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Singapore

McDermott hits Squires again for three-lawyer Singapore team

McDermott Will & Emery has hired a three-lawyer team from the Singapore office of Squire Patton Boggs, the second strike at its US rival in six months. Corporate partner Alfred Chia has made the move alongside counsels Dawn Tan and Melissa Kwek. Chia is understood to have left his previous firm three months ago and […]

Singapore

Orrick unveils new operations in Singapore

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is to launch an office in Singapore with the addition of a partner from Watson Farley & Williams. The firm will open the outpost to accommodate the arrival of partner Jon Thursby, who was officially hired in November 2020 but spent the last eight months on secondment to Blueleaf Energy, a […]

Hong Kong

Jones Day partner joins PwC’s Hong Kong firm

PwC’s affiliated Hong Kong law firm has expanded its IP practice with the hire of a long-serving partner from Jones Day. Tiang & Partners, part of PwC Legal’s global network, has appointed Chiang Ling Li as a partner to lead its IP practice. Li joins from Jones Day where she was a partner from 2008. […]

Singapore

Latham adds Singapore trio from Shearman and Freshfields

Latham & Watkins has announced a trio of new energy partners to its Singapore office with the additions of two partners from Shearman & Sterling and one from Freshfields. All three partners will bolsters Latham’s energy and infrastructure group with Sidharth Bhasin and James Clayton-Payne joining from Shearman & Sterling, while Don Stokes joins from […]

Stephenson Harwood’s HK spin-off launches City office

Hong Kong firm MB Kemp, which was set up by a team that left Stephenson Harwood’s regional base last year, has expanded internationally with three new offices. MB Kemp’s new London operations will be spearheaded by partner Marco Pocci, who left Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office after a brief stint of less than two years. […]

Hong Kong

Former DLA Piper China chair joins PRC firm

Former DLA Piper China chair and capital markets veteran Liu Wei has joined PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng’s Hong Kong office with three other senior lawyers. Liu Wei’s move to Beijing-headquartered Jingtian & Gongcheng comes after a 15-year tenure at DLA Piper. He was instrumental in building up the firm’s Greater China business, especially in […]

Former White & Case Asia PE head resurfaces at Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong office has added two partners, including former White & Case private equity partner Peggy Wang who left the US firm nearly two years ago. Peggy Wang will join Norton Rose Fulbright along with new partner Victor Sim, who was previously a counsel in White & Case’s debt finance and restructuring […]

Beijing China

Taylor Wessing debuts China IP agency

Taylor Wessing has launched an agency focused on intellectual property in Beijing, as its practice faces rising local workloads. The agency, which will have an exclusive partnership with the firm’s trademark and IP practice, is called Beijing Tailun IP Agency and will guarantee a degree of market access previously restricted due to the Chinese legal […]

WeBull

Kirkland HK partner joins Chinese trading app as GC

A Hong Kong partner at Kirkland & Ellis has landed a new role as the general counsel of Webull Financial, a fast-growing Chinese-owned electronic trading platform. Benjamin James left Kirkland this month following a nine-year tenure as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. A seasoned lawyer focusing on corporate and US securities law […]

Seoul

Clifford Chance to close Seoul office

Clifford Chance is to close its Seoul office following a review, the first downsizing of the firm’s network since the onset of the pandemic. The firm has concluded that it will be able to serve Korean clients from its other Asia-Pacific outposts and through local alliances. The lawyers in the office are understood to be […]

Shanghai

Stephenson Harwood seeks China JV after Hong Kong restructure

Stephenson Harwood is considering a local tie up in Shanghai to grow its Greater China practice, a year after the firm closed in Beijing and restructured its Hong Kong office. Stephenson Harwood’s Greater China managing partner Jamie Stranger has revealed that the firm is formulating a new strategy having completed a major overhaul of its […]

Grab Singapore tech app

Skadden partner joins Singapore tech giant as GC

A corporate partner in Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s Hong Kong office has moved to one of the firm’s clients Grab as group general counsel. Christopher Betts has relocated to Singapore to take up the new in-house role. He joined the Singapore-headquartered “super app” in the same month when Grab formalised its plan to […]

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 […]

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 […]