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Hugh Hefner.

Asian Lawyer
Selling Playboy Bunnies in China: How Hugh Hefner Kept His Lawyers Busy

By Scott Flaherty |

The death of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner marks the end of an era for a crowded hutch of corporate lawyers who have represented his company over the years.

Damage caused in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria .

Latin America
Q&A: Jackson Lewis Principal Pedro Torres-Diaz On the Practice of Law in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jackson Lewis principal comments on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Asian Lawyer
Herbert Smith Freehills Makes Triple China Partner Hire

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-Australian legal giant, which just saw a 12-lawyer team decamp in Paris, has picked up three projects partners from Pinsent Masons in Beijing and Shanghai.

Hong Kong currency

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Bulks Up in Hong Kong With Monetary Fund Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Norton Rose Fulbright has recruited a financial services partner in Hong Kong from the city's de facto central bank.

Seyfarth Shaw

Asian Lawyer
Seyfarth Shaw Forms Hong Kong Association; Hires Partner From King & Wood Mallesons

By Anna Zhang |

Seyfarth Shaw has formed an association with a Hong Kong law firm, and has hired King & Wood Mallesons partner Raymond Wong to serve as managing partner of the firm's recently opened Hong Kong office.

Stock Exchange

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown Adds Sidley Practice Leader in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Mayer Brown, the Asian arm of the Am Law 100 firm, has hired Sidley Austin litigation partner Alan Linning in Hong Kong, where he served as head of the latter's local disputes and regulatory group.

Ricardo Martinelli.

Latin America
Miami Judge Set to Rule on Extradition for Panama's Ex-President

By Celia Ampel |

The Panamanian government requested Ricardo Martinelli's extradition after his June arrest in Coral Gables on charges of using public funds to buy sophisticated wiretapping equipment.

Asian Lawyer
Ex-Davis Polk Partner Antony Dapiran to Join Skadden

By Anna Zhang |

The Hong Kong capital markets and corporate specialist will start on Sept. 1 as of counsel.

Europe
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to Probe Ex-Clyde & Co Partner Over Money Transfers

By James Booth |

The inquiry comes four months after the SDT hit the law firm with a £50,000 fine and three of its partners were fined £10,000 each for breaching money laundering rules.

Europe
After Diplomacy Abroad, Andy Schapiro Returns to Quinn Emanuel

By Meghan Tribe |

Schapiro left Quinn Emanuel in 2014 after being appointed by President Barack Obama, his former classmate and law review colleague at Harvard Law School, to replace former Obama administration ethics czar and ex-Zuckerman Spaeder partner Norman Eisen as ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown Expands Asia Base With Three Hires

By Anna Zhang |

Shipping lawyer Conor Warde joined the firm in Hong Kong while finance specialists Ben Sandstad and Angelia Chia arrived in Singapore.

Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Ex-Simmons & Simmons China Head Starts Corporate Advisory Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Davis Wang is the latest former Big Law partner to move on from practicing law in Asia.

Moscow, Russia.

Europe
From Russia Without Gloves: A Reporter's Musings on Traveling to Moscow

By Chris Johnson |

I hadn't been to Russia since 2009, our London-based European correspondent writes. A lot has changed in the past eight years.

Clip from the documentary film “Munich '72 and Beyond.”

Europe
Sheppard Mullin Partner Gets Emmy Nod for Munich '72 Documentary

By Todd Cunningham |

David Ulich's film chronicles the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team.

Nasielsk School Card

Europe
Polish Town Puts Mayer Brown Lawyer in Touch With Father's Past

By Roy Strom |

Paul Chandler's father, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, would never have reconnected with other survivors from Nasielsk, a small town in Poland, if not for a three-minute video shot in 1938 that resurfaced in 2009. Now his son, a counsel at Mayer Brown in Chicago, is helping Nasielsk remember its history as a Jewish community.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Asian Lawyer
Morgan Lewis Adds US IP Litigator in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Former Finnegan partner Zhu Shaobin specializes in patent litigation and Section 337 investigations.

