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Drew & Napier partner Davinder Singh, who picked up the award for best disputes lawyer in the region

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The Asian Lawyer Emerging Market Awards

By Nick Ferguson |

Many of Asia's leading legal practitioners gathered at the Fullerton hotel in Singapore on Nov. 19 to join The Asian Lawyer in celebrating the best transactions and recognising the best lawyers in the region as part of our inaugural Emerging Markets Awards. Here's a rundown of the winners and the reasons why they were chosen.

The Churn

Emerging Markets
Greenberg Traurig Adds Qatar's World Cup Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Ex-Dentons lawyer Romi Nayef, who represented for Qatar in its controversial World Cup bid, joins Greenberg Traurig in Houston; Carlton Fields Jorden Burt hires more Bingham McCutchen refugees; Dentons adds a real estate partner in Edmonton; and other lateral moves throughout the Am Law 200.

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Australian Firm Clayton Utz Loses Three Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Sydney partners John Elliott and David Stammers are headed to Norton Rose Fulbright and Ashurst, respectively, while Perth partner Kevin O’Sullivan declined to comment on his next role.

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HSF Hires Competition Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Liza Carver was previously a partner at Ashurst.

Andrew Levander (L), David Bernick (R)

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Dechert's Lateral Hires Take Lead for Troubled Takata

By Brian Baxter |

The embattled Japanese auto parts company has retained a high-powered defense team from Dechert to handle a criminal probe, congressional inquiry and class action litigation related to a growing scandal into defective airbags.

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Report: CNOOC Severs Baker & McKenzie Ties

By MP McQueen |

The Wall Street Journal reports that CNOOC, China's state-owned oil and gas giant, cut its ties to Baker & McKenzie because of alleged conflicts of interest between an in-house lawyer and her husband, the firm's chief representative in Beijing.

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Orrick Recruits IP Specialist from Corning in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

Yufeng Ma had been the director of intellectual property in Asia for the U.S. specialty glass maker.

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Ashurst Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Chin Chuan Chen is relocating from Singapore to join the Silver Circle firm.

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Ropes & Gray Hires in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

Corporate partner Hyo Young Kang makes the move from Linklaters.

The Churn

Emerging Markets, Europe
Bingham, Edwards Wildman Partners Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Bingham McCutchen lawyers head for the exits, Curtis Mallet-Prevost opens an office in Rome and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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Simmons & Simmons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has recruited former Edwards Wildman Palmer Hong Kong managing partner Martin Lister to join its insurance team.

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KWM Poaches Indie Australian Firm Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sharon Cook is leaving Henry Davis York and will join King & Wood Mallesons in February as managing partner for clients relations.

Chinese citizens wear black hoods in a performance art campaign to protest the government's mistreatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng in northern Heilongjiang province. One of the photos uploaded sarcastically reads:

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The Global Lawyer: Two Paths to Real Rule of Law in China

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Eschewing martyrdom, a rising generation of Chinese rights lawyers finds its voice.

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Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Marine Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Ng & Partners shipping practice head Gerald Yee joined.

The Churn

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Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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Debevoise Recruits HSF Asia Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Disputes lawyer Mark Johnson will retire to join the New York firm in Hong Kong.

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Khaitan & Co. Hire Two Mumbai Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Amarchand partner Abhimanyu Bhattacharya and Bombay High Court counsel Hormaz Daruwalla both joined.

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Jones Day Poaches Nabarro Singapore Head

By Anna Zhang |

Emerson Holmes is a disputes lawyer specializing in construction and infrastructure projects.

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King & Wood Mallesons Adds Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Jamie Wells moves from Allens, where he was head of national workplace and employee relations.

The Churn

Emerging Markets, Europe
Dentons Grows in New Jersey and Africa, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

One of the world's largest firms expands in the Garden State and Casablanca; Katten Muchin Rosenman adds a former Dealmaker of the Year; Norton Rose Fulbright gets into cybersecurity; Willkie Farr & Gallagher goes to Houston and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Litigation Daily |

In the decade since The American Lawyer first profiled human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese state set out to break his body and spirit. It only half succeeded.

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HSF Taps Two Corporate Partners From Ashurst

By Tom Brennan |

Damian Roberts and Ian Williams will be based in Tokyo and Brisbane, respectively.

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Perth Firm Lavan Legal Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment lawyer Charmaine Tsang joins from fellow Australian firm Rockwell Olivier.

