Litigation partner Prawidha Murti joins Oentoeng Suria & Partners following the July departure of insolvency specialist Debby Sulaiman.
Litigation partner Prawidha Murti joins Oentoeng Suria & Partners following the July departure of insolvency specialist Debby Sulaiman.
The London-based legal financier is launching its first Asian office.
The spin-off from legacy Amarchand Mangaldas will expand its offerings in intellectual property litigation and white-collar defense work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Hyundai Heavy Industries general counsel Jun Hee Kim joins the U.S. firm as the fifth partner in Seoul.
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.
Partner Jon Cowley joins the firm's San Francisco office before relocating to Hong Kong in January.
Ince & Co international senior partner Jan Heuvels is relocating from London to the firm’s Hong Kong office next month.
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.
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.
Former labor and disputes partners Akiko Yamakawa and Kazuki Okada launch Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo as part of the Magic Circle firm's StrongerTogether network.
Longtime King & Wood Mallesons partner Max Bonnell arrives as the third partner in the newly launched office.
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.
New director Quentin Pak joins from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as the legal financier expands Asian presence.
Outward investment by Chinese companies fueled local law firms' growth in 2016.
The U.S.-based firm has filed a lawsuit against Brisbane-based personal injury law firm Shine Corporate.
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.
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.
The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant is buying the maker of popular Korean skincare brand A.H.C.
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Overall lawyer head count for Global 100 firms was 122,157 in 2016, up 2.7 percent from 2015.
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.
The new normal for the world's largest law firms is shaping up to be slowing growth and falling profits.
Chinese private equity specialist Han Kun Law Offices has expanded its dispute resolution practice with a new partner in Beijing.
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.
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.
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.
The number of partners at the Chinese firm has doubled since launching the Shanghai Free Trade Zone joint venture two years ago.
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.
China’s largest internet insurance company ZhongAn plans one of the largest fintech listing in Hong Kong.
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.
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.
A panel has ruled in favor of the U.S. firm's opponent—a Chinese company that owns squirepattonboggs.net.
Pinsent Masons has ended its alliance with Chinese construction boutique Beijing Hesen after six years.
Simmons & Simmons has recruited its second China employment law partner in a month.
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.
Private equity lawyer Kon Mellos and intellectual property lawyer David Fixler join from Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, respectively.
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.
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.
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.
Agribusiness specialist Isaac West moves over from Australian firm McCullough Robertson.
Partner Joe Tam led a four-lawyer team joining the Chinese firm.
The Australian firm is the latest to adopt technology developed by London-based legal tech firm Luminance.
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.
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.
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.
Norton Rose Fulbright has recruited a financial services partner in Hong Kong from the city's de facto central bank.
Stephenson Harwood has announced it will open its sixth Asia office in Myanmar this week.
Veteran lawyers Wang Yadong and Liu Yi join PwC, as former partners Jenny Zhong and Xiong Tao depart for JunHe.
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.
Daniel McKinnon, the company's senior counsel for IP and global brand protection, has an answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The global legal giant has made a double partner hire for its leveraged finance practice in London and Hong Kong.
Former Dentons London partner Bill Gibson is the latest to move to Vedder’s Singapore office.
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.
Chinese media is challenging the U.S.'s standing as moral leader of the world.
Alibaba chair Jack Ma-backed brokerage Yunfeng Financial agrees to buy the U.S. insurer along with other Asian investors.
The global firm has now added three Hong Kong and China-based management positions to a three-year-old U.S.-led committee.
Matthew Durham, a former consultant at the U.K. firm, has returned as a partner in Shanghai.
Charles Chau advised on the $26 billion 2015 merger between train makers China CNR Corp. and CSR Corp. Ltd.
The national firm is the latest Down Under to expand beyond traditional law.
The Hong Kong capital markets and corporate specialist will start on Sept. 1 as of counsel.
The Japanese tech giant’s $93 billion Vision Fund was the latest to invest in Flipkart, India’s answer to Amazon.
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.
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.
Shipping lawyer Conor Warde joined the firm in Hong Kong while finance specialists Ben Sandstad and Angelia Chia arrived in Singapore.
Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.
Davis Wang is the latest former Big Law partner to move on from practicing law in Asia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Skadden associate James Chang is now a partner at DLA Piper in Beijing.
East Asian languages are stretching the limits of current e-discovery review tools—and fueling innovation.
The deal has been called off because it failed to win regulatory approval from the U.S. interagency committee.
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’.
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.
Philip Monaghan was previously an executive director and general counsel for the local regulator -- the Competition Commission.
