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Asia Pacific

No. of Lawyers: 300*
Offices: 6
* Estimated figures

Linklaters 2012 split with Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill was overshadowed by February’s news that the UK firm was granted its own licence to practise local law. The expansion is in addition to Linklaters’ joint venture with Sydney-based powerhouse Allens, a deal that has already generated some 200 referrals in the last eight months.

One of the main motivations for the joint venture was Allens’ relationship with Widyawan & Partners in Indonesia. From July 2012, Linklaters has been in a formal alliance with the Jakarta firm, which has a reputation in the energy, resources and infrastructure fields.

Linklaters primary strategy in the region is to have a strong presence in the main financial centres, providing advice in three core fields: corporate banking, projects and capital markets, all of which are supported by strong regulatory and litigation offerings.

In China, the firm has staked out a reputation providing inbound investment advice to overseas clients, focusing particularly on leading global banks. The firm's Beijing and Shanghai offices, while substantial, effectively supplement Hong Kong. The contingent there focus on mainland clients, because its stock exchange is still a significant investment route.

The Asia Pacific profile is an edited version of a full write-up that appears in The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, a comprehensive analysis of the legal market in the region that ranks the top 100 local firms and leading 50 international players by headcount. For more information and to purchase your copy please click here.

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Turnover (£m): 1,195.30
No. of Lawyers: 2,080
No. of Lawyers (Asia Pacific): 300*
Offices (Asia Pacific): 6
* Estimated figures