It has taken five years for Locke Lord's Hong Kong office to break even. Now what?
It has taken five years for Locke Lord's Hong Kong office to break even. Now what?
New York's First Department said that a forum selection clause in the earlier of four agreements between a Kazakh oligarch and his former financial advisor designating New York courts for the resolution of disputes controlled the matter, even though later agreements cancelled the earlier one.
Firm brings in the Big Four auditor to review its business services function as new managing partner Gideon Moore sets out his aims.
Cholsoo Han previously led all the investigations at country’s top competition regulator.
The first phase of Indian liberalization is set to center on arbitration work, as India looks to become an international hub.
The parent of Hainan Airlines will add 1,400 hotels worldwide to its portfolio in the latest Chinese outbound hospitality deal.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has secured $15 million from a California-based furniture chain to resolve claims that it improperly evaded anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.
The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.
The city-state’s oldest law firm Rodyk & Davidson is now officially part of the global legal giant.
The investment bank’s Indian assistant general counsel Ruetveij Pandya will join as a partner in Mumbai.
The Chinese ecommerce company is buying a controlling stake in Singapore-based online retailer Lazada in its largest overseas investment.
The American Lawyer's annual report on the 100 top-grossing law firms in the United States. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.
On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang talks about the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.
The 450-lawyer Ashurst's Chinese alliance firm combines with 40-lawyer Zhongmao Law Firm that lists the Shanghai Disneyland as a client.
Sydney-based banking and finance partner Paul Jenkins takes up the reins after 20 years at the firm.
Chinese printer chip maker Apex Technology is buying the Lexington, Kentucky-based company.
A congressional committee that monitors human rights in China wants the ABA's president to explain why the group reversed plans to publish a book by Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao.
In their Southern District Civil Practice Roundup, Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul write: Several recent decisions have permitted plaintiffs frustrated by elusive defendants or uncooperative foreign governments to serve defendants through email under FRCP 4(f)(3), providing a modern-day solution to an age-old problem.
Lisa Yano also previously led Paul Weiss’ office in the Japanese capital.
Project finance partner Paul Wee and insurance partner Samantha Kelly join the firm in Beijing and Sydney, respectively.
The South Asian country with the world’s largest lawyer population—two million—saw more than 400 new law schools open in the last three years. And yet, firms say, good law graduates are still rarities.
Corporate partner Henry Wang and disputes partner Jay Chiu arrive from Mayer Brown JSM and Goodwin Procter, respectively.
Partner promotion round is the largest since 2013 and all new Asian partners are in Hong Kong.
The U.K. firm has applied to the Malaysian Bar Council to establish a presence in the country with its associate firm Gan Partnership.
Singapore managing partner Geraint Hughes will take on the Hong Kong-based role in September when incumbent Peter Charlton returns to London
The city-state firm has relaunched its presence in the region with an association with United Arab Emirates boutique Ali Al Aidarous after closing two of its own offices.
The U.S. private equity firm is buying the Indian outsourcing company from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in its largest acquisition in the country.
In launching Box Zones in Europe and Asia, the cloud provider aims to assist its international customers with the challenges of complying with new and upcoming local regulations
The Indian steel giant has struck a deal to sell its long product business to private equity firm Greybull Capital
Patterson & Sheridan of Houston opens its first international office because of clients in Asia.
The Panamanian law firm at the center of an unprecedented document leak has found China to be a rich source of business.
Minter Ellison deals chair Costas Condoleon and former Rio Tinto Australia managing director Philip Edmands will arrive in Sydney and Perth respectively.
U.S. Eastern District Attorney Robert Capers presided over a ceremony Tuesday in which the United States transferred to Mongolia the ownership of the remains of six species of dinosaurs.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday launched a pilot program that could significantly reduce the criminal penalties for companies that self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Former office managing partner and trade finance specialist Matthew Cox arrives nearly a year after the global legal giant decided to close the legacy outpost in the Southeast Asian hub.
Shanghai-based Wayne Ma specializes in properties acquisitions, disposals and financing in China.
Tokyo-based passenger-car tire maker Yokohama Rubber is buying industrial tire manufacturer Alliance Tire Group from buyout firm KKR.
The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.
Former Hogan Lovells Tokyo head of U.S. intellectual property practice Philippe Riesen joins the firm’s five-lawyer office in the Japanese capital.
Former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Jon Ornolfsson joins as a partner in Singapore.
Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.
The U.K. law firm is teaming up with Chinese firm Wintell & Co under the Shanghai free trade zone rules.
Companies based in the People’s Republic of China have been on an M&A spree.
Partners Andrew Crook, Ros O'Mally, Scott Harris and Richard Hayes will strengthen the firm’s finance practice and add corporate and restructuring to the Anglo-American firm’s offering Down Under.
Freshfields and Paul Hastings have represented China’s Zheshang Bank and Bank of Tianjin, respectively, on two largest listings in the city so far this year. Jones Day and Clifford Chance were underwriters’ counsel on respective deals.
Moana Weir has left the firm with immediate effect after being appointed to the role on Jan. 29.
The legacy SJ Berwin arm of the firm has been dogged by delays in distributing partner profits in recent months
King & Wood Mallesons is advising Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital as it exits a five-month-old investment in Adelaide-based oil and gas producer Santos.
Singapore and Brunei are at the forefront of digital modernization.
Intimate partner violence should have prevented a judge from awarding a man more than $283,000 in fees and costs in an international child custody dispute, a federal appeals court said Friday.
From the manic M&A world to the schizophrenic capital markets, a look at some of 2015's most innovative and interesting deals around the globe.
Will Latham & Watkins' high-profile new hires in Hong Kong allow it to pull away from the pack?
South Florida law firms are snapping up attorneys who can bridge language and culture gaps to build relationships with Chinese investors.
Phillips Lighting agreed to sell a majority stake in a subsidiary to a China-led equity group, but the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ultimately blocked the deal. What are the lessons for U.S. sellers and their lawyers?
Weiguo "Will" Chen joins Sheppard Mullin's Palo Alto office from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.
The U.K. firm has a "blank sheet" in Asia as it targets growth across multiple practices, says Asia corporate head Stephen Mok.
The Australian firm has hired partners Kathy Reid and Craig Boyle from boutique firm Allion Legal to lead the team.
Norton Rose Fulbright partners Gervais Green and Kate Sherrard will start in April and September, respectively.
Three years after a transformative merger with the U.K. firm, King & Wood Mallesons will trim approximately 24 partners in its Europe, U.K. and Middle East partnership.
The R&D capability will form one part of the firm's new global innovation initiative, Ashurst Advance.
The state-owned Chinese investment fund set up for the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives have invested 10 percent in a Russian liquefied natural gas project that’s been struggling with funding since the Ukraine crisis sanctions against Russia.
The U.S. firm launches in the Japanese capital on Tuesday with a three-lawyer mergers and acquisitions team relocating from New York.
Asset finance partners David Brotherton and Justin Sun defect to the U.K. firm in the city-state with five additional associates.
A changing Chinese economy coupled with more longstanding corruption and political interference could cause clients to think twice about doing business in the country, and, as a result, make law firms rethink the already tenuous financial proposition of having an office in China.
The Chinese insurance company has made a bid for the U.S. hotels group that’s superior to a previous $12 billion proposal by hospitality giant Marriott International.
Through a pair of former lawyers, the U.K. firm is taking advantage of a free trade agreement between Hong Kong and mainland China to gain Chinese law capability.
Norton Rose Fulbright partner Charlotte Robins will arrive after a flurry of capital markets departures from the Magic Circle firm.
State-owned conglomerate Citic is offloading residential property assets to focus on commercial real estate in mainland China.
Former DLA Piper partner Jacques Jacobs arrives in Sydney as firms increase insurance offerings Down Under.
