Volkswagen’s legal troubles have extended to Australia, where the country’s competition regulator has filed a lawsuit against the German automaker over the company’s emissions scandal.
Volkswagen’s legal troubles have extended to Australia, where the country’s competition regulator has filed a lawsuit against the German automaker over the company’s emissions scandal.
EY Law's Singapore firm DA Partners shut down just months after the firm gained a license to practice international law in the country.
In what Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has called an attempt to refocus on its core clients, the Wall Street firm confirmed Thursday its withdrawal from bases in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fried Frank and Chadbourne & Parke have made similar moves within the past 15 months.
Former Skadden counsel Adam Cheng is the latest senior lawyers to depart from the U.S. firm's Hong Kong office.
KWM has added an equity capital markets partner to its Hong Kong office in a bid to enhance the "one-stop-shop" service for clients seeking to list on the city's stock exchange
International firm leaders are adjusting expectations and taking a more nuanced approach to global expansion.
American law firms have established themselves all over the globe, but some markets are more vibrant than others, our data shows.
Sports and culture have become typical devices for lawyers to endear themselves to clients. But what about the globe-trotting lawyer whose social interactions with clients center mainly around food? Sometimes, unfamiliar food.
Top-grossing law firms saw slow and steady growth over the past year, with revenues and profits increasing. But challenges abound.
Provo, Utah-based cosmetic maker Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. has agreed to pay $765,688 to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into a questionable charity donation the company made in China in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
King & Wood Mallesons and Zhong Lun Law Firm are among the biggest winners. Leading Chinese civil and commercial law scholar Jiang Ping received this year's outstanding achievement award.
In an unsatisfying decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday let a Chinese vitamin C maker off the hook for price fixing.
Chinese vitamin C sellers are off the hook for violating U.S. antitrust law because they were compelled by the Chinese government to set prices and reduce quantities for the vitamin.
Kathryn Snager has advised on China-related joint venture disputes while at Clifford Chance.
In a rare move, a Chinese law firm has opened an office in the Silicon Valley. The IP boutique hired from Samsung's legal department to start the new office.
Herbert Smith Freehills has announced its second legal services center opening in a month, with the launch of a dedicated new base in Melbourne.
Ashurst Singapore managing partner Shaun Lascelles has become the sixth partner departure to emerge since last night, as exits mount at the embattled U.K. firm.
Ashurst has seen the departure of four more partners, including London banking heavyweight Nigel Ward and former Hong Kong managing partner Lina Lee.
Chicago-based Vedder Price has opened its first Asian office in Singapore, banking on the growth of aircraft finance work.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are lead advisers for HP Inc.’s $1.05 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s printer business.
Latham & Watkins has added a disputes practice to its Shanghai office with the hire of an investigations partner.
How will the 10-partner team from Herbert Smith Freehills help White & Case launch in Australia?
The China 35, our annual financial survey of the highest-grossing Chinese law firms, finds more firms breaking the $200 million mark.
A sham. A disaster. A disgrace. That’s how opponents describe the legal process for resolving disputes under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Sullivan & Cromwell is advising State Grid Corp. of China on a $1.8 billion deal that will see the Chinese power company acquire a minority stake in Brazilian utility company CPFL Energia S.A.
Dentons has completed a restructuring of its China arm that includes the creation of a 17-member regional board.
The U.K. firm saw a second finance partner departure from the office within a month as former O'Melveny partner Bertie Mehigan left for the local boutique.
Alex Wang, Mitch Dudek, Edward Hsu, Todd Liao and Cindy Pan move over with a 23-lawyer team.
Qantm's $110 million IPO combines Freehills Patent Attorneys and Davies Collison Cave.
The global legal giant has opened two new offices in Melbourne and Sydney after taking on a 10-partner team from Herbert Smith Freehills in Asia.
The global legal giant has extended its lower-cost support offering to Shanghai, its seventh office worldwide.
AstraZeneca agreed Tuesday to pay $5.5 million in penalties and interest to settle claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through improper payments to health care providers in China and Russia.
Cath Evans, a former CEO of Slater & Gordon’s British arm, has resigned from the publicly traded Australian firm as it prepares to close four offices amid mounting financial troubles.
Debevoise & Plimpton has relocated a second New York partner to its newly launched Tokyo office.
The global legal giant is advising the island nation on tax and financial laws in other jurisdictions.