Former Finnegan partner Zhu Shaobin specializes in patent litigation and Section 337 investigations.
Lawrence Sussman is the latest partner to leave the Los Angeles-based firm's China practice.
Asia Pacific Head Geraint Hughes describes the firm's plans for the region and for the next generation.
Hong Kong partner Marcus Dearle leads the seven-lawyer practice.
Dentons will launch in Scotland after agreeing to a merger with Maclay Murray & Spens.
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.
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.
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.
Former Ashurst consultant Debby Sulaiman joins Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta.
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.
A Chinese consortium led by Hopu, Hillhouse and Vanke defeated a Warburg Pincus-led group and won the bid.
Partner Deanna Wong and of counsel Henry Wheare are set to depart later this year.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate died of liver cancer in custody at the age of 61.
Newly released league tables showed as much as a 34 percent decrease in total deal value from last year.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Michael Chin relocates from Shanghai.
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.
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.
Chinese firm Haiwen & Partner has recruited a fifth partner in its newly launched Hong Kong office.
The London-based firm is opening a three-partner office in Hong Kong focusing on family law and wealth planning practices.
The U.K. firm's Asia Pacific revenue rose 33 percent from last year, while firmwide growth reached 14 percent.
Former Jones Day partner Scott Peterman arrives as the fifth partner in the office.
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 moves back to Zurich following the Swiss bank's $940,000 fine for conducts related to the 1MDB scandal.
The firm continues expansion outside of law by acquiring Sydney-based technology advisory firm ITNewcom.
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 has hired a new partner in Australia following the completion of its merger with national firm Gadens in December.
The Magic Circle firm acted for lenders to Hong Kong developer CC Land, which bought skyscraper The Leadenhall Building in March.
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.
Litigation and enforcement counsel Karen Chan will become the office's fourth disputes partner on July 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is opening in Singapore with a four-lawyer team, including two partners, all of whom previously worked for Eversheds Sutherland.
Cyril Amarchand and Shardul Amarchand were local counsel to the country's largest qualified institutional placement.
Mark Lehmkuhler is the firm’s first hire in the Asian financial capital following a seven-partner exodus in January.
International arbitration specialist Timothy Cooke joins from Morgan Lewis Stamford.
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.
Corporate lawyer Gerard Hekker specializes in Indonesia-related transactions.
Capital markets lawyers Michael Fung and Alfred Lee both join from Locke Lord, while partners Benny Pang and Chloe Wang leave the firm.
The former JPMorgan China chief has joined Fangda Partners as a non-executive chairman after less than two years with the Beijing-based firm.
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.
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 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 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.
A four-lawyer team led by partner Jonathan Wyatt joins from Australian firm Sparke Helmore.
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.
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.
Newly arrived Hong Kong partners Scott Jalowayski and Michael Nicklin lead the team acting for Goldman Sachs Private Equity.
M&A specialist Siew Kam Boon joins former O’Melveny & Myers colleague in the office.
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.
The combined firm has 29 partners, but includes only two from the legacy U.K. firm's Singapore office.
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.
U.S. law corporate lawyer Eugene Lee starts at Singapore firm Prolegis as a director on June 1.
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.
We will honor top matters and leading lawyers in and out of China.
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.
Daniel Dusek will join the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm's Hong Kong office from Beijing.
Manatt partner Lindsay Conner is bullish despite the political winds. "Deals are still being made, and smart money can still get out of China.”
Firm chairman Ben Tidswell and managing partner Paul Jenkins signed an agreement in Sydney to continue a referral relationship with Guantao Law Firm.
Even as legal technology professionals prepare for the EU GDPR, do not disregard important data transfer and protection changes afoot in Asia.
Former Akin Gump partner Li Chen arrives as several longtime office and regional managing partners move to new roles.
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.
Former Cleary Gottlieb associate Max Hua joins alumni from Wilson Sonsini, Latham and Freshfields in the Chinese firm's latest branch.
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.
Former Debevoise & Plimpton associate Serena Tan has joined the firm's corporate practice.
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.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added an energy and projects partner in Singapore.
Osborne Clarke (OC) has secured a launchÂ in mainland China via a tie-up with Shanghai firm Zhang Yu & Partners.
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.
How a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation turned the chief legal officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories into the company's chief legal adversary.
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 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.
The U.S. firm has benefited from market forces that prompted its competitors to scale back in Asia.
Former Jones Day of counsel Eric Sedlak joins the 20-lawyer office.
The New Delhi-based firm has added 38 transactions lawyers, including six partners, across offices in Gurgaon, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
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 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.