Herbert Smith Freehills, Gilbert + Tobin, Allens, Freshfields and King & Wood Mallesons also advise as Melbourne-based Asciano gets acquired in the largest Australian take-private deal since 2011.
The New York-based firm is launching a new office in the Chinese city spearheaded by former Clyde & Co global aviation finance head Paul Jebely.
Cross-border transactions present challenges to legal and audit practitioners.
No lawyer in the world has a client list like Jared Genser. A former partner at DLA Piper, the human rights lawyer spoke with The Litigation Daily about his work, including his recent partnership with Amal Clooney to free the ex-president of the Maldives, and how law firms can help.
In analyzing 362 lateral hires across Asia Pacific in the past 14 months, we found more partners were moving into U.S. firms from U.K. firms than in the opposite direction; Singapore was the most active lateral market for arbitration lawyers; and more.
Vivian Yiu is leaving the Magic Circle firm after 10 years as U.K. firms Asia partner exits to US firms continues.
Drew Bernstein of Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk, and Caryn G. Schechtman and Robert D. Weber of DLA Piper, share the extraordinary amount of specialized knowledge, resourcefulness, and patience it requires to complete transactions and educate parties on both sides to avoid running afoul of U.S. and Chinese laws.
We're honoring the best lawyering the world over in cross-border deals, disputes, finance and citizenship.
Chen Taihe, a law school professor in China, was one of the 200 human rights lawyers detained in China last summer.
Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Alan Xu relocates to Hong Kong from Shanghai.
London partner Alastair Mordaunt is relocating to lead the practice in the next few months.
Such funds have long been a target of criticism, especially from the U.S. And international trade experts have sounded the alarm, saying SPFs signaled a new form of nationalism and protectionism.
Attorneys in Miami and Chicago are suing Boeing Co. on behalf of the families of passengers who disappeared on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 two years ago.
The extraction industries saw the brunt of bribery enforcement actions in 2015, but the manufacturing/service providing industry faces more U.S. investigations, according to a new report from TRACE International, a provider of anti-bribery compliance services.
Chinese acquirers lead in CFIUS submissions, while U.S. government focuses on control of overseas U.S. tech companies.
With a spate of new recruits in Asia, is Latham leading the way for U.S. firms in the region?
As Hilton Mervis heads to Arnold & Porter's London office, his departure is the latest in a string of partner exits from King & Wood Mallesons in Europe.
Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.
The U.K. firm is seeking to combine its eight-lawyer office in the city-state with local 56-lawyer firm Harry Elias Partnership.
Sullivan & Cromwell, Freshfields and Fangda are advising AB InBev as the brewing giant decides to exit from China’s most popular beer brand.
In Asia Pacific, the firm saw a 14.8 percent decline in revenues and the largest head count reduction of 10.4 percent.
Southern District Judge Andrew Carter has thrown out part of an immigration regulation he said set the bar too high for obtaining lawful permanent residency for the spouses of people taking a second shot at marriage.
In an innovative pilot program, two in-house lawyers in Sydney, Australia, changed places for three months.
Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Rod Brown will arrive in April.
Con Boulougouris and Wissam Abwi arrive with five additional lawyers in Sydney.
Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, the early reports on 2015 financial results for DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, K&L Gates, Latham, White & Case and more international law firms.
Steve Kwok joins as an investigations partner from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he was a resident legal advisor for the Justice Department.
Hong Kong-based aviation finance head Paul Jebely has resigned from Clyde & Co and the firm is yet to appoint his successor.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers Dirk Walker and Dina Yin both advise state-owned Chinese oil and gas companies on cross-border transactions.
Joshua Zimmerman joins as a partner in Hong Kong from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
Former Baker & McKenzie tax partner Ellen Thomas arrives.
The struggling personal injury firm—the first law firm ever to go public—writes down A$814.2M from its Quindell acquisition as it restructures.
The New York firm's Hong Kong partner has been named global general counsel at Ant Financial Services Group, which operates third party payment platform Alipay.
With the hire of former Herbert Smith Freehills Greater China restructuring head Damien Whitehead, the New York-based firm became the latest to bolster an Asia insolvency practice.
On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its third annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms and individual practitioner. As promised, here's the list of winners and why they stood out.
Joining in Perth from Allens, Marshal McKenna specializes in mining and projects disputes.
In a recent interview with the Association of Corporate Counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s general counsel Sylvia Fang explained how she manages such a spread-out, global group of 80.
The 200-lawyer Australian entity will combine with the 400-lawyer Lawyers on Demand in London.
Private equity partners Gary Hamp, Simon Cooke and Amy Beckingham join as debt financing partner James Burnett and restructuring partner Josef Athanas relocate to the Asia financial capital.
The U.S. firm becomes latest to enter South Korea after wave of openings by international law firms.
It was a not so sweet day for Mondelēz International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies. The company says federal investigators have recommended enforcement action against it for alleged bribes paid over operations in India that were bought from Cadbury.
The U.S. firm makes a double partner hire and another Linklaters partner retires, bringing Links' total Asia exits to 12 since January 2015.
The Dutch telecommunications giant VimpelCom agreed Thursday to pay $795 million to resolve U.S. and Dutch charges that it bribed government officials in Uzbekistan to win business.
Recent anti-kleptocracy cases highlight the Justice Department's new approach to fighting corruption.
The UK's Magic Circle firms are sticking to their traditional growth strategies in Asia, but they face increasing competition for talent, fees and profitability.
Codexis, represented by Latham & Watkins partner Douglas Lumish, alleges that EnzymeWorks' CEO gained access to sensitive biomaterials while working for Pfizer.
Former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Josh Messing is now a partner at the Australian national firm.
U.S. companies, particularly startups, often fail to protect their IP through product development agreements when they outsource product development in China. This is a “big mistake,” according to a recent blog post by attorneys at Harris & Moure.
Clifford Chance advises Stockholm-based EQT Partners on the sale of Germany’s EEW Energy from Waste as Chinese state-owned companies continue overseas buying spree.
The 660--megawatt power plant in the South Asian country is part of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiatives.
Jonathan Choo and Robert Rhoda join the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices, respectively.
A pair of Am Law 100 firms, Davis Polk and Weil, have lead roles as China’s Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company Ltd. pays $6 billion in cash for Irvine, California-based Ingram Micro Inc.
Anticipating more insolvencies in Australia's natural resources sector, the firm has hired restructuring partner duo Roger Dobson and Katie Higgins from independent firm Henry Davis York.
Allen & Overy is bringing its flexible lawyer business Peerpoint to Australia next month, as it looks to grow the service globally.
After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.
The Magic Circle firm will promote corporate associate Roger Cheng to partner on Hyman's departure.
U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say there’s still good money to be made down under.
Thomas A. Dickerson and Sheri S. Roman review cases involving students injured or killed while traveling abroad and the liability of the program organizers, including the claims of a student whose school failed to warn her of the risk of insect-borne disease in China, a complaint brought by the family of a student who died after a fall during a wilderness expedition in the Himalayas, and more.
A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.
Are you an in-house lawyer considering a move back to private practice? You’ll be interested to hear about a trend in Australia.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a group that represents leading pharma and biotech companies in the U.S., says India has created “impermissible hurdles to patentability” in its patent laws.
Two of the Magic Circle firm's founding partners in the country are leaving.
The US firm ended its formal ties with Jakarta-based Melli Darsa & Co. last year, but plans to continue working with the firm on an informal basis.
Linklaters' Hong Kong private equity partner, Christopher Kelly, is joining White & Case—the latest in a string of partners to leave the firm for rivals in Asia.
Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.
The Second Circuit has clarified the law on sovereign immunity for actions by a foreign nation's commercial entity that take place outside of the United States but harm investors within the United States.