Everyone thought that the U.S. indicted Chinese hackers merely for show. Everyone was wrong, writes The Global Lawyer.
The U.S.'s failure to ratify the TPP could result in a setback for international trade in Asia Pacific region. But even if ultimately unsuccessful, the TPP will still have a legacy in the region, lawyers say.
The Australian firm has hired a former Macquarie Capital investment banker as a partner in Perth.
Clifford Chance and Davis Polk & Wardwell took lead roles on China Life Insurance Co. and GIC Private Ltd.'s $1.4 billion joint investment in Chinese developer Joy City Property Ltd.
Patrick Sherrington, managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ operations in the Asia Pacific region, is busy with many things in his backyard: getting an alliance in China, beefing up in Australia and recovering from a recent loss of a renowned finance team in Singapore.
Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has announced that it expects losses of more than $760 million (A$1 billion) for its 2015-16 fiscal year.
Allen & Overy is relocating London capital markets partner Stephen Miller to Hong Kong to lead its Asia capital markets practice.
King & Wood Mallesons has become the latest international firm in Australia to introduce a recruitment tool that is designed to improve diversity in hiring.
China’s Jun He has recruited two new partners in its Beijing and Shanghai offices.
The decision removes uncertainty over the takeover of the world’s largest pesticides maker. Some U.S. lawmakers and groups representing farmers had expressed fears over a Chinese state-owned company being in a position to influence the U.S. food supply.
"People will continue to litigate in London," says practice leader Deborah Finkler.
Latham & Watkins, Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons were advisors on Everbright Securities’ $1.03 billion Hong Kong initial public offering.
Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.
In his six years at the helm, Eduardo Leite has presided over the firm’s fastest growth in its 67-year history
OPINION: The candidate could potentially use the act to advance his national security plan.
In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte write: As China's political and economic impact continues to grow around the world, U.S. regulators have been forced to grapple with how to protect U.S. interests in a system sprung from a very different government ideology. This clash has played out in the antitrust context in the drafting, implementation and subsequent reaction to China's Anti-Monopoly Law.
The firm has confirmed that its three-year alliance with Jakarta-based Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah will soon end.
Gautham Srinivas joins the firm from Krishnamurthy & Co.
White & Case has closed its office in Almaty, leaving it with one base in Kazakhstan. The two lawyers in the Almaty office have relocated to the firm's base in Astana following the closure at the end of June.
Mayer Brown has hired Ashurst finance partner Doo-Soon Choi in Hong Kong.
Charles Allen most recently led the Hong Kong commercial litigation team for Sidley Austin.
King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.
The deal is expected to be completed in January 2017, with the merged Bangkok office operating under the new name Chandler MHM Ltd.
Lawyers across Pakistan protested on Tuesday against the violent attacks that occurred in the southwestern city of Quetta yesterday that killed more than 70 people—mostly lawyers.
The firm has opened a representative office in the city-state with an association with a local firm.
The attack on a hospital on Monday is only the latest to target lawyers in Pakistan.
For the second time this summer, a British football club has been sold to Chinese investors. King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is advising on the most recent deal: the sale of West Bromwich Albion Football Club to the Chinese investment group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development.
A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.
Recent studies have shown some promising win rates for international companies' China patent litigation. But problems remain.
We will honor top deals and leading lawyers in Southeast Asia and India.
King & Wood Mallesons is taking steps to rebuild its Paris corporate practice, having hired senior associate Guilain Hippolyte from White & Case, The Am Law Daily has learned.
DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is advising Chinese ride-hailing app developer Didi Chuxing on the acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc.’s China business that will increase Didi’s valuation to $35 billion. Uber announced Monday it was surrendering to Didi in China’s highly competitive ride-sharing market.
The three-lawyer office is led by partner Eric Yang, who last year led a team defecting from rival Yulchon’s Southeast Asian practice.
Fosun Pharma’s acquisition of Gland Pharma is the largest acquisition of an Indian company by a Chinese buyer.
For our annual awards’ 10-year anniversary, we have selected 59 categories of top matters and leading firms and lawyers for their work done in and out of China. Winners will be announced on Sept. 21 at the Park Hyatt in Beijing.
The Chinese government said it will legalize online car-hailing applications such as Uber and its domestic rival Didi Chuxing.
A recent TrustLaw survey found significant growth in pro bono effort from lawyers based in China.
LeEco, the "Netflix of China," is buying California-based television manufacturer Vizio.
