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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.

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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
HSF Taps Two Corporate Partners From Ashurst

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
Perth Firm Lavan Legal Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Clayton Utz Recruits Property Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Adds a Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Hires Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Ashurst Hires Again in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Sidley Adds Asia-Focused Litigation Partner

By Patience Haggin |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Bird & Bird Recruits from DLA Piper in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
HWL Ebsworth Taps Two Partners From Sparke Helmore

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Recruits in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.