Asian Top News

Hong Kong
Kirkland Poaches Linklaters Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Leveraged buyout specialist David Irvine is the fourth partner to leave the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.

At Sidley Austin, A Pro Bono Project Involves Hundreds

By Anita Abedian |

The firm’s Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise program involves 80 pro bono projects, 285 Sidley lawyers and 25 countries.

China
DLA Piper Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Gloria Liu joins from Goodwin Procter.

China
Han Kun Steals Eight Allbright Lawyers in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based boutique firm has poached a mixed team of partners and senior counsel whose practices range from mergers and acquisitions to employment law.

Minter Ellison's newest employment partner, Karl Blake, works from Melbourne.

Australia
Minter Ellison Brings on Employment Partner in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

Karl Blake is the former head of regulation and disputes at Maddocks.

China, Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Adds Private Equity Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Weil, Gotshal & Manges counsel Daniel Yeh advises on China-related deals.

Robert Pe with Suu Kyi

Hong Kong
Gibson Dunn Recruits Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Robert Pé, most recently a partner at Orrick, also serves as adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Japan, Singapore
Clifford Chance Advises Mitsubishi on $1.1B Olam Investment

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese trading house is buying a 20 percent stake in the Singapore-listed agribusiness to capture rising global demand for food commodities.

China
O'Melveny Hires Weil China Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Anthony Wang relocates from Shanghai to join the firm's office in Newport Beach.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds to Projects Practice in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Longtime construction lawyer Michael Hollingdale joins the Australian firm as a partner.

Australia
Acquisition Spree Sees Slater and Gordon Revenues Soar

By Chris Johnson |

Fueled by a series of U.K. acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.

India
Khaitan, Dorsey on IndusInd's $675M Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Indian bank placed shares with institutional investors in order to boost its reserve capital.

Taiwan
Orrick Adds Taiwan-Focused IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Ellisen joins the firm's Silicon Valley office from Greenberg Traurig.

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

China
Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

By Susan Beck |

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.

China
Video Game Exec Charged With Trade Secrets Theft

By David Ruiz |

Terminated employee of Machine Zone was arrested just before boarding a flight to China after an FBI investigation.

China, Japan
Most Countries Keep Bribery Prosecution Within Borders

By Rebekah Mintzer |

More than half the countries that signed on to an international bribery law convention haven't ventured beyond their own countries.

Singapore
K&L Gates Boosts Banking Team in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Markus Blenntoft moves over from the recently closed office of Dentons.

India
The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama at a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia last November. They will meet again next month in Washington, D.C. for Xi's first state visit where China's hunt for economic fugitives in the U.S. is expected to be discussed.

China
China’s Uneasy Embrace of U.S. Justice for Corrupt Fugitives

By Anna Zhang |

The trial of alleged embezzler Zhao Shilan will be the first U.S. prosecution of a Chinese economic fugitive since China began to hunt for corrupt officials living overseas last year. But difficulties in cooperation between the two countries means a conviction is far from guaranteed.

China, Kazakhstan, Russia
Sinopec Handles $1.1B Lukoil Deal In-House

By Anna Zhang |

Akin Gump advised the Russian oil company on the sale of its 50 percent share in five Kazakhstan oil and gas fields to its Chinese joint venture partner.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 24:  (CHINA OUT) An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on August 24, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. Chinese shares plunged on Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 297.84 points, or 8.49 percent, to close at 3,209.91. The Shenzhen Component Index fell 931.76 points, or 7.83 percent, to close at 10,970.29.

China
Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

By Susan Beck |

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Eva Pils

China
Crackdown on Chinese Rights Lawyers Signals Trouble for Wider Legal System

By Eva Pils |

China's current crackdown on human rights lawyers is part of a wider attempt to criminalize forceful advocacy, and the transnational legal community must decide how to react, writes Eva Pils of King's College London.

Nagoya castle is one of most famous castles in Japan and was reconstructed in 1959.

Japan
Mori Hamada to Open in Nagoya

By Tom Brennan |

The new office will be the Big Four corporate firm’s fourth location in Japan.

Port Botany in Sydney

Australia
HSF on Brookfield's $6.6B Aussie Infrastructure Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The Canadian asset manager is buying Melbourne-based Asciano in one of the biggest deals Down Under this year.

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

Philippines
In Boxing Litigation, Pacquiao and HBO Win First Round

By Amanda Bronstad |

Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Home Box Office Inc. won the first round in the litigation over his highly publicized match against Floyd Mayweather after a federal panel sent more than 40 consumer class actions to a judge in Los Angeles.

