Yun Kriegler

Yun is The Lawyer’s international editor, covering legal news from around the world.

Singapore

Gowling WLG’s Singapore ally chief decamps with entire IP team to CMS

The founder and managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Singapore association firm JurisAsia, Sheena Jacob, has left for CMS with her entire IP team. The move comes three years after the Singaporean IP boutique entered into an exclusive association with Gowling WLG. JurisAsia was launched by former Tan Rajah & Cheah IP partner Sheena Jacob, who is […]

Getting back to nearly-normal in China

While parts of Europe head towards a total lockdown, cities in China are gradually returning to normal life. In Beijing, for example, businesses are allowed to have up to half of their workforce return to the offices. In many international firms, things will be inevitably tough for their China offices due to an expected global […]

Further litigation expected as Germany rules on controversial “cum-ex” schemes

The first cum-ex trial in Germany has reached a verdict despite ongoing pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the verdict expected to pave the way for a flood of investigations into the controversial trading practice. The five-judge panel said cum-ex trading was a criminal offence, just a few hours after the public prosecutor, Anne […]

pharma

Paul Hastings and Freshfields lead as Fosun strikes $135m deal for COVID-19 vaccine

Paul Hastings, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Stephenson Harwood and Covington & Burling formed the legal lineup behind Fosun Pharma’s $135m (£113.7) deal with Germany’s BioNtech, in the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine. Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) is advised by Paul Hastings. The US firm’s team is led by Shanghai-based corporate partner Jia Yan, who is also […]

Germany

Coronavirus forces German court to expedite first cum-ex trial

The German court handling the first cum-ex trial has decided to expedite the legal proceedings due to challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic. The Bonn District Court announced it will expedite the case against two British bankers, Martin S and Nicolas D. Both worked at the London office of German bank HypoVereinsbank (HVB) and are […]

Lawyers to Chinese BigTech will reap rewards after the pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak and the two-month lockdown of an entire province with 60 million people will further propel China’s BigTech companies into global giants. Here is the proof. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group’s virtual workplace and video conferencing app DingTalk has seen its biggest growth in terms of individual and enterprise usage in the past […]

Australian flag

KWM closes Sydney office over coronavirus fears

KWM has closed its 800-staff Sydney office due to a suspected case of COVID-19, becoming the second law firm in the city to take such precautions after Clayton Utz. The firm’s Sydney office is expected to re-open next Monday depending on further information and all of its 800 staff are working from home in the […]

Sydney

Two more Clifford Chance partners exit for rival firms in Sydney

Two corporate partners have left Clifford Chance to join rival firms in Sydney, leaving the magic circle firm with 11 partners in Australia. Clifford Chance corporate partners Lance Sacks and Richard Graham have resigned from the firm and will join Baker McKenzie and Johnson Winter & Slattery (JWS) as partners respectively. Both Sacks and Graham […]

CC

Matthew Layton’s successor will have decreasing options

This year will mark the end of Clifford Chance’s ambitious five-year plan for its international strategy. Set out in 2015 by global managing partner Matthew Layton, the magic circle firm wanted to bump up US and Asia revenues to 20 and 25 per cent of global total respectively over the next five years. At the […]

sydney

Clayton Utz closes Sydney office amid coronavirus fears

Updated 6 March: The firm has confirmed that the employee’s wife returned a negative test, meaning he does not have to be tested. “It’s a return to business as usual for now”, the firm said. Hundreds of lawyers, staff and visiting clients at Clayton Utz were asked to evacuate the Australian firm’s Sydney office earlier […]

Frankfurt

Cum-ex defendant on trial: large law firms “part of the industry”

Judgment is expected to be handed down this month in the first cum-ex-related trial to be heard in the German courts. Martin S, a former City banker at German bank HypoVereinsbank (HVB), is a defendant in the case, along with fellow British banker, Nicolas D. The pair have been accused of “aggravated tax evasion” for […]

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