The Lawyer Asia
This week, two of UK’s top 30 firms have re-asserted their commitment to better serving clients in the fast-growing Asia region. In today’s cover story, the managing partners of Wragges Lawrence Graham & Co and Gowlings, which are set to merge next January, revealed that East Asia is a major part of the merged firm’s international ambition.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has promoted 36 to its global partnership with a heavy China focus. The majority of the new partners, 24, are based in China with Beijing and Shanghai seeing the largest number of promotions. Two lawyers were made up in Hong Kong.
As this year’s The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 report points out, international firms have generally positioned themselves well for Asia-Pacific’s rise, although there are teething troubles.
Mayer Brown has become the latest international firm to court a leading Chinese firm. The US firm is soon to enter into an association with Beijing-headquartered Jingtian & Gongcheng in Hong Kong. The move coincides with the elite Chinese capital markets firm’s imminent launch of its first international office in the city.
The Lawyer Asia-Pacific 150, which provides unmatched insight into the region’s largest 100 independent firms and top 50 international firms, is now in its third year.
With the international legal community still abounding with scepticism around the concept of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the firm’s global managing partner Stuart Fuller finds part of his job is to deliver “proof of concept” both internally and externally.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has hired Winston & Strawn’s Asia litigation chair Adrian Yip as a partner, along with three associates.
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International firms have generally positioned themselves well for Asia-Pacific’s rise – teething troubles aside. But it is the locals, particularly in China, who show the biggest appetite for its business, growing faster and wider than the globals.
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