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DeHeng pushes ahead with Hong Kong launch amid coronavirus crisis

One of the largest PRC firms DeHeng has launched a Hong Kong office, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. DeHeng’s Hong Kong office, which is registered as a foreign legal practice, is in association with local firm Chungs Lawyers. The new office will be headed by Beijing-based veteran corporate partner Frank Li, who plans […]

Melbourne

Clydes expands Down Under with partner trio from Norton Rose Fulbright

Clyde & Co has snagged three partners from Norton Rose Fulbright, as the firm bulks up in Melbourne. Nicole Wearne, Ganga Narayanan and Mark Attard have joined Clydes from Norton Rose, expanding the firm’s contentious and non-contentious insurance work. Wearne acts for local and overseas insurers in professional indemnity, class action defence and management liability. […]

wuhan

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 […]

shenzhen

Bakers taps into China’s tech hub as local JV opens fourth office

Baker McKenzie’s Chinese joint venture firm FenXun Partners is set to open a fourth office in Southern city Shenzhen, giving the global firm a foothold in China’s own “Silicon Valley”. The new office in Shenzhen will be the Chinese firm’s fourth location in China, following Beijing, Shanghai and Hainan. This means Baker McKenzie, which has […]

Hong Kong

Clifford Chance duo exit for Gibson Dunn in Hong Kong

Clifford Chance’s veteran Hong Kong litigation partner Brian Gilchrist has resigned from the magic circle firm and will join Gibson Dunn, as global firms focus on building up litigation practices in Hong Kong. Gilchrist will be joined by fellow litigation partner Elaine Chen as Gibson Dunn’s first major litigation hires in Hong Kong. They will […]

A&O becomes seventh global firm to secure Shanghai JV

Allen & Overy has gained approval for a joint operation in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, becoming the seventh firm to launch such a venture. In doing so, A&O is also the second magic circle firm to expand its capabilities in China with a joint operation; Linklaters was the first to secure Chinese law capability […]

DWF swallows Australian firm in Asia-Pacific expansion bid

DWF has absorbed an Australian law firm to expand its Asia-Pacific presence, yet another acquisition in a global expansion effort that has seen openings to bolster its international network. The publicly-listed firm has opened its doors to a 16-strong team that includes eight lawyers from McDonald Johnson Lawyers, a legal outfit based in Newcastle, a city […]

HSF

HSF debuts legal ops secondment scheme

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has started to offer secondments within its recently-created global legal operations function, as it seeks to create a formal programme around the opportunity. The secondment is open to lawyers wanting to help clients dealing with their operational issues by assisting in-house lawyers as they embark on transformation and automation projects. The […]

Locke Lord’s Hong Kong managing partner decamps to HFW

Locke Lord’s Hong Kong managing partner has left the US firm to join HFW’s Hong Kong office. Wing Cheung joins the firm as it continues to expand its transactional offering. HFW launched a transactions practice in China earlier this year and has added 19 partners across its offices since 2018, including lateral hires in Abu […]

Hong Kong

Hogan Lovells hires Hong Kong restructuring partner from DLA

Hogan Lovells is to take on Hong Kong restructuring partner Jonathan Leitch from DLA Piper. Leitch relocated to DLA’s Hong Kong office in 2012, having made partner four years earlier. He joined DLA in 1998, spending nearly a year and a half on secondment in the global restructuring group at The Royal Bank of Scotland. […]

Analysis

China wall

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 […]

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