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The Churn

Europe
Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
China's Global Law Offices Hires From Davis Polk

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Fenwick & West Hires From Latham in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

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

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Europe
Litigator of the Week: William Dawson of Gibson Dunn

By Scott Flaherty |

Dawson successfully defended drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis against a novel False Claims Act case alleging that his client defrauded the government by improperly getting a drug patent on a blood thinner.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
HWL Ebsworth Adds Environment Partner

By Tom Brennan |

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

Asian Lawyer
Orrick Adds Corporate Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

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

Europe
O’Melveny Welcomes New European Corporate Head From White & Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

Andrew Weiler, a corporate partner at White & Case in London, has joined O'Melveny & Myers to lead the firm's European M&A and corporate finance.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Asian Lawyer
Cleary Takes Hong Kong Partner From Shearman

By Anna Zhang |

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

Bomb Injures Canadian Lawyer; Client’s Ex-Husband Charged

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bomb blast shook the office of a Winnipeg boutique Friday, severely injuring an associate romantically linked to a recently disbarred Canadian lawyer. Police have arrested a client's former husband in connection with the attack.

Asian Lawyer
HWL Ebworth Adds Property Partner in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

Damien Foulis joins from South Australia firm Finlaysons.

Asian Lawyer
Mills Oakley Recruits Three New Partners

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has grown its construction and property teams with the arrival of Rechelle Brost in Brisbane, Patrick Thuang in Perth and Luke Westmore in Melbourne.

Asian Lawyer
Ince & Co Hires Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

French lawyer Paul-Emmanuel Benachi joins from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Adds India Capability in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Finance partner Prashanth Venkatesh was most recently at the former Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. in Bangalore.

Asian Lawyer
Sheppard Mullin Brings on Another Partner in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

Capital markets lawyer Johneth Chongseo Park makes the move from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Asian Lawyer
Pinsent Masons Hires Disputes Specialist in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

Former King & Spalding Singapore partner Peter Megens is returning home to join the U.K. firm's newly opened Melbourne office.

Asian Lawyer
Akin Gump Adds Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Newly hired Paul Greening, formerly with Vinson & Elkins, will relocate from Hong Kong later this year.

Asian Lawyer
Weil Poaches Freshfield Partner for Shanghai Office

By Tom Brennan |

Charles Ching is relocating from Hong Kong to join the U.S. firm's China practice.

Asian Lawyer
ACC Australia (ACLA) Debuts Down Under

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The Association of Corporate Counsel is solidifying its plans to joins forces with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association by creating a singular resource for in-house counsel in the country.

Asian Lawyer
HWL Ebsworth Recruits Longtime Clayton Utz Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Tuckfield joins his new firm's infrastructure and major projects practice in Melbourne.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Asian Lawyer
Uber Hires First Head of Legal for India

By Tom Brennan |

The taxi-hailing service has tapped Mohit Abraham of Khaitan & Co., the firm currently defending Uber against a ban in Delhi.

Scott Gibson, John Weber, Michael Bowen and Marc Wilshaw pose for a photo at the Hardy Bowen offices on June 22, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images for DLA Piper)

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Brings Aboard Perth's Hardy Bowen

By Tom Brennan |

A 12-lawyer team from the Western Australian corporate boutique will join DLA Piper's current roster of 51 lawyers in Perth on July 1.

The Churn

Emerging Markets, Europe
Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Canada's GCs Focus on Strategy, Insourcing and Talent

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Deloitte Canada interviewed 70 general counsel across nine industries throughout the country for a new report.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta receives the oath of office from Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 19, 2015.

Asian Lawyer
First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to D.C. Federal District Court

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Asian Lawyer
Allen & Overy Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm rehires private equity lawyer Jamie Palmer two months after former Australia PE practice head Grant Koch left for DLA Piper.

Tim Xia

Asian Lawyer
China IP Practice Moves From Morris Manning to Locke Lord

By Meredith Hobbs |

Tim Tingkang Xia, who headed Morris Manning & Martin's intellectual property and international practices, has left for Locke Lord with another partner, IP litigator Bryan Harrison, and a 12-member IP team made up of an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.