With the termination of the one-child policy in China late last year, there could be a jump in pregnant or nursing employees come spring time.
Starting Monday Feb. 8, we are suspending The Asian Lawyer newsletters for a week during Chinese New Year. We will resume publication on Feb. 15.
Adrian Pranata joins Jakarta-based Widyawan & Partners from Herbert Smith Freehills associate firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung.
Former Asia head of banking and finance King Tak Fung and litigation partner Ivan Ng join in Hong Kong with five associates.
The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.
Banking and finance lawyer Maria Townsend specializes in the automotive sector.
Former counsel Lu Guiping relocates across the border from Hong Kong to run the third office for the leading Chinese corporate firm.
Former Parker Milliken shareholders Sabina Helton and Steven Nakasone join as a shareholder and of counsel respectively.
Lawyers for DuPont and the Justice Department teamed up to protect Kevlar, the iconic body armor—and redefined trade secrets law.
Even as the Chinese stock market bubble bursts, lawyers report that they're keeping busy with M&A, tech deals, and restructuring work. Don't count out Hong Kong IPOs, either.
Veteran Queensland lawyer Brett Heading arrives from domestic firm McCullough Robertson while Perth partner John Cooper relocates to lead the four-lawyer new office.
Former Drew & Napier construction head Chau Ee Lee arrives to lead the practice.
The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.
Former Clayton Utz special counsel Peter Lamont arrives.
Jack Ko joins as a Shanghai partner from San Diego.
Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.
China’s trademark filings grew at a staggering rate in 2014, while the overall pace of new trademark activity in both established and developing economies slowed across the rest of the world, according to a newly released report.
For our third annual Asia Legal Awards, we have selected a short list of 27 categories of deals and matters from the region’s leading firms and practitioners. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.
Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.
After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release—at least for now—of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London on Thursday. And she's already got a new client to save.
Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.
Former Fulbright Beijing office head Jie Zhang joins the firm in the Chinese capital.
Five people including two scientists working for GlaxoSmithKline have been charged with taking part in a scheme to steal trade secrets and methods for manufacturing cancer medication from the drugmaker, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday.
Former Watson, Farley & Williams partner Richard Wilmot moves over.
In China, some lawyers are accused of overthrowing the government, giving away state secrets and colluding with anti-China forces, while others get lunch with top party officials.
Sidley Austin and Arnold & Porter have taken the lead for General Electric Co. as the industrial conglomerate continues to reinvent itself through the $5.4 billion sale of its appliance business to the Chinese electronics maker.
Two U.S. law schools are expanding into China with new degrees—one of which is the first of its kind.
Former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Arthur Chong joins the firm in Melbourne.
M&A lawyer Ian Liao and construction specialist Glenn Cheng arrive from Jones Day and U.K. firm Nabarro, respectively.
The e-discovery platform provider has added executives to its Korea and newly-formed China operations.
Former Locke Lord partner Balbir Bindra is a veteran banking and finance lawyer.
Construction disputes specialist Emerson Holmes joins the 20-lawyer office.
Joshua Grode represented Dalian Wanda in buying the studio behind Jurassic World and the Batman trilogy.
Partner Kurt Rademacher relocates from London to lead a private client U.S. tax practice and envisions a 10-lawyer team in two years.
Foreign governments, including China, Turkey and the European Union, are giving corporate America fits over how companies handle information and data, and the trend is only going to worsen this year.
The parent company of The American Lawyer said that the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.
China's DeHeng Law Offices and Deheng Legal Group want you to know that they are two different firms. A prolonged legal battle over their extremely similar names has its roots in a split between the firms more than 20 years ago.
Corporate lawyer Nicholas Chan moves over to advise on corporate finance transactions.
Martin David’s exit from the London-based firm follows those of former Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman in October.
Former Herbert Smith Freehills banking lawyer Jae Lemin arrives.
Wun Wen-na rejoins the firm after nearly a decade of in-house experience.
Former longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Michelle Gon joins and resides at the firm’s alliance firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.
By 2019, Europe will be almost 23 percent of the market and Asia will be more than 7 percent.
Former Paul Hastings partner Catherine Tsang moves over.
Colleen Tracy James, a partner at Mayer Brown, highlights some of the trade-offs and strategic considerations in creating international IP portfolios and analyzes the extent to which China's proposed Fourth Amendment might affect such IP strategies for U.S. companies.
Jun He and Davis Polk & Wardwell advise as state-owned insurer PICC takes over a 20 percent stake in the Chinese bank.
Construction disputes specialist Yanjie Lian joins from Shanghai-based Xinhua Law Firm.
China Shipping and China Ocean Shipping are consolidating assets and mulling a combination that will create the world’s fourth largest container-shipping giant.
While the law “creates the duty” without defining how it will be “exercised,” companies should watch how it will be written into regulation.
Seven Weibo posts landed prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in jail, got him convicted and ended his legal career.
New intelligence gathering initiatives have led to a chorus of concern from the tech sector and privacy advocates.
Baker & McKenzie is representing acquirer Sumitomo Mitsui Financial as Sullivan & Cromwell and Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advise the seller.
After spending 19 months in custody, Beijing-based human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang will soon be released, but he will no longer practice law.
Our new China 25 survey reports gross revenue for the country's largest firms—and finds some surprises.
State-owned "bad bank" Cinda Asset Management is taking over the 66-year-old Hong Kong commercial bank from Bank of China.
Matthew Bassiur, who previously oversaw anti-counterfeiting operations for Pfizer Inc. and is also former counsel for intellectual property enforcement at Apple Inc., has been appointed head of global intellectual property enforcement at Chinese online retail giant Alibaba.
Foreign law firms have been in South Korea for three years, but they still can't practice local law. Will they ever be able to? The answer isn't clear.
Is the new Uber for Chinese lawyers coming soon?
A legal reform subcommittee urges Hong Kong to pass legislation to permit outside funding in arbitration.
How to win clients in Asia—and keep them happy.
The new Trans-Pacific trade deal looks like a go. Law firms may want to gear up.
Chinese law firms continued their remarkable growth spree to capture nearly all the top slots in our rankings. Apparently no one told them that the economy has been slowing down.
The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.
Our daily coverage will continue as the newsletters break for two weeks. We will resume publication on January 4, 2016.
Partners David Lee, Lucinda Lyons, David Amentas, Michelle Dunne and Christopher Smith will join from boutique Lee & Lyons as part of a 30-lawyer team.
State court officials have approved new rules authorizing lawyers outside the state to practice in New York on a temporary basis and to allow foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel. The rules take effect Dec. 30.
The deal will see Shanghai-based China Grand Automotive buy a controlling stake in competitor Baoxin Auto.
The Chinese ecommerce company is paying $266 million for the 112-year-old English-language daily newspaper in Hong Kong.
China cranked out more patent applications in 2014 than the United States and Japan combined, according to a survey released Monday by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Commercial, cultural and political concerns continue to bar foreign law firms from practicing Chinese law for the foreseeable future. But Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone joint venture program and other forms of alliances may show the way towards a gradual opening up of the market.
Last year, William Chua was underwriters’ counsel on Alibaba’s $25 billion New York Stock Exchange listing and $8 billion corporate bond issue.
The U.S. subsidiary of South Korean tire manufacturer Kumho Tire has lined up $270 million in syndicated loans to finance its almost-completed tire plant in Macon, with assistance from Han Choi of Ballard Spahr, who acted as counsel to Kumho Tire Georgia and co-bond counsel.
Jean Lee didn't anticipate the Don H. Liu Scholars Program to be as successful as it was coming out of its first year, but now heading into its second year, the program has been extended and a $15,000 scholarship will now be offered to three budding Asian-American law students, not just two.
