to the all important revenue per lawyer metric.

China
China 40: Firms Ranked by Most Revenue

Here are the 40 largest law firms in China based on gross revenue.

The 2017 Global 100

Financial results from the world's largest and highest-grossing law firms show slowing growth and dipping profits. Is it time to worry?

The Global 100: Largest Law Firms by Head Count

Overall lawyer head count for Global 100 firms was 122,157 in 2016, up 2.7 percent from 2015.

The Global 100: Highest-Grossing Law Firms

Gross revenue for The Global 100 grew by 2.8 percent in 2016, to $99.3 billion, just shy of 2015’s increase of 3.1 percent.

For Global Law Firms, Is This As Good As It Gets?

By Chris Johnson |

The new normal for the world's largest law firms is shaping up to be slowing growth and falling profits.

Beijing China

China
Han Kun Strengthens Disputes Practice With Former King & Wood Lawyer

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese private equity specialist Han Kun Law Offices has expanded its dispute resolution practice with a new partner in Beijing.

China
Lawyers To Benefit From Trump Administration's Increased Scrutiny of Chinese Investment in the US

By Anna Zhang |

Lawyers specializing in regulatory matters related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States are having a busy year—especially with transactions related to Chinese investors.

China
Herbert Smith Freehills Makes Triple China Partner Hire

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-Australian legal giant, which just saw a 12-lawyer team decamp in Paris, has picked up three projects partners from Pinsent Masons in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Taiwan
Two Big Firms Grab Roles on Google's $1.1B Smartphone Hardware Bid

By Anna Zhang |

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and two top Taiwanese firms are advising on the search engine giant’s acquisition of HTC Corp.’s Pixel division.

China
Baker McKenzie Partner Firm FenXun Expands With Senior Hires

By Anna Zhang |

The number of partners at the Chinese firm has doubled since launching the Shanghai Free Trade Zone joint venture two years ago.

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Iran
France's Gide Becomes Second Big Law Firm to Launch in Iran

By Chris Johnson |

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has re-established a presence in the Middle East, becoming the second Big Law firm to open an office in Iran.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange

China
Skadden, Cleary Advise on Alibaba-Backed Insurer's $1.5B IPO

By Anna Zhang |

China’s largest internet insurance company ZhongAn plans one of the largest fintech listing in Hong Kong.

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China
Chinese Firms Deny Ties to Man Arrested in US for Industrial Espionage

By Anna Zhang |

When caught trying to break into the computer network of Raynham, Massachusetts-based Medrobotics Corp., 44-year-old Liu Dong said he was an attorney at Beijing-based Boss & Young Patent and Trademark Law Office.

Stockholm, Sweden

White & Case Welcomes Six Lawyers on Three Continents

By Joseph Evans |

In its bid to expand its corporate practice in Europe, White & Case has hired a pair of private equity partners from a leading Scandinavian firm in Stockholm, as well as picking up an antitrust expert in Milan and two specialists in New York and Tokyo.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C.  March 2015.  Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

China
Squire Patton Boggs Loses Claim to Domain Name

By Anna Zhang |

A panel has ruled in favor of the U.S. firm's opponent—a Chinese company that owns squirepattonboggs.net.

Beijing, China

Pinsent Masons calls time on six-year alliance with Chinese construction firm

By Joseph Evans |

Pinsent Masons has ended its alliance with Chinese construction boutique Beijing Hesen after six years.

Shanghai, China.

China
Simmons Further Expands China Employment Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Simmons & Simmons has recruited its second China employment law partner in a month.

What Slater & Gordon's Struggles May Mean for Other Publicly Traded Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

When Slater and Gordon became the world's first publicly-listed law firm in 2007, it was supposed to herald a new era of law firm ownership.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Recruits 2 New Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Kon Mellos and intellectual property lawyer David Fixler join from Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, respectively.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

Australia
DLA Piper Australia Leaders Defect to PwC Legal

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia Pacific head of corporate Bryan Pointon will join the Big Four auditor as a partner in October, while former Australian managing partner John Weber has already arrived as a consultant.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

China
Circuit Says Chinese Contractors Not Immune to Grand Jury Subpoena

By B. Colby Hamilton |

A group of workers contracted by the Chinese government to work in the United States were unable to have a grand jury subpoena quashed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sept. 8.

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Pakistan
DFS Fines Pakistani Bank $225M for Compliance Deficiencies

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Pakistan-based Habib Bank Ltd. and its New York branch were fined $225 million for failing to comply with state anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism statutes, the Department of Financial Services announced Thursday.

Brisbane, Australia

Australia
Jones Day Adds Corporate Partner in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

Agribusiness specialist Isaac West moves over from Australian firm McCullough Robertson.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Zhong Lun Expands in Hong Kong With Mayer Brown Banking Team

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Joe Tam led a four-lawyer team joining the Chinese firm.

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Deploys Artificial Intelligence in M&A Due Diligence

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm is the latest to adopt technology developed by London-based legal tech firm Luminance.

Australia
Slater and Gordon Stripped 40 UK Partners of Partnership Status Before Lenders Took Control

By James Booth and Joseph Evans |

Slater and Gordon moved more than 40 of its U.K. partners out of its partnership before agreeing on a recapitalization package with Anchorage Capital that will give lenders ultimate control of the U.K. business.

Singapore
CMS Becomes Latest Big Firm Heading to Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

The latest international firm expanding into Singapore is CMS, which has secured a local law capability in the city-state with the launch of a formal law alliance with Holborn Law.

Australia
World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm to Split Its Business

By James Booth |

The troubled U.K. business of Australia-based Slater & Gordon, which became the world’s first publicly traded law firm a decade ago, will be divided from its parent into a holding company owned by the indebted firm’s senior lenders.

Hong Kong currency

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Bulks Up in Hong Kong With Monetary Fund Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright has recruited a financial services partner in Hong Kong from the city's de facto central bank.

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar
Stephenson Harwood Puts Together Launch Team For Myanmar Opening

By Joseph Evans |

Stephenson Harwood has announced it will open its sixth Asia office in Myanmar this week.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

China
PwC Legal Hires New China Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Veteran lawyers Wang Yadong and Liu Yi join PwC, as former partners Jenny Zhong and Xiong Tao depart for JunHe.

Seyfarth Shaw

Hong Kong
Seyfarth Shaw Forms Hong Kong Association; Hires Partner From King & Wood Mallesons

By Anna Zhang |

Seyfarth Shaw has formed an association with a Hong Kong law firm, and has hired King & Wood Mallesons partner Raymond Wong to serve as managing partner of the firm's recently opened Hong Kong office.

New Balance shoes

Will New Balance's IP Strategy Change Behind Landmark Ruling Out of China?

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Daniel McKinnon, the company's senior counsel for IP and global brand protection, has an answer.

Stock Exchange

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Adds Sidley Practice Leader in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Mayer Brown, the Asian arm of the Am Law 100 firm, has hired Sidley Austin litigation partner Alan Linning in Hong Kong, where he served as head of the latter's local disputes and regulatory group.

Hong Kong
Goodwin Procter Plans for a Global Future in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has launched a program to ensure that in the coming years its Hong Kong office will have U.S.-trained lawyers who are completely bilingual and bicultural.

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Japan
MoFo and Skadden Advise on $4.4B SoftBank – WeWork Deal

By Joseph Evans |

Morrison & Foerster and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom are advising on a deal in which Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank Group is investing $4.4 billion into U.S. workshare space company WeWork.

Two Big Law Firms Shed Partners Ahead of Mergers

By Anna Ward and Brian Baxter |

Australia's Henry Davis York and British firm Olswang both saw large groups of partners leave their ranks prior to combinations. Filings in the U.K. reveal that Olswang shed almost one-third of its partnership prior to combining with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro earlier this year.

DLA Piper Picks Up Ex-Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Partners

By James Booth |

The global legal giant has made a double partner hire for its leveraged finance practice in London and Hong Kong.

Singapore
Chicago's Vedder Price Expands Singapore Office

By Anna Zhang |

Former Dentons London partner Bill Gibson is the latest to move to Vedder’s Singapore office.

Kirkland Takes Five-Partner Ropes & Gray Team on Three Continents

By Anna Zhang |

In its latest lateral raid, Kirkland & Ellis has recruited a five-partner investigations and government enforcement group from Ropes & Gray in Asia, the U.K. and U.S.

President Donald Trump

China
Lawyers in China Say Trump Is Making Their Work Harder

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese media is challenging the U.S.'s standing as moral leader of the world.

Jack Ma.

Hong Kong
Simpson Thacher, Skadden Lead $1.7B MassMutual Asia Sale

By Anna Zhang |

Alibaba chair Jack Ma-backed brokerage Yunfeng Financial agrees to buy the U.S. insurer along with other Asian investors.

8/31/16- DLA Piper office in Miami.

China
DLA Piper Shakes Up Asia Leadership With New Managing and Senior Partners

By Anna Zhang |

The global firm has now added three Hong Kong and China-based management positions to a three-year-old U.S.-led committee.

With Winston Hire, Simmons & Simmons Rebuilds China Employment Group

By Anna Zhang |

Matthew Durham, a former consultant at the U.K. firm, has returned as a partner in Shanghai.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Jones Day Poaches Morrison & Foerster Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Charles Chau advised on the $26 billion 2015 merger between train makers China CNR Corp. and CSR Corp. Ltd.

