Asia Pacific News
SJ Berwin is gearing up for a vote on a global merger with Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) that would see the UK outfit’s name disappear.
King & Wood Mallesons’ year-long merger negotiations with Singaporean firm WongPartnership failed just days before a tie-up was to be announced to the market, The Lawyer can reveal.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Beijing co-head Ingrid Zhu-Clark is to leave the firm, becoming the first ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf partner to exit the US outfit since a team of nearly 20 partners joined from the bankrupt firm last year.
Bingham has expanded in Japan by snatching a seven-lawyer investment funds team from White & Case’s Tokyo office.
Yingke, one of China’s largest law firms, is getting closer to launch a new division branded as Yingke Cloud, aimed at revolutionising the provision of volume legal services in China.
Asia Pacific Analysis
Chinese firms are pushing ahead with international expansion as equally important internal changes are being played out
Hong Kong and Singapore are becoming important international disputes hubs, and moves are afoot to further open up their court systems
This month DLA Piper’s UK country head Andrew Darwin will begin his new role as Australia managing partner, a position he is expecting to occupy for two years.
Many firms are having their worst time for a decade in Hong Kong, due to a precipitous fall in IPO work
Asia Rainmaker Q&A
Having started out as an auditor, Tilleke & Gibbins’ Darani Vachanavuttivong soon made the transition to law, becoming an expert in IP in the process
While many Chinese clients are not yet experienced in managing cross-border M&A transactions, neither are they familiar with using external legal advisors.