The World Bank Group is set to name Pascale DuBois to its top anticorruption post as its next Integrity Vice President.
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.
The Osaka-based generic drugmaker is buying Minnesota-based Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.
William “Skip” Fisher will be China head of patent at his new firm and remains in Shanghai.
Former Asia energy head Sam Farrands leaves for King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong as Perth partner Paul Shillington arrives.
Patrick Sinclair is the latest former federal prosecutor to wind up in the Hong Kong office of a U.S. firm.
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.
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.
In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.
Corporations operating in Asia are turning to legal technology to manage IP assets and work more efficiently on a global scale.
Ashurst departures continue as arbitration partner Lucas Wilk leaves for the U.S. firm.
In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.
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.
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.
Corporate partner Rose Zhu joins with two additional lawyers and one staffer.
Peter Godwin has relocated to Kuala Lumpur from Tokyo to lead the firm’s latest office in Asia.
Richard Gordon and Paul Lingard will take over as managing partners in Sydney and Perth, respectively, in May.
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.
Asian companies are bracing for an expected wave of rising litigation, regulatory action and cost pressures, a Baker McKenzie survey found.
Deug Rong Lee joins from Clyde & Co in London.
Former GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand consumer finance business Latitude Financial launches a $840 million master trust for its credit card business.
Hong Kong partner Psyche Tai and Singapore partner Yu-En Ong have been appointed heads of their respective offices.
Finance partner Carl Dunton is leaving to join the accounting firm's newly launched foreign law practice in the city-state.
State-owned Saudi Aramco is forming a joint venture with its Malaysian counterpart Petronas to build a refinery in southern Malaysia.
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.
Asia’s largest oil refiner makes its entry into the African downstream market as U.S. giant Chevron exits.
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.
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.
Perkins Coie has hired an intellectual property litigation partner in Beijing.
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.
Hogan Lovells moved to expand its aviation finance offering in Asia, hiring asset finance partner Matthew Leigh in Singapore.
Pinsent Masons is to launch its flexible lawyering service Vario in Australia, in what will mark its first move outside the UK.
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.
Antony Dapiran will leave the firm in June after seven years while more corporate lawyers are set to exit.
Longtime Vinson & Elkins energy partner and former China practice head Xiao Yong has left the firm to join Dechert.
U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.
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.
A government spokesperson says Canadian businesses have expressed concerns over how they may be affected by China’s recent cybersecurity law.
The U.S. firm’s former Beijing partner, Duan Min, joins alongside former Microsoft in-house counsel He Yanlei.
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.
Legal tech companies that have opened offices in Singapore say the market is ripe for innovation, but local firms will not change overnight.
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.
Mayer Brown JSM has recruited an international arbitration partner in Singapore.
Former King & Wood Mallesons partner David Tiang formed the auditor's associated firm with former O'Melveny & Myers Hong Kong partner Gigi Woo.
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?
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.
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's Australian arm has been sued by an ex-partner over his termination last year, according to court records.
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.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has recruited a China-based employment partner.
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.
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 former Hong Kong office co-chief Zhang Yi as new China chairman.
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.
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.
A sneak peek at 2016 financial results for some of the biggest firms in the United States.
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.
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.
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 partner Matthias Schemuth moves over as the Anglo-American firm expands project finance offering in the region.
Weil, Kirkland, Skadden, Davis Polk and Paul Weiss advise as the Japanese technology investor buys the New York-based asset management firm.
The Silicon Valley firm’s second Asian office is run by three former Davis Polk lawyers, including two partners.
The 15th office of China's third largest-grossing firm aims to focus on corporate, finance, restructuring and real estate work.
The eight former Herbert Smith partners left the firm last year to launch an Australia practice for White & Case.
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.
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.
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.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Paul Teo moves over from Singapore.
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.
Former Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Andrew Lee is based in Washington, D.C.
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.
Half of lateral partner hires are failures. To be precise, 47 percent of laterals don’t stay more than 5 full years.
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.
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.
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.
More than a third of 2016 partner hires in Asia by Global 100 firms were mergers and acquisitions lawyers.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired AstraZeneca’s China general counsel (GC) as a partner for its intellectual property (IP) practice in Shanghai.
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.
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.
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.
Gregory Puff, who joined the firm in 2012 to launch the Hong Kong office, now runs a food ordering mobile app operator.
Former Ropes & Gray Asia private funds head Geoffrey Chan now leads the practice for the New York firm in Hong Kong.
Michael Wong joins the Philadelphia-based firm from K&L Gates.
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.
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 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.
