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Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Capital Markets Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Thomas Kollar joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Clifford Chance.

As SNC-Lavalin Faces Criminal Charges, GC Exits

By Sue Reisinger |

Rejean Goulet, the general counsel of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., has announced plans to retire on July 15.

Asian Lawyer
King & Spalding Hires Projects Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Simon Cowled was most recently a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Poaches A&O's Australian Private Equity Head

By Tom Brennan |

Grant Koch, who worked five years at Allen & Overy, will hold the same title at his new firm.

Asian Lawyer
Paul Hastings Takes Two Fried Frank Hong Kong Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Private equity lawyers Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen are moving over, leaving two senior lawyers at Fried Frank's soon-to-close Asia offices.

Justice Stephen Breyer (March 23, 2015)

Stephen Breyer's New Book Will Confront Global Challenges

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is writing a new book on the increasingly global scope of the work of the high court, his publisher announced Tuesday. The book, Breyer's third as a justice, is titled "The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities," and will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in September.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Boosts Corporate Team in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Clean energy specialist Ken Cheung has left Berwin Leighton Paisner to join the rival U.K. firm as a partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright's new team in Hong Kong: Associate Muriel Cheng, Senior Consultant Philip Nunn, Partner Alfred Wu, Associate Anita Fong and Associate Kevin Hong

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Hong Kong Hires 5-Lawyer Team From Fried Frank

By Tom Brennan |

Three months after Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson announced it was pulling out of Asia, the firm's disputes practice in Hong Kong, led by former partner Alfred Wu, has found a new home.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

By Nell Gluckman |

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown’s international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

Asian Lawyer
Life After Bingham for Hideyuki Sakai

By Tom Brennan |

The former Bingham McCutchen Tokyo managing partner discusses his move to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and why he didn't follow his former colleagues to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Asian Lawyer
Orrick Adds Senior Japan Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Former Skadden counsel Hiroshi Sarumida will oversee the firm's Japan-related transactions practice in the U.S.

Kevin Stewart, Lavan Legal

Asian Lawyer
Minter Ellison Hires Disputes Head in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Kevin Stewart joins from Western Australian firm Lavan Legal and will oversee the office's two-partner disputes team.

Asian Lawyer
Sidley Austin Adds Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Wenseng Pan was most recently a counsel at O’Melveny & Myers advising on mergers and acquisitions.

Asian Lawyer
Dear PR Professional

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.

Ashurst global pro bono head Sarah Morton-Ramwell

Asian Lawyer
Ashurst Names New Global Pro Bono Head

By Tom Brennan |

Former Reed Smith London-based lawyer Sarah Morton-Ramwell will lead the practice from Sydney.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Steals DLA's Global Mining Head

By Anna Zhang |

Perth partner Robert Edel will join the firm in June.

Europe
Dealmaker of the Week: Roland Turnill of Slaughter and May

By Jennifer Henderson |

Turnill, a corporate and commercial partner in Slaughter and May's London office, advised Royal Dutch Shell in its $70 billion acquisition of BG Group.

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Recruits Stamford Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Min-tze Lean was most recently a director at the former Stamford Law Corp.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Hires JPMorgan Chase China Head

By Anna Zhang |

New partner Shao Zili will co-lead the firm's China practice from Beijing.

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Hires Melbourne Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Insurance disputes specialist Mark Attard joins from Australian firm CBP Lawyers.

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Boosts Jakarta Team

By Tom Brennan |

Projects partner Benny Bernarto joins from Indonesian firm Makarim & Taira S.

Asian Lawyer
Rajah & Tann Scores Senior Counsel From Stamford Law

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Tan Chuan Thye joins the Singaporean firm as a partner.

Europe
Irell Partner Reflects on Sale of Klimt’s Gold Painting

By Nell Gluckman |

Irell & Manella partner Steven Thomas negotiated the sale of Gustav Klimt’s famous gold painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," which drew headlines for fetching the highest price for any artwork in 2006. The painting, along with four others, was stolen by the Nazis and recovered by the Bloch-Bauer heirs after an eight-year legal battle with the Austrian government, and is now the subject of "Woman in Gold," a film starring Helen Mirren that will be released Wednesday.