Norton Rose Fulbright partner Ashley Tsacalos, who specializes in advising government departments, will join the firm in February.
A prominent tax partner at the Australian firm is named in records obtained by Wired and Gizmodo that purportedly identify the creator of leading digital currency bitcoin, which has been a boon to many Am Law 100 firms in recent years.
Former Baker & McKenzie partner James Kwan joins in Hong Kong.
Eight-lawyer Insights Law adds local law capability in the city-state to the Southeast Asian law firm network.
Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden, K&L Gates grabs three Down Under and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Ow Kim Kit arrives from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the city-state’s top financial regulator.
Former Asia energy head of Mayer Brown JSM Jack Su arrives at the newly integrated office.
The London-based firm has struck a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with 31-lawyer boutique Haldanes in the Chinese territory.
Sherman Chu comes from Cisco, where he'd spent six years as general counsel of the company's business in China.
In the age of the mega-firm, it's more crucial than ever for partners to take an active role in overseeing the business they own.
Nineteen-year Mallesons veteran Joshua Cole joins the Silver Circle firm to advise on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
John Shi arrives with former of counsel Shan Lai as the U.K. firm bets on transactional work in China.
Indonesia-focused partner Toby Grainger relocates from Jakarta.
Dual-qualified in Germany and Singapore, arbitration specialist Patrick Dahm joins from Rodyk & Davidson.
Australia’s largest toll road operator Transurban will acquire a 6.7-kilometer motorway tunnel that connects downtown Brisbane to the city’s airport.
McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.
Sébastien Evrard handles merger controls and antitrust government investigations and litigation in Asia and Europe.
The Chinese state-owned nuclear generator is buying all the power assets from Malaysia’s debt-laden 1MDB.
Our annual Law Firm Leaders Survey finds managing partners hopeful, if uncertain, about their firms' prospects for next year.
The Paris climate talks won't be enough. Can courts grab control of the thermostat?
Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.
The firm has set up a formal law alliance with Singapore’s Prolegis and recruited debt capital markets lawyer William Ku from King & Wood Mallesons.
Partner Anna Gamvros will join from Baker & McKenzie in March as the firm readies to boost technology practice in China and Hong Kong.
The Australian firm has bolstered its tax, environment, corporate, insurance and projects teams in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The U.K. shipping and disputes firm has hired away Marcus O’Brien from Norton Rose Fulbright.
The snack-food company's market debut is the largest this year for a privately held Chinese concern.
Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.
A Kroll Ontrack report also highlights predictive coding and its popularity in the UK, US and Europe.
Both regional and international firms alike took home trophies for their work on the most innovative and creative deals and disputes in Southeast Asia and India. Here's the full list of winners.
Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.
Former Proskauer Rose associate Jason Nelms has joined the San Francisco-based firm’s funds group.
It's not just that lawyers expect a surge in work once the treaty's ratified. It's the shape the work will take that's also drawn so much attention.
Alan Frederik rejoins Widyawan & Partners after four years as chief counsel at the state-owned oil and gas company.
Michael Horn joins to bolster the firm's Indonesia practice.
The U.K. firm first tested the waters in Myanmar through an alliance with local outfit Legal Network Consultants, but now it’s diving in with an office of its own.
New Zealand and Montenegro join the list of countries from which federal contractors are permitted to buy.
Retired Royal Navy veteran Andrew Gray was most recently at Hill Dickinson.
The Chinese insurer is buying Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance as more Asian investments pour into the insurance sector.
The Magic Circle firm has hired former Sidley Austin partner and debt capital markets specialist Alexander Lloyd.
The Australian oil and gas explorer has moved to cut its debt load amidst a weakened commodities market.
Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.
Will joining the world's largest law firm help revive Singapore's oldest law firm?
The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.
Former Maurice Blackburn principal Damian Scattini joins the Los Angeles-based litigation firm to help build out its class actions capability in Australia.
The official text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty was released Thursday, and the intellectual property provisions, previously revealed through Wikileaks, are going to make a lot of people unhappy both in the United States and overseas.
The offshore firm has nabbed a partner from rival Ogier to open in Shanghai.
With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.
Rajah & Tann's Kuala Lumpur-based associate firm has expanded its technology and intellectual property offerings.
Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.
Sovaldi, the hepatitis C wonder drug, costs $1,000 a pill. Law-savvy advocates are fighting back.
Sydney-based partner Marcus Clark focuses his mergers and acquisitions practice on the agribusiness sector.
The city's Law Reform Commission may soon recommend that a law be updated to explicitly allow the practice, making it the first Asian jurisdiction to do so. Lawyers, clients—and funders—are watching these developments closely.
Former Ince & Co. Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman are jumping ship in the midst of other defections in London and reports the maritime specialist is looking for a merger partner.
Pension services company Link Group raised $683 million on the country's stock exchange.
The Japanese company is purchasing a majority stake in National Australia Bank subsidiary MCL Ltd.
A New York state appeals court has vacated the conspiracy conviction of a Philippine national accused of attempting to sell four French Impressionist paintings once owned by the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, worth tens of millions of dollars.
Baidu is creating China's largest travel-booking site as consolidation in the internet space continues.
The listing of China's only domestic reinsurer was among Hong Kong's largest offerings this year.
The Minneapolis-based firm expands into a second mainland Chinese office despite some U.S. peers leaving China entirely.
Former Lipman Karas partner Kelly Naphtali joins a year after Kirkland launched an Asia restructuring practice with the hire of two former Hogan Lovells partners.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero cleared a path for claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank acts.
Two prominent law firms filed a federal class action in Los Angeles on Friday against Volkswagen A.G. on behalf of South Korean consumers, making it the first case of its kind against an automaker in the United States.
A second Chinese state-owned bad bank will list in Hong Kong to fund its distressed debt management business.
The Ninth Circuit on Friday ruled a company can be held accountable for its CEO's fraud, even if that fraud went against the company’s interests. The panel found ChinaCast Education Corp. can be held liable for the alleged embezzlement of CEO Ron Chan.
The U.K. firm has formed an association with former Orrick best friend LVN & Associates.
State-owned mobile carriers China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are merging their tower assets.
We've broadened the scope for our second annual awards recognizing the top matters and lawyers in Southeast Asia and India, bringing the total number of categories to 25 from 17.
Former King & Wood Mallesons partner Sarah Harrison joins the firm's workplace relations and safety team.
Here’s how Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and K&L Gates have coped with the falling currency since merging with Australian firms in recent years.
Former Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Tahirah Ara is slated to join the private wealth boutique on Oct. 26.
The Chinese internet giant is buying Youku Tudou in a bid to enhance its digital entertainment offerings.
Martin Kudnig is relocating back to Melbourne from London after 16 years with the Silver Circle firm and the former Blake Dawson.
Frederick Hui was most recently a disputes associate at DLA Piper.
Samantha Thompson has returned to London to join PricewaterhouseCoopers as a director.
Former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner Sonia Baldia will be based in Washington, D.C.
Polat Siva joins the Australian firm's litigation team in Melbourne from Clayton Utz.
The Hong Kong firm has recruited Michael Withington from local litigation boutique Gall.
Alexander Fischer is the former senior partner in Shanghai for German firm Roedl & Partners.
Australia's largest investment bank is purchasing the autos financing division of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.
Diverse director perspectives arguably improve company performance. Yet companies around the world are still far from achieving boardroom gender parity.
The firm has recruited former Allen & Overy corporate partner Linda Lee to launch in the city-state.
Insurance specialist Brett Solomon was previously the head of DibbsBarker’s insurance practice.
