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Seoul

Simpson Thacher to close Seoul office

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is closing down its operation in Seoul after six years, making it the first global law firm to pull out of South Korea. South Korea opened up its legal market to international firms in 2012, resulting in an influx of international law firms setting up shop. The firm relocated its Korea […]

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China’s Zhong Lun gets behind new AI platform to boost trade

A new bilingual legal tech platform has been launched in China that could save lawyers “lost in translation” and boost foreign investment going into and out of the country. Supported by Beijing officials and a pool of international law firms, beta trials are underway to test docQbot, a cloud-based contract bot said to draft quality […]

Perth

Clifford Chance’s Perth head decamps for Norton Rose Fulbright

Clifford Chance’s Perth managing partner has left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright in the latest high-profile exit from the magic circle firm’s Australian office. Paul Lingard, a partner in Clifford Chance’s mining group, is moving over to Norton Rose Fulbright, alongside Herbert Smith Freehills executive counsel Miriam D’Souza. She too is joining Norton Rose’s corporate […]

CMS bulks up in Hong Kong with eight-lawyer team hire

Months after agreeing a new tie-up in Hong Kong, CMS has increased lawyer headcount in the region after snaring an eight-lawyer team from RPC. Partners Andrew Horton and Steven Wise are leading the move to CMS, which earlier this year struck up a new association with Hong Kong firm Shirley Lau & Co increasing its capacity to offer […]

Beijing

Cooley bulks up Beijing office with Kirkland hire

Cooley is beefing up its Beijing office with newly-appointed partner Henry Yin from Kirkland & Ellis. Yin was previously a Hong Kong partner at Kirkland & Ellis, which he joined in 2014, and started his career at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s New York office in 2009. He deals with corporate matters such as […]

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KWM aims for London fightback with management shakeup and new offices

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named Darren Roiser as its new managing partner in London and taken on new space in the Walkie-Talkie building. Roiser, who featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 this year for his work helping KWM staff affected by its collapse in ther UK, will serve a three-year term as head of the […]

Reed Smith bets on Singapore growth with office move

Reed Smith has announced its move to a new office in Singapore, the latest in its increasing expansion in Southeast Asia. The law firm has moved its Singapore hub to a bigger space located inside the Ocean Financial Centre building in Raffles Place to accommodate an ever-increasing team as part of a long-term commitment to […]

London

Clydes leads as Cheesegrater 2 gets go-ahead

Clyde & Co is advising Hong-Kong based developers Lai Sun Development Company in the construction of 100 Leadenhall – a skyscraper that is set to be London’s third tallest tower. Real estate partner Martin Quicke, who specialises in advising property companies and overseas investors from Hong Kong and South east Asia, is leading for Lai […]

Beijing

Dentons Beijing managing partner exits for Orrick

Dentons former Beijing head Sarah Zeng is leaving the firm after six years to join Orrick, in a move that is set to bolster the latter’s Asia M&A and private equity practice. Before working at Dentons, Zeng was general counsel of Hong Kong-listed Weichai Power, China’s largest engine manufacturer; and vice president and country manager […]

Analysis

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The Asian law firms investing in legal technology

In a highly competitive and low-growth market, firms are increasingly turning to technology and innovation to stay ahead of competition while boosting efficiency and profitability. Asia-based firms are no exception. Those in Australia and Singapore, where growth has been harder to achieve, are leading the charge. Over the past few years, ‘legal hackathon’ and ‘design […]

Featured Briefings

Digital protectionism: technological disruption identifies new global players

Key findings: Digital now the new weapon for protectionist policies China leads the way on digitally restrictive laws followed by Russia and India New report highlights fragmented picture governing movement of data, setting a new challenge for business Countries which have historically driven protectionist policies through tariff and other trade barriers are now extending their […]

China distribution agreement – 10 things to consider

By Jamie Rowlands, John Chung In this edition of our series on doing business in China, we discuss some issues to consider before a foreign seller (the “Seller”) enters into a distribution agreement with a Chinese party acting as the Seller’s distributor (the “Distributor”), to market and sell the Seller’s products and/or services on the Chinese market. […]

Major Kazakhstan legislation changes for 2017

The Law on Amendments Intended to Improve Business Conditions (the “Business Improvement Law”) came into effect on 12 March 2017, except certain provisions. The purpose of the Business Improvement Law is to further improve the investment climate in line with the general policy of the country to support local entrepreneurs and foreign investors. The Business […]

Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Public-Private Partnership

Why Kazakhstan? Kazakhstan oil, gas, coal and uranium and others commodities reserves are among the ten biggest in the world; Strategic geographical location (e.g. China’s Belt and Road initiative, a door to the Eurasian Economic Union, a single market of 183 million people); Good legal framework (special Concession Law adopted in 2006 and PPP Law […]

Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on concessions

Why Kazakhstan? Kazakhstan oil, gas, coal and uranium and others commodities reserves are among the ten biggest in the world; Strategic geographical location (e.g. China’s Belt and Road initiative, a door to the Eurasian Economic Union, a single market of 183 million people); Good legal framework (special Concession Law adopted in 2006 and PPP Law […]

How to incorporate a company and representative office in Mongolia

Despite the fact that Mongolian legislation provides for a wide range of legal forms of commercial entities (limited liability company or LLC, joint-stock company or JSC and joint venture), in practice, private businessmen and foreign investors mostly prefer LLC or JSC. Representative office of foreign legal entities is also common…

Fidic forms of contracts

In 2017 the International Federation of Consulting Engineers has introduced major amendments to FIDIC 1999 Yellow, Red and Silver Books which have been in use in the construction industry for almost twenty years. FIDIC Books contain standard conditions of contract for plant and design build. Based on conditions of FIDIC books, contractors undertake to design […]

Almaty public tender for participation in Almaty Light Rail Transport Project

On 29 August 2018, the Administration of Almaty (Almaty Mayor’s Office) has officially announced the public tender for participation in PPP project for development of design specification, construction, commissioning, financing, operation and technical maintenance of Almaty Light-Rail Transportation System…

‘Offshore zones’ for international companies in the Kaliningrad region and Primorsky krai

Federal Law No. 291-FZ dated 3 August 2018 (Law No. 291-FZ) provides for the establishment and operation of special administrative districts in the territories of the Russian Island (Primorsky Krai) and Oktyabrsky Island (Kaliningrad Region) to form an investment-attractive environment for Russian and foreign investors. A number of other federal laws signed on 3 August […]

Beijing dragon

The integrated competition agency you should know

By Jin Yi Regulatory body SAMR is playing a big part in shaping competition policies and establishing itself as a responsible and proactive model under China’s State Council…

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