Partner moves, international expansion for Clifford Chance and a $16bn acquisition

The beginning of 2014 has been marked by a number of partner moves, regional expansion, and has already started producing major deals.

Those who have moved include former Dechert’s Hong Kong managing partner Basil Hwang, who has left for Chinese firm Zhong Lun after spending 16 years in international firms

The move follows that of Edwards Wildman Palmer corporate partner Andrew Lui, who recently joined Chinese firm Fangda’s Hong Kong office.

In Japan, the trend has been reversed with two partners leaving local firms to join K&L Gates’ Tokyo office.

In the space of regional expansion, Clifford Chance and Duane Morris have hit the headlines after moving into Indonesia and Shanghai respectively.

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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