The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Alston & Bird is targeting a simultaneous launch of two offices this week on the US west coast.
Partners at the Atlanta-based firm are expected to be voting either later today or tomorrow on the hire of a group of IP lawyers from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Silicon Valley office.
The firm is also understood to have all but finalised the details of its merger with 80-lawyer Los Angeles firm Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish.
Akin’s split with the lawyers in Silicon Valley is understood to be amicable and it is thought to be the Alston vote which is delaying the deal.
Sources close to the Atlanta firm say it is partly the firm’s desire to announce both deals simultaneously that has delayed the announcement of the Weston deal.
Last month, Akin closed its office in Taiwan after the departure of rainmaking IP litigator Yitai Hu. It is thought to be Hu’s group, which handles both IP patent litigation and transactional work for primarily Korean clients, that is poised to join Alston.