Asian Lawyer
Freshfields Lifts Second Linklaters Partner in Three Weeks

By Anna Zhang |

Former Linklaters partner Thomas Ng is relocating from Beijing to join Freshfields three weeks after former Hong Kong partner David Ludwick made his own move to the rival Magic Circle firm.

The Global Lawyer: Seat Stays Vacant for State Department Legal Adviser

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

For 15 months, the Obama administration has gone without a confirmed candidate for this important post.

Asian Lawyer
White & Case Hires Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Linklaters counsel Kyungseok Kim is the second PE partner to join White & Case from the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.

David Rivkin.

New Leader Sets Agenda for the Bar Without Borders

By Dirk Olin |

David Rivkin, a veteran arbitration partner from Debevoise & Plimpton, is the first American in decades to lead the International Bar Association.

Emerging Markets, Europe
Barclays Taps New GC for Europe and the Middle East

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The U.K. bank has promoted Simon Croxford to general counsel for investment banking for the Europe and Middle East region.

Asian Lawyer
White & Case Taps New York Partner to Lead Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Global banking practice leader Eric Berg has come east to take on the newly created role of Asia practice head.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Adds IP Partner in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has hired away K&L Gates' former head of intellectual property in Sydney.

Asian Lawyer
HSF’s Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

By Anna Zhang |

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia offices in recent months.

Asian Lawyer
Weil Brings on PE Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Tim Gardner has left Latham & Watkins after nearly nine years to join U.S. rival Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Asian Lawyer
Berwin Leighton Paisner Adds Hong Kong Arbitration Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has acquired seven-lawyer Hong Kong firm Haley & Co, bolstering its disputes, construction and major projects teams in Asia.

Europe
Bank of England Taps Experienced UK Regulator as GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The 300-year-old central bank has appointed Sonya Branch as its new general counsel.

Asian Lawyer
Miller Canfield Takes China Lawyer From Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Insurance specialist Anna Elshafei has joined the Detroit-based firm in Shanghai.

Peter Cho

GM Canada Gets New General Counsel and Assistant GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Peter Cho and Christina Cuthbert are buckling up and hitting the road to the General Motors of Canada Ltd. law department.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Taps Longtime HSF Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Gary Lock, a 15-year veteran of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of its top capital markets partners in Asia, has joined King & Wood's corporate and securities team.

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Scott Peterman makes the jump from Sidley Austin.

Asian Lawyer
Reed Smith Nabs DLA's Asia Restructuring Head

By Tom Brennan |

Troy Doyle has joined the firm's commercial restructuring and bankruptcy group in Singapore.

Tom Daschle.

Asian Lawyer
Daschle to Register With DOJ as Lobbyist for Foreign Client

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, now at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, said he will register with the federal government as a lobbyist for the first time in his career. Daschle will work on behalf of Taiwan.

Asian Lawyer
ZICOlaw Launches IP Practice in Thailand

By Tom Brennan |

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has brought aboard two new partners from rival Tilleke & Gibbins, in addition to bolstering its intellectual property team in Malaysia.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Emerging Markets, Europe
Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart due to conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Hires NDRC Official in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Xue Qiang will bring the firm an insider’s view of the all-important National Development and Reform Commission, one of the most important regulators in China.

Asian Lawyer
Freshfields Poaches Linklaters Asia U.S. Practice Leader

By Anna Zhang |

The arrival of capital markets specialist David Ludwick will create a four-partner team advising on U.S. law matters at the Magic Circle rival.

Asian Lawyer
Singapore's Virtus Law Adds Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shook Lin & Bok partner Terence Seah has moved to Stephenson Harwood's Formal Law Alliance partner firm.

Asian Lawyer
Bae, Kim & Lee Adds Two Partners in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

The Korean firm has brought aboard former senior judge Jung Il Moon and former prosecutor Jung Ho Lee.

Asian Lawyer
Shearman Takes Kirkland China M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Stephanie Tang specializes in delisting Chinese companies from U.S. exchanges.

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Emanuel Confos was most recently head of the construction practice at Gilbert + Tobin.

Europe, Latin America
Paul Hastings' Hiring Spree Continues With Magic Circle Raid

By Brian Baxter |

The Los Angeles-based firm, which saw partner profits rise 8.5 percent in 2014, has picked up three partners from Allen & Overy and a new office in Brazil in the wake of other recent hires of note from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Shearman & Sterling.