The lawyers are coming from four local firms in the city.
Squire Patton Boggs has hired a disputes partner in Tokyo. Scott Warren will lead the firm's Asia cybersecurity, data privacy and digital data disclosures practice from the Japanese capital.
At first glance, the complaint looks like your average drunk driving negligence suit. Except defense contracting giant AECOM argues Afghan law should apply.
The U.S. Kleptocracy Initiative says "f--- you" to kleptocrats. What about their lawyers?
They are now focusing on acquisitions that their Asian clients are making in Europe and the U.S.
The additions show Jones Day's focus on infrastructure and energy in Asia Pacific.
Freshfields is co-counsel advising the Japanese company while Slaughter and May and Davis Polk are representing ARM.
Resource Law is headed by Mohan Subbaraman, who formerly led Ince & Co's alliance firm in the city state.
G.V. Anand Bhushan and Sidhartha Barua join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, respectively.
A new database from Stanford Law School offers unique insight on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements.
Haiwen and King & Wood Mallesons were Chinese counsel to what has been the world's largest IPO in two years.
As U.K. firm Watson Farley & Williams decides to end its joint law venture with a local law firm, lawyers and market observers weigh in to ponder if more will follow suit.
Mumbai-based AZB & Partners and Crawford Bayley & Co are local counsel to the Indian conglomerate Nirma's latest acquisition.
Foreign lawyers are barred from practicing Chinese law, and there is more discouraging international law firms from doing pro bono work or helping Chinese pro bono lawyers in the country.
By scoring roles on the record breaking $46 billion ChemChina-Syngenta acquisition, the two firms have displaced last year’s leaders Freshfields, Linklaters and Skadden.
Paul Reichler has been dubbed Mr. World Court for his dominance at the seat of public international law. But in the past week Mr. World Court became Mr. Arbitration. It was a great week for public health and maritime borders. And a terrible week for international bullies.
With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.
All winners will be honored at the Global Legal Awards dinner on Sept. 26, 2016, at Gotham Hall in New York City, where we will also reveal the four grand prizes.
Former Davis Polk counsel Alex Tao joins the Magic Circle firm’s capital markets practice following the recent exits of partners Vivian Yiu and David Kuo.
The Anglo-German firm has tied up with local boutique HM Chan & Co in the Chinese territory.
The Anglo-Australian firm is making the first external partner hire nearly a year after the three-partner exodus to King & Spalding.
Private equity house CVC has offered $1.1 billion for Kuala Lumpur-based Nirvana Asia, the largest integrated funeral and bereavement care provider in Asia.
The Society of Indian Law Firms has voiced opposition to the government’s draft plans for opening up the Indian legal market to foreign firms, published last week.
Allen & Overy’s China IP head Benjamin Bai is leaving the firm to join China’s Ant Financial as vice-president and chief IP counsel.
King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.
The number of female lawyers in Japan has been growing steadily for the past 25 years, accounting for just above 18 percent of the country’s lawyer population. The challenge now is how they can advance their careers more.
Results were based on brand awareness interviews of 630 senior in-house lawyers conducted by London-based market research firm Acritas.
The law could require ‘operators of key information infrastructure’ to maintain personal information collected and produced within China.
A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.
The world’s largest law firm by headcount is accused of dumping an alleged police brutality victim client, then taking on the police as a client in the same case.
The status of U.K. firms operating in South Korea could be at risk as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
France’s Gide Loyrette Nouel will close its office in Hong Kong and launch a "best friends" relationship with local firm Howse Williams Bowers.
Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell played lead roles in a $1.6 billion deal that saw China's Ping An Insurance Group buy a 47.7 percent stake in Chinese automobile website Autohome Inc. from Melbourne-based Telstra Corp. Ltd.
Its growth strategy raises eyebrows, but no one denies the firm's bold and risky vision.
Dechert, Arnold & Porter and Paul Hastings lead the pack in non-U.S. pro bono.
While Brexit may end up casting a shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.
Fangda Partners, a large China-based law firm headquartered in Shanghai with a strong intellectual property disputes practice, is representing Apple in its fight to reverse a recent ruling that threatens to ban sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing.
As volatility continues across markets in Asia, law firm partners in the region are bracing themselves for the full impact of Brexit on their business.
Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.
A slowing Chinese economy has promoted international firms in Asia’s financial capital to reassess their capital markets practices: Some opt to cut fees while others turn to small ticket deals.