Australia
Australia's Corrs Chambers Westgarth Adds Cybersecurity Practice

By Anna Zhang |

The national firm is the latest Down Under to expand beyond traditional law.

Hong Kong
Ex-Davis Polk Partner Antony Dapiran to Join Skadden

By Anna Zhang |

The Hong Kong capital markets and corporate specialist will start on Sept. 1 as of counsel.

Hong Kong
Gunderson Dettmer Leads on SoftBank's $2.5B Indian Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The Japanese tech giant’s $93 billion Vision Fund was the latest to invest in Flipkart, India’s answer to Amazon.

Deployed Takata airbag.

Japan
Takata Parent's Bankruptcy Reveals Big Monthly Litigation Fees

By Brian Baxter |

Japanese auto parts giant Takata Corp., which followed its U.S. unit into a Delaware bankruptcy court this week, revealed in court documents that it is paying nearly $1 million per month in legal fees to an Am Law 100 firm advising it in product liability litigation over faulty air bags.

Perth, Australia

Australia
Pinsent Masons Raids Norton Rose Fulbright for New Perth Office

By Joseph Evans |

The British firm has opened its third office in Australia after hiring construction and engineering partners Rob Buchanan, Matthew Croagh, Adrienne Parker and Bill Ryan from Norton Rose Fulbright in Perth.

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown Expands Asia Base With Three Hires

By Anna Zhang |

Shipping lawyer Conor Warde joined the firm in Hong Kong while finance specialists Ben Sandstad and Angelia Chia arrived in Singapore.

Takata airbag components

Japan
Nissan Agrees to $98M Takata Air Bag Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.

Shanghai.

China
Ex-Simmons & Simmons China Head Starts Corporate Advisory Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Davis Wang is the latest former Big Law partner to move on from practicing law in Asia.

AI Drive Gains Momentum as Baker McKenzie Signs Machine Learning Deal

By Chris Johnson |

The legal giantwill use a machine learning tool developed by U.S. contract analytics company eBrevia to handle transactional due diligence in Europe, North America and Asia.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
With Green Light in Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis Plans for Asia Growth

By Lizzy McLellan |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' association with Luk & Partners has received official approval from The Law Society of Hong Kong, establishing the combined entity as a registered foreign law firm in Hong Kong.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Names New Europe and Middle East Leader

By Anna Zhang |

The legal giant has announced that M&A partner Wang Rongkang in Shenzhen will relocate to London to become its first Europe and Middle East managing partner since the collapse of its legacy SJ Berwin arm in January.

Paul Rawlinson of Baker & McKenzie (HANDOUT).

Baker McKenzie's Revenue, Profits Nudge Up Amid Global Uncertainty

By Roy Strom |

Baker McKenzie saw revenue climb to a record high of $2.67 billion in 2016-17, up just over 2 percent on last year's results, with average profits per equity partner creeping up marginally to $1.3 million.

Uber self driving car

China
Four Big Firms Lead on Grab's $2.5B Fundraising

By Anna Zhang |

Herbert Smith Freehills; Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton are advising on a deal that sees Southeast Asia's answer to Uber Technologies Inc. receive a new investment from Japan's SoftBank and China's Didi Chuxing.

DLA Piper offices in Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.

China
DLA Piper Continues China Corporate Group Expansion With Skadden Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Skadden associate James Chang is now a partner at DLA Piper in Beijing.

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China
Tackling Translation: Why E-discovery Tools Struggle with East Asian Languages

By Rhys Dipshan |

East Asian languages are stretching the limits of current e-discovery review tools—and fueling innovation.

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

China
Lawyering by Sidley and Simpson Thacher Comes to Naught as CFIUS Quashes HNA-Global Eagle Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The deal has been called off because it failed to win regulatory approval from the U.S. interagency committee.

CMS, Mayer Brown and BLP advise as Walkie Talkie building sold for £1.3bn

By Alex Berry |

Mayer Brown, CMS and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have secured top mandates on the £1.3bn sale of 20 Fenchurch Street, better known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’.

L-R Beijing China Skyline and Tokyo Japan Skyline.

Far East Review: Experts Weigh In on China & Japan's Growing E-Discovery Markets

By Rhys Dipshan |

E-discovery use in China and Japan is growing exponentially, spurred by the demand from data privacy regulations and investigations, and the use of tools like predictive coding.

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

Hong Kong
O'Melveny Hires Hong Kong Competition Law Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Philip Monaghan was previously an executive director and general counsel for the local regulator -- the Competition Commission.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

China
Morgan Lewis Adds US IP Litigator in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Former Finnegan partner Zhu Shaobin specializes in patent litigation and Section 337 investigations.

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China
O'Melveny Beijing Chief to Join Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Lawrence Sussman is the latest partner to leave the Los Angeles-based firm's China practice.

Geraint Hughes, Clifford Chance.

Singapore
Clifford Chance Undertakes Unique Strategy for Southeast Asia and Future Firm Leadership

By Anna Zhang |

Asia Pacific Head Geraint Hughes describes the firm's plans for the region and for the next generation.

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Hong Kong
Berwin Leighton Paisner Launches Family Law Practice in Hong Kong and London

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong partner Marcus Dearle leads the seven-lawyer practice.

Kenneth Shand, left, and Jeremy Cohen

Dentons to Merge with Scottish Firm Maclay Murray & Spens

By Rose Walker |

Dentons will launch in Scotland after agreeing to a merger with Maclay Murray & Spens.

Staircase from reception area to library.

Six Partners to Leave Ashurst in New York Amid Restructuring

By Rose Walker |

A reorganization of the Anglo-Australian legal giant's U.S. finance practice—a remnant of now-defunct McKee Nelson—will see at least five partners join Chapman and Cutler in New York.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, Fangda Partners Sued in China Over Trademark Cases

By Anna Zhang |

The latest of the Michael Jordan name disputes has the former National Basketball Association star being sued over a letter, alongside the Chinese firm representing him.

Milbank, Clifford Chance Handle Singapore's Largest IPO in Six Years

By Anna Zhang |

The two Global 100 firms are advising on a $1.7 billion initial public offering by NetLink NBN Trust, a broadband spinoff of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., better known as Singtel.

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indonesia
Herbert Smith Freehills' Indonesia Associate Firm Hires Restructuring Partner From Ashurst; Names New Office Managing Partner in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Former Ashurst consultant Debby Sulaiman joins Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta.

Elliott Papageorgiou, Clyde & Co.

China
Clyde & Co Boosts China IP Practice With Rouse Hires

By Anna Zhang |

Veteran IP lawyer Elliot Papageorgiou joins the U.K. firm as a partner in Shanghai while four Chinese lawyers moved to the firm's Chinese joint venture firm.

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Hong Kong
Kirkland, MoFo Advise on $11.6B Take-Private Offer for Warehousing Giant GLP

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese consortium led by Hopu, Hillhouse and Vanke defeated a Warburg Pincus-led group and won the bid.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Senior IP Lawyers in Asia to Leave Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Deanna Wong and of counsel Henry Wheare are set to depart later this year.

In this image taken from July 24, 2008, video footage by AP Video, Liu Xiaobo speaks during an interview at a park in Beijing, China. The judicial bureau in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang says jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died of multiple organ failure Thursday, July 13, 2017, at age 61. (AP Video via AP)

China
Chinese Lawyers and Intellectuals Mourn Liu Xiaobo

By Anna Zhang |

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate died of liver cancer in custody at the age of 61.

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China
Asia Pacific M&A Volume Hits 3-Year Low; Firms See Sharp Drop in Big Deals

By Anna Zhang |

Newly released league tables showed as much as a 34 percent decrease in total deal value from last year.

Hong Kong
Simmons Expands China M&A Practice With Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells partner Michael Chin relocates from Shanghai.

Hong Kong
Paul Hastings, Slaughter and May Lead on China Shipping Giant's $6.3B Acquisition of Hong Kong Rival

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned China COSCO Shipping is leading a consortium to buy Hong Kong-based shipping company Orient Overseas International, a family business of former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa.

Singapore Has Its First Ever AI Legal Chatbot

By Rhys Dipshan |

Attorney repository and knowledge website LawGuideSingapore launched the chatbot as a part of a broader social media campaign to better educate local Singaporeans on legal issues.

Haiwen & Partners.

China
Haiwen & Partner Hires 5th Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese firm Haiwen & Partner has recruited a fifth partner in its newly launched Hong Kong office.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
UK's Charles Russell Speechlys Enters Asia With Mayer Brown Hire

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm is opening a three-partner office in Hong Kong focusing on family law and wealth planning practices.

China
Clyde & Co Asia Revenue Surges as Global Turnover Breaks £500M Mark

By James Booth |

The U.K. firm's Asia Pacific revenue rose 33 percent from last year, while firmwide growth reached 14 percent.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Orrick Hong Kong Rebuilding Continues With Funds Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Jones Day partner Scott Peterman arrives as the fifth partner in the office.

Tashkent

Uzbekistan
Dentons Bolts on Another Firm, As UK Revenue Climbs

By Rose Walker |

The growing global legal giant has opened an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after absorbing a 10-lawyer local firm. Dentons also released financial results showing an increase in gross revenue for its U.K. arm in 2016-17, although partner profits fell 9 percent.