Tiananmen stone lion

Asian Lawyer
O'Melveny Beijing Chief to Join Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Lawrence Sussman is the latest partner to leave the Los Angeles-based firm's China practice.

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Asian Lawyer
Herbert Smith Freehills' Indonesia Associate Firm Hires Restructuring Partner From Ashurst; Names New Office Managing Partner in Seoul

By Anna Zhang |

Former Ashurst consultant Debby Sulaiman joins Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta.

Europe
Innovative UK Law Firm Launches Antitrust Practice With Shearman Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Shearman & Sterling counsel Collette Rawnsley, a barrister who previously held a senior role at the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal, will join London-based Wiggin this week.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Senior IP Lawyers in Asia to Leave Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Deanna Wong and of counsel Henry Wheare are set to depart later this year.

Emerging Markets
Former Cayman Islands Finance Lawyer Caught Up In Soccer Corruption Probe

By Scott Flaherty |

A Cayman Islands' soccer federation official and former longtime associate at offshore law firm Maples and Calder was arrested late last week in connection with a money laundering probe.

Asian Lawyer
U.K.’s Withers Expands Hong Kong With Six-Lawyer Team From Winston & Strawn

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm has lost a three-partner, six-lawyer corporate team led by former DLA Piper Asia corporate head Mabel Lui to the private client specialist firm.

Asian Lawyer
Davis Polk Makes First Hong Kong Partner Promotion in Six Years

By Anna Zhang |

Litigation and enforcement counsel Karen Chan will become the office's fourth disputes partner on July 1.

Grenfell Tower fire. Grenfell Tower fire, which consumed the block in west London in the early hours of the morning.

Europe
Controversial Retired Judge to Lead UK Fire Disaster Inquiry

By Chris Johnson |

A retired Court of Appeal judge who was once accused of "social cleansing" has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Europe
"Looking For Someone Who Walked on Water": Paul Weiss Chair on the Firm's First U.K. Lateral

By Anna Ward |

When Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett corporate partner Alvaro Membrillera earlier this year, the move marked the elite US firm’s first lateral hire in London since it first opened in the City 16 years ago.

Paul Jebely, Pillsbury's Hong Kong managing partner

Asian Lawyer
Spotlight: Pillsbury Winthrop Dares to Be Different

By Anna Zhang |

One year after opening a Hong Kong office with a niche aviation finance practice, the firm has managed to turn a profit in the highly competitive market.

Daniel Fridman of White & Case.

Latin America
Scandal-Ridden Brazil Company Hires Compliance Chief, White & Case Partner

By Sue Reisinger |

JBS SA, the world’s leading meat processer caught up in the spreading corruption scandal in Brazil, has named lawyer and professor Marcelo Proenca as global head of compliance. The board also hired White & Case partner Daniel Fridman as outside counsel to work with Proenca.

Panama City

Latin America
Littler Names New Panama Leadership

By Brian Baxter |

Yeris Nielsen, who has held several key positions in the public and private sector in Panama, joins the global labor and employment giant after its three partners in the country’s capital left the firm in late May.

Asian Lawyer
Latham Loses Hong Kong Partner to HSF Alliance Firm

By Anna Zhang |

U.S. law corporate lawyer Eugene Lee starts at Singapore firm Prolegis as a director on June 1.

Richard Youle

Europe
Skadden Welcomes London M&A Partners From White & Case

By Rose Walker |

Skadden made rare hires to its London office with the addition of private equity heavyweights from White & Case.

Hong Kong

Asian Lawyer
Kirkland Nabs Skadden Corporate Partner in China

By Anna Zhang |

Daniel Dusek will join the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm's Hong Kong office from Beijing.

Beijing, China.