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DaHui Hires Shanghai Partner From Skadden

By Anna Zhang |

Lincoln Zhao is an M&A specialist and also the author of a tell-all book about the uber-rich in Beijing.

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Norton Rose Fulbright Brings on Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Dale Rayner previously worked as a special counsel at Clifford Chance in Sydney.

David Buxbaum at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

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Court Removes Attorney Who Will Be Called as Witness

By Ben Bedell |

Running afoul of the advocate-witness rule, an American lawyer based in China lost his bid to remain as counsel in a case that his China-based firm brought against a former client for unpaid fees.

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Clayton Utz Recruits Property Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Simon Taskunas is relocating from Singapore.

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Squire Patton Adds Construction Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Brendan Reilly was most recently at Western Australian firm Allion Legal.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Willkie Adds Another Ex-Kirkland Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Wenxiong Zhang |

Eight months after leaving Kirkland & Ellis for McDermott Will & Emery, private equity partner Leonard Klingbaum is on the move again; Greenberg Traurig hires a former California Senate leader; Weil, Gotshal & Manges adds a high-yield partner in London and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Latin America
Former Am Law Associate Parasails to Paradise

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Melanie Moss slaved away as an associate in New York for nine years—first at Arent Fox, then at Dewey Ballantine. But rather than pursuing a partnership track, she headed for paradise.

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Baker & McKenzie Hires M&A Veteran in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has tapped Corrs Chambers Westgarth senior partner Peter Ickeringill to join its Australian team.

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Bae, Kim & Lee Hires Two Partners From Kim & Chang

By Anna Zhang |

Wook Rae Lee and Young Hoon Park have joined the Seoul-based firm's employment practice.

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HSF's Tokyo Corporate Head Leaves for MoFo

By Tom Brennan |

James Robinson is moving over to the San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster after 15 years with Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Baker & McKenzie Adds a Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Chen Yih Pong was formerly a capital markets partner at WongPartnership.

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Hogan Lovells Hires Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Alex Cull makes the move after seven years with Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Europe
Fried Frank Picks Up Tax Duo in New York, London

By Brian Baxter |

A month after losing its former leader and two other capital markets partners to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Wall Street mainstay Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is bringing on two tax partners from King & Spalding and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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Hogan Lovells Hires First Vietnam-Based Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has recruited Allen & Overy's Jeff Olson to work from Ho Chi Minh City.

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Ashurst Hires Again in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Regulatory partner Ben Hammond joins from Slaughter and May's London office.

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Johnson Winter & Slattery Adds Partners in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

Both Reynah Tang and Stewart Grieve had both worked more than 20 years at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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Sidley Adds Asia-Focused Litigation Partner

By Patience Haggin |

Scott Nonaka joins the firm's San Francisco office from O'Melveny & Myers.

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Baker & McKenzie Adds Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Nandakumar Ponniya joins the Chicago-based firm after five years with White & Case.

Europe
Fried Frank, Quinn Emanuel Boost London With Senior Partner Hires

By Chris Johnson |

Fried Frank captures Kirkland & Ellis London senior partner Graham White, who joins the firm as its first-ever London managing partner, while Quinn Emanuel launches a London competition practice with the hire of litigator Boris Bronfentrinker from Hausfeld & Co.

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Bird & Bird Recruits from DLA Piper in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Ying Wang has joined the U.K. firm's employment practice.

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Clayton Utz Adds Employment Partner in Canberra

By Tom Brennan |

Jennifer Wyborn was formerly a partner at Meyer Vandenberg.

The Churn

Europe
King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Churn

Europe
London Calling for U.S. Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson Dunn, Kaye Scholer and Paul Hastings all made major lateral hires in London this week by raiding their British brethren.

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HWL Ebsworth Taps Two Partners From Sparke Helmore

By Tom Brennan |

Dianne Hollyoak and Alan Girle join the firm's employment practice in Brisbane.

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth Recruits in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Rebecca Field joins the Australian firm's banking and property finance group from Ashurst.

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Haynes and Boone Hires in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

The Dallas-based firm has recruited Louis Meng from Allbright Law Offices to cohead its Asia practice.

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K&L Gates Adds Banking Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Tom Lennox has moved over after a year with Squire Patton Boggs.

