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Herbert Smith Freehills to Launch Eighth Alternative Legal Services Centre in Johannesburg

By Rose Walker |

Herbert Smith Freehills is launching an alternative legal services centre in Johannesburg later this year, the firm’s eighth such base around the world.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Europe
Former Execs Agree to Penalties in Hungarian Telecom FCPA Case

By Sue Reisinger |

The U.S. government's bribery case involving Hungary's largest telecommunications company closes after two former executives Monday agreed to pay penalties and accept a five-year bar on serving as an officer or director.

Asian Lawyer
Linklaters to Make Big China Move With New Shanghai Spin-off

By James Booth |

Linklaters is set to make its long-awaited move into Chinese law with a team of almost 20 lawyers breaking off to set up a new "best friends" firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Close of the future in customer care reps.

Europe
Billy Bot, a Chatbot with A Funny Streak, Takes A Barristers' Clerkship

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new chatbot hopes to provide a new public face for barristers' offices.

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
Ropes & Gray Sees Four-Partner Hong Kong Team Head to Gibson Dunn

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

Paul Boltz Jr., managing partner of Ropes & Gray's Hong Kong office, is leaving the firm with three other partners to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Asian Lawyer
Debevoise Advises Sawai Pharmaceutical on $1B US Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Osaka-based generic drugmaker is buying Minnesota-based Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.

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.

Minter-Ellison

Asian Lawyer
MinterEllison Loses One Energy Partner, Adds Another

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia energy head Sam Farrands leaves for King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong as Perth partner Paul Shillington arrives.

Latin America
DLA Piper Advises Putney Capital on Acquisition of Colombian Steel Mill

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper represented Putney Capital Management in its acquisition of a 50-percent interest in a Colombian steel mill owned by a major steel manufacturer based in Brazil.

Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Davis Polk Hires Ex-U.S. Prosecutor from Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Sinclair is the latest former federal prosecutor to wind up in the Hong Kong office of a U.S. firm.

Asian Lawyer
M&A Activity in Asia Declines as China Work Drops

By Anna Zhang |

League tables published by Mergermarket, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show a drop in M&A deals during the first three months of this year, both by deal count and volume.

Azul Brazilian Airlines at Curitiba Airport (CWB) in Brazil.

Latin America
Brazilian IPOs a Boon to Shearman, Simpson Thacher

By Brian Baxter |

The two Wall Street firms are advising this week on a pair of initial public offerings by Brazilian airline Azul SA and Latin American e-commerce giant NetShoes Ltd. that have raised nearly $800 million for both companies and generated millions in legal fees.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Exits Australian Capital in Latest Office Closure

By James Booth |

In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.

Karen Taylor, Anaqua.

Asian Lawyer
Inside Asia's Legal Technology Evolution With Anaqua's Karen Taylor

By Rhys Dipshan |

Corporations operating in Asia are turning to legal technology to manage IP assets and work more efficiently on a global scale.

Perth Australia.

Asian Lawyer
Jones Day Expands Perth Office With Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Ashurst departures continue as arbitration partner Lucas Wilk leaves for the U.S. firm.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll offices in Washington, D.C. September 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Asian Lawyer
Humanitarian Aid Lawsuit Targets Former Yahoo Lawyers

By Cogan Schneier |

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims only a fraction of a $17 million trust created under a Yahoo settlement has been used to provide humanitarian aid to Chinese dissidents.

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.

Asian Lawyer
Baker McKenzie Picks Up Former Cadwalader Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partner Rose Zhu joins with two additional lawyers and one staffer.

Asian Lawyer
Herbert Smith Freehills Asia Disputes Head Moves to Malaysia

By Anna Zhang |

Peter Godwin has relocated to Kuala Lumpur from Tokyo to lead the firm’s latest office in Asia.