Asian Lawyer
Shearman & Sterling Adds Beijing Partner, Reshuffles Asia Management

By Anna Zhang |

Former Akin Gump partner Li Chen arrives as several longtime office and regional managing partners move to new roles.

Europe
Reed Smith Snags Chadbourne's Moscow Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Andrei Baev, the head of Chadbourne & Parke's Moscow office, has left the firm ahead of its proposed combination with Norton Rose Fulbright to join Reed Smith.

Michael Joyce

Asian Lawyer
Akin Gump Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added an energy and projects partner in Singapore.

Europe
Gibson Dunn Grabs Third Latham Partner in Frankfurt

By Rose Walker |

Finn Zeidler, a dispute resolution and white-collar defense expert at Latham & Watkins in Frankfurt, has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in the German financial services center.

London, UK

Europe
Quinn Emanuel Adds Clifford Chance Tax Leader in London

By Alex Berry |

Liesl Fichardt, head of the tax investigations and disputes practice at Clifford Chance in London, is leaving the Magic Circle firm to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the city.

Sanford Wadler.

Asian Lawyer
The GC Who Blew the Whistle

By Ross Todd |

How a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation turned the chief legal officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories into the company's chief legal adversary.

Todd Toral

Asian Lawyer
Jenner & Block Bags DLA Piper's Cross-Border Litigation Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Europe
Barclays Demands Payment of Capital Loans From Former King & Wood Mallesons Partners

By Rose Walker |

In February, a month after the legacy SJ Berwin business went into administration, the bank asked the ex-partners for a payment plan. Now it wants the loans repaid by the end of April.

Pascale Dubois.

Asian Lawyer
World Bank Taps Pascale DuBois as Next Integrity Vice President

By Sue Reisinger |

The World Bank Group is set to name Pascale DuBois to its top anticorruption post as its next Integrity Vice President.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Hires Hogan Lovells China IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

William “Skip” Fisher will be China head of patent at his new firm and remains in Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Will Law Schools’ LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump’s ‘America First’ Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

Beijing China

Asian Lawyer
White & Case Hires Partner From Skadden in Beijing After China Head's Departure

By Anna Zhang |

Andre Zhu, who regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving private equity investors, was most recently counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Chinese capital.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Europe
Paul Weiss Poised to Make Rare London Lateral Partner Hire

By Rose Walker |

Alvaro Gomez de Membrillera Galiana, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London, has agreed to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Asia's Digital Growth Set to Squeeze Region's Corporate Counsel

By Rhys Dipshan |

Asian companies are bracing for an expected wave of rising litigation, regulatory action and cost pressures, a Baker McKenzie survey found.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright Reshuffles Its Asia Management 

By Anna Ward |

Hong Kong partner Psyche Tai and Singapore partner Yu-En Ong have been appointed heads of their respective offices.

The Volkswagen manufactory in Wolfsburg, Germany

Europe
VW Appoints Kurt Michels Chief Compliance Officer

By C. Ryan Barber |

Volkswagen Group has named Kurt Michels as the German automaker's new chief compliance officer, a hire that comes as the company seeks to move past its multibillion-dollar emissions scandal.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Asian Lawyer
Are Lawyers With Foreign Law Degrees at a Disadvantage in the U.S. Market?

By Julie Brush |

U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.

Europe
'There Are Enough Ambitious Men Around': Female Practice Heads on Making It to the Top

By Anna Ward |

Despite efforts to boost diversity, men still outnumber women more than five to one when it comes to running global practices at the UK’s top law firms. Here, Legal Week speaks to some of those who have made it about how they achieved success, the reality of their roles and their advice to the next generation.

Emerging Markets
Freshfields Partner Takes Permanent Role as Rio Tinto Legal Chief

By Alex Berry |

After leading the company's legal team on a temporary basis during a two-month secondment, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer City corporate partner Philip Richards has been permanently appointed group executive for legal.