As the Obama Administration has made protecting American intellectual property from threats abroad a priority for the Department of Justice, it has sent clear signals that it sees China as Enemy No. 1. But the spate of cases that has followed has left some in the defense bar asking whether the government is too quick on the trigger when it comes to prosecuting individuals with Chinese ties. Three high-profile cases targeting naturalized U.S. citizens originally from China have unraveled in the past year, heightening those concerns.
Tencent-backed Dianping.com and Alibaba-backed Meituan.com are combining to form a leading player in China's increasingly important online-to-offline services market.
Shenzhen-based information technology company Unisplendour is acquiring a 15 percent stake in Western Digital for $3.8 billion.
The Chicago-based firm has recruited capital markets partner Mengyu Lu from Kirkland & Ellis.
At least 78 public companies have reported that they are targets of ongoing federal investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The New York-based company agreed to settle civil charges that its joint venture in China bribed health care providers at state-controlled hospitals in order to promote drug sales.
Ella Wong, GC of NBA China, says NBA China still faces some major challenges, including that broadcasting of live games is not clearly protected by copyright law in that country.
Kemsley Brennan, most recently with Colin Biggers & Paisley, also spent nearly 20 years in-house at U.S.-based insurer Chubb Group.
The Los Angeles-based firm has recruited former Goldman Sachs executive director and senior in-house counsel Yilong Du.
Renminbi bond specialist Jini Lee is the latest of at least six lawyers this year to leave Linklaters’ Hong Kong office for rival firms.
The Big Four auditor has struck a new association with local firm Lin & Associates.
As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.
'Tone from the top' is a critical differentiator for implementing better precautions.
The Australian oil and gas company hopes to raise $1.4 billion to pay down debt and strengthen its balance sheet in response to drastically reduced commodity prices over the past year.
Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.
Vocus Communications is offering $1.4 billion to acquire M2 Group in a deal that would create Australia's fourth-largest telecommunications company.
The U.S. attorney's decision to drop charges against a Temple University physics professor accused of relaying U.S. defense technology information to China is not a typical move, according to former federal prosecutors.
Volatile currency rates can have a big impact on global law firm revenue and partner compensation. Who’s been hit hardest—and how are firms coping?
In the largest IPO ever, size wasn’t the only thing that made the deal challenging.
An initial cybersecurity agreement between China and the United States, seen as an “early step” to curb cybertheft, faces multiple challenges.
While we work and live in a "borderless" economy, when it comes to e-discovery and litigation matters, borders are ever apparent amid the myriad of international data privacy laws in play where ever data flows between regions.
The relocation of transactions partner Andrew Hutton to Hong Kong leaves behind just one partner whose primary residence is in the firm's city-state office.
Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.
The Anglo-American firm and its former Jakarta-based partner Hermawan Juniarto have separated after three and a half years.
The Indian government, hoping to discourage Western companies from trying to capitalize on its ancient yoga practice, is taking steps to protect what it considers its traditional knowledge.
This annual award from The American Lawyer honors the winning team in a range of high-impact, high-profile transnational cases—from Yukos's $50 billion arbitration win against Russia to the groundbreaking Swiss tax settlements.
Former Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas New Delhi partner Nikhil Narayanan moves to Khaitan & Co., while former Khaitan Mumbai partner Abhay Sharma defects to SAM.
Shanghai's Jinjiang International Hotel Group is buying an 81 percent stake in budget hotel chain 7 Days from investors including the Carlyle Group and Sequoia Capital.
The Singaporean real estate fund is purchasing a portfolio of Australian logistics properties from fellow city-state investors GIC and Frasers Centrepoint for $725 million.
On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.
Under the United Kingdom's new Modern Slavery Act, Asian businesses that make or supply goods or services sold in the U.K. can expect greater scrutiny of their labor practices.
Vientiane Law Co. Ltd. has brought aboard Aristotle David from VNA Legal to serve as managing partner.
The Guangzhou-based baby food company is offering $995 million for Swisse Wellness in a push to expand its product portfolio.
The Comcast-owned theme park company is planning to open its biggest-ever location in Beijing in 2019.
"Lucky" is a word that Morgan Chu uses often. Lucky enough as a young lawyer to be tapped to take a major patent case to trial. Lucky enough to win—again and again. But what the Irell & Manella partner doesn't say is that you also make your own luck. Chu spoke to the Lit Daily about his biggest cases and keys to success.
China litigation specialist Richard Wagner arrives from Baker & McKenzie.
Leanne Nickels had joined Norton Rose Australia’s legacy firm Deacons in 1998.
The Atlanta-based firm faces stiff competition from U.S. rivals such as Morrison & Foerster and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in choosing Japan as its second base in Asia.
Shuva Mandal had spent the last decade and a half at rival AZB & Partners.
China's attempt to boost economic growth by supporting online businesses has some lawyers looking for ways to cash in beyond the billable hour.
The same lawyers who led Japan Tobacco's $7.8 billion share sale two years ago are advising on the IPOs of the state-owned postal service and its banking and insurance divisions.
Employment specialist Jennifer van Dale joins the U.K. firm from Hong Kong litigation boutique Gall, but previously spent 16 years with Baker & McKenzie.
William Uchimoto, who spent time running the China practice groups for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Stevens & Lee, said he was "shocked" to learn of the SEC's civil securities fraud charges leveled against him Thursday.
Former DLA Piper Asia Pacific employment head Pattie Walsh joins the firm in Hong Kong while Singapore partner Sheena Jacob leaves for local firm.
Amal Clooney may be the most famous practicing lawyer in the world, and is certainly the most photographed. But is she a good lawyer? In some ways, it’s the wrong question to ask.
Intellectual property disputes lawyer Wang Yan joins the firm's head office in Beijing.
The Tokyo-based company is buying the London-based reinsurer as the Japanese insurance industry continues an overseas shopping spree.
Alston & Bird is expanding abroad, opening an office in Beijing and adding three lawyers who handle privacy and data security to its Brussels outpost.
The Magic Circle firm is the latest international firm to arrive in Korea ahead of further liberalization in the country's legal market next year.
Rival DAC Beachcroft's former office head in the city-state Ben Nicholson moved over.
Chinese leasing company Bohai is acquiring the Irish aircraft lessor as China looks set to overtake the U.S. as the world's largest domestic aviation market.
The U.K. retailer is unloading its largest overseas operations in a bid to strengthen balance sheet.
Gregory Wang joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Morrison & Foerster, while Calvin Chan and Kohe Hasan arrive in Singapore from Skadden and Oon & Bazul, respectively.
We spoke to twenty veteran lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore about their secrets for keeping Asian clients happy. What they told us will surprise you.
Commercial litigator Mohammed Reza has joined Simmons & Simmons' best friend in the city-state as a director.
Cofounding partner Michael Kim will lead the U.S. litigation boutique's practice in the Korean capital.
Three lawyers leave Jones Day's Hong Kong office to join Baker Botts' Hong Kong office.
Leveraged buyout specialist David Irvine is the fourth partner to leave the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.
The firm’s Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise program involves 80 pro bono projects, 285 Sidley lawyers and 25 countries.
Shearman & Sterling launches in Dubai; Dechert forms an alliance in Saudi Arabia; Ogletree Deakins and Jackson Lewis expand in the U.S.; and litigation boutique Kobre & Kim heads to South Korea.
Private equity lawyer Gloria Liu joins from Goodwin Procter.
The Beijing-based boutique firm has poached a mixed team of partners and senior counsel whose practices range from mergers and acquisitions to employment law.
Karl Blake is the former head of regulation and disputes at Maddocks.
Former Weil, Gotshal & Manges counsel Daniel Yeh advises on China-related deals.
Robert Pé, most recently a partner at Orrick, also serves as adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Japanese trading house is buying a 20 percent stake in the Singapore-listed agribusiness to capture rising global demand for food commodities.