Asian Lawyer
Dechert Hires Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Mangan had spent 10 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, most recently as counsel, before joining the Philadelphia-based firm.

Asian Lawyer
O’Melveny Taps Arbitration Partner to Lead in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

In what looks like a push for the firm’s Asia disputes practice, Friven Yeoh has been tapped for managing partner following the hire of two senior litigation lawyers for the office since last fall.

Christopher Reynolds

Asian Lawyer
Toyota Creates New Global GC and CLO Role

By Sue Reisinger |

Toyota Motor Corp. has promoted Christopher Reynolds, previously general counsel of its U.S. subsidiary, to general counsel and chief legal officer for the global corporation.

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Hires Away Ashurst Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Infrastructure specialist Paul Riethmuller is the third partner to join the office since it opened nearly a year ago.

Asian Lawyer
O'Melveny Taps U.S. Federal Prosecutor for APAC Matters

By Tom Brennan |

New partner Ronald Cheng will work from Hong Kong and Los Angeles as a part of the firm's white collar defense and corporate investigations group.

Doha, Qatar.

Emerging Markets
Northwestern Law To Help Run JD Program in Qatar

By Karen Sloan |

Administrators from Northwestern University School of Law will help to establish the first U.S.-style law school in the Middle East.

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Poaches Mayer Brown IP Trio

By Anna Zhang |

Former Mayer Brown JSM partner Alan Chiu, associate Eugene Low and senior consultant Kenny Wong have joined the firm a year after Hogan Lovells partner Gabriela Kennedy defected to lead Mayer Brown's intellectual property practice in Asia.

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former K&L Gates partner David Johnson will lead the firm's U.S. securities team in Asia.

The Churn

Europe
Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

Asian Lawyer, Emerging Markets, Europe, Latin America
The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Real estate partner Andrea Rezos is joining from Ashurst.

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown JSM Recruits Veteran Tax Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Singapore-based Pieter de Ridder joins after spending 20 years with Dutch firm Loyens & Loeff.

Asian Lawyer
Kobre & Kim Hires in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The litigation firm has brought aboard former O’Melveny & Myers counsel Vasu Muthyala, who has relocated from Washington, D.C.

Europe
Novae Hires Seasoned Insurance Industry GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

London-based insurance company Novae Group is tapping Alexandra Moon as its new group general counsel.

Asian Lawyer
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Real Estate Practice Head

By Tom Brennan |

David Wilkie was one of 15 of the firm's partners to leave for Allen & Overy when it opened its first Australian offices in 2010.

Asian Lawyer
In-house in Japan Seen as Underqualified 'Black Sheep'

Corporations in Japan need to better manage their risks and reputations, but there are few in-house lawyers in the country, and many are not qualified.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Adding Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Katrina Parkyn is moving over from Allens.

Asian Lawyer
K&L Gates Boosts Finance Practice in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Jason Opperman is joining the U.S. firm after spending much of his career at Henry Davis York.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Loses Four-Lawyer China IP Team

By Anna Zhang |

Former partner Ai-Leen Lim has left to launch new offices in Beijing and Hong Kong for Swedish intellectual property consultancy Awapatent A.B.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Adds Another Partner to Asia Corporate Team

By Tom Brennan |

Melody He-Chen joins in Hong Kong after three years at Morrison & Foerster.

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown JSM Brings on Real Estate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Kwon Lee has joined the firm's Asia outbound real estate transactions team and will relocate to New York after spending most of the year in Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Expands Hong Kong Corporate Offering

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Wing On Chui joins from King & Wood Mallesons.

Asian Lawyer
Minter Ellison Hires Senior Insurance Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Onetime DLA Piper Hong Kong partner Will Harrison has been tapped to grow the Australian firm's insurance practice in Asia.

Asian Lawyer
China's Jun He Adds Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings employment of counsel Gordon Feng moves over.

John Attanasio

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Former Law Dean in Prostitution Arrest, Plus the Name Game in China and France

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic faces a sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese doppleganger; why you're unlikely to meet a Frenchwoman named Nutella.