Paris, France

Europe
Reed Smith Hires 8 Lawyers from Winston & Strawn in Paris

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Reed Smith has continued its European expansion with the hire of an eight-lawyer tax team, including three partners, from Winston & Strawn in Paris.

Rio Tinto's Simadou mine in Guinea

Emerging Markets
Freshfields Partner Seconded to Rio Tinto as Interim Legal Chief

By Alex Berry |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer City corporate partner Philip Richards has been seconded to lead Rio Tinto’s legal team after the departure of previous head Debra Valentine. The company terminated Valentine's contract in November.

Europe
Business Strategy, Tech Become Bigger Focus for Some GCs in Europe

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The General Counsel Barometer 2017, a survey from legal services company Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, shows general counsel at companies based in Europe are looking to align with business strategy and to increase legal department technological capabilities.

Leigh Sprague

Europe
Advice From a Former Big Law Lawyer Who Just Got Out of Jail

By Nell Gluckman |

After serving time for stealing $10 million from a Russian oligarch, can Leigh Sprague use his story to keep other lawyers from going astray?

Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Morgan Lewis Expands Shanghai Office With Employment Law Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has recruited a China-based employment partner.

Davis Polk & Wardwell received International Law Firm of the Year.

Asian Lawyer
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for 2017 Asia Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer Staff |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee are among the top winners of the fourth annual celebration for the regions leading firms and individuals.

Paris, France.

Europe
Orrick Hires Four-Lawyer Clifford Chance Paris Team

By Anna Ward |

The head of Clifford Chance's French competition practice, Patrick Hubert, leads three colleagues to Orrick to develop a European antitrust practice there.

Asian Lawyer
Ashurst Loses Asia Projects Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong partner Matthias Schemuth moves over as the Anglo-American firm expands project finance offering in the region.

Europe
Jenner & Block Boosts London Office With White & Case Management Committee Member

By Chris Johnson |

Jenner & Block is bolstering its fledgling London office with the hire of Jason Yardley, a senior White & Case disputes partner and a member of the firm's global management committee.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Asian Lawyer
Baker McKenzie Recruits International Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells partner Paul Teo moves over from Singapore.

Takata airbag components.

Asian Lawyer
Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Asian Lawyer
M&A Hiring Heats Up in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

More than a third of 2016 partner hires in Asia by Global 100 firms were mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Asian Lawyer
Akin Gump Former Asia Head Leaves Firm for Startup

By Anna Zhang |

Gregory Puff, who joined the firm in 2012 to launch the Hong Kong office, now runs a food ordering mobile app operator.

Asian Lawyer
Dechert Recruits Hong Kong Funds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Michael Wong joins the Philadelphia-based firm from K&L Gates.

Asian Lawyer
Shanghai Firm Llinks Adds Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Pan was most recently general counsel for U.S. chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corp.’s China business.

Europe
U.K. Lawyers’ Anti-Brexit Group Re-Forms To Assist Government On EU Split

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyers In For Britain—not to be confused with the pro-Brexit Lawyers For Britain—was initially established by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner John Davies in early 2015.

Shanghai Skyline.

Asian Lawyer
Kirkland & Ellis Expands Shanghai Office With M&A Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Paula Liu is now a partner at the Chicago-based firm.

Hong Kong

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former WilmerHale Beijing office co-head Robert Woll joins to advise on fund formation.

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated London-based Europe projects head Jamieson Logie to Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Sullivan & Cromwell Adds Asia Projects Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated Jamieson Logie, the former head of projects for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, from London to Hong Kong to head up the practice for Asia.

Asian Lawyer
Last Singapore Resident Partner Leaves O'Melveny

By Anna Zhang |

Nathan Bush has joined DLA Piper as Asia head of antitrust and Asia head of investigations after leaving O'Melveny & Myers, where he spent the past 16 years.

Europe
Dentons Hires Skadden’s Europe Competition Co-head in Brussels

By Anna Ward |

Dentons has hired Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s co-head of European competition James Venit in Brussels.

