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Eversheds has had a rocky time in the Asia-Pacific. Having only planted flags in the region in 2009 (in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore), in January 2013 the firm shook up its local management structure, putting in place a new Asia managing partner and a new director for Singapore.
Despite the top-tier shake up, new regional managing partner Stephen Kitts says no qualified staff at the junior level lost their jobs. “We've laid down some good foundations,” he reports, “having fully integrated this region as part of the global business. There are war stories at other firms. A lot of people pay lip service to being a totally integrated business, but we actually wanted to bring that theory to life and to make it happen, so we streamlined our management structure.”
And the firm has had some recent wins, with Kitts pointing to several un-named European corporate clients instructing the firm to handle their human resources matters across the region.
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