International Top 30 position: 14
Asia-Pacific International 50 rank: 10
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No. of lawyers: 210
The Washington DC-based firm is pushing its way into Singapore, undeterred by the competition of some 130 foreign law firms.
Over the last year, Jones Day has doubled its lawyer contingent on the ground, up to about 30, with plans for more to join the office. Along with Linklaters and fellow US firms Sidley Austin and Gibson Dunn, Jones Day was granted a licence to practise local law in February.
Part of the rationale driving the Jones Day push in Singapore is the firm's position as a leading global litigation practice. That translates into arbitration work in China, as well as Singapore.
Disputes, while important, do not have an exclusive hold the Jones Day presence in the region. The firm originally went east to follow clients including Procter & Gamble, IBM and other large corporates. But after time, that could no longer be Jones Days’ bread and butter, so the firm started advising more Chinese and other companies looking abroad. Considerable amounts of Chinese outbound investment has been in the natural resources sector, and one of the firm's leading clients is Cnooc, the Chinese national oil corporation and the China Development Bank.
The firm is currently eyeing up Indonesia, with the partners debating whether to cut an association deal to give them a physical presence and they’ve adopted a similar position to Korea, currently weighing up whether there is sufficient potential work in the jurisdiction.
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