Europe
UK Law Society Chief Resigns Over Lack of Reform Progress

By Chris Johnson |

In a letter to the Law Society’s governing council, Catherine Dixon said that she “cannot in good faith continue to be CEO of an organization which is not prepared to change.”

Tokyo skyline

Asian Lawyer
TMI Poaches Nishimura Corporate Heavyweight

By Anna Zhang |

Masakazu Iwakura joins as the firm tries to build up corporate M&A capability.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Asian Lawyer
Dentons Rodyk Loses Real Estate Team, Gains Tax Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

A five-partner team departs for rival Rajah & Tann while Baker McKenzie Singapore cofounding partner Edmund Leow joins the firm as tax head.

Sydney, Australia

Asian Lawyer
Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Carl Harrap, currently a principal at the global law firm’s relationship IP firm, allegedly groped a female jogger in Sydney before being arrested by police.

Cadwalader offices in Washington, D.C. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Asian Lawyer
2 More Ex-Cadwalader China Partners Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia managing partner Rocky Lee has joined King & Wood Mallesons while former Hong Kong partner Stephen Chan arrives at Dechert.

Scott MacGriff with Deputy Minister of the Interior Yarmand (seated next to Mr. MacGriff) chairing a conference on Police Policy for Aghans and international colleagues

Emerging Markets
After 36 Months in Afghanistan, Ex-Partner Returns to Big Law

By Scott Flaherty |

Dickinson Wright recently welcomed back government contracts partner Scott MacGriff i from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he spent the past eight years as a lawyer in its national courts section, including three years as a Justice Department attaché in Afghanistan.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

Asian Lawyer
SEC Accuses California Lawyer in Scheme to Defraud Chinese Investors

By C. Ryan Barber |

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from investors in China who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

Emerging Markets
Top Canadian Lawyer and Family Killed in Christmas Eve Fire

By Brian Baxter |

Geoffrey Taber, a technology partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, died with his immediate family in a Dec. 24 fire at a remote cottage in Ontario.

Attorney-General for England and Wales Jeremy Wright.

Europe
Britian's Attorney General Talks About Brexit and the Rule of Law

By Lisa Shuchman |

In early December, U.K. AG Jeremy Wright was in New York, telling top global law firms and their clients not to be overly concerned about Brexit. Despite turmoil and uncertainty created by Brexit, Britain is open for business, he said.

David Rivkin

Asian Lawyer
A Bar Association That Stands Up for the Rule of Law

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Rather than being a self-serving lobby or guild, the International Bar Association has become a progressive voice for the profession. Few today think the "A" in ABA stands for admirable. But the "I" in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring.

David Friedman, left, and Donald Trump in 2010

Europe
Longtime Trump Lawyer Gets Nod for Israel Ambassador Post

By Scott Flaherty |

The president-elect tapped David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, Israel hawk and founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Malleson

Europe
As Suitors Circle, Ex-KWM Senior Partner Resigns

By Rose Walker |

Stephen Kon, a former senior partner for King & Wood Mallesons' Europe and Middle East arm, has resigned from the firm. The antitrust lawyer, who joined legacy firm SJ Berwin in 1982, helped oversee its combination with KWM in 2013. In September, Kon left his leadership role at the combined firm in anticipation of his retirement.

Europe
Quinn Emanuel Bulks Up Antitrust Practice in Brussels

By Nell Gluckman |

Trevor Soames, who previously practiced at Howrey and Shearman & Sterling, joined the litigation powerhouse Tuesday. The antitrust lawyer had started his own boutique in November.

Mark Hastings

Europe
Quinn Emanuel Adds London Fraud Litigator

By James Booth |

Mark Hastings, head of civil fraud at British firm Addleshaw Goddard, is leaving the firm to become a partner in the disputes practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London.