Christoph Kurth, Baker McKenzie.

Singapore
Former UBS Singapore General Counsel Joins Baker McKenzie

By Anna Zhang |

Christoph Kurth moves back to Zurich following the Swiss bank's $940,000 fine for conducts related to the 1MDB scandal.

L-R Andrew Cunningham, MinterEllison consulting practice leader, Tony Harrington, MinterEllison CEO and Brendan Welsh, IT Newscom CEO.

Australia
Australia's MinterEllison Ventures Into IT Consulting

By Anna Zhang |

The firm continues expansion outside of law by acquiring Sydney-based technology advisory firm ITNewcom.

Beth Colling, Chief Compliance Officer, CDM Smith Inc.

Construction Company Reaches Deal Over Bribery Case With World Bank, DOJ

By Sue Reisinger |

The foreign bribery case against CDM Smith Inc. cost the company $4 million last week, but earned it a declination of prosecution—the seventh listed under the government’s recently implemented Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Australia
Dentons Hires in Australia Following Merger Completion

By Anna Zhang |

Dentons has hired a new partner in Australia following the completion of its merger with national firm Gadens in December.

Hong Kong
Clifford Chance Advises on $1.5B London Real Estate Financing

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm acted for lenders to Hong Kong developer CC Land, which bought skyscraper The Leadenhall Building in March.

Hong Kong
U.K.’s Withers Expands Hong Kong With Six-Lawyer Team From Winston & Strawn

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm has lost a three-partner, six-lawyer corporate team led by former DLA Piper Asia corporate head Mabel Lui to the private client specialist firm.

Hong Kong
Davis Polk Makes First Hong Kong Partner Promotion in Six Years

By Anna Zhang |

Litigation and enforcement counsel Karen Chan will become the office's fourth disputes partner on July 1.

Slater and Gordon's Lenders Take Control as Australian Firm's Leader Is Ousted

By Alex Berry |

The first-ever law firm to go public has been grappling with huge debts as a result of its controversial acquisition of U.K. insurance company Quindell’s professional services arm in March 2015.

Hong Kong
Baker McKenzie Tops Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index

By Anna Zhang |

Baker McKenzie has once again been named the top law firm brand in the Asia Pacific region, according to a recent survey by London-based market research firm Acritas.

Seoul, Korea.

South Korea
Latham Poaches Freshfields Korea Practice Head

By Anna Zhang |

Steve Wonsuk Kang has joined Latham & Watkins as a partner in Hong Kong, although he will later move to his new firm’s office in Seoul.

Beijing China

China
China's DaHui Hires Antitrust Head, Expands Corporate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Allen & Overy lawyer Jie Tong joins to lead the competition law practice and M&A lawyers Julia Dai and Xikang Wang join from Latham & Watkins and Goldman Sachs, respectively.

Takata airbag components.

Japan
Weil Grabs Bankruptcy Wheel for Ailing Air Bag Maker Takata

By Brian Baxter |

Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. has turned to Weil, Gotshal & Manges and two other firms as it pursues a $1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems Inc. The proposed acquirer, advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is owned by China's Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. Big legal fees loom on the horizon.

Paul Jebely, Pillsbury's Hong Kong managing partner

Hong Kong
Spotlight: Pillsbury Winthrop Dares to Be Different

By Anna Zhang |

One year after opening a Hong Kong office with a niche aviation finance practice, the firm has managed to turn a profit in the highly competitive market.

Guangzhou China.

China
Stephenson Harwood Expands Chinese Associate Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Wei Tu Law Firm, an associate firm of the U.K.'s Stephenson Harwood in Guangzhou, is expanding after hiring three partners and promoted one.

DWF to Launch in Singapore With Former Eversheds Sutherland Team

By James Booth |

DWF is opening in Singapore with a four-lawyer team, including two partners, all of whom previously worked for Eversheds Sutherland.

on the river Ganges in Varanasi, India

India
Squire Patton Boggs, Allen & Overy Advise on State Bank of India's $2.3B Share Sale

By Anna Zhang |

Cyril Amarchand and Shardul Amarchand were local counsel to the country's largest qualified institutional placement.

Mark Lehmkuhler,  Orrick.

Hong Kong
Orrick Hires Ex-Davis Polk Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Mark Lehmkuhler is the firm’s first hire in the Asian financial capital following a seven-partner exodus in January.

Timothy Cooke, with Stephenson Harwood

Singapore
Stephenson Harwood Hires Disputes Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Timothy Cooke joins from Morgan Lewis Stamford.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Suet Fern Lee.

Singapore
Morgan Lewis Singapore Chief Becomes Entangled in Prime Minister's Family Feud, Steps Down From Post

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Singapore partner Suet Fern Lee is caught up in a highly public family dispute between the three children of late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and will step down as office managing partner, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Singapore
Duane Morris Nabs Sidley Austin Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Gerard Hekker specializes in Indonesia-related transactions.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Loeb & Loeb Adds Two Partners in Hong Kong, but Two Others Leave

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets lawyers Michael Fung and Alfred Lee both join from Locke Lord, while partners Benny Pang and Chloe Wang leave the firm.

Zili Shao.

China
Former China Co-chair Zili Shao Leaves King & Wood Mallesons For Rival Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The former JPMorgan China chief has joined Fangda Partners as a non-executive chairman after less than two years with the Beijing-based firm.

Sydney, Australia

Norton Rose Fulbright Inks Another Deal Down Under

By Anna Ward |

Norton Rose Fulbright and Australia's Henry Davis York will combine later this year after partners at both firms voted in favor of a union. The moves comes on the heels of Norton Rose Fulbright's agreement to combine with Chadbourne & Parke and absorption of a Vancouver-based firm on Jan. 1.

China
Cutting Through the Confusion of China’s Cybersecurity Law

By Zach Warren |

The opening workshop and Legalweek West attempted to answer some of the pressing questions about the China law—and explore why there are so many questions in the first place.

Chinese Drywall Companies Don't Have to Share Settlement Details, Appeals Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Chinese drywall manufacturer and distributer Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. and Knauf GIPS KG won't have to disclose to current plaintiffs how much in punitive damages they paid in a post-judgment settlement over tainted drywall with Florida plaintiffs Jeffrey and Elisa Robin.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright to Vote on Merger With Australia's Henry Davis York

By Rose Walker |

Norton Rose Fulbright has confirmed it is in late-stage merger talks with Australian firm Henry Davis York. The firms were first rumored to be holding discussions in November.

Australia
Clyde & Co Expands Australian Insurance Practice

By Anna Zhang |

A four-lawyer team led by partner Jonathan Wyatt joins from Australian firm Sparke Helmore.

India
Davis Polk Partner Killed By Train in Silicon Valley

By Rebecca Cohen |

Kirtee Kapoor, head of the India practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a partner at the firm in Menlo Park, California, died Monday morning after being struck by a train at a crossing in nearby Atherton.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Rethinks Global Vision as Firm Plays to Asia Strengths

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Sue Kench, the new global managing partner at King & Wood Mallesons, discusses why her firm's immediate future is focused on the Asia Pacific region—not the U.S.

Australia
Gibson Dunn, Corrs Chambers and King & Wood Advise on $750M Australian Health Care Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Newly arrived Hong Kong partners Scott Jalowayski and Michael Nicklin lead the team acting for Goldman Sachs Private Equity.

Siew Kam Boon.

Singapore
Dechert's Asia Expansion Continues With Partner Hire in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

M&A specialist Siew Kam Boon joins former O’Melveny & Myers colleague in the office.

China
Big Law Falls Victim to China's Trademark Squatters

By Anna Zhang |

Squire Patton Boggs, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clark have all been targets of China’s trademark squatters—entities that register the marks of known brands in the hopes of profiting off the name or extracting money from the brand owner.

Singapore
Eversheds Harry Elias Merger Takes Effect

By Anna Zhang |

The combined firm has 29 partners, but includes only two from the legacy U.K. firm's Singapore office.

Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar
Dentons Enters Myanmar With Seven-Strong Team

By Anna Zhang |

The global legal giant has bolted on Livingstons Legal, a firm led by name partner Mark Livingston, to become the latest in a spate of international and regional firms setting up shop in Yangon.

Singapore
Latham Loses Hong Kong Partner to HSF Alliance Firm

By Anna Zhang |

U.S. law corporate lawyer Eugene Lee starts at Singapore firm Prolegis as a director on June 1.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C., offices on K Street, NW.

China
Winston & Strawn Shutters Beijing, Taipei Offices

By Anna Zhang |

Winston & Strawn has become the latest U.S. firm to reassess its role in Asia, as it has seen several attorneys in Hong Kong and Shanghai leave and has shuttered its offices in Beijing and Taipei.

China
China Law & Practice Awards Deadline is June 23

By Staff |

We will honor top matters and leading lawyers in and out of China.

Partner Exits Continue at King & Wood Mallesons' Rebuilt European Arm

By Rose Walker |

Seven of the roughly 30 partners who initially agreed to remain with KWM 2.0 or its affiliated offices have made departures in recent weeks.

Hong Kong

China
Kirkland Nabs Skadden Corporate Partner in China

By Anna Zhang |

Daniel Dusek will join the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm's Hong Kong office from Beijing.

Lindsay Conner.

