Slaughters’ Asia ambitions heats up

Which firms spring to mind as having particularly dynamic strategies in Asia? Perhaps King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin? Or Herbert Smith Freehills?

It’s a long shot that City stalwart Slaughter and May made your list. But maybe it’s time that perception changed.

Slaughters has today made up yet another new partner in Hong Kong, marking its fourth addition to the partnership in the region since the start of 2014. The firm now has 13 partners in Hong Kong and Beijing, marking a 44 per cent growth over the past seven months.

It also means that the firm’s Asia cohort of partners now accounts for more than a tenth of Slaughters’ total partner headcount of 120.

Of its newest partners, three have come via the firm’s long-preferred route of internal promotion. The other, John Moore, was nabbed from Morrison & Foerster, marking Slaughters’ first-ever lateral partner hire.

Those are some big moves from a firm that’s generally known for shying away from making any sharp movements.

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