Corporate lawyer Anthony Wang relocates from Shanghai to join the firm's office in Newport Beach.
Longtime construction lawyer Michael Hollingdale joins the Australian firm as a partner.
Fueled by a series of U.K. acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.
The Indian bank placed shares with institutional investors in order to boost its reserve capital.
Patrick Ellisen joins the firm's Silicon Valley office from Greenberg Traurig.
Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.
Terminated employee of Machine Zone was arrested just before boarding a flight to China after an FBI investigation.
More than half the countries that signed on to an international bribery law convention haven't ventured beyond their own countries.
Markus Blenntoft moves over from the recently closed office of Dentons.
A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.
The trial of alleged embezzler Zhao Shilan will be the first U.S. prosecution of a Chinese economic fugitive since China began to hunt for corrupt officials living overseas last year. But difficulties in cooperation between the two countries means a conviction is far from guaranteed.
Akin Gump advised the Russian oil company on the sale of its 50 percent share in five Kazakhstan oil and gas fields to its Chinese joint venture partner.
China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.
China's current crackdown on human rights lawyers is part of a wider attempt to criminalize forceful advocacy, and the transnational legal community must decide how to react, writes Eva Pils of King's College London.
The new office will be the Big Four corporate firm’s fourth location in Japan.
The Canadian asset manager is buying Melbourne-based Asciano in one of the biggest deals Down Under this year.
Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Home Box Office Inc. won the first round in the litigation over his highly publicized match against Floyd Mayweather after a federal panel sent more than 40 consumer class actions to a judge in Los Angeles.
A startup backed by a former L.A. Galaxy player accuses Sony of ripping of its idea for a charitable gaming platform.
It's not enough to register a trademark in the normal way. If you want to protect your marks, register them with the country's customs agency.
Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.
Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.
R&T Asia Resources will employ at least 30 lawyers to serve clients during their peak business periods.
A federal judge has ordered the general counsel of a Chinese corporation to come to the United States for a deposition in a patent case, despite the attorney's fear of a possible arrest upon entry by U.S. authorities in a criminal investigation into a violation of the embargo against the Iranian regime.
Eversheds and Allen & Overy hope to tap a new revenue source as the region's general counsel suffer the same pressures to cut costs as their peers in London and New York.
Michelle Yong has rejoined the U.K. firm after a brief stint at rival Ince & Co.
Erick Robinson most recently worked as Qualcomm’s director of intellectual property in India.
Terence Lau will make the move from rival Hogan Lovells early next month.
Although bank accounts held outside New York cannot be frozen or seized to satisfy a New York judgment, an information subpoena can be used to determine where the accounts are located within the bank, a unanimous First Department panel has held.
Australia's second largest lender is boosting its capital reserves in response to newly tightened regulations.
The Osaka-based company is the latest Japanese life insurer to seek growth through acquisitions in the U.S.
Korea practice head James Lee has relocated from Los Angeles to lead the three-partner office.
An in-house counsel career is an increasingly attractive option for women in Asia; 59 percent of in-house lawyers in Hong Kong are female.
The Chinese ecommerce giant has turned again to its U.S. law firm of choice for an investment in bricks-and-mortar electronics retailer Suning.
The latest Arbitration Scorecard finds only seven—out of 128—billion-dollar disputes that are being heard in Asia. But Asian arbitral institutes in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and beyond see no shortage of smaller cases.
To hire and develop the right people for the job in India, brand reputation, workplace culture, credible leadership and meaningful work are all imperative.
The U.K. firm has hired former Hogan Lovells consultant Charles Butcher.
Tim Lobanov, managing director of Verasca Group, shares his thoughts on the foreign investment coming into the Miami market.
Sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp. is buying a commercial real estate portfolio from Morgan Stanley-controlled Investa Property Group.
Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership advised state-run companies Temasek and JTC in a four-way merger that created one of the largest home and industrial park builders in the region.
James Philips leaves the independent Australian firm after 30 years to join DLA Piper's team in Sydney.
Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Ya-Chiao Chang specializes in U.S. patent litigation.
To be successful, practitioners need to understand the distinct legal paradigms that subsist in the APAC region.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has winged her way to South Korea for a series of public events. Later this month, she will visit Hanoi to officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony as the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, renews his vows with his husband.
David Hallam joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
The parent of Hainan Airlines is buying the world's largest ground and cargo handling company, Swissport International Ltd.
The latest report from Cornerstone Research and Stanford Law School finds that suits against Asian companies—most of them Chinese—account for more than half of shareholder class actions filed in the United States during the first six months of 2015.
Companies facing incidents that might attract international attention must assess whether U.S. litigation is reasonably anticipated, thus triggering the need for a litigation hold.
The Singapore-based warehousing giant is offering $4.6 billion for a portfolio of properties held by Industrial Income Trust.
A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.
Hong Kong's Link REIT is buying two office buildings and retail space in the city's Xintiandi area.
Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sometimes feels like small time, gotcha-style litigation. Case in point: the $12 million settlement with Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. over marketing baby formula to health care professionals in China.
Sanford Wadler was fired for misconduct, the company's lawyers said, not in retaliation for speaking up about possible corruption in Bio-Rad's business dealings in China.
Andrew Digges spent 15 years with the Magic Circle firm, most recently at its Indonesian ally Ginting & Reksodiputro.
The hire of former Ashurst partner Tim Klineberg follows last month's arrival of longtime Clayton Utz partner David Cowling.
Former Linklaters lawyer Jonathan Bowden joins the U.S. firm's mergers and acquisitions practice.
Adrian Yip, who started at the San Francisco-based firm on Tuesday, advises on asset recoveries, corporate restructurings and intellectual property disputes.
The traffic-control systems designer will list next month four years after its first attempt at going public was postponed because of a deadly train rash in eastern China that killed 40 people.
There is no magic to winning business in Japan. It’s all about careful listening, honest explanations, and patiently waiting for the right decision.
The deal gives shareholders KKR and TPG Capital the chance to exit stakes they’ve held in the Chinese investment bank since 2010.
Debevoise & Plimpton is advising the target, New York Stock Exchange-listed StanCorp, on the deal.
Scott Langford returns to practice two years after resigning from the Australian gold miner amidst investigations into its disclosure practices.
Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms active in China appear reluctant to join the bar associations around the world that have expressed support for the lawyers detained by the Chinese government in July.
Japan's largest media company is offering $1.3 billion for FT Group, the Pearson-owned publisher of the iconic salmon-toned Financial Times.
Shanghai-based litigation partner Jerry Fang used to be a Hong Kong associate working on FCPA matters at the U.S. firm.
Shardul Shroff's new outfit has replaced the former Amarchand Mangaldas in the global network of independent law firms.
A cyber-security breach at the Permanent Court of Arbitration places at risk any law firm that tracks arbitration in The Hague.
Law firms are merging at the highest rate since the Great Recession, but consultants say there are checks within the legal industry that will prevent consolidation on the scale of other professional service industries.
The popular immigrant investor program is supposed to be a win-win, but isn't always.
Corporate partner Karen Yan specializes in China-related internet and technology deals.
Last week arbitrators in The Hague heard from Foley Hoag's Paul Reichler in the first phase of the world's most misunderstood maritime battle, over the status of a few rocks that form the most controversial dots on the world map.
Sydney-based utility DUET Group is buying clean-energy producer Energy Developments.
Elizabeth Cole previously worked in Shanghai and Hong Kong for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
They're eager to invest in real estate, but a backlog might lead Chinese investors to delay deals under the EB-5 visa program.
Corporate partners Julia Zhu and Li Zhang join the firm from Allbright and Grandway respectively.
In Asia, winners include the Alibaba IPO, AB InBev's acquisition of Oriental Brewery, Bhutan's first law school and more.