Hollywood Deal Lawyers Wrestle With Great Squall of China

By Todd Cunningham |

Manatt partner Lindsay Conner is bullish despite the political winds. "Deals are still being made, and smart money can still get out of China.”

China
Ashurst Renews China Alliance for Six More Years

By Anna Zhang |

Firm chairman Ben Tidswell and managing partner Paul Jenkins signed an agreement in Sydney to continue a referral relationship with Guantao Law Firm.

China
Japan and China: New Data Protection and Transfer Laws Imminent in Asia Pacific

By Kate Chan, KrolLDiscovery |

Even as legal technology professionals prepare for the EU GDPR, do not disregard important data transfer and protection changes afoot in Asia.

Beijing, China.

China
Shearman & Sterling Adds Beijing Partner, Reshuffles Asia Management

By Anna Zhang |

Former Akin Gump partner Li Chen arrives as several longtime office and regional managing partners move to new roles.

Australia
Treating Meeting Addiction: How a Legal Team Cut Back on Meetings—and Found Happiness

By Anna Zhang |

The team of lawyers, from Herbert Smith Freehills and Australia's Telstra Corp., cut back on unnecessary meetings, freeing them up to do actual work.

Haiwen & Partners.

Hong Kong
Haiwen Adds Partner as Office Launches in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Cleary Gottlieb associate Max Hua joins alumni from Wilson Sonsini, Latham and Freshfields in the Chinese firm's latest branch.

King & Wood Mallesons Names New Leader After Collapse of European Arm

By Anna Ward |

King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Sue Kench, chief executive partner of its Australian arm, as its new global managing partner. Kench succeeds Stuart Fuller, who relinquished the role at the height of problems with the firm's embattled European affiliate late last year.

Serena Tan, Morrison & Foerster, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Morrison & Foerster Adds Private Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Debevoise & Plimpton associate Serena Tan has joined the firm's corporate practice.

Singapore
Ashurst Forms Singapore Law Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm ventures into local law practice in Singapore through an association with boutique firm ADTLaw after losing four partners since September in the city-state.

Michael Joyce

Singapore
Akin Gump Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added an energy and projects partner in Singapore.

Osborne Clarke Makes Move Into China Via Tie-Up With New Shanghai Firm

By James Booth |

Osborne Clarke (OC) has secured a launch in mainland China via a tie-up with Shanghai firm Zhang Yu & Partners.

Sydney, Australia

Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills Settles With Eight Australian Partners Who Quit to Join White & Case

By Rose Walker |

An Australian court has approved a settlement in a dispute between Herbert Smith Freehills and eight of its former partners who sought to leave the firm last year to launch an Australia practice for White & Case.

Sanford Wadler.

The GC Who Blew the Whistle

By Ross Todd |

How a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation turned the chief legal officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories into the company's chief legal adversary.

Clifford Chance offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Thailand
Clifford Chance to Close Bangkok Office, End Jakarta Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm will wind down its 26-lawyer office in Thailand over the next 15 months and end a three-year-old Indonesian association in order to refocus its Southeast Asia work in Singapore.

The 2017 Am Law 100

The Am Law 100, the highest-grossing law firms in the United States, posted solid gains in revenue and profits in 2016, but the revenue per lawyer figure dropped on stronger growth in head count.

Henry Nassau, Dechert CEO

China
Spotlight: Dechert Expands in China as Others Pull Back

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. firm has benefited from market forces that prompted its competitors to scale back in Asia.

Japan
K&L Gates Expands Tokyo Office With Veteran Energy Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Jones Day of counsel Eric Sedlak joins the 20-lawyer office.

India's Shardul Amarchand has expanded corporate offering

India
India's Shardul Amarchand Bolsters Corporate Practice

By Anna Zhang |

The New Delhi-based firm has added 38 transactions lawyers, including six partners, across offices in Gurgaon, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Todd Toral

Jenner & Block Bags DLA Piper's Cross-Border Litigation Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Linklaters to Make Big China Move With New Shanghai Spin-off

By James Booth |

Linklaters is set to make its long-awaited move into Chinese law with a team of almost 20 lawyers breaking off to set up a new "best friends" firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Pascale Dubois.

World Bank Taps Pascale DuBois as Next Integrity Vice President

By Sue Reisinger |

The World Bank Group is set to name Pascale DuBois to its top anticorruption post as its next Integrity Vice President.

Ropes & Gray Sees Four-Partner Hong Kong Team Head to Gibson Dunn

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

Paul Boltz Jr., managing partner of Ropes & Gray's Hong Kong office, is leaving the firm with three other partners to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Japan
Debevoise Advises Sawai Pharmaceutical on $1B US Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Osaka-based generic drugmaker is buying Minnesota-based Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.

China
DLA Piper Hires Hogan Lovells China IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

William “Skip” Fisher will be China head of patent at his new firm and remains in Shanghai.

Minter-Ellison

Hong Kong
MinterEllison Loses One Energy Partner, Adds Another

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia energy head Sam Farrands leaves for King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong as Perth partner Paul Shillington arrives.

Hong Kong.

China
Davis Polk Hires Ex-U.S. Prosecutor from Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Sinclair is the latest former federal prosecutor to wind up in the Hong Kong office of a U.S. firm.

Will Law Schools’ LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump’s ‘America First’ Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

China
M&A Activity in Asia Declines as China Work Drops

By Anna Zhang |

League tables published by Mergermarket, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show a drop in M&A deals during the first three months of this year, both by deal count and volume.

Australia
DLA Piper Exits Australian Capital in Latest Office Closure

By James Booth |

In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.

Karen Taylor, Anaqua.

Inside Asia's Legal Technology Evolution With Anaqua's Karen Taylor

By Rhys Dipshan |

Corporations operating in Asia are turning to legal technology to manage IP assets and work more efficiently on a global scale.

Perth Australia.

Australia
Jones Day Expands Perth Office With Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Ashurst departures continue as arbitration partner Lucas Wilk leaves for the U.S. firm.

Australia
DLA Piper Exits Australian Capital in Latest Office Closure

By James Booth |

In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll offices in Washington, D.C. September 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Humanitarian Aid Lawsuit Targets Former Yahoo Lawyers

By Cogan Schneier |

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims only a fraction of a $17 million trust created under a Yahoo settlement has been used to provide humanitarian aid to Chinese dissidents.

Beijing China

China
White & Case Hires Partner From Skadden in Beijing After China Head's Departure

By Anna Zhang |

Andre Zhu, who regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving private equity investors, was most recently counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Chinese capital.

China
Baker McKenzie Picks Up Former Cadwalader Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Rose Zhu joins with two additional lawyers and one staffer.

Malaysia
Herbert Smith Freehills Asia Disputes Head Moves to Malaysia

By Anna Zhang |

Peter Godwin has relocated to Kuala Lumpur from Tokyo to lead the firm’s latest office in Asia.

Richard Gordon, Clifford Chance, Sydney Austrailia.

Australia
Clifford Chance Names New Australia Management

By Anna Zhang |

Richard Gordon and Paul Lingard will take over as managing partners in Sydney and Perth, respectively, in May.

nanchang scenery,view from the tengwang pavilion, China

Hong Kong
U.S. Law Firms Face Tough Reality in China

By Anna Zhang |

U.S. law firms are reassessing their China strategy. Some are laying off lawyers and partners. Some are shifting focus. Others are pulling back or even shuttering their doors in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Shanghai.

China
Asia's Digital Growth Set to Squeeze Region's Corporate Counsel

By Rhys Dipshan |

Asian companies are bracing for an expected wave of rising litigation, regulatory action and cost pressures, a Baker McKenzie survey found.

Seoul, Korea.

South Korea
Kennedys Expands Marine Practice With Korea-Focused Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Deug Rong Lee joins from Clyde & Co in London.

Australia
Clifford Chance, KWM on First Ever Australian Master Trust Deal

By Anna Ward |

Former GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand consumer finance business Latitude Financial launches a $840 million master trust for its credit card business.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Reshuffles Its Asia Management 

By Anna Ward |

Hong Kong partner Psyche Tai and Singapore partner Yu-En Ong have been appointed heads of their respective offices.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

Singapore
PwC Strengthens Legal Arm, Hiring One More From Ashurst Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Finance partner Carl Dunton is leaving to join the accounting firm's newly launched foreign law practice in the city-state.

Aramco refinery at Ras Tannura, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo)

Malaysia
White & Case, Shearman Advise on $7B Saudi-Malaysian Oil Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned Saudi Aramco is forming a joint venture with its Malaysian counterpart Petronas to build a refinery in southern Malaysia.

Australia
Slater and Gordon Cleared of Accounting Violations in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Slater and Gordon, the world's first publicly listed law firm, said the Australian government has concluded its investigation into whether the firm falsified or manipulated its records, clearing it of wrongdoing.

China
DLA Piper, Latham Advise on Sinopec's $1B African Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Asia’s largest oil refiner makes its entry into the African downstream market as U.S. giant Chevron exits.

China
'We Are Not Recreating SJ Berwin' - Looking Forward with KWM 2.0

By Rose Walker |

This January, around 30 partners from King & Wood Mallesons' pared-down European, Middle East and U.S. offices travelled to Beijing for KWM China’s partnership meeting. A weekend of team performances —from karaoke to flamenco—ensued. But also centre stage, and very much up for discussion, were the prospects for the firm’s business outside Asia-Pacific.