Japan
Sony Hit With Trade Secrets Suit Over PlayStation Heroes

By Marisa Kendall |

A startup backed by a former L.A. Galaxy player accuses Sony of ripping of its idea for a charitable gaming platform.

China
China Two-Step: Re-Register Trademarks With Customs

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

It's not enough to register a trademark in the normal way. If you want to protect your marks, register them with the country's customs agency.

China, United Kingdom
Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

By Christine Simmons |

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

China, United Kingdom
Heightened Risk of Cyberattacks Puts Pressure on Law Firms to Bolster Defenses

By Erin E. Harrison |

Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Launches Contract Lawyer Division in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

R&T Asia Resources will employ at least 30 lawyers to serve clients during their peak business periods.

Judge Kaplan

China, Iran
Chinese GC Ordered to US for Deposition in Patent Case

By Mark Hamblett |

A federal judge has ordered the general counsel of a Chinese corporation to come to the United States for a deposition in a patent case, despite the attorney's fear of a possible arrest upon entry by U.S. authorities in a criminal investigation into a violation of the embargo against the Iranian regime.

Eversheds Asia managing partner Stephen Kitts

Hong Kong, Singapore
UK Firms Eye Axiom-Like Outsourcing Biz in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Eversheds and Allen & Overy hope to tap a new revenue source as the region's general counsel suffer the same pressures to cut costs as their peers in London and New York.

Singapore
Stephenson Harwood Adds Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Michelle Yong has rejoined the U.K. firm after a brief stint at rival Ince & Co.

China
Rouse Adds Patent Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Erick Robinson most recently worked as Qualcomm’s director of intellectual property in India.

Norton Rose Fulbright's new Hong Kong-based corporate partner Terence Lau

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Nabs New Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Terence Lau will make the move from rival Hogan Lovells early next month.

Mega International Commercial Bank at 65 Liberty St.

Taiwan
Taiwanese Bank Told to Comply With Information Subpoena

By Ben Bedell |

Although bank accounts held outside New York cannot be frozen or seized to satisfy a New York judgment, an information subpoena can be used to determine where the accounts are located within the bank, a unanimous First Department panel has held.

Australia
HSF on Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s $3.7B Rights Issue

By Anna Zhang |

Australia's second largest lender is boosting its capital reserves in response to newly tightened regulations.

Sumitomo Life Insurance's headquarters in Osaka. Photo by 663highland.

Japan
Simpson Thacher on $3.7B Sumitomo-Symetra Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Osaka-based company is the latest Japanese life insurer to seek growth through acquisitions in the U.S.

Seoul, South Korea cityscape at the Gangnam District.

South Korea
White & Case Opens in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Korea practice head James Lee has relocated from Los Angeles to lead the three-partner office.

Hong Kong
In Asia, Women Taking In-House Career Path

By Sue Reisinger |

An in-house counsel career is an increasingly attractive option for women in Asia; 59 percent of in-house lawyers in Hong Kong are female.

A Suning retail store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo via Suning.

China
Simpson Thacher Leads Alibaba's New $4.6B Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese ecommerce giant has turned again to its U.S. law firm of choice for an investment in bricks-and-mortar electronics retailer Suning.

Maxwell Chambers, location of the Singapore International Arbitration Center. Photo by Nicolas Lannuzel

Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Singapore, South Korea
Asia Still Sees Fewer Big Arbitrations

By Anna Zhang |

The latest Arbitration Scorecard finds only seven—out of 128—billion-dollar disputes that are being heard in Asia. But Asian arbitral institutes in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and beyond see no shortage of smaller cases.

India
In-House Hiring Challenges in India

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

To hire and develop the right people for the job in India, brand reputation, workplace culture, credible leadership and meaningful work are all imperative.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Boosting Corporate Team in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has hired former Hogan Lovells consultant Charles Butcher.

Tim Lobanov

China
Despite Chinese Growth, Miami Investors Mostly Latin American

By Jennifer LeClaire |

Tim Lobanov, managing director of Verasca Group, shares his thoughts on the foreign investment coming into the Miami market.

China, Australia
Clayton Utz, Allens on $1.8B Aussie Property Deal

By Tom Brennan |

Sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp. is buying a commercial real estate portfolio from Morgan Stanley-controlled Investa Property Group.

Singapore
Singapore Duo on $3.6B Urban Development Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership advised state-run companies Temasek and JTC in a four-way merger that created one of the largest home and industrial park builders in the region.

