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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 […]

sydney

Litigation funding war: Australia class action could signal UK trend

Last week, an Australian judgment picked Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s sparring partner in the upcoming class action against embattled startup GetSwift. GetSwift, a fast-growing software startup under fire over allegations of misstated profits and accounts, called on Sydney-based Quinn partner Michelle Fox to represent it during these proceedings. Unusually, it was the choice of […]

China

Freshfields hires KWM “rising star” to join management in China

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Beijing partner Hazel Yin to co-head the competition practice in China. Yin has worked at KWM for most of her career, and was promoted to partner in February 2013. In her new role, she will work alongside China co-head Ninette Dodoo. At KWM, Yin built […]

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Linklaters gains China law capability through best friends tie-up

Linklaters has become the latest firm to secure Chinese law capability, sealing the deal for joint operations with Shanghai-based boutique Zhao Sheng. Following government approval, Linklaters becomes the first magic circle firm to take advantage of the Shanghai free trade zone scheme (SFTZ), building on the relationships it has already established in the region. The firm struck up a […]

Hong Kong

CMS agrees Hong Kong tie-up with local firm

CMS Hong Kong has entered into an association with new firm Shirley Lau & Co, providing the firm with local law capabilities in the region. The group is formed of members of Troutman Sanders’ Asia offices, including partner Shirley Lau and seven other senior corporate and litigation associates. Earlier this year, Troutman confirmed it would be pulling out of […]

Sydney

Quinn leads for shareholders in $2bn dispute against Australian bank

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is acting for the shareholders of one of Australia’s largest banks in a claim that could total roughly AUD$2bn, making it one of the nation’s largest ever banking shareholder claims. AMP, the beleaguered Australian bank, is embroiled in a scandal which recently saw a reported AUD$4.5bn (£2.5bn) wiped off its […]

Clifford Chance Singapore

Clifford Chance launches innovation centre for AsiaPac offering

Clifford Chance has followed up its purchase of Carillion’s legal services arm by launching its first innovation and delivery support centre outside of Europe or the US, and the first of its kind in Singapore. The magic circle firm purchased Carillion Advice Services (CAS) to provide a low-cost, legal support base in the UK earlier […]

tokyo

Clifford Chance continues Asia shakeup with new Tokyo heads

Clifford Chance has announced its second major managerial change in the firm’s Tokyo office in a month with the appointment of co-managing partners Reiko Sakimura and Leng-Fong Lai. Capital markets partner Sakimura and structured finance partner Lai will replace current office managing partner Eiichi Kanda effective from tomorrow (1 May) as the firm says Kanda […]

Slaughters makes third-ever lateral partner hire in Hong Kong

Slaughter and May has hired investigations lawyer Wynne Mok in Hong Kong, making her the third partner to join the firm from an external position. Mok joins Slaughters from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, where she has been director of enforcement since 2016. Prior to moving in-house, Mok was a partner in Norton […]

beijing china

Clydes loses Beijing managing partner to Chinese firm

Clyde & Co‘s star magic circle hire in China, Beijing managing partner Patrick Zheng, has left after four years to join independent firm Llinks Law. Zheng will be a partner in Llinks’ cross-border dispute resolution practice. In his new firm, Zhang will join co-founder Charles Qin, as well as partner Peiming Yang, in leading the firm’s […]

Seoul

Shearman set to follow US rivals with South Korea launch

Shearman & Sterling is edging towards a launch in South Korea with plans to open in Seoul by the end of the year, The Lawyer understands. The US firm is understood to be awaiting regulatory approval to launch in the region, which could take up to several months. The office would be the third to […]

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

Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury and legal action to take

By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

Russia increases duties on US goods

On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation… …The Government of the Russian Federation by its Decision No. 788 dated July 2018, therefore, introduced import customs duties rates […]

Why Islamic finance fits well in Kazakhstan

Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (eg roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion…

Russian restrictions for VPNs and anonymisers

By Meldir Erbulekova On July 29 2017 the Law on Amendments to the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (Federal Law 276 FZ) was adopted. The new law provides for the regulation of VPNs and other technologies (known as ‘anonymisers’) that allow users to surf the Internet anonymously. The new legal framework […]

Russian patents: Rospatent fee-based extradited examination

By Maria Aronikova On October 5 2017 the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) officially announced that expedited examination will be available for all applications. Rospatent had abrogated its former expedited examination practice in 2012. Since then, patent law has allowed accelerated examination through the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system…

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

How to empower teams to deliver successful projects

A guide on how enterprise collaboration platforms can take the pain out of project management and encourage teamwork How do you currently manage your projects? Do you struggle with keeping track of what stage different parts of the project are at? Is it hard to communicate with everyone in your project team at once? This […]

Expert insights: Modernising the legal pitch process

The fight to win legal clients has never been more fierce than it is today. The drastic increase in the number of law firms, disruptive new business and pricing models, and changing expectations of clients is putting the pressure on like never before. We asked 10 legal marketing and business development experts to share their […]

Redefining the client experience with versatile content hubs

As one of the first firms to provide a range of client-facing online products, Allen & Overy had previously built its own bespoke client portal product, with the technology being a key differentiator for the firm in the legal space. Since then, with the availability of secure cloud solutions, the firm has been able to […]

AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

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