Perth, Australia

Australia
Quinn Emanuel Sets Up Shop in Western Australia

By Rose Walker |

Paul Evans, a former partner at leading Australian firm Freehills who spent nearly the past six years as a state solicitor for Western Australia, is joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to open an office for the firm in Perth.

China
Perkins Coie Nabs Cadwalader Patent Litigator

By Anna Zhang |

Perkins Coie has hired an intellectual property litigation partner in Beijing.

Expert Analysis: Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards Against Foreign Corporations Registered to Do Business in New York

By Henry Weisburg, Christopher Ryan and Daniel Purisch |

Henry Weisburg, Christopher Ryan and Daniel Purisch of Shearman & Sterling discuss the Second Circuit's 2016 decision in Brown v. Lockheed Martin, which provides guidance as to how the principles established in the Daimler precedent should be applied to business registration statutes and illustrates why New York courts should not be able to exercise personal jurisdiction over an award debtor solely on the basis of business registration.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Adds Aircraft Finance Partner in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells moved to expand its aviation finance offering in Asia, hiring asset finance partner Matthew Leigh in Singapore.

Sydney, Australia.

Pinsent Masons to launch flexible lawyering service Vario in Australia

By James Booth |

Pinsent Masons is to launch its flexible lawyering service Vario in Australia, in what will mark its first move outside the UK.

China
Dentons, Zhong Lun, Behind China's First Investment Treaty Arbitration Win

By Anna Zhang |

A three-arbitrator panel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C., dismissed Korean developer Ansung Housing’s claims against China.

Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong
Davis Polk Hong Kong Capital Markets Star to Leave

By Anna Zhang |

Antony Dapiran will leave the firm in June after seven years while more corporate lawyers are set to exit.

Vinson & Elkins offices in Washington, D.C.

China
Vinson & Elkins China Head Leaves for Dechert

By Anna Zhang |

Longtime Vinson & Elkins energy partner and former China practice head Xiao Yong has left the firm to join Dechert.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Are Lawyers With Foreign Law Degrees at a Disadvantage in the U.S. Market?

By Julie Brush |

U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.

Left to right: Daniel Pascucci and Joseph Dunn Mintz Levin

When Hiding Assets Doesn’t Work: How Mintz Levin Recovered $20M for Cheated Client

By Jenna Greene |

Winning is great—but not if your client can’t collect. Faced with a defendant who tried just about every trick to hide assets, including a bankruptcy filing, off-shore fund maneuvering and dissolution of the business, a team from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Canadian Companies Raise Cybersecurity Concerns Regarding New China Law

By Ed Silverstein |

A government spokesperson says Canadian businesses have expressed concerns over how they may be affected by China’s recent cybersecurity law.

Beijing, China.

China
Morgan Lewis Partner in Beijing Jumps to China's Han Kun

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. firm’s former Beijing partner, Duan Min, joins alongside former Microsoft in-house counsel He Yanlei.

butwin-brad

O'Melveny & Myers Reports Strong Revenue and Income Growth in 2016

By Anna Zhang |

In Asia, the 648-lawyer firm saw several departures across offices last year, but chair Brad Butwin says his firm remains committed to the region.

Maxwell Chambers, location of the Singapore International Arbitration Center.

Singapore's Judiciary is Focused on Legal Tech, Will the Industry Follow?

By Zach Warren |

Legal tech companies that have opened offices in Singapore say the market is ripe for innovation, but local firms will not change overnight.

U.S. Justice Department

US Implicates In-House Lawyers at China's ZTE in Sanctions Case

By Sue Reisinger |

Inside the billion-dollar plea agreement between the U.S. government and the Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. sits a tale of lawyers gone bad. And at least one who didn't. U.S. authorities pointed fingers at in-house lawyers for their alleged roles in a scheme to violate trade sanctions.

anekoho/Shutterstock.com

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Adds International Arbitration Partner in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Mayer Brown JSM has recruited an international arbitration partner in Singapore.

Hong Kong
PwC Launches Hong Kong Law Firm With KWM, O'Melveny Hires

By Anna Zhang |

Former King & Wood Mallesons partner David Tiang formed the auditor's associated firm with former O'Melveny & Myers Hong Kong partner Gigi Woo.

Mitchell Zuklie, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman

Hong Kong
Spotlight: Orrick Overhauls Asia Strategy After Partner Exodus

By Anna Zhang |

Orrick lost almost its entire Hong Kong capital markets and corporate practice, which it built up over 11 years, to Morgan Lewis. What will the San Francisco-based firm do now?

Deal Watch: SoftBank's Spending Spree Keeps Lawyers Busy

By Meghan Tribe |

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. has continued its frenetic deal pace, brokering a $13 billion merger between satellite operators, investing $3 billion in office-sharing startup WeWork and taking part in a $500 million fundraising round by online lender Social Finance. Morrison & Foerster, a longtime legal adviser to SoftBank, is close behind.

Target Corp. is among the retailers that received letters from the New York attorney general's office requesting information on their on-call practices for employees.

Target Corp. Puts FTC's 'Made in USA' Claims to Bed

By C. Ryan Barber |

Federal trade regulators have dropped their investigation into Target Corp. over pillows that were advertised as "Made in USA" but were, in fact, manufactured in China. Target pulled the mislabeled products from store shelves, corrected the country-of-origin information for its own-branded pillows and took steps to prevent further consumer deception.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Sued by Ex-Partner in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright's Australian arm has been sued by an ex-partner over his termination last year, according to court records.

Melbourne, Australia

Court Imposes Restrictions on Ex-Herbert Smith Freehills Partners Poached by White & Case in Australia

By Anna Zhang, Asian Lawyer, with Legal Week Staff |

Eight partners who quit Herbert Smith Freehills last year to launch White & Case’s new Australia practice will be unable to solicit clients or staff from their former firm until September, according to a decision handed down in the Australian courts earlier today.

Shanghai.

China
Morgan Lewis Expands Shanghai Office With Employment Law Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has recruited a China-based employment partner.

Davis Polk & Wardwell received International Law Firm of the Year.

Hong Kong
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for 2017 Asia Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer Staff |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee are among the top winners of the fourth annual celebration for the regions leading firms and individuals.

Seyfarth Shaw

Hong Kong
Seyfarth Shaw to Open Hong Kong Office

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. employment law specialist is adding a fourth office in Asia Pacific following Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne, as former DLA Piper Asia employment law head Julia Gorham moves over.

King & Wood Mallesons has elected a new China chairman. Hong Kong partner Zhang Yi

China
King & Wood Mallesons Appoints New China Chair to Lead Firm's Internationalization Strategy

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons has elected former Hong Kong office co-chief Zhang Yi as new China chairman.

Slater & Gordon managing director Andrew Grech

Slater and Gordon Writes Down Value of UK Business As Half-Year Revenues Fall 34 Percent

By James Booth |

The world’s first listed law firm has announced more significant losses as revenues continue to fall following its ill-fated acquisition of UK insurance company Quindell’s professional services arm in 2015.

United Arab Emirates
Eversheds, HSF Advise on $2.6B Chinese Investments in Abu Dhabi Oil Venture

By Anna Zhang |

Eversheds Sutherland and Herbert Smith Freehills have advised two Chinese energy companies on their combined $2.6 billion investment in a joint venture with state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.

Am Law 100/200: The Early Reports

By ALM Staff |

A sneak peek at 2016 financial results for some of the biggest firms in the United States.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
Clayton Utz Launches Forensic Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Fontanot, the former EY head of Asia Pacific fraud investigations, arrives as the Sydney-based national player becomes the first Australian law firm to have in-house forensic capability.

Deal Watch: Two Big Firms Advise on Scuttled Unilever-Kraft Heinz Merger

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Linklaters and Paul Weiss landed lead roles on a since aborted $143 billion takeover bid for London-based Unilever plc by Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz Foods Co., a megamerger that would have united two of the world’s largest food companies.

China
Following Three-Way Merger, CMS Eyes Asia Expansion

By Anna Ward |

Senior partner Penelope Warne said that Asia is likely the combined firm's immediate focus for investment, given the political uncertainty under the Donald Trump presidency.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Loses Asia Projects Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong partner Matthias Schemuth moves over as the Anglo-American firm expands project finance offering in the region.

Japan
Five Am Law 100 Firms on $3.3B SoftBank-Fortress Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Weil, Kirkland, Skadden, Davis Polk and Paul Weiss advise as the Japanese technology investor buys the New York-based asset management firm.

Singapore
Gunderson Launches Singapore Office

By Anna Zhang |

The Silicon Valley firm’s second Asian office is run by three former Davis Polk lawyers, including two partners.

Hangzhou China

China
Chinese Firm Zhong Lun Opens New Office in Hangzhou

By Anna Zhang |

The 15th office of China's third largest-grossing firm aims to focus on corporate, finance, restructuring and real estate work.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
Seyfarth Shaw Advising Ex-Herbert Smith Freehills Partners in Australia Dispute

By Rose Walker |

The eight former Herbert Smith partners left the firm last year to launch an Australia practice for White & Case.