In her Distress Mergers and Acquisitions column, Corinne Ball of Jones Day writes: Defaults on onshore and offshore obligations by companies in Greater China, as well as other Emerging Markets, have been increasing. Restructuring of this debt via a scheme of arrangement in tandem with a U.S. bankruptcy case may present an effective restructuring mechanism for Emerging Market enterprises.
Foreign Companies based in China face a host of social and legal challenges in discovery and corporate governance.
The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan’s SoftBank and the game maker’s employees. The deal, Tencent’s largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.
The Chinese ecommerce company will take over the Chinese online business Yihaodian and in exchange give a 5 percent stake to the American retailer.
While Global firms race to match Cravath’s new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.
Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.
The U.K. firm's Asia leader discusses Berwin Leighton Paisner's recent expansion in Hong Kong and Myanmar, its new "one Asia approach," and possible moves in Singapore and mainland China.
Movement of IP attorneys in Asia has been active this year
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is representing Japanese messaging app Line Corp. on a planned initial public offering that could raise $900 million. Listing is planned for Tokyo and New York.
Tips ranged from better transparency to stronger management as lawyers from several Chinese firms visited with law firm leaders in New York and D.C.
Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.
The Justice Department revealed how it reached decisions under its new pilot enforcement program.
In the second installment of a two-part article, we look at partner compensation at Chinese law firms. In recent years, many firms have overhauled their compensation systems, trying to balance growth with integration.
Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
The firm is looking to introduce a formal program of secondments for lawyers at its China arm, formerly known as Dacheng, as a means to win more work from Chinese clients.
The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.
The 2016 Global Business Ethics Survey, released Thursday by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative , revealed that more workers in Brazil, India and Russia reported seeing misconduct and experiencing pressure to compromise standards than their counterparts in 10 other countries.
The location and cause of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance two years ago continues to prove elusive, but that hasn't stopped plaintiffs lawyers from pursuing novel and, at times conflicting, legal theories in U.S. courts on behalf of the families of the deceased.
The cash raised will help the Japanese company reduce debt and invest in new startups.
In this first of a two-part story, we compare two most commonly used business models by Chinese law firms. The loosely organized commission-based structure allows fast growth, while the more tightly integrated corporation model promotes healthier revenue per lawyer. Which will prevail?
Fujian-based Thaihot Group is acquiring Dah Sing Banking Group’s Hong Kong and Macau life insurance business.
Edwin Kwok’s departure to O'Melveny & Meyers comes only a week after that of former office head Sammy Li to Hogan Lovells.
State-owned insurer China Life is the largest investor in a $1.65 billion joint acquisition of a New York office building that houses Paul Weiss’ headquarters.
Frank Sun had to write a $120,000 personal check to the Chicago-based firm before moving to Latham & Watkins.
The firm has struck a partnership with Jakarta-based Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners, seven months after previous arrangement with Hermawan Juniarto ended.
Li Qiang’s departure leaves only one resident partner in the U.S. firm’s Shanghai office. Walker Wallace takes over as office head.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an Australian businessman has standing to sue DLA Piper, giving him a shot at recovering a $1.29 million jury verdict he won against the huge multinational law firm after the judgment was thrown out by an intermediate court of appeals.
Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund is buying Germany's Aixtron as Chinese investors continue shopping spree in Europe’s technology sector.
Colin Rice was most recently a senior in-house lawyer at Credit Suisse’s office in the city-state.
A Chinese consortium led by Shanghai-based Everbright Securities has bought a controlling stake in Italy’s sports media rights business MP & Silva.
Hong Kong listing lawyer Sammy Li and U.S. securities specialist Stephen Peepels will join from Paul Hastings and DLA Piper, respectively.
Once approved by Chinese authorities, the 142-lawyer intellectual property boutique will become the first U.S. firm to launch in Southern Chinese city that is home to some of China's largest patent owners such as Huawei and ZTE.
We will be honoring top matters and leading lawyers in and out of China.
Legal advisers' role referenced as Alibaba's $171 million acquisition of healthcare company is criticized for breaking takeover rules.
The patent infringement lawsuit highlights major similarities and differences with other recent smartphone legal disputes.
The appeal could make new law on patent damages—where it's badly needed, according to Kobre & Kim partner Michael Ng.