Partner Nils Eliasson will join from Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling in September and specialize in energy-related matters.
Twelve Darkode members have been charged with computer fraud conspiracy following an FBI infiltration of the forum.
Haydn Dare, who spent nearly 30 years at Herbert Smith Freehills, is in Jakarta looking for a local tie-up.
The Australian firm brings on former Ashurst special counsel Meredith Gibbs in Melbourne.
Ning Zhang joins after 10 years with O'Melveny & Myers, most recently as counsel.
Jingtian & Gongcheng is the fifth Chinese firm in the past year and a half to arrive in hopes of capturing more work from mainland clients using Hong Kong to grow their businesses.
Chinese investors accept a rate of return on their invested capital as low as 0.5 of a percent to get the certainty of job creation and green card approval, writes attorney Ronald Fieldstone.
Accounting issues at the Australian class-action firm and its most recent deal partner, U.K. insurance claims processor Quindell, have dulled the stock's sheen after eight years of growth since its IPO in 2007.
The video social networking company is the latest U.S.-listed Chinese company planning its return to China’s stock exchanges.
A group of investors led by Gaw Capital Partners has made a bid for the 5-star InterContinental on the Kowloon waterfront.
Fifteen years after opening in the Chinese capital, the firm has chosen to run its China practice from New York and London.
Companies selling products to Chinese consumers have been avoiding strict consumer laws by selling directly via e-commerce. But that might not be a viable option much longer.
Allens banking and finance specialist Richard Gordon will join the Magic Circle firm's Sydney office in September.
The offshore firm has opened a representative office in the Japanese capital.
Macquarie Capital appears to have made peace with U.S. regulators over the messy demise of China's Puda Coal. But Macquarie's fight with its former lawyers at Morrison & Foerster is just heating up.
The Chicago-based firm plans to use Jingtian & Gongcheng's arrival in Hong Kong to access a long list of Chinese clients.
Shuang Zhao specializes in taking Chinese companies public in the U.S.
Damien Foulis joins from South Australia firm Finlaysons.
The Australian firm has grown its construction and property teams with the arrival of Rechelle Brost in Brisbane, Patrick Thuang in Perth and Luke Westmore in Melbourne.
French lawyer Paul-Emmanuel Benachi joins from Gide Loyrette Nouel.
Former White & Case lawyer Joel Greer specializes in international arbitration.
Finance partner Prashanth Venkatesh was most recently at the former Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. in Bangalore.
Capital markets lawyer Johneth Chongseo Park makes the move from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Former King & Spalding Singapore partner Peter Megens is returning home to join the U.K. firm's newly opened Melbourne office.
Newly hired Paul Greening, formerly with Vinson & Elkins, will relocate from Hong Kong later this year.
Charles Ching is relocating from Hong Kong to join the U.S. firm's China practice.
The London-based firm has partnered with seven-lawyer AsiaLegal in a formal law alliance.
China National Nuclear Power IPO, 58.com/Ganji, Daiichi/Sun Pharma and more of the Asia-Pacific region's largest recent transactions.
A few firms set up shop in India during a previous liberalization campaign. Then a lawsuit brought by an Indian lawyers' group shut them down.
Global law firms are keeping a cautious eye on India as the government moves closer to lifting the protectionist regulations that have barred foreign firms from the country.
With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.
A handful of international firms have obtained a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license, which allows them to hire Singapore-qualified lawyers and practice some local law. Others say it's not worth the trouble.
As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Singapore continues to be a hot spot for global law firms. To thrive in such a competitive legal market, firms need to be smart about where they invest their resources.
The Association of Corporate Counsel is solidifying its plans to joins forces with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association by creating a singular resource for in-house counsel in the country.
Our survey finds more billion-dollar cases than ever—and they’re being heard by the same tiny club of arbitrators.
Data from The NLJ 350 shows that lawyer counts at U.S. firms in Asia have soared in the past decade. But is the growth story over?
Michael Tuckfield joins his new firm's infrastructure and major projects practice in Melbourne.
A consortium led by Shanghai-listed Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology is buying Temasek-controlled chipmaker STATS ChipPAC for $760 million.
The taxi-hailing service has tapped Mohit Abraham of Khaitan & Co., the firm currently defending Uber against a ban in Delhi.
A 12-lawyer team from the Western Australian corporate boutique will join DLA Piper's current roster of 51 lawyers in Perth on July 1.
The mainland home-improvement and furniture retailer will use the $925 million raised in its initial public offering to open nine new specialty malls and seek further expansion through acquisitions.
Clifford Chance's alliance partner in the city-state has hired former WongPartnership partner Carol Anne Tan to lead the new venture.
The firm has launched its second office in Southeast Asia, adding to a current base in Singapore.
Jones Day, Baker & McKenzie and Deacons all had roles on an investment into real estate company Chongbang.
More than 40 class actions have been filed over last month’s highly publicized fight between Floyd Mayweather and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, alleging that the boxers, their promoters and the cable networks airing the match misled viewers about the “Fight of the Century.”
Vietnam's 93 million residents, a large percentage of whom are under 40, have money to spend on foreign goods and services.
State-owned Tsinghua University is paying $2.3 billion for a majority stake in a new joint venture that includes Hewlett-Packard’s network, server and storage business in China.
The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund and London-based CVC Capital Partners have acquired a majority stake in New Jersey-based Alvogen that values the company at $2 billion.
A senior executive from Takata Corp. appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday to update lawmakers on the recall of nearly 34 million vehicles installed with the company's air bags.
In a battle over foreign oil and gas assets, the Republic of Kazakhstan has won a ruling that the New York office of U.K.-based law firm Clyde & Co must turn over information about the value of an oil and gas plant seized by the republic.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The same law firms that rode a wave of U.S. IPOs by mainland companies last decade are cashing in again as those clients pull stakes and head home to China.
China's largest brokerage raised money for securities lending from the National Social Security Fund, the Kuwait Investment Authority, GIC Private Ltd. and others.
The Magic Circle firm rehires private equity lawyer Jamie Palmer two months after former Australia PE practice head Grant Koch left for DLA Piper.
Tim Tingkang Xia, who headed Morris Manning & Martin's intellectual property and international practices, has left for Locke Lord with another partner, IP litigator Bryan Harrison, and a 12-member IP team made up of an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.
Nearly a month after former partner David Neuville’s return to the British firm, corporate Joseph Lee has also rejoined Simmons & Simmons.
If approved by shareholders, the deal would make Qihoo's privatization the largest such transaction by a U.S.-listed Chinese company.
The Shanghai-based brokerage is the country’s largest IPO since Agricultural Bank of China's $10 billion Shanghai listing in 2010.
The U.K. and Indian firms are the sole counsel for the Indian resources company's latest restructuring.
Howard Jiang joins from newly merged Locke Lord.
The parent company of Chinese computer maker Lenovo is raising capital for future acquisitions.
Four Ashurst partners, including three already in Japan and one in Perth, are expected to join the U.S. firm to launch its second office in Asia.
A tough market for legal services has prompted many U.S. students to drop the idea of going to law school at all. Their Chinese peers, however, think studying in the States is exactly the edge they need to overcome their own employment hurdles.
The Chinese biotechnology company has returned to the public markets two years after delisting from the Nasdaq.
China Mobile Games has become the latest Chinese game developer to exit the Nasdaq, six weeks after Perfect World announced its own plan to delist from the U.S. exchange.
Mark Crean, a former chairman of legacy Freehills and steward of its merger with Herbert Smith, will lead the U.S. firm's Australian M&A practice from Sydney.
Hong Kong-based corporate lawyer Carolyn Sng will start at her new firm on Monday.
The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva’s $40 billion bid for Mylan.
