The latest legal news and analysis from law firms across the Asia-Pacific region


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WFW launches South Korea office with partner duo

Following in the footsteps of Ashurst last year, Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired two lawyers to kickstart its operations in South Korea. WFW has recruited K&L Gates partner Eugene Chang, as well as Herbert Smith Freehills associate Philip Kim, who joins as a partner. Kim arrived at WFW in November in anticipation of […]


Ashurst seals joint venture in South Korea

Ashurst has established a joint venture with Korean firm, HwaHyun. The deal means that Ashurst will be able to practise Korean law. HwaHyun comprises 17 partners, with total lawyer numbers reaching over 30. Ashurst’s global CEO Paul Jenkins said: “This is the first JV between a Korean firm and an international firm in South Korea, […]


Mayer Brown lands JV with Singaporean firm

Mayer Brown has established a formal joint law venture (JLV) with Singapore firm PK Wong & Nair. The JLV will be known as Mayer Brown PK Wong & Nair and will offer clients services on international and Singapore law. Mayer Brown first set up in Singapore in 2011 and has since grown to 25 lawyers, […]


Baker Botts relaunches APAC presence with Ashurst team

Baker Botts will open in Singapore later this year, The Lawyer understands, marking a dramatic turnaround in its Asia Pacific strategy after shutting its Hong Kong office at the end of 2021. The firm has hired a three-partner projects and infrastructure-focused team from Ashurst, including Richard Guit, Michael Harrison and Daniel Reinbott. The trio have […]

Cooley completes merger with HK associate firm

US firm Cooley will operate as a single entity in Hong Kong having completed the required three-year association period with local firm CYL & Partners. The combined entity will operate as Cooley HK and will be led by former Skadden corporate partner Will Cai. Cooley said the move was completed on 30 June and had […]

Linklaters puts financial sponsors at core of revamped APAC strategy

Magic circle firm Linklaters is to put financial sponsors at the heart of its Asia-Pacific operation after a strategy refresh led by regional managing partner William Liu. As part of the strategy, Linklaters is aiming to increase revenue by 10 per cent each year as well as making commitments to flesh out what the firm […]

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DWF strikes Hong Kong deal with local firm

DWF has struck an alliance with a Hong Kong firm, over a year after agreeing a similar deal with Singapore-based Eldan Law. In Hong Kong, DWF has reached an exclusive affiliation agreement with Hauzen. Hauzen has five partners and one of counsel, specialising in financial regulation, contentious insurance, complex commercial matters and arbitration. The firm’s […]

Hong Kong

Addleshaws to close down Hong Kong office

Addleshaw Goddard is to close its office in Hong Kong later this year, The Lawyer has learned. Staff in its Hong Kong office are understood to have been told the news on Monday, with London staff being informed today. The closure will be from September this year upon the expiry of its office lease. Addleshaws has had […]

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HSF reveals corporate investment in Middle East and Asia

Herbert Smith Freehills’ association firm has hired a new corporate partner in Saudi Arabia, while it has also added further heft over in Asia with the appointment of a new head of the practice. The firm has recruited Joza Al-Rasheed in Riyadh, who joins the firm having worked in-house for a five-month stint at chemical […]


Dentons hires new ESG head from Hogan Lovells

Dentons has appointed its first global head of ESG to drive its efforts in this area. Aragon St-Charles has taken the post and will be based in Tokyo. He joined at the start of this month and will report to the firm’s CEO Elliott Portnoy and global chairman Joe Andrew. St-Charles joins from Hogan Lovells […]


Shearman replenishes in arbitration with Jones Day hire

A partner from Jones Day’s Singapore office is relocating to London where he will join Shearman & Sterling. Matthew Skinner is moving back to London after nearly two decades in the Asia-Pacific region. He started out at Clyde & Co in London in the early 1990s, also working at legacy Herbert Smith in the City […]



Wuhan: The Chinese city few had heard of has more lawyers than you think

Wuhan was relatively unknown on the global stage until it became the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak this year. However, its legal services market has been growing, with eight of The Lawyer’s China Top 30 based in the city. Dentons is just one of the firms currently on lockdown. Dentons’ Wuhan managing partner Lv Chenkui told […]

Featured Briefings

Registration of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union

At the Pharmaceutical Forum of the EAEU and CIS countries held in Moscow in late February 2018, the Director of the Department of Technical Regulation and Accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) said that the full-scale work on registration of medicines using the unified information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will start […]

Asia Pacific 100 2017

The Asia Pacific 100 2017 report consists of 80 pages of exclusive data and analysis on the region’s 100 largest firms. It is the most comprehensive guide to the top legal advisers in the region’s key markets. It provides useful information for international firms that are looking to expand into the region or seeking to […]

China Elite 2016

Despite China’s economic growth having reached its slowest in 25 years last year, the country’s leading law firms continued their strong pace of revenue growth. The China Elite 2016 report singles out the top 30 firms by annual turnover and provides a year-on-year comparison on their results. This year, it also takes a special look at […]