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China oil giant CNOOC breaks ties with Baker & McKenzie after internal investigation finds conflict of interest

18-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Baker & McKenzie’s relationship with China’s state-owned oil and gas group China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has been put under the microscope after the group sanctioned senior lawyer Kang Xin for not disclosing a conflict of interest with the firm. 

Hong Kong

Simmons adds Edwards Wildman partner in Hong Kong

13-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Simmons & Simmons has picked up Edwards Wildman Palmer insurance partner Martin Lister in Hong Kong.

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Pepeliaev Group to open two offices in Russia to target Asian market

13-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Russian firm Pepeliaev Group is set to launch two new offices in Russia’s far east to home in on Asian markets following a reduction in Western investment.

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39 Essex Street expands Singapore presence with 20 Essex Street barrister

11-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

39 Essex Street has expanded its presence in Singapore with 20 Essex Street member Ben Olbourne. 

Sydney

Norton Rose Fulbright energy head homes in on APAC with Sydney move

10-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global energy practice is relocating from London to Sydney to focus on transactions in the Asia Pacific region.

Hong Kong

Debevoise scores HSF Asia managing partner Johnson for Hong Kong

7-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) litigation partner and Asia head Mark Johnson, a leading force in the Freehills merger, to its Hong Kong office.

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Western firms seek to bulk up in Asia

18-Nov-2014

The slowdown in China’s stellar growth may have had an impact on the entire Asia-Pacific region, but that hasn’t stopped international firms from looking east in their quest to find the next boom market.

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South Korea: Losing its shine 

8-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Despite being a top recipient of foreign direct investment, South Korea’s business activity potential is not being realised. Do policymakers have the remedy?

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SJ Berwin: a promising afterlife?

10-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For both SJ Berwin and Ashurst the lure of an Asia deal was irresistible.

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The triangulation of tech

12-Sep-2014

Singapore is making its mark on the global tech industry

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Sydney

Norton Rose Fulbright energy head homes in on APAC with Sydney move

10-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global energy practice is relocating from London to Sydney to focus on transactions in the Asia Pacific region.

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Ashurst scraps Australia managing partner role as incumbent Carrington retires

31-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst’s Australia managing partner John Carrington retires today (31 October), after six years as head of legacy Blake Dawson.

Perth

Clifford Chance loses top Aussie partner to investment house Gresham

16-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Clifford Chance’s Perth office is set to leave the firm for investment house Gresham Partners three and a half years after the firm that bore his name joined the magic circle giant.

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India

DLA Piper loses India co-head to Squire Patton Boggs

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

DLA Piper’s co-head for its India group Biswajit Chatterjee is to join Squire Patton Boggs in a similar Singapore-based role alongside London partner Dharmendra Nair.

India

Essex Court brings in senior advocate Banerji as set targets India

12-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Essex Court Chambers is taking on Gourab Banerji as an overseas associate in a sign of the bar’s increasing focus on the Indian market.

India

India’s Amarchand eyes expansion with Gurgaon office launch

1-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Elite Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas has expanded its office network with the launch of a base in Gurgaon.

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Hong Kong

Debevoise scores HSF Asia managing partner Johnson for Hong Kong

7-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) litigation partner and Asia head Mark Johnson, a leading force in the Freehills merger, to its Hong Kong office.

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Pinsents moots international real estate ambitions

5-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Pinsent Masons’ blossoming overseas real estate teams reveal a hint of what direction the firm will take as a new generation of leaders arrive at the helm.

London

Akin negotiates more space at Bingham's 41 Lothbury office

21-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is understood to be negotiating to take the seventh floor at 41 Lothbury having taken over Bingham McCutchen’s lease on the fifth and sixth floors with immediate effect.

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Hong Kong

Asia moves: 14 April

14-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.

Seoul

Skadden joins Seoul race with office launch

27-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has become the latest international firm to establish a base in Seoul.

London

Stephenson Harwood re-appoints White as CEO

7-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Stephenson Harwood’s non-executive supervisory council has re-appointed Sharon White as chief executive officer (CEO) for a second three-year term.

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Singapore

Blackstone silk rebuffed in bid to fight Singapore JR battle

7-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Blackstone Chambers silk Michael Fordham QC has failed to gain temporary admission to Singapore’s courts after a judge ruled he did not meet the criteria required for the ad hoc admission of foreign counsel.

Hong Kong

Baker & McKenzie names new head of Asian offices

13-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie has named Hong Kong-based Milton Cheng as managing partner of its Hong Kong, China, Korea and Vietnam offices.

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Clyde & Co hires Singapore aviation team from Kennedys

26-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co has hired a Singapore-based aviation team from Kennedys including legacy Gates & Partners big-hitter David Johnston.

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