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.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is to open in Hong Kong and is considering at least two more international openings in 2007.
The move to expand the New York-based firm's international network comes as it closes its Pittsburgh office, following the end of its relationship with aluminium producer Alcoa [see left]. The Albany, Hartford and Jacksonville offices all have similar dependency on a client relationship.
LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis told The Lawyer: "Hong Kong is on the horizon; we are far along in the planning stage. We expect to launch in 2007. The new office is important both in its own right and as an adjunct to our China strategy."
Davis said the firm was "looking closely" at both Dubai and Brazil, while also developing referral relationships with a number of Indian firms.
"The overall focus for LeBoeuf is on major commercial and financial centres [and] we have been scaling back in places that don't meet that criteria," said Davis. "Without question, several US offices are driven by specific client demand. Once a client goes away, there's not much point in staying there [but] none of those offices are walking the plank."
It is understood the firm will look to scale back its three-partner Albany office to a representative presence to service an insurance client.
LeBoeuf management outlined the plans at the firm's conference in Miami last month (November).