Asia-Pac out of favour in partner promos

Is Asia-Pacific growth out of vogue with UK national firms? This year’s partnership promotions suggest so.

DLA Piper has turned away from bulking up its Asia Pacific partnership, focusing instead on home-grown growth.

According to The Lawyer’s cover feature this week, DLA Piper’s Australian partnership has been rapidly shrinking over the past three years. There were 135 partners in Australia when it merged with alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox in 2011 but only 100 by the end of last year.

Waning Asia-Pacific enthusiasm from DLA could be seismic – the firm has counted for all Australian promotions by UK national firms over the past three years.

However one partner feeling decidedly enthusiastic about Asia is former Linklaters capital markets partner Nigel Pridmore. He has resurfaced at Ashurst’s Hong Kong office after quitting the magic circle firm in London four months ago.

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