Charlie Geffen

Europe
Gibson Dunn Grabs Former Head of Ashurst

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Charlie Geffen, who led the British firm for five years until he was replaced by dispute resolution partner Ben Tidswell in 2013, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London office along with Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto.

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HWL Ebsworth Hires in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

Former Finlaysons associate Peter Staniszewski has joined the Australian firm's banking and finance group.

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Two More Bingham Hong Kong Partners Move to Akin Gump

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Fucci and Anne-Marie Godfrey are joining Charles Rogers, Naomi Moore and Matthew Puhar as part of the firm's raid of Bingham’s London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices.

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Broad & Bright Hires in Shanghai, Plans Tokyo, L.A. Launch

By Anna Zhang |

Peter Neumann, former Shanghai managing partner for Miami's Greenberg Traurig, will join the Chinese firm next week.

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Akin Gump Takes Another Bingham Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Matthew Puhar will join fellow partners Charles Rogers and Naomi Moore on their move to Akin Gump, following its raid of Bingham’s London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices last week.

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Norton Rose Fulbright Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Shipping finance lawyer Jonathan Silver returns to the firm after spending a year at local outfit Howse Williams Bowers.

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DLA Piper's India Co-Head Leaves for Squire Patton

By Anna Zhang |

Former Singapore-based corporate partner Biswajit Chatterjee, the second DLA Piper partner to leave the firm this week, will now co-lead the India practice at Squire Patton Boggs.

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Steptoe Lawyer Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to India

By Katelyn Polantz |

The White House has nominated Richard Verma, a Washington, D.C.-based senior counselor at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, as the next U.S. ambassador to India.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner Taps DLA's Asia Pacific Head

By Tom Brennan |

Hong Kong-based Bob Charlton will join the U.K. firm next month after two years overseeing the region for DLA Piper.

business men in London

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Akin Gets Two Hong Kong Partners in Bingham Raid

By Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter |

Corporate partner Charles Rogers and restructuring partner Naomi Moore are moving over as part of Akin's en masse recruitment of most of Bingham's London and Frankfurt offices.

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Singapore’s Virtus Law Adds New Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The associate firm of Stephenson Harwood has recruited corporate partner Douglas Koh from Colin Ng & Partners.

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Ropes & Gray Recruits U.S. Federal Prosecutor for Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Patrick Sinclair joins the Boston-based firm from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he was the deputy chief of the general crimes section.

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HWL Ebsworth Hires Again in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has recruited former Gadens restructuring partner Matthew Broderick.

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Hogan Lovells Hires Tokyo Projects Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Joseph Kim has moved over to the U.S.-U.K. firm after seven years at Paul Hastings.

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DLA Piper Names New Australia Managing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The firm has tapped former Minter Ellison chief executive John Weber to take over for current country head Andrew Darwin.

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O'Melveny Hires Top Disputes Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The Los Angeles-based firm has recruited King & Wood Mallesons' Denis Brock to join its business trial and litigation practice in Asia.

Bernard Taylor plants a tree with a young participant in the UNICEF Child to Child Education program at the Arigiti-Deneba Preschool in Dera, Ethiopia on Aug. 14.

Emerging Markets
His Trips Aren't Vacations

By Laura Raines |

Through his field visits for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Alston & Bird's Bernard Taylor wants to make a difference for children in Africa.

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Kirkland to Launch Restructuring Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm has tapped Hogan Lovells' regional practice head, Neil McDonald, and one other Hong Kong-based insolvency partner in a move to grow its own team beyond the U.S. and Europe.

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Wilson Sonsini Hires in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Ethan Jin specializes in Hong Kong capital markets deals.

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King & Wood Mallesons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The firm is also relocating another Hong Kong-based partner to New York, with both moves serving to bolster its U.S. law capability.

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K&L Gates Boosts Australia With Mining Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Having launched in Australia last year through a merger with national firm Middletons, K&L Gates has continued to expand down under with hire of Norton Rose Fulbright mining partner Robert Milbourne.

The Churn

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The Churn: Lateral Moves Around the World

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day bolsters its London office with hires from GE and Ropes & Gray, while Baker & McKenzie picks up a Norton Rose energy partner in Amsterdam, and Boies Schiller recruits an arbitration partner from Wilmer.

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Squire Patton Boosts Australia With Team Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Simon Rear joins the firm's Perth office with three associates from boutique Allion Legal.

