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No. of Lawyers: 906
There was a changing of the guard at the top level of one the region's biggest global players in May 2013 as Ashurst's current Asia head, Geoffrey Green, handed over to Singapore-based Matthew Bubb.
The banking and project finance specialist partner takes over a regional practice that has grown massively since its birth some 20 years ago in Tokyo, with much of its expansion ironically kicking in after the start of the global financial crisis. Looming in Bubb's in-tray will be organising a recently launched Beijing office, with the firm granted a licence in April 2013.
Australia is also a key focus in the region, as Ashurst is in the recently formed club of global players that have got hitched to a merger partner in the country. It tied the knot with Blake Dawson in 2012, combining the two firms' Asia practices; the rest of the global business will follow suit either later this year or in early 2014.
The Australians brought to the merger table an existing association with Jakarta firm Oentoeng Suria. The firm is on record saying that an opening in Korea is next on the agenda.
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Turnover (£m): 323.00
No. of Lawyers: 867
No. of Lawyers (Asia Pacific): 906
Offices (Asia Pacific): 11