David Pan was most recently general counsel for U.S. chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corp.’s China business.
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.
Former Clifford Chance counsel Paula Liu is now a partner at the Chicago-based firm.
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.
Former WilmerHale Beijing office co-head Robert Woll joins to advise on fund formation.
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.
Kuala Lumpur will be the firm's center of Islamic finance practice.
Oil prices plummeted and companies and lawyers in the Middle East have had to adjust.
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 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.
Stephenson Harwood has hired former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jane Ng.
State-owned CITIC teamed up with The Carlyle Group to help open 1,500 more restaurants in Hong Kong and the mainland.
Africa remains a challenging market, but Japanese companies see growing opportunity there. So do their lawyers.
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.
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.
International usage can lead to problems through data collection, disclosure and more.
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.
Li Xiaoming is the latest Chinese lawyer to move from an international firm to a domestic firm.
King & Wood Mallesons has hired two corporate partners from top rival JunHe in Beijing.
As the U.S. talks of walls, China is building bridges in North America's backyard.
Masakazu Iwakura joins as the firm tries to build up corporate M&A capability.
A five-partner team departs for rival Rajah & Tann while Baker McKenzie Singapore cofounding partner Edmund Leow joins the firm as tax head.
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.
Former Asia managing partner Rocky Lee has joined King & Wood Mallesons while former Hong Kong partner Stephen Chan arrives at Dechert.
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.
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 Preet Bharara warns law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The collapse of King & Woods Mallesons Europe shows that the central problem afflicting most troubled law firms remains the same.
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 has completed a global panel review, with US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell winning a place on the roster.
This is the last Asian Lawyer newsletter in 2016. We are taking a two-week break and will be back on Thursday Jan. 5.
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?
AB Inbev is selling brands that include Czech market leader Pilsner Urquell to get clearance from competition regulators after its takeover of rival SABMiller.
Andrew Payne joins from distressed asset investor Clearwater Capital Partners, where he was an in-house lawyer.
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.
Chen Bi and Chris Carr join the firm in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively.
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.
Former Shearman & Sterling counsel Wayne Lee relocates from Hong Kong and is now a partner.
Winston & Strawn is the latest firm to express interest in parts of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) European business.
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.
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.
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.
China's top court has ruled that former NBA star Michael Jordan owns the trademark rights to his name in Chinese characters.
Dentons formally completed its tie-up with Australia's Gadens on Monday—more than a year after partners first approved the deal.
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.
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.
Former Shanghai partner Simon Poh arrives at K&L Gates along with M&A lawyer Amigo Xie.
Why King & Wood Mallesons is bad news for verein advocates.
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.
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.
China's Zhong Lun Law Firm has added two partners in Shanghai.
Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.
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.
The Chinese online travel agency is buying the U.K. competitor to boost global offering.
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' (KWM) European recapitalisation plan has failed, with insufficient partners committing to the deal, it has been announced.
Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a car crash in slow motion.
Partners would receive a single profit payment each year, instead of the current quarterly system. A vote is scheduled for next month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baker & McKenzie's Paul Rawlinson is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.
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
Partner John Chrisman previously led Dorsey's Hong Kong office and the firm's India practice.
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.
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.
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.
State Administration for Industry and Commerce headed down its largest antitrust fine to the Swedish packaging giant, ending a nearly four-year-long probe.
Paul Hastings is advising Samsung Electronics on an $8 billion acquisition of U.S. automotive technology company Harman International Industries Inc.
The London-based firm combines with 12-partner boutique JS Partners under a Swiss verein structure.
Nomination deadline is December 9, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A look at how the integrated courtroom and related technologies have evolved in the city-nation.
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China passed a controversial internet security law on Monday despite strong opposition from foreign companies.
Clifford Chance is hiring a new corporate partner in Hong Kong in a bid to enhance its offering to local clients.
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' 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.
Hogan Lovells has expanded its Australian offering by hiring longtime Clayton Utz partner Matthew Johnson.
PwC has hired former Clifford Chance partners Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons for its fast-growing Australian legal arm.
Nishimura & Asahi will be the first among Japan's Big Four law firms to open an office in Dubai.
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 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.
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, 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 has opened an office in Taipei, Taiwan, the firm announced Monday, further expanding its on-the-ground presence in Asia.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indian firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has taken legal action against its former Chennai office head over allegations relating to confidentiality and noncompete clauses.
U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard has hired a Hong Kong partner from Goodwin Procter.
The four-lawyer office in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City will be led by partner and Southeast Asia practice head Zunu Lee.
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.
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.