Australia
DLA Piper Recruits Longtime Minter Ellison M&A Partner

By Tom Brennan |

James Philips leaves the independent Australian firm after 30 years to join DLA Piper's team in Sydney.

China
Orrick Takes Beijing IP Partner from Kirkland

By Tom Brennan |

Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Ya-Chiao Chang specializes in U.S. patent litigation.

China, Hong Kong, Philippines
E-Discovery Expands in Asia as Regional M&A Activity Heats Up

By Ed Silverstein |

To be successful, practitioners need to understand the distinct legal paradigms that subsist in the APAC region.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

South Korea, Vietnam
Ginsburg, Other Justices Head Overseas During Summer Recess

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has winged her way to South Korea for a series of public events. Later this month, she will visit Hanoi to officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony as the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, renews his vows with his husband.

Australia
DLA Piper Taps M&A Partner in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

David Hallam joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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

China, Switzerland
Weil Advises China's HNA Group on $2.8B Swiss Cargo Company Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The parent of Hainan Airlines is buying the world's largest ground and cargo handling company, Swissport International Ltd.

China
U.S. Securities Class Actions Target More Chinese Companies

By Anna Zhang |

The latest report from Cornerstone Research and Stanford Law School finds that suits against Asian companies—most of them Chinese—account for more than half of shareholder class actions filed in the United States during the first six months of 2015.

Intercontinental Conundrum: Navigating Litigation Holds

By Caroline Mitchell and David DiMeglio |

Companies facing incidents that might attract international attention must assess whether U.S. litigation is reasonably anticipated, thus triggering the need for a litigation hold.

Singapore
MoFo on GLP's Latest U.S. Logistics Deal

By Tom Brennan |

The Singapore-based warehousing giant is offering $4.6 billion for a portfolio of properties held by Industrial Income Trust.

Deal Watch: Teva’s Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

From left to right: Corporate Avenue 1 and 2. Photo via The Link REIT.

China, Hong Kong
Baker & McKenzie on $1.1B Shanghai Property Investment

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong's Link REIT is buying two office buildings and retail space in the city's Xintiandi area.

China
SEC Plays Gotcha in Case Against Baby Formula Maker

By Jenna Greene |

Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sometimes feels like small time, gotcha-style litigation. Case in point: the $12 million settlement with Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. over marketing baby formula to health care professionals in China.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

China
Bio-Rad Fires Back at Former General Counsel

By David Ruiz |

Sanford Wadler was fired for misconduct, the company's lawyers said, not in retaliation for speaking up about possible corruption in Bio-Rad's business dealings in China.

Indonesia, Singapore
Ashurst Hires Away A&O Jakarta Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
KWM Brings on Another Insolvency Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Singapore
White & Case Adds Local Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China, Hong Kong
Kirkland on China Railway Signal’s $1.8B IPO

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By David M. Sannar |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Former Newcrest GC

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

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

By American Lawyer staff reporting |

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

Japan, United Kingdom
Skadden Advising Nikkei on FT Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China's Global Law Offices Hires From Davis Polk

By Anna Zhang |

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

India
Shardul Amarchand Joins Lex Mundi

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
China Denies Role in Hack Attack on Arb Court Website

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

China
The EB-5 Visa is Helpful but Imperfect

By Rebekah Mintzer |

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

China
Fenwick & West Hires From Latham in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

Clouds at sunset on the South China Sea

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

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

Power station in Western Australia. Source: Energy Developments

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

China
China's Zhong Lun Adds Two in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam
The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

Hong Kong
Shearman to Add Arbitration Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

Pakistan, Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Coordinated Effort from 20 Countries Targets Darkode Hacking Forum

By Zach Warren |

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

Indonesia
Holman Fenwick Taps HSF Partner With Eye on Indonesia

By Tom Brennan |

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

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Environment Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

China
Orrick Adds Corporate Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

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

China, Hong Kong
More Chinese Firms Seeing Benefits of Hong Kong Base

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
EB-5 Funding Is Turning Miami China-Centric

By Ronald R. Fieldstone |

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

Slater & Gordon managing director Andrew Grech

Australia
Slater & Gordon Loses Its Gloss

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

Chadbourne Exits Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

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

China
Chinese E-Commerce Loophole Set to Close

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

Australia
Clifford Chance Adds Project Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Japan
Harneys Touches Down in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

China, Australia
MoFo, Macquarie Square Off in Puda Coal Malpractice Case

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

China, Hong Kong
Cleary Takes Hong Kong Partner From Shearman

By Anna Zhang |

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