Asian Lawyer
Seyfarth Adds China Partner in New York

By Anna Zhang |

Howard Jiang joins from newly merged Locke Lord.

Asian Lawyer
King & Spalding Raids Ashurst to Open in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Four Ashurst partners, including three already in Japan and one in Perth, are expected to join the U.S. firm to launch its second office in Asia.

Asian Lawyer
Chinese, More Than Americans, See Benefits of US Law Degree

By Anna Zhang |

A tough market for legal services has prompted many U.S. students to drop the idea of going to law school at all. Their Chinese peers, however, think studying in the States is exactly the edge they need to overcome their own employment hurdles.

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Poaches HSF's Deputy Senior Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Crean, a former chairman of legacy Freehills and steward of its merger with Herbert Smith, will lead the U.S. firm's Australian M&A practice from Sydney.

Asian Lawyer
Last Departing Fried Frank Asia Partner Joins K&L Gates

By Tom Brennan |

Hong Kong-based corporate lawyer Carolyn Sng will start at her new firm on Monday.

Europe
Deputy GC Makes Barclays' Latest In-House Departure

By Sue Reisinger |

Robert Hoyt, general counsel of Barclays Banking Group, is continuing to clean the bank's in-house house. Deputy general counsel Michael Shaw is reportedly leaving "to pursue other interests."

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Asian Lawyer
Davis Polk Plans Leadership Change in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Linklaters Hong Kong partner Jon Gray will relocate to join the firm in Japan, taking over for soon-to-retire Tokyo managing partner Theodore Paradise.

Asian Lawyer
Rajah & Tann Boosts Team in Bangkok

By Tom Brennan |

David Gibbons returns to firm life after about four years operating as a solo practitioner in Singapore and New York.

Asian Lawyer
Gadens Taps Two from K&L Gates

By Tom Brennan |

Jol Rogers and Brihony Boan have joined the Australian firm's corporate and property teams, respectively, in Melbourne.

Asian Lawyer
Withers Launches in Tokyo With MoFo Hires

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private wealth boutique has hired former Morrison & Foerster tax specialists Chizuko Tomita and Takeo Mizutani to lead its newest office in Asia, while former Singapore partner Eric Roose will serve as head of international corporate tax in Asia.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Brings on Insolvency Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

Longtime Clayton Utz restructuring partner David Cowling joins the firm in Sydney.

Europe
Deutsche Bank Shake-Up Reassigns Legal Affairs Chief

By Sue Reisinger |

Beset by legal and regulatory problems, Germany's Deutsche Bank AG is replacing two co-chief executives and reassigning its head of legal affairs. But general counsel Richard Walker seems to be hanging on.

Asian Lawyer
BakerHostetler Adds India Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Transactions lawyer Rajiv Khanna makes the move from Seyfarth Shaw.

London skyline

Europe
ALM Announces 2015 Transatlantic Legal Award Winners

At a London event, lawyers and firms are honored for excellence in transatlantic matters involving corporate, finance and litigation work, innovation, commitment to pro bono and outstanding transatlantic strategy, while 10 rising stars under 40 are named.

Asian Lawyer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Boosts IP Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has tapped former Griffith Hack principal Kate Hay to work from Melbourne.

Asian Lawyer
Wilson Sonsini Adds China Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings partner Ouyang Dan will split her time between Beijing and Hong Kong advising capital markets deals.

The Churn

Emerging Markets, Europe
Hogan Lovells Hires on Three Continents, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Three partners head to Hogan Loveless; Fried Frank raids Kirkland & Ellis in London; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; a Florida firm goes on a hiring spree; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asian Lawyer
Clyde & Co Adds Three in Singapore and Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm has hired from Korea's Lee & Ko, Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson and Australia's Minter Ellison.

