The beginning of 2014 has been marked by a number of partner moves, regional expansion, and has already started producing major deals.
In Japan, the trend has been reversed with two partners leaving local firms to join K&L Gates’ Tokyo office.
In the corporate arena, Japanese drinks group Suntory has kicked off the year with the $16bn acquisition of US spirits maker Beam. US duo Cleary Gottlieb and Sidley Austin scored lead roles on the transaction, becoming the latest beneficiaries of the growing waves of Asian outbound investment.
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