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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.

Asian Lawyer
China's Gaopeng Hires Microsoft Litigation Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Antitrust specialist Ron Xie has joined the Beijing-based firm as a senior partner.

Asian Lawyer
Last Bingham Hong Kong Partner Joins Mayer Brown JSM

By Anna Zhang |

Vincent Sum’s departure means Morgan Lewis has not acquired any Bingham partners in Hong Kong despite the merger.

Asian Lawyer
Ropes & Gray Recruits Real Estate Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Ed Sheremeta was previously a partner at DLA Piper.

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Adds M&A Partner in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

U.S.-qualified Eiji Kobayashi joins from Big Four Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi.

Asian Lawyer
Gibson Dunn Hires in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Jamie Thomas joins the Los-Angeles firm’s finance team as a partner from White & Case.

Asian Lawyer
Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson Adds Arbitration Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Bryan Cave office head Iain Sharp moves over.

Asian Lawyer
Greenberg Traurig Raids Rivals to Launch in Japan

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has opened its third Asian office in Tokyo by recruiting partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.

Europe
Continental Breakfast: After the Magic Circle, A New Start

By Chris Johnson |

Former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen dishes about his move to Gibson Dunn

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:

Asian Lawyer
The Way Forward

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A new generation of human rights defenders steps up in China.

Asian Lawyer
Former AZB & Partners CEO Launches New Firm

By Tom Brennan |

Abhijit Joshi has established Mumbai-based Veritus Legal and fellow former AZB corporate partner Nandish Vyas will join him late next month.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Hires Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment lawyers Seow Hui Goh has joined the British outfit's Singapore association firm.

Asian Lawyer
Minter Ellison Recruits Tax Team from Maddocks

By Tom Brennan |

Partners Carmen McElwain, Peter Poulos and Chris Kinsella have been hired to bolster the Australian firm's disputes and risk management practices.

Asian Lawyer
Lawyer Dies in Sydney Siege

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Katrina Dawson, an Australian barrister, was one of two killed Monday during the siege of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney.

Asian Lawyer
Kennedys Hires Seven-Lawyer Aviation Team in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Months after former Kennedys Singapore aviation partner David Johnston defected with a group of lawyers to Clyde & Co, Kennedys has recruited a similar team from Clyde in the city-state.

Europe
Gibson Dunn Grabs Another Star London Lateral

By Chris Johnson |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.

Asian Lawyer
The Global Lawyer: A Salute to Hong Kong's Occupy Central

By Michael Goldhaber |

Hong Kong's students did themselves proud—and so did its barristers.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn’s litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asian Lawyer
AZB Hires New Mumbai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Rishi Gautam is returning to India after six years in London working for Clifford Chance and a U.K. subsidiary of e-commerce giant Amazon.com.

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Adds Singapore M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters senior associate Mark Cooper will join in February.

Asian Lawyer
Clifford Chance Transfers Projects Co-Head to Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Paris partner Nicholas Wong moves to the city-state early next month in response to increasing projects work in the Asia Pacific region.

Europe
Duane Morris Relaunches UK Employment Practice With Partner Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Duane Morris has relaunched its employment practice in London with the hire of partner Elena Cooper from the U.K. base of Canadian firm Fasken Martineau.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asian Lawyer
Jardine Matheson Taps Another Linklaters Partner for GC Role

By Anna Zhang |

London-based corporate partner Jeremy Parr will be the third Linklaters lawyer out of four general counsel to serve at the Hong Kong conglomerate since 1997.

Asian Lawyer
Squire Patton Adds Insolvency Litigator in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Amanda Banton has brought successful class actions against Lehman Brother and Standard & Poors.

Asian Lawyer
ACC Makes an In-house Connection Down Under

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association is joining the Association of Corporate Counsel's international membership.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Akram Abu Elhuda

Emerging Markets
Middle East Legal Vet Takes Al Habtoor Group GC Post

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Akram Abu Elhuda has been appointed general counsel and company secretary.

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Recruits From MoFo in Tokyo

By Anna Zhang |

Shogo Asaji handles IP litigation in Japan and the United States.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Adds Property Partners in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Eagul Faigen and Tim Mathers will respectively join in Perth and Brisbane in February next year.

Asian Lawyer
Tech Boutique Han Kun Hires Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The addition of former Fangda partner Ma Chen is part of a larger effort by Chinese law firms to push into the competition space as the country's regulators boost enforcement actions.

Asian Lawyer
HWL Ebsworth Adds Restructuring Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Minter Ellison partner David O'Farrell joins the firm in Brisbane.

Asian Lawyer
Stephenson Harwood Hires Energy Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Clyde & Co partner Lynia Lau is the first lawyer to staff the office since legal director James Zhang left early this year.

Europe
Continental Breakfast with Gibson Dunn's Charlie Geffen

By Chris Johnson |

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior legal sector figures at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week, Charlie Geffen discusses life after being ousted from his former managerial position at Ashurst and his new role as head of Gibson Dunn's London corporate practice.

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
HSF Hires Competition Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Liza Carver was previously a partner at Ashurst.

Andrew Levander (L), David Bernick (R)

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Ashurst Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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:

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Marine Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Ng & Partners shipping practice head Gerald Yee joined.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe, Latin America
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.

Asian Lawyer
Debevoise Recruits HSF Asia Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
Khaitan & Co. Hire Two Mumbai Partners

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Poaches Nabarro Singapore Head

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Adds Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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