The Japanese insurer moves to expand its Stateside footprint by acquiring Houston-based specialty insurance company HCC.
Linklaters Hong Kong partner Jon Gray will relocate to join the firm in Japan, taking over for soon-to-retire Tokyo managing partner Theodore Paradise.
Qatar Investment Authority has invested $1.2 billion in the billionaire's Hong Kong power company.
David Gibbons returns to firm life after about four years operating as a solo practitioner in Singapore and New York.
Jol Rogers and Brihony Boan have joined the Australian firm's corporate and property teams, respectively, in Melbourne.
The U.K. private wealth boutique has hired former Morrison & Foerster tax specialists Chizuko Tomita and Takeo Mizutani to lead its newest office in Asia, while former Singapore partner Eric Roose will serve as head of international corporate tax in Asia.
Longtime Clayton Utz restructuring partner David Cowling joins the firm in Sydney.
Top technology, media and telecommunications companies may face some difficult choices if regulators end their use of a key investment vehicle that allows them to operate in the country.
The issuance is the Southeast Asian country's largest ever single tranche of dollar-denominated Islamic bonds.
Catalyst Repository Systems' Insight e-discovery platform with technology-assisted review is available in Japan.
Transactions lawyer Rajiv Khanna makes the move from Seyfarth Shaw.
The People's Republic is cracking down tax-wise on foreign companies operating improperly in the country, creating plenty of opportunity.
A new rail freight terminal will be built in Sydney to reduce traffic congestion caused by truck transport.
State-owned China Jianyin Investment will acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors' radio-frequency power business.
Seoul-based online retailer Coupang is the latest in the Japanese telecom giant's portfolio.
A month after becoming the first Korean firm to establish a base in the Middle East, Bae, Kim & Lee has landed in the Chinese city to open its fourth overseas office.
A former employee of a U.S. firm that shepherds Chinese companies through reverse mergers claims its owner, Benjamin Wey, sexually harassed her and then used his own online soapbox to defame her.
Owned by Hong Kong lawyer Steve Ng and Shenzhen lawyer Winston Gao, YangTze Law Firm will operate under U.K. regulations that allow for foreign control of domestic firms.
The Australian firm has tapped former Griffith Hack principal Kate Hay to work from Melbourne.
Lessons for companies abound in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation that arose from BHP Billiton's sponsorship of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
There will be more and more cases involving intellectual property, says a top Chinese lawyer in the practice. Here’s what foreign companies need to know.
The Chinese conglomerate has raised funds to continue its acquisition spree in the insurance sector.
Paul Hastings partner Ouyang Dan will split her time between Beijing and Hong Kong advising capital markets deals.
The British firm has hired from Korea's Lee & Ko, Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson and Australia's Minter Ellison.
The deal is the latest in a flurry of equity offerings by Chinese brokerages this year.
The Australian firm has hired former government minister Andrew Thomson to bolster its Japan practice after a free-trade pact between the two countries came into effect earlier this year.
Sanford Wadler claims he was blocked from investigating corruption in China as the company worked to nail down its $55 million FCPA settlement with the federal government.
The combination of Independence Group and Sirius Resources would create a copper, gold and nickel miner with a total market capitalization of $2.1 billion and a handful of major projects in Western Australia.
A Shanghai office is expected to open this fall, and the firm has poached Kirkland & Ellis Asia investigations head Samuel Williamson to lead it.
Dewey & LeBoeuf former chair Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial officer Joel Sanders together face more than 100 criminal charges, including grand larceny, scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy in the lead-up to the 1,300-lawyer firm's downfall in May 2012. All have pleaded not guilty.
U.S. pension fund California Public Employees' Retirement System is investing $764 million in an Asia Pacific infrastructure portfolio that will be managed by Australian investment company QIC Ltd.
Litigation specialist Matthew Swinn has joined the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
The approach that brothers Shardul and Cyril have taken in launching their new firms shows they learned very different lessons from the breakup of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.
Malaysia's largest independent power company held the country’s biggest initial public offering in close to three years.
The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Global Legal Awards and Litigation Departments of the Year.
Plaintiffs lawyers praised Takata Corp.'s admission on Tuesday that a defect was causing its airbags to spontaneously rupture, but they insisted that the company still hasn't gotten to the root of the problem, which they hope to reveal through discovery in more than 100 pending cases.
The departure of U.S. securities lawyer David Neuville follows the arrival of former Latham & Watkins China partner Michael Liu and a six-lawyer capital markets and transactions team at the firm in January.
The group, including a former employee of Avago Technologies, allegedly applied for patents and used a Cayman Island shell company for cover.
Deals specialist Pradyumna Mysoor was most recently with Linklaters in Hong Kong.
Former Indonesia practice head Charlie Wilson has joined Sidley's mergers and acquisitions and private equity group.
A new ranking from London-based RSG Consulting shows that U.S. firms continue to take market share in India, challenging the dominant position once held by their U.K. peers.
International arbitration specialist Arthur Ma joins as a partner in Beijing.
High yield bond specialist Joe Sevack joins the firm from Troutman Sanders.
The state-owned nuclear power company has secured an approval for what will be the largest IPO mainland China has seen since China Everbright Bank's $3.6 billion Shanghai listing in 2010.
So far in 2015, Yeung has already advised the largest three IPOs and the largest follow-on offer in Hong Kong
Verizon Communication Inc. cites AOL Inc.'s market success in digital content and advertising platforms as reasons behind the purchase. Also in this week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more: Williams' acquisition of its master limited partnership Williams Partners in an all-stock deal valued at $13.8 billion, led by Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts.
Second White & Case former Indonesian associate firm partner Nadia Soraya found home.
The global legal giant will close its banking and finance outpost in Singapore as a result of its tie-up with China's Dacheng, a union that creates the world's largest law firm with 6,600 lawyers.
Libin Zhang returns to the firm two years after leaving it to head the German company's Asia in-house M&A team.
Federal agents do not have unlimited power to search laptops and other electronic devices without a warrant at the border, including airports, a federal judge in Washington ruled. The decision came in a case involving a Korean businessman whose laptop was seized by the Department of Homeland Security in 2012.
Speaking with The Asian Lawyer, Minister K. Shanmugam outlines his vision of building the city state into the New York of Southeast Asia's legal services.
Mita Djajadiredja returns to Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners two year after leaving to form an association with White & Case.
The state-owned company is raising money to further grow its existing insurance businesses.
Employment law compliance is always a challenge, one that doesn't get any easier when you have employees in China.
A feud between co-managing partners and brothers, Shardul and Cyril Shroff, has brought the hundred-year history of India's top law firm to an end.
Rowan McDonald most recently spent 12 years as a partner at K&L Gates and Australian legacy firm Middletons.
Graeme Gamble makes the move from Ashurst, making partner for the first time in his career.
Former Barclays Middle East legal head Muna Dandan has relocated from Dubai to lead the U.K. firm's financial services disputes and investigations practice in Asia.
The Hong Kong firm has acquired a shipping, international trade and insurance practice by recruiting former Eversheds partner William Leung.
The Chicago-based firm has recruited new partner Ola Nicolai Borge from another professional services firm that got its start in the Windy City, accounting giant Grant Thornton.
The litigation funder has hired a Latham & Watkins partner to open its third U.S. office.
The Shanghai-based conglomerate is acquiring the remaining 80 percent of Ironshore that it doesn’t already own in an effort to ramp up its insurance portfolio.
The Magic Circle firms once again have the lead roles on the Southeast Asian country's latest Islamic bond deal, its first since 2011.
Remember the stacks of pirated DVDs, the copycat cars, the bogus phones? They still exist, but increasingly at the margins as China gets its intellectual property act together.
Lateral hires in the United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai and Japan, as well as around the United States.