Andrew Saker

Litigation Funder Bentham, Fortress Seek to Tap US Litigation Market

By Roy Strom |

On the same day that Fortress Investment Group announced its $3.3 billion sale to Japan’s SoftBank, a unit of the investment giant partnered with Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham on a U.S. litigation funding finance vehicle worth up to $200 million. The move comes two months after two rival litigation financiers agreed to merge.

Singapore
Eversheds Sutherland to Merge With Singapore Firm

By Anna Zhang |

What better Valentine's Day gift is there than a long-awaited marriage approval? That's exactly what Eversheds Sutherland and Singapore's Harry Elias Partnership got on Feb. 14, when the Singapore Ministry of Law granted the two firms permission to merge.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hong Kong
Morgan Lewis Nabs Four More From Orrick in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Of counsel Rosita Chu, Eli Gao, Yan Zeng and Roger Zhou will follow the footsteps of nine partners who all start at the Philadelphia-based firm on Monday.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Hong Kong
Baker McKenzie Recruits International Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells partner Paul Teo moves over from Singapore.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills Sues Partners Poached by White & Case

By Anna Zhang |

Eight Australian partners at Herbert Smith Freehills have been named as defendants in a case over their en masse defection to the U.S. firm.

Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C., offices.

Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Adds Asia-Focused Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Andrew Lee is based in Washington, D.C.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires Away Linklaters China Partner, Adds 2 in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Equity capital markets lawyer Chik Pui Hong moves over as the U.K. firm rebuilds its Hong Kong listing practice following major departures last year.

Global Lateral Hiring by The Numbers: A Look Behind the High 5-Year Attrition Rate

By Hugh A. Simons |

Half of lateral partner hires are failures. To be precise, 47 percent of laterals don’t stay more than 5 full years.

Takata airbag components.

Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Draft Executive Order Targeting Worker Visas Shakes Silicon Valley Tech Companies

By David Ruiz |

The torrent of drastic changes to U.S. immigration law—including a draft proposal of an executive order to restructure and possibly rescind entire worker visa programs—has sent Silicon Valley tech companies into a frenzy, seeking legal help for a multitude of questions.

Former Bio-Rad General Counsel, Sanford Wadler (left) leaves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Bio-Rad Trial Witnesses Claim Outburst, Obstruction by Ex-GC

By David Ruiz |

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. chief financial officer Christine Tsingos added a new claim to the company's case against fired general counsel Sanford Wadler in court Tuesday: Wadler allegedly once became openly hostile in a meeting, pounding his fists and yelling at the room.

M&A Hiring Heats Up in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

More than a third of 2016 partner hires in Asia by Global 100 firms were mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Allen & Overy recruits AstraZeneca China GC for Shanghai base

By Alex Berry |

Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired AstraZeneca’s China general counsel (GC) as a partner for its intellectual property (IP) practice in Shanghai.

FCPA & Anti-Money Laundering: A Special Report

Half of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's 2016 enforcement actions were brought against companies in the gaming industry. And U.S. Department of Justice efforts in 2016 added greater specifics on the potential benefits of corporate self-disclosure. And want to know how broker-dealers can rely on investment advisers to verify the identity of shared customers? Read on.

Sweatshops, Slavery and GCs

By Stephanie Forshee |

Two decades after retailers got blowback for their labor practices abroad, more top lawyers are stepping into business-focused roles and tackling sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Dan McMahon

Wilson Elser Helps Launch Global Insurance Law Network

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm has teamed up with Australia's Wotton + Kearney, British firm DAC Beachcroft and Germany's BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr to form the Legalign Global insurance network.

Hong Kong
Akin Gump Former Asia Head Leaves Firm for Startup

By Anna Zhang |

Gregory Puff, who joined the firm in 2012 to launch the Hong Kong office, now runs a food ordering mobile app operator.

Geoffrey Chan of Skadden, formerly of Ropes & Gray

Hong Kong
Skadden Launches Asia Funds Practice

By Anna Zhang |

Former Ropes & Gray Asia private funds head Geoffrey Chan now leads the practice for the New York firm in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Dechert Recruits Hong Kong Funds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Michael Wong joins the Philadelphia-based firm from K&L Gates.

Editor's Note

By The Asian Lawyer |

We are suspending The Asian Lawyer newsletters on Thursday Jan. 26 and Monday Jan. 30 during Chinese New Year. We will resume publication on Feb. 2.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Morgan Lewis Heads to Hong Kong After Orrick Raid

By Anna Zhang |

At least nine partners are poised to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Once the mass move is complete, up to 40 lawyers and staff could head to the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy in recent months bolstering its operations in Asia.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Addresses Past Failures and Future Plans

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons management told clients this week that the collapse of its legacy SJ Berwin business in the U.K. and Europe was the result of poor leadership and a lack of consensus among European partners, and described how the firm plans to rebuild its operations across the region.

China
Shanghai Firm Llinks Adds Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Pan was most recently general counsel for U.S. chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corp.’s China business.

King & Wood Mallesons.

China
KWM Confirms Names of Partners Staying on After Europe Administration

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has confirmed the names of 17 partners who have agreed to stay on with the firm in the wake of the administration of its European, UK and Middle East (EUME) business. Seven partners will stay on to maintain a London presence for the firm, as will as a three-partner team in Frankfurt.

Shanghai Skyline.

China
Kirkland & Ellis Expands Shanghai Office With M&A Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Paula Liu is now a partner at the Chicago-based firm.

Tokyo skyline

Japan
Simpson Thacher Advises on KKR's $1.3B Acquisition of Hitachi Unit

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is representing Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. on a $1.3 billion acquisition of Japanese conglomerate Hitachi Ltd.'s power tools manufacturing unit.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former WilmerHale Beijing office co-head Robert Woll joins to advise on fund formation.

Hong Kong
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for 2017 Asian Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer |

Davis Polk, Hogan Lovells, Freshfields and Linklaters are among the contestants for the awards that will be announced on February 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia
Herbert Smith Freehills to open in Malaysia

By Rose Walker |

Kuala Lumpur will be the firm's center of Islamic finance practice.

Global Law Practices Make Adjustments in Middle East

By Rose Walker |

Oil prices plummeted and companies and lawyers in the Middle East have had to adjust.

China
Alibaba Returns to Slaughter and May for $2.6B Retail Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Slaughter and May is advising Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on a $2.6 billion offer to privatize Chinese department store operator Intime Retail Group Co. Ltd.

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated London-based Europe projects head Jamieson Logie to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Sullivan & Cromwell Adds Asia Projects Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated Jamieson Logie, the former head of projects for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, from London to Hong Kong to head up the practice for Asia.

China
Stephenson Harwood Hires Ex-Cadwalader Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Stephenson Harwood has hired former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jane Ng.

McDonald's restaurant in Shenzhen, China.

China
Kirkland, Cleary Lead McDonald's $2.1B China Partnership

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned CITIC teamed up with The Carlyle Group to help open 1,500 more restaurants in Hong Kong and the mainland.

Mina Arai-Ito

Rising Japanese Investment in Africa Prompts Law Firms to Ramp Up Africa Practices

By Anna Zhang |

Africa remains a challenging market, but Japanese companies see growing opportunity there. So do their lawyers.

Six More KWM Partners Find New Homes As Exits Continue

By Rose Walker |

Reed Smith, Mishcon de Reya and Simmons & Simmons are all set to boost their London offices with partner hires from King & Wood Mallesons’ stricken European business.

Singapore
Last Singapore Resident Partner Leaves O'Melveny

By Anna Zhang |

Nathan Bush has joined DLA Piper as Asia head of antitrust and Asia head of investigations after leaving O'Melveny & Myers, where he spent the past 16 years.

The Patent Implications of Using AI in the Global Marketplace

By Jason Lohr, Hogan Lovells |

International usage can lead to problems through data collection, disclosure and more.

Hong Kong.

China
China's Haiwen to Open in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese firm Haiwen & Partners is planning to open a Hong Kong office—a move that comes nearly a year after the firm launched in the neighboring city of Shenzhen.

Beijing, China.

China
Han Kun Hires Former White & Case China Head

By Anna Zhang |

Li Xiaoming is the latest Chinese lawyer to move from an international firm to a domestic firm.

King & Wood Mallesons.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Takes Two From JunHe, Eyes US-Related Work

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons has hired two corporate partners from top rival JunHe in Beijing.

China
China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America

By Carlos Harrison |

As the U.S. talks of walls, China is building bridges in North America's backyard.

Tokyo skyline

Japan
TMI Poaches Nishimura Corporate Heavyweight

By Anna Zhang |

Masakazu Iwakura joins as the firm tries to build up corporate M&A capability.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Singapore
Dentons Rodyk Loses Real Estate Team, Gains Tax Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

A five-partner team departs for rival Rajah & Tann while Baker McKenzie Singapore cofounding partner Edmund Leow joins the firm as tax head.

Sydney, Australia

Australia
Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Carl Harrap, currently a principal at the global law firm’s relationship IP firm, allegedly groped a female jogger in Sydney before being arrested by police.

Cadwalader offices in Washington, D.C. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

China
2 More Ex-Cadwalader China Partners Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia managing partner Rocky Lee has joined King & Wood Mallesons while former Hong Kong partner Stephen Chan arrives at Dechert.