Mark Soundy

Europe
Goodwin Procter Grabs Shearman & Sterling UK Duo

By Rose Walker |

Former Shearman & Sterling private equity partner partner Mark Soundy and tax partner Sarah Priestley have resurfaced at Goodwin Procter. Soundy is joining the Boston-based firm next week, with Priestley poised to join him at Goodwin Procter in January.

Asian Lawyer
K&L Gates Expands Shanghai Office With Linklaters Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shanghai partner Simon Poh arrives at K&L Gates along with M&A lawyer Amigo Xie.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Europe
Akin Gump Snags Baker & McKenzie International Trade Pro in Europe

By Nell Gluckman |

Jasper Helder, the chair of Baker & McKenzie's Europe, Middle East and Americas international trade practice group, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's London office.

Paul Rawlinson

Asian Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

By Roy Strom |

Baker & McKenzie's Paul Rawlinson is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Emerging Markets
Rio Tinto Fires Legal Chief Amid Investigation into Payments to Consultant

By Alex Berry |

Rio Tinto has terminated the contract of legal chief Debra Valentine after concluding that she “failed to maintain the standards expected” of her under the company’s code of conduct.

Asian Lawyer
Asia Legal Awards 2017 launch with new practice area and in-house categories

By Asian Lawyer |

Nomination deadline is December 9, 2016.

Emerging Markets
Rio Tinto's Legal Chief Leaves Amid Scandal

By Sue Reisinger |

Debra Valentine, head of mining giant Rio Tinto's legal and regulatory affairs, has suddenly left the company amid an investigation into $10.5 million paid to a consultant in West Africa. Valentine had previously announced plans to retire next May.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Global Chief to Step Down

By Georgina Stanley |

The hunt for a successor to Stuart Fuller, who will return to practice in Sydney, begins as European partners prepare for a key meeting on firm's finances.

Emerging Markets
Trump Spoke Out Against Prosecuting Companies for Bribery

By Sue Reisinger |

In May 2012 comments to CNBC, Trump said that the U.S. shouldn't be prosecuting companies for paying bribes in foreign countries. Will the Trump administration ease up on FCPA enforcement?

Europe
London Law Firm Leaders Assess the Impact of Trump's Election

By Legal Week |

Lawyers express shock, uncertainty: "This dwarfs Brexit."

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Asian Lawyer
Clifford Chance Hires Partner From Hong Kong Firm in Bid to Boost Offering to Local Clients

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance is hiring a new corporate partner in Hong Kong in a bid to enhance its offering to local clients.

Sydney, Australia.

Asian Lawyer
PwC Recruits Former Clifford Chance Partner Duo for Australian Arm

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

PwC has hired former Clifford Chance partners Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons for its fast-growing Australian legal arm.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Poaches Clayton Utz Corporate Partner in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells has expanded its Australian offering by hiring longtime Clayton Utz partner Matthew Johnson.

Asian Lawyer
K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon joined K&L Gates in New York, the firm announced Monday. Gusy had chaired the international arbitration group at Cozen O’Connor.

Cadwalader.

Asian Lawyer
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner to Rejoin Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jeffrey Maddox will rejoin Jones Day following Cadwalader's decision to shutter its Asian offices, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Latin America
Brazil-based Partner Simone Musa to Chair Baker & McKenzie's Global Tax Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Baker & McKenzie has elected its Latin America tax practice regional chairwoman Simone Musa to head the firm's global tax practice. She's the first woman to be appointed to their global tax practice chairmanship.

Latin America
Starwood's Former Director of Compliance Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jose Martin Davila, director of compliance for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in the Americas and French Polynesia, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in the firm's government investigations and white collar practice in Miami.

Eduardo Leite of Baker & McKenzie

Latin America
Baker & McKenzie's Leite Stepping Down as Firm Chairman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Eduardo Leite, who has served as chairman of Baker & McKenzie's executive committee for the past six years, will step down from that post at the end of October to focus on the firm's growth in Latin America and New York.