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Asia Pacific

No. of Lawyers: 49
Offices: 2

Slaughter and May has traditionally eschewed the fashion of its competitors to plant flags around the globe. Instead it has adopted a well-publicised policy of working with a best friends network — with a few notable exceptions where it has opened overseas offices, two of which are in the Asia-Pacific region: Hong Kong and Beijing.

Indeed, the firm has been in Hong Kong for the best part of 40 years, with the office management reflecting the firm's renowned stability. Office senior partner Richard Thornhill had been in that slot for more than two decades until January 2013, when he retired to be replaced by corporate, M&A and equity capital markets lawyer Peter Brien.

The firm lists a range of practice areas for Hong Kong, including corporate-commercial, capital markets, competition, dispute resolution, financing, M&A, private equity and real estate.

Four years ago, Slaughter and May cut the ribbon on an office in the Chinese capital, where it focuses now on M&A and outbound and inbound investment.

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): 443.00
No. of Lawyers: 553
No. of Lawyers (Asia Pacific): 49
Offices (Asia Pacific): 2