Asian Lawyer
Lander & Rogers Brings Aboard Japan Adviser

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has hired former government minister Andrew Thomson to bolster its Japan practice after a free-trade pact between the two countries came into effect earlier this year.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Melbourne IP Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Litigation specialist Matthew Swinn has joined the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Asian Lawyer
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner Leaves for Simmons & Simmons

By Tom Brennan |

The departure of U.S. securities lawyer David Neuville follows the arrival of former Latham & Watkins China partner Michael Liu and a six-lawyer capital markets and transactions team at the firm in January.

Asian Lawyer
White & Case Boosts India Practice With New Hire

By Tom Brennan |

Deals specialist Pradyumna Mysoor was most recently with Linklaters in Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Sidley Austin Lures White & Case Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Indonesia practice head Charlie Wilson has joined Sidley's mergers and acquisitions and private equity group.

Europe, Latin America
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those A&O partners has decided to stay put.

Asian Lawyer
China's DaHui Hires HSF Disputes Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Arthur Ma joins as a partner in Beijing.

Asian Lawyer
Dorsey & Whitney Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

High yield bond specialist Joe Sevack joins the firm from Troutman Sanders.

Asian Lawyer
Dealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins’ Cathy Yeung

By Anna Zhang |

So far in 2015, Yeung has already advised the largest three IPOs and the largest follow-on offer in Hong Kong

The Churn

Europe
Ernst & Young's Legal Arm Expands in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

EY Legal launches a financial regulatory practice in London with 12 lawyers from two Am Law 100 firms, DLA Piper loses its head of German corporate and M&A to Dentons; and more.

Nadia Soraya

Asian Lawyer, Emerging Markets
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Another Projects Partner in Jakarta

By Anna Zhang |

Second White & Case former Indonesian associate firm partner Nadia Soraya found home.

Asian Lawyer
China's Broad & Bright Hires Siemens In-house Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Libin Zhang returns to the firm two years after leaving it to head the German company's Asia in-house M&A team.

Mita Djajadiredja

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Jakarta Member Firm Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mita Djajadiredja returns to Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners two year after leaving to form an association with White & Case.

Asian Lawyer
HWL Ebsworth Hires Sydney Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Rowan McDonald most recently spent 12 years as a partner at K&L Gates and Australian legacy firm Middletons.

Asian Lawyer
HSF Hires Energy Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Graeme Gamble makes the move from Ashurst, making partner for the first time in his career.

Asian Lawyer
Eversheds Adds Senior Hong Kong Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Barclays Middle East legal head Muna Dandan has relocated from Dubai to lead the U.K. firm's financial services disputes and investigations practice in Asia.

Asian Lawyer
Howse Williams Bowers Boosts Disputes Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong firm has acquired a shipping, international trade and insurance practice by recruiting former Eversheds partner William Leung.

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Adds Tax Capability in Yangon

By Tom Brennan |

The Chicago-based firm has recruited new partner Ola Nicolai Borge from another professional services firm that got its start in the Windy City, accounting giant Grant Thornton.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe
On the Move

By Brian Baxter |

Lateral hires in the United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai and Japan, as well as around the United States.

Djibouti

Emerging Markets
Suspended Gibson Dunn Partner Confirms His Departure

By Jennifer Henderson |

Dubai-based partner Peter Gray, who was suspended from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher after being accused of knowingly submitting false evidence against a Djibouti businessman, has confirmed to The Am Law Daily that he has left the firm.

Europe
Recognitions

Epstein Becker Green member Pierre Georges Bonnefil has been appointed a chevalier in the French Légion d'Honneur, and other announcements.

Asian Lawyer
From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again

By Brian Baxter |

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, The Am Law Daily catches up with several Vietnamese American lawyers to discuss the journey from refugee to Big Law.

Asian Lawyer, Europe
Head of Clyde's Singapore Partner Firm Leaving for Nabarro

By Anna Zhang |

Steven Lim will lead the construction-focused firm's city-state office; Clyde & Co says its Singaporean joint law venture is still intact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Names New Global Chair

By Nell Gluckman |

Corporate partner Ken Stewart assumes the one-year position of global chairman, succeeding Johannesburg-based Sbu Gule.

The Churn

Asian Lawyer, Europe
McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.