Gianni Origoni joins rivals in Shanghai

Italian heavyweight Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is launching an office in Shanghai in its first international expansion for four years. The Shanghai office is Gianni Origoni’s eleventh office globally, and its second in Asia. It launched in Hong Kong in 2014 and signed a formal alliance agreement with Chinese firm Han Kun Law […]

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Clydes loses Beijing managing partner to Chinese firm

Clyde & Co‘s star magic circle hire in China, Beijing managing partner Patrick Zheng, has left after four years to join independent firm Llinks Law. Zheng will be a partner in Llinks’ cross-border dispute resolution practice. In his new firm, Zhang will join co-founder Charles Qin, as well as partner Peiming Yang, in leading the firm’s […]

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Addleshaws poaches BLP Asia head for growth spurt

Addleshaw Goddard has brought in veteran Asia head Bob Charlton in from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) to head up its Asia Pacific presence. Charlton will join Addleshaws after heading up BCLP’s Asia presence since 2014. Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner in February this year to form BCLP. This new appointment will mean […]

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Shanda general counsel exits after six years for O’Melveny role

Shanda Group general counsel Li Han has exited the company after six years to join O’Melveny in Hong Kong. Han, who led the legal team at the global investment firm, is returning to private practice as a corporate partner. Prior to joining Shanda, she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell for over three […]


Cooley launches second China office with Ropes hire

Cooley has launched a second Chinese office in Beijing, hiring Ropes & Gray counsel Xun Zeng as a partner. Zeng was at his former firm for over three years, first as an associate in the private investment funds group and then as a counsel in the same practice based in Hong Kong.  

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Reed Smith Asia managing partner to step down

Reed Smith has appointed a new Asia managing partner to succeed Roger Parker, who is stepping down after 18 months. Hong Kong-based global corporate practice co-chair Denise Jong has been appointed as the firm’s new Asia managing partner.

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Harneys launches legal services offering in Shanghai

BVI-headquartered Harneys has become the second offshore law firm to obtain a licence to offer international legal services in Shanghai. This new development comes two years after the firm first set up an office in the city to offer fiduciary services.