New Jersey Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Indian Pharma Company Despite Its Local Subsidiary

By David Gialanella |

The Appellate Division found "insufficient evidence presented to pierce the corporate veil and impute Dishman USA's New Jersey contacts to" Dishman Pharmaceuticals, which is based in India.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC Accuses California Lawyer in Scheme to Defraud Chinese Investors

By C. Ryan Barber |

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from investors in China who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.

Chinese Nationals Charged With Hacking Firms to Steal M&A Info

By Mark Hamblett |

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara warns law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."

KWM China in Talks to Pick Up 10-Lawyer City Disputes Team

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons China is in discussions to acquire a team of more than 10 London dispute resolution lawyers, as it bids to retain a small outpost in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, staffed with lawyers from the rapidly disintegrating legacy SJ Berwin business.

KWM Latest: 40 Partners Have Quit Since October, City Rallies to Save Trainees

By Alex Berry and James Booth |

With all single-firm acquisitions of the business off the table, it is every person for himself or herself, prompting a scramble of partner exits.

KWM Europe Announces Intention to Appoint Administrators

By Rose Walker |

The firm is expected to file for pre-pack administration in January, with numerous partners and teams being acquired by rival firms ahead of this move.

KWM China in Talks to Take On Multiple International Offices as Former Partners Are Emailed About Potential Tax Liabilities

By Anna Ward |

King & Wood Mallesons' China arm is in talks to take on large teams of lawyers from the firm’s Dubai, Germany, Italy and Spain offices as well as City corporate and litigation teams, with the news coming as former partners have been emailed about potential liabilities they may face relating to the firm’s pending January tax bill.

David Rivkin

A Bar Association That Stands Up for the Rule of Law

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Rather than being a self-serving lobby or guild, the International Bar Association has become a progressive voice for the profession. Few today think the "A" in ABA stands for admirable. But the "I" in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Opinion: Another Big Law Firm Stumbles

By Steven J. Harper |

The collapse of King & Woods Mallesons Europe shows that the central problem afflicting most troubled law firms remains the same.

In this Oct. 25, 2016 picture the headquarters of the German technology concern Aixtron in Herzogenrath , Germany, is photographed. The German government says it withdrew permission for a Chinese company to purchase semiconductor equipment company Aixtron due to security concerns. Germany announced Monday Oct 24, 2016 that it was reconsidering the takeover bid by China's Fujian Grand Chip but didn't state a reason. ( Oliver Berg/dpa via AP,file)

China
Strains in U.S.-China Relations Expected to Affect Legal Sector

By Anna Zhang |

Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. has disapproved several high profile Chinese investments recently; meanwhile suspicion of Chinese companies' motives and the influence they might have in the U.S. economy grow among members of Congress. What will Chinese investments into the U.S. look like next year under the Trump presidency?

HSBC Adds Davis Polk to Global Panel with Regular UK Advisers Reappointed

By Rose Walker |

HSBC has completed a global panel review, with US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell winning a place on the roster.

Editor's Note

By The Asian Lawyer |

This is the last Asian Lawyer newsletter in 2016. We are taking a two-week break and will be back on Thursday Jan. 5.

Will Trump Make America Corrupt Again?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

President-elect Donald Trump once called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act a "horrible law." Will the U.S. continue to play the role of global corporate corruption cop?

A&O and Freshfields Lead on Asahi's Eastern European $8 Billion Beer Buy from AB InBev

By Rose Walker |

AB Inbev is selling brands that include Czech market leader Pilsner Urquell to get clearance from competition regulators after its takeover of rival SABMiller.

DLA Piper offices in Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.

Hong Kong
DLA Piper Hires Restructuring Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Andrew Payne joins from distressed asset investor Clearwater Capital Partners, where he was an in-house lawyer.

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Malleson

United Kingdom
As Suitors Circle, Ex-KWM Senior Partner Resigns

By Rose Walker |

Stephen Kon, a former senior partner for King & Wood Mallesons' Europe and Middle East arm, has resigned from the firm. The antitrust lawyer, who joined legacy firm SJ Berwin in 1982, helped oversee its combination with KWM in 2013. In September, Kon left his leadership role at the combined firm in anticipation of his retirement.

Minter-Ellison

China
MinterEllison Adds China Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Chen Bi and Chris Carr join the firm in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively.

Dentons Bows Out of Race for KWM EUME Business

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is no longer talking to King & Wood Mallesons’ European management about a potential deal to take over its distressed European and Middle East business.

Shanghai Skyline.

China
Allen & Overy Expands Corporate Offering in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shearman & Sterling counsel Wayne Lee relocates from Hong Kong and is now a partner.

Winston & Strawn enters fray as KWM Europe reviews offers from multiple firms

By Rose Walker |

Winston & Strawn is the latest firm to express interest in parts of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) European business.

What Went Wrong at King & Wood Mallesons?

By Chris Johnson and Rose Walker |

When Chinese-Australian giant KWM joined forces with the U.K.'s SJ Berwin, the firm was hailed as a global pioneer. Just three years later, the verein's European arm is on the brink of collapse.

King & Wood Mallesons.

In Asia, King & Wood Mallesons Still Going Strong

By Anna Zhang |

The turmoil in the European arm of King & Wood Mallesons has not affected the firm’s operations in Asia, where some consider it one of the best and most internationalized firms in China.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Heading Towards Pre-Pack Administration

By Chris Johnson |

The situation at King & Wood Mallesons is coming to a head. Sources at the firm say that its beleaguered European arm is heading for a pre-packaged administration, the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy, with negotiations already at an advanced stage. An announcement should occur in the second half of next week.

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. President Barack Obama is honoring Jordan, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks, and others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

China
Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China's Top Court

By Anna Zhang |

China's top court has ruled that former NBA star Michael Jordan owns the trademark rights to his name in Chinese characters.

Sydney, Australia

Australia
Dentons Completes Australian Union

By Rose Walker |

Dentons formally completed its tie-up with Australia's Gadens on Monday—more than a year after partners first approved the deal.

The copper bull outside the Shenzhen Stock Exchnage in Shenzhen China.

China
Linklaters Advised on New Stock Trading Program in Hong Kong and China

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters served as adviser to the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. on its long-awaited launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect, a program that allows Hong Kong and overseas investors to trade securities listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and permits Chinese investors to trade Hong Kong-listed securities.

Alston & Bird's Bob Dole. Photo by: Michael Whetstine. Photo July 19, 2005.

China
Alston & Bird Central to Trump's Taiwanese Phone Call

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Former senator and Alston & Bird special counsel Bob Dole told The Wall Street Journal that he and his firm helped to arrange the president-elect's taboo-breaking telephone call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the paper.

China
K&L Gates Expands Shanghai Office With Linklaters Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shanghai partner Simon Poh arrives at K&L Gates along with M&A lawyer Amigo Xie.

One Team, One Firm, One Fine Mess

By Georgina Stanley |

Why King & Wood Mallesons is bad news for verein advocates.

China
Clyde & Co China Joint Venture Firm Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Clyde & Co's China joint venture firm has hired a second Chinese law partner focusing on corporate and media and entertainment matters.

Australia
HSF Makes Up Five Australia Partners After 10-Partner Exit to White & Case

By Rose Walker |

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has made up five partners in Australia following the departure of a 10-partner team to White & Case earlier this year.

Shanghai.

China
Former Davis Polk Lawyer Joins Zhong Lun as Partner

By Anna Zhang |

China's Zhong Lun Law Firm has added two partners in Shanghai.

Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong

Singapore
Top Corporate Lawyer Appointed Attorney General in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.

Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards dinner on November 24.

Singapore
Latham, Baker & McKenzie Top Winners of 2016 Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards

By The Asian Lawyer |

Latham & Watkins and Baker & McKenzie are among the biggest winners of the third annual Emerging Markets Awards, which were announced on Nov. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.

China
Skadden Leads Ctrip's $1.7B Skyscanner Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese online travel agency is buying the U.K. competitor to boost global offering.

Japan
Simpson Thacher Advises Kohlberg Kravis on Purchase of Nissan Auto Parts Supplier

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher and Japan's Big Four firms advise on a rare multibillion-dollar private equity deal in the country as the U.S. buyout firm buys auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp.

King & Wood Mallesons' European Arm Considers Merger Options as Recapitalisation Plan Fails

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons' (KWM) European recapitalisation plan has failed, with insufficient partners committing to the deal, it has been announced.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

By Chris Johnson |

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a car crash in slow motion.

Ashurst to Overhaul Partner Profit Distribution System in Move to Single Annual Payout

By Rose Walker |

Partners would receive a single profit payment each year, instead of the current quarterly system. A vote is scheduled for next month.

Joe Teig of Holland and Hart in Jackson, Wyoming

Off the Grid: Big Firms and Their Far-Flung Offices

By Roy Strom |

Whether it's Myanmar, Mongolia or Wyoming, global clients in remote locations make for unique outposts for some Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

By Chris Johnson |

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Partners Could See Profit 'Clawbacks' Over Rescue Deal

By Rose Walker |

European partners at King & Wood Mallesons could have two years of profits clawed back if they choose to reject a rescue deal offered by the firm’s Asian arm.

L-R Gary Seib and Milton Cheng

Hong Kong
No Asia Pullback for Baker & McKenzie

By Anna Zhang |

At a time when the Asia market becomes increasing challenging for global firms, some firms are choosing to retreat, but Baker & McKenzie's new Asia Pacific chair Gary Seib said his firm is more committed than ever.

