The week’s Asian movers and shakers

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the only Asian news of the last week was King & Wood Mallesons’ ground-breaking merger with SJ Berwin – and indeed the repercussions of the move will resound for some time.

KWM’s growth is also continuing organically, with the firm picking up the former NBA China general counsel, Steven Toronto. If you’re not yet fed up of hearing about the legal world’s newest behemoth, get an insight into the management personalities behind the deal in our quick-fire work/life quiz.

But there was plenty of other news from the Asia-Pacific region last week. US firm Blank Rome closed down its Hong Kong office, with rival Bryan Cave promptly swooping for two partners.

In Singapore, Baker & McKenzie named Andy Leck as its new office managing partner after incumbent Edmund Leow was appointed as a judicial commissioner in the Supreme Court. The role could see Leow ultimately appointed to the Supreme Court bench, based on the career paths of previous commissioners.

This week’s special report on Singapore also gives an insight into the city-state’s efforts to grow its wealth management business and how law firms are trying to benefit from the trend.

And if you’ve missed the blogs so far, it’s worth checking out the analysis of Asian law firm rankings by Zhong Lun international managing partner Robert Lewis. Part one, part two and part three are live and part four will appear on Friday.

Asia moves: 6 August
NBA China general counsel joins KWM
Bryan Cave benefits as Blank Rome exits Hong Kong
Baker & McKenzie names new Singapore MP as incumbent moves to Supreme Court
SJ Berwin partners vote through $1bn merger with KWM