The law firms who carried out investigations for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. and Standard Chartered Bank have recently found their roles questioned. It's a reminder that firms hired to do internal probes must walk a tightrope between pleasing clients and regulators.
The Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.
A week after announcing massive layoffs in the U.K., DLA Piper is considering inking a formal law alliance with a Singapore firm in order to practice local law in the city-state.
Through Bank of Nova Scotia summonses, the IRS seeks to compel U.S. branches of foreign banks to produce records held by their overseas branches, even when production would otherwise be proscribed by foreign bank secrecy laws. This law enforcement tool has been used rarely over the past three decades, but in today's regulatory climate, practitioners representing taxpayers need to be aware of their availability.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would make the state a center for international alternative dispute resolution.
The global firm is relocating about 5 percent of support staff to a new business services center in Manila. The affected jobs will move from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and other areas.
The Chinese home appliance maker is acquiring Germany’s Kuka in a bid to upgrade manufacturing and logistics systems.
The Australian firm’s former Singapore managing partner Marc Rathbone has joined U.K. firm Nabarro in the city-state.
Breached by Chinese officials in 2010 and 2011, U.S. Steel is pushing back against appropriation of its stolen trade secrets.
Corporate partner Stephen Tan advises on cross-border deals and compliance matters.
Law firms don't have to relegate their anti-human trafficking efforts to pro bono any more. A new reporting requirement has paying clients turning to lawyers for help in improving labor conditions and supply chain transparency in Asia.
Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.
The Houston-based firm's new office opened on May 16 and plans to focus on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, renewable energy and corporate matters there.
U.S.-qualified Frank Sun moves over in Hong Kong.
Employment law specialist Nicholas Turner relocates to Sydney.
Chiann Bao will return to private practice as Asia Pacific counsel at the New York firm, after six years in the arbitration institution.
After $1.2 billion in settlements and a decade of litigation that swept in antitrust lawyers from more than 50 firms (seriously, did anyone NOT work on this case?), the massive air cargo price fixing litigation is coming in for a landing.
Capital markets specialist Miao & Co has replaced intellectual property boutique Choy, Cheung & Co as the local partner firm.
Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons, previously cofounders of the Magic Circle firm’s Australian operations, have taken clients such as Sumitomo Corp. with them to their new corporate boutique.
The prospect of a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review need not serve as a deterrent to foreign investment. Rather, it can serve as a process to reduce political and legal risks for foreign investors in the U.S. market.
These include eight Asia 100 firms from China, Singapore and Korea as well as other notable firms such as Hong Kong’s Deacons.
India may be showing signs that it no longer wants to be Big Pharma’s public enemy No. 1.
Kent Phillips joins the Anglo-American firm in Singapore.
The Beijing-based firm opens in Los Angeles and San Francisco with three new equity partners from legacy Dacheng Law Offices.
King & Wood Mallesons and Commerce & Finance were Chinese law advisors on first such rejection involving a global investment bank.
Plenty of Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms' Asian offices appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.
New investment funds head Shagoofa Khan will return to private practice after a decade of in-house experience.
Sixteen months after defecting to Ashurst, David Stammers returns as a partner.
Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Former King & Wood Mallesons counsel Jonathan Lee is now a partner.
Senior Counsel Roderick Martin succeeds the late Subhas Anandan, one of the city-state’s most well –known criminal defenders, who died in January 2015.
Baker Botts and Keystone Law pick up one KWM partner apiece, as filings show eight partners leaving the Anglo-Asian firm's European partnership as of April 30.
Capital markets partner Manoj Bhargava joins in Singapore with one counsel and two associates.
Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Rachael Shek is joining as a partner in June.
Simpson Thacher, Skadden and Ropes & Gray are representing members in a buyout group led by Alibaba, while Shearman & Sterling advises a special committee at the Chinese chat app developer.
Slater & Gordon, an Australian plaintiffs shop that became the world's first publicly traded law firm in 2007, has reached a $630 million debt refinancing deal with lenders to avert a potential bankruptcy filing Down Under.
David Gartside joins from White & Case and reunites with former colleague Charlie Wilson.
American entrepreneurs buy Chinese goods to sell, but lose out on patent protection.
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.
How to win clients in Asia—and keep them happy.
A legal reform subcommittee urges Hong Kong to pass legislation to permit outside funding in arbitration.
Is the new Uber for Chinese lawyers coming soon?
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 new Trans-Pacific trade deal looks like a go. Law firms may want to gear up.
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.