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Singapore's Colin Ng Launches Professional Liability Practice

By Anna Zhang |

New practice will be led by disputes partner Sean La’Brooy, who joins the firm from Litigation boutique Wee, Tay & Lim.

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Simmons Launches China Trademark Practice With Rouse Hire

By Anna Zhang |

George Chan, who joins Simmons as a partner in Beijing, will also lead a six-member China IP agency for the U.K. firm.

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Baker & McKenzie Boosts Hong Kong With Magic Circle Duo

By Anna Zhang |

The firm swoops for Clifford Chance Hong Kong antitrust head Stephen Crosswell and Linklaters Asia employment head Rowan McKenzie.

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Norton Rose Fulbright Taps Client For Data Privacy Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Standard Chartered Bank in-house counsel Stella Cramer joins the firm in Singapore.

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Clayton Utz Adds Technology Partner in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Ken Saurajen was mostly recently a partner at Gilbert + Tobin.

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Clyde & Co Boosts Singapore With Hire of Malaysia Airlines Crashes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Kennedys partner David Johnston, who was retained by the carrier's insurer on claims following the crashes of flights MH370 and MH17, joined Clyde & Co last month.

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Khaitan Recruits Three New Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Mohit Abraham, Thomas Phillippe and Deepto Roy are moving over from PXV Law Partners, which is closing shop as a result of the departures.

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Ashurst Hires in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Debt capital markets partner Anna-Marie Slot has moved over from White & Case.

Asia
Jones Day Hires Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mae Shan Chong was previously a transactions partner at White & Case in the city-state.

Asia
O’Melveny Singapore Partners Defect to Ashurst

By Tom Brennan |

The departures come on top of at least seven other exits from the Los Angeles-based firm's Asia offices this year.

Asia
PwC Taps Former King & Wood Mallesons Australia Partners

By Anna Zhang |

The hiring of former country managing partner Tony O’Malley and former corporate M&A head Timothy Blue comes as PwC and its Big Four accounting peers bulk up their legal teams in the Asia Pacific region.

Asia
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Adds Disputes Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Michelle Woodworth specializes in matrimonial disputes and has previously served as a district judge in Singapore’s family court.

Asia
Bingham McCutchen Partner Jiro Murase Dead at 86

By Tom Brennan |

An early leader in guiding Japanese companies on their investments into the U.S. and Europe, Murase's New York firm had merged with Bingham in 1997.

Asia
AZB & Partners Brings on Delhi Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Madhurima Mukherjee, former capital markets head at Luthra & Luthra, is returning to private practice after a yearlong sabbatical.

Asia
Johnson Winter & Slattery Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former DLA Piper partner Carrie Follas works on commercial real estate matters, with a specialization in the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors.

Asia
Duane Morris Hires Asia Investigations Head

By Anna Zhang |

Samuel Sharpe was formerly a senior associate at DLA Piper, where he advised multinational companies on U.K. Bribery Act and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.

Asia
K&L Gates Hires Partner in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The Pittsburgh-based firm has recruited former Baker & McKenzie arbitration partner Haig Oghigian.

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Former Marcos Lawyer Stays in the Game Acting for Philippines Elite

By Tom Brennan |

Estelito Mendoza served 14 years as solicitor general under former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, then thrived after his downfall by representing some of the most infamous associates of his administration. And now, at 84, Mendoza's still one of the top defense lawyers in the country.

Asia
Cooley Takes on New Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Shearman & Sterling Hong Kong counsel Pang Lee has joined the firm’s investment funds group.

Asia
Norton Rose Relocates Partner to Lead Singapore Corporate Team

By Tom Brennan |

Nick Dingemans was formerly a resources specialist in the firm’s Moscow office.

Asia
Eversheds Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Samuel Chau was most recently Hong Kong banking and finance head of Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Asia
Johnson Winter & Slattery Hires Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Beckett was formerly a finance partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Asia
Dentons Hires Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Baker & McKenzie special counsel Frank Niu has joined the firm’s corporate practice.

Asia
Withers Adding Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Stacy Choong is returning to private practice after four years as a managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Asia
Clifford Chance's Associate Firm Adds Jakarta Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linda Widyati and Partners is bringing aboard former Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo partner Arisia Pusponegoro.

Asia
Three Asia-Based Partners Exit DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

The moves are the latest in a number of departures for the firm in the region.