Paul Rawlinson

Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

By Roy Strom |

Baker & McKenzie's Paul Rawlinson is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Sturgis Sobin, Derek Ludwin and James O'Connell, partners at Covington & Burling

Litigators of the Week: A Win for Free Trade and Chinese Steel

By Ben Hancock |

When the U.S. International Trade Commission waded into a legal issue it hadn’t touched in almost 40 years--how to handle allegations of price-fixing--a Covington & Burling team rose to the challenge

Dorsey & Whitney

Hong Kong
Dorsey & Whitney Hong Kong Partner Joins Clyde & Co

By Anna Zhang |

Partner John Chrisman previously led Dorsey's Hong Kong office and the firm's India practice.

In Wake of Election, Wilmer's Bill Lee Reveals Troubling Incident

By Susan Beck |

At a time of political upheaval and uncertainty over the future of civil rights in this country, William Lee, a longtime partner and former co-leader at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has a chilling story to tell.

JPMorgan Chase Settles Foreign Bribery Claims for $264M

A subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ran a nepotism program on a grand scale in China, Justice Department officials said Thursday, as the bank agreed to pay $264.4 million to settle allegations it hired the sons and daughters of government officials to bribe its way to investment deals.

Bangalore, India

India
Dechert Helps Create Law in India That Could Save Lives

By Anna Zhang |

India is moving forward on establishing legal protection for good samaritans in traffic accidents, thanks in part to assistance from the U.S. law firm Dechert.

Tetra Pak

China
China Fines Tetra Pak Record $97 Million for Antitrust Violations

By Anna Zhang |

State Administration for Industry and Commerce headed down its largest antitrust fine to the Swedish packaging giant, ending a nearly four-year-long probe.

Samsung Logo.

South Korea
Paul Hastings Advises Samsung on Purchase of Auto Technology Supplier Harman International

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings is advising Samsung Electronics on an $8 billion acquisition of U.S. automotive technology company Harman International Industries Inc.

China
U.K.'s Fieldfisher Merges With Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm combines with 12-partner boutique JS Partners under a Swiss verein structure.

Asia Legal Awards 2017 launch with new practice area and in-house categories

By Asian Lawyer |

Nomination deadline is December 9, 2016.

After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

By Nell Gluckman and Anna Zhang |

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Is Offered Asian Rescue Package—with Some Strings Attached

By James Booth |

At a meeting in London last week, King & Wood Mallesons' European and Middle Eastern partners were told that the firm's Asian offices are willing to offer financial assistance to the troubled European partnership, conditional on a lock-in and a capital raising of 14 million pounds sterling.

Factory workers at an electronics company in the production of automotive circuit system equipment in Jiangxi province in China.

China
After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

By Nell Gluckman and Anna Zhang |

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

King & Wood Mallesons Global Chief to Step Down

By Georgina Stanley |

The hunt for a successor to Stuart Fuller, who will return to practice in Sydney, begins as European partners prepare for a key meeting on firm's finances.

Hong Kong display stock market charts

Hong Kong
Global Firms Lead Opposition to Hong Kong Stock Exchange Reform Proposals

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Linklaters and Freshfields are among a raft of major law firms raising concerns that proposed changes to Hong Kong Stock Exchange regulations will lead to a reduction in the number of listings taking place.

anekoho/Shutterstock.com

Singapore Offers Clues on the Future of Courtroom Technology

By Ricci Dipshan |

A look at how the integrated courtroom and related technologies have evolved in the city-nation.

anekoho/Shutterstock.com

Singapore Offers Clues on the Future of Courtroom Technology

By Ricci Dipshan |

A look at how the integrated courtroom and related technologies have evolved in the city-nation.

China
China Passes Controversial Internet Security Law

By Anna Zhang |

China passed a controversial internet security law on Monday despite strong opposition from foreign companies.

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Hong Kong
Clifford Chance Hires Partner From Hong Kong Firm in Bid to Boost Offering to Local Clients

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance is hiring a new corporate partner in Hong Kong in a bid to enhance its offering to local clients.

Golden Globe Awards

China
China's Dalian Wanda Group to Acquire Dick Clark's TV Production Studio for $1B

By Anna Zhang |

Reed Smith and Paul Hastings are lead counsel on a $1 billion deal that will result in Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd. acquiring the U.S. television studio Dick Clark Productions Inc.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Leaders Seeking Financial Help from Chinese Arm

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons' new European management team is holding discussions with the firm’s Chinese leadership to work out a way forward for its European arm, which is under pressure following a series of high profile partner exits.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

Australia
Hogan Lovells Poaches Clayton Utz Corporate Partner in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells has expanded its Australian offering by hiring longtime Clayton Utz partner Matthew Johnson.

Sydney, Australia.

Australia
PwC Recruits Former Clifford Chance Partner Duo for Australian Arm

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

PwC has hired former Clifford Chance partners Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons for its fast-growing Australian legal arm.

Melbourne, Australia.

Australia
White & Case Poised to Open Two New Australian Offices

By Brian Baxter |
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in Dubai

Japan
Japan's Nishimura & Asahi to Open Office in Dubai

By Anna Zhang |

Nishimura & Asahi will be the first among Japan's Big Four law firms to open an office in Dubai.

The Global Lawyer: Asia Lets Loose the Hounds of Third-Party Funding

Hong Kong’s law reform commission called for legalizing arbitration finance on Oct. 12. If the past is any guide, Singapore’s law ministry, which reviewed guidelines for third-party funding this summer, will swiftly make a matching move.

Simmons & Simmons Forms Joint Venture with Singapore Corporate Boutique

Simmons & Simmons has formed a joint venture with the Singapore firm JWS Asia Law—a move that will allow the U.K. firm to offer local legal advice.

K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon joined K&L Gates in New York, the firm announced Monday. Gusy had chaired the international arbitration group at Cozen O’Connor.

Cadwalader.

Hong Kong
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner to Rejoin Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jeffrey Maddox will rejoin Jones Day following Cadwalader's decision to shutter its Asian offices, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Duane Morris Opens Taiwan Office

Duane Morris has opened an office in Taipei, Taiwan, the firm announced Monday, further expanding its on-the-ground presence in Asia.

King & Wood Mallesons Puts Brakes on Recapitalization as Four High-Profile Partners Quit

By Georgina Stanley |

The firm confirmed the resignation of U.K. investments funds head Michael Halford, private equity partner Jonathan Pittal and corporate partner Andrew Wingfield. Former managing partner Rob Day has also indicated his intention to resign from the beleaguered firm, which has seen a spate of exits over the last 18 months

Hong Kong
World Bank Report Ranks Asian Nations as Best Places to Do Business

New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea are among the best places to do business in the world, according to the World Bank’s most recent annual study of local business laws and regulations around the globe.

Foley Hoag Launches U.N. Practice Group

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Already a regional power in public international law, Foley Hoag has launched a United Nations practice group, thought to be the first of its kind at an Am Law 200 firm.

When Bad Things Happen to Bad Companies

By Michael D. Goldhaber / The Global Lawyer |

In case after case, the bogeymen of arbitration are going up in smoke, The Global Lawyer writes. But do critics rejoice when bad things happen to bad companies? No. Rather than celebrate good arbitral judgment, they insist the system remains broken.

China
Weil Gotshal Advises Chinese Conglomerate HNA on its $6.5 Billion Investment in Hilton Worldwide

By Anna Zhang |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is advising Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. on a $6.5 billion investment in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. — a move that will give HNA a 25 percent stake in the U.S.-based hotel empire.

China
Will More Law Firms Look to Joint Ventures For China Business?

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells’ launch of a joint operation with China’s Fidelity Law Firm earlier this month again highlighted the need among international firms to have Chinese law capability.

Why Are Global Firms Less Profitable?

By Nicholas Bruch |

Global 100 data, which provides financial and headcount information on the world’s largest law firms, shows clear tradeoffs to global networks. International firms are less efficient revenue generators than their domestic peers. They are also significantly less profitable.

China
Skadden and Kirkland Advise on Privatization of Chinese Travel Site

By Anna Zhang |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Kirkland & Ellis are advising on the privatization of Chinese travel site Qunar Cayman Islands, which is valued at $4.4 billion.

Bombay High Court

India
Firm Takes Legal Action Against Ex Partner Accused of Participating in 'Diabolical’ Plot

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Indian firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has taken legal action against its former Chennai office head over allegations relating to confidentiality and noncompete clauses.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Goodwin Procter Loses Another Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard has hired a Hong Kong partner from Goodwin Procter.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam
Korea's Yoon & Yang Opens Office in Vietnam

By Anna Zhang |

The four-lawyer office in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City will be led by partner and Southeast Asia practice head Zunu Lee.

King & Wood Mallesons Sets Deadline for Paying Out 2014-15 Profit Distributions

By Rose Walker |

The firm's European arm has laid out plans to pay all outstanding profit distributions owed to partners for the 2014-15 financial year by May 2017.

Melbourne, Australia.

Australia
Melbourne Office of Gadens Will Not Be Part of Dentons-Gadens Merger

By Rose Walker |

The Melbourne office of Dentons' Australia merger partner Gadens plans to break away from the combined firm, with the tie-up still awaiting formal completion almost one year after partners approved the deal.