Europe
Latham Bags Four to Bolster IP, Private Equity Groups

By Brian Baxter |

A month after seeing its longtime leader retire, Latham & Watkins lured four key partners to its ranks in Germany and Washington, D.C., with raids on Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance and noted IP litigation shop Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Asian Lawyer
Ropes & Gray Adds Hong Kong Investigations Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong-qualified Andrew Dale joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Asian Lawyer
K&L Gates Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Wong was most recently a counsel at Allen & Overy.

Asian Lawyer
Lavan Legal Adds a Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Norton Rose Fulbright senior partner Derek La Ferla joins the Western Australian firm starting next week.

Europe
How a Global Telecom Cut Legal Spending by 66 Percent

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Telefónica S.A. decreased external legal costs in the U.K. by 66 percent since 2012, amounting to close to 3 million pounds in savings.

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Adds Melbourne Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Arthur Apos has resigned from Ashurst after more than 20 years at the firm and legacy Blake Dawson.

Asian Lawyer
Milbank Taps Another A&O Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

David Kuo will strengthen the U.S. firm’s private equity and high-yield bond capabilities in China.

Asian Lawyer
Sidley Austin Poaches Wilson Sonsini's Beijing Head

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Kefei Li has advised Chinese companies on IPOs in Hong Kong and the United States.

Asian Lawyer
White & Case Recruits Linklaters Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Peggy Wang is expected to join the U.S. firm’s corporate practice in April.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Adds Three Partners in Singapore Hiring Push

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner John Viverito will be the firm's new managing partner in the city-state, while former Jones Day partner Joseph Bauerschmidt is now the head of Southeast Asia capital markets. Former Gibson Dunn of counsel Myles Hankin is also making the move.

Europe
The Careerist: Clifford Chance's Problem Associate

By Vivia Chen |

A lawyer makes an incendiary video, and the Magic Circle firm gets blame for its response.

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Hires in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

Aleisa Crepin is the first partner to join the firm’s newest Australian office since opened last July.

Asian Lawyer
Fenwick & West Recruits Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Kaye Scholer partner Niping Wu has made her fourth lateral move in six years.

Asian Lawyer
Gibson Dunn Adds New Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Robson Lee is moving over after 20 years at local outfit Shook Lin & Bok.

Encana Corp. Powers Up With New GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Joanne Alexander has been named executive vice president and general counsel at the Canadian energy company.

Asian Lawyer
Latham Hires From Freshfields in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Los Angeles-based firm brings on partner William Woo following the loss of a seven-lawyer corporate team.

Asian Lawyer
Zhong Lun Poaches Two From Rival Fangda

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyers Victor Yu and Jack Qiao join the firm in Beijing.

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Hogan Lovells Hires in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gide Loyrette Nouel Vietnam practice head Samantha Campbell will take on the same role at the Anglo-American firm starting in March.

Asian Lawyer
Reed Smith Launches Corporate Practice in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has hired former Stephenson Harwood partner and head of the U.K. firm's Southeast Asia corporate group Matthew Gorman.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Adds China Competition Practice With Partner Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Taylor Wessing counsel Zhaofeng Zhou joins the firm in Beijing as intellectual property related antitrust enforcement increases.

Asian Lawyer
Cadwalader Recruits Seven Latham Lawyers in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Three partners and four counsel led by former Latham China practice co-head Michael Liu have defected to the New York-based firm.

Asian Lawyer
Singapore’s RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Adds Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Indian national Yang Yen Thaw will advise on private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions for the city-state affiliate of Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing.

Asian Lawyer
King & Spalding Hires China-Qualified Lawyer in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Ye Cecilia Hong makes the jump from Kirkland & Ellis and previously worked for the now-defunct Coudert Brothers in Beijing.

Europe
Dechert ‘Deeply Saddened’ By Death of Star Disputes Partner

By Chris Johnson |

Dechert announced that its London litigation partner Antony Dutton died suddenly on Jan. 4.

Europe
O'Melveny Sees Two Partners Depart

By Nell Gluckman |

Two months after losing a high-profile media and entertainment group to Latham & Watkins, two more top partners at O'Melveny & Myers have left the firm. IP partner Kenneth Nissly in Silicon Valley has retired, while London-based M&A partner Daniel Oates has defected for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Asian Lawyer
Covington Hires IP Litigation Partner in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Joining from Jun He, Ran Ruixue is a leading practitioner representing Chinese companies in ITC claims.