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

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Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood partner duo launch Hong Kong litigation boutique

Stephenson Harwood’s former Hong Kong senior partner has launched a new litigation-focused boutique, alongside two other lawyers from the UK firm’s office in the region. The new firm M B Kemp has been established by veteran litigation partners Malcolm Kemp and Yeeling Wan. Kemp was previously the senior partner of Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office […]

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Shearman tops up City finance team with Latham hire

Shearman & Sterling has replenished its London partner headcount, with the arrival of a new hire from Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office. Shearman has added Latham leveraged finance partner Gary Hamp to its team in the City. Hamp will relocate from Latham in Hong Kong, having been based out there for over a decade. […]

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WFW bets on Hong Kong growth with leadership relocation

Watson Farley & Williams’ co-managing partner Chris Lowe is to relocate to Hong Kong this month, to take advantage of opportunities arising out of the region. Lowe first took on management duties at the end of 2013 when he replaced Michael Greville along with fellow co-head Lothar Wegener, based in London. The firm’s former maritime […]

Malaysia

Clydes embroiled in 1MDB scandal

Clyde & Co has been embroiled in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal after anti-corruption officials claimed that money held in the firm’s accounts were related to an ongoing fraud investigation. The 1MDB saga is one of the world’s largest financial fraud scandals which, among other things, has seen former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak […]

Hong Kong

Orrick Hong Kong chief joins K&L Gates as office closes

Five funds and corporate lawyers have joined K&L Gates’ Hong Kong office as Orrick’s Hong Kong base shuts its doors. The team moving to K&L Gates is led by Orrick Hong Kong funds partners Sook Young Yeu and Scott Peterman. Of counsel William Ho has also joined K&L Gates as a partner, along with two […]

Beijing China

Bakers revamps China strategy with PRC verein member

Baker McKenzie has deepened its relationship with existing Chinese ally FenXun Partners, by adding the Chinese firm to its global network as a Swiss verein member. Baker McKenzie and FenXun first joined forces in 2015, when the two formed the first joint operation office (JOO) under Shanghai’s new free trade zone pilot scheme. Since then, […]

London

BCLP launches City redundancy round with 40 roles at risk

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has launched a redundancy consultation across several jurisdictions, with the firm also set to close its office in Beijing. The merged firm has said it will cut lawyer and business services roles as part of new belt-tightening measures. In London, this includes 14 fee-earners and 26 staff in business services. […]

Winston & Strawn to close Shanghai office and form JV with new local ally YuanDa

US firm Winston & Strawn has revealed its plan to close its own Shanghai office and form a joint operation office in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone with its new Chinese ally YuanDa. The Shanghai-based Chinese firm, which has recently ended its 13-year strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery, will be renamed YuanDaWinston. Chicago-headquartered […]

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McDermott pulls out from Asia as China strategic alliance ends

Chicago-based McDermott Will & Emery has terminated its strategic alliance with Shanghai-based MWE China, becoming the latest US firm to withdraw from Asia. The two firms entered into an exclusive alliance in 2007 when MWE China was founded by two former AllBright partners John Huang and Kevin Qian. Following the end of the 13-year relationship, […]

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Proskauer to trim Hong Kong headcount after strategic review

US firm Proskauer Rose has become the latest firm to make redundancies in Hong Kong as its office lease runs out. Proskauer is understood to be cutting the number of is Hong Kong-based fee-earners in half following a year of disruptions and challenges brought by the pro-democracy protests and the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Hong […]

Stephenson Harwood to make Hong Kong redundancies after strategic review

Stephenson Harwood is pushing for major changes in its Hong Kong office following the recent announcement to shut down its Beijing office. The firm is cutting back on partners and associates in Hong Kong under the new leadership of Greater China managing partner Jamie Stranger. It is understood that around six partners and 20 associates […]

Analysis

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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 […]

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Litigation in a modernising China

China’s litigation climate is now more attractive to clients due to greater independence and transparency. It’s creating a raft of opportunities for overseas law firms

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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

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 […]

Asia Pacific 150 2016

The Asia-Pacific 150, now in its fourth year, ranks the largest 100 locally-headquartered independent and 50 largest international firms by their regional headcount and looks at trends in the legal markets in key jurisdictions. The report provides an overview of the trends and important developments in Asia-Pacific from the standpoint of both local and international firms. As the […]