India In-house Legal Market Overview – 2020

India has one of the largest legal profession set-ups in the world, fittingly sitting alongside the world’s largest democracy. Which means disruption, doubts, and delays caused by Covid-19 were exacerbated in this market more than most others. Hiring activity remained busy throughout, however, and it will be fascinating to see whether such activity continues inContinue reading “India In-house Legal Market Overview – 2020”

Embracing 2021 with positivity and aspirations

Dear Friends, Candidates and Clients, I hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. We all have experienced the challenging year of 2020, globally or locally, personally or professionally. Pay cuts, layoffs, furloughs, and compensation freezes were everywhere last year. Many in the legal industry were unclear whether things will return toContinue reading “Embracing 2021 with positivity and aspirations”

Are you ready? Legal hiring trends to look out for in 2021

Markets expect the world’s economy will bounce back once vaccination programs are underway. Once economic activity increases in the post-vaccine period, we believe that hiring activities will go back to the pre-Covid-19 level.  We have continued to see good levels of recruitment activity in Asia since Q4 2020. Both recruiters and jobseekers should be well-preparedContinue reading “Are you ready? Legal hiring trends to look out for in 2021”

Legal Move Updates (January – March 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. January 2020 14 Jan – Simmons & Simmons (Hong Kong, China) Simmons & Simmons has hired disputes expert Gary Yin as a partner in Hong Kong from PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng, where he led the disputes and investigations practice. (from http://www.legalbusinessonline.com) 14 Jan – HSA Advocates (Mumbai,Continue reading “Legal Move Updates (January – March 2021)”

Positive Outlook Amidst the Setbacks

2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year. When the Covid-19 virus broke in January in Asia, businesses learned that remote working was no longer an option but a necessity. Companies and employees in the region were adapting in Q1; thus, we monitored a quiet market. China became the first major economy to begin toContinue reading “Positive Outlook Amidst the Setbacks”

2020 Review: Asia Legal In-House Commerce

2020 has been the most challenging year in decades, the Covid-19 virus has wreaked chaos across the globe and all industries, and the Asian legal services sector is not immune. To combat Covid-19 with resilience, many companies were trying hard to adjust their operations to react to the fast-changing circumstances–revenue, budget, headcount, and workload. HereContinue reading “2020 Review: Asia Legal In-House Commerce”

2020 signs off with a bang and a whimper

If 2020 was dominated by a global pandemic, it will be interesting to see if a particular theme will hold similar sway over 2021. We have observed firms adapting to new working conditions, client interaction, marketing enterprises and observers have traded views on how far these new practices will be adopted permanently. Assuming there isContinue reading “2020 signs off with a bang and a whimper”

Interview with Xiangjun Kong, Partner, ShiHui Partners

Today, we are happy to have Xiangjun Kong, a former Head of Legal for Sanofi China, to join us to share his legal healthcare/pharmaceutical experience and tips for young lawyers as well as his thought on the fast-changing healthcare law landscapes in China. Kong has extensive experience in the field of healthcare and life science and servesContinue reading “Interview with Xiangjun Kong, Partner, ShiHui Partners”

Non-Financial Incentives for Lawyers

As the economy continues to struggle through the pandemic, law firms and companies are increasingly competing to acquire and retain top talent. Competitive compensation levels can be  important, but truly effective motivation requires a more in-depth approach and a real commitment to people. In many cases, other motivational non-monetary tools can be much more powerfulContinue reading “Non-Financial Incentives for Lawyers”

Let’s Link Up – Part 1

Compare the following two sample texts*. Which paragraph do you think reads more clearly? Why do you think this is so? VERSION A This case is not so much a contest between the United States Department of Justice and two defendant companies as a skirmish in a broader battle over the direction American economic lifeContinue reading “Let’s Link Up – Part 1”

Law firms & companies continued to hire despite the recurrence of Covid-19

We saw a good level of hiring activity in July despite the 3rd wave Covid-19 slowing lateral hiring in Asia, especially Hong Kong. As many reports stated that China is winning the Covid-19 economy recovery race, including the legal market, Chinese firms dominate the Asian legal recruitment market since Q2. Since Q3, Australia overtook SingaporeContinue reading “Law firms & companies continued to hire despite the recurrence of Covid-19”

Interview with Joseph Chan, Group Chief Legal Officer, Yum China

Joseph Chan, Group Chief Legal Officer at Yum China, was the founding partner of the Shanghai office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and previously a partner of Sidley Austin, based in its Shanghai office. In June 2019, with an impressive law firm background, Joseph took up the top legal role at Yum China, a USContinue reading “Interview with Joseph Chan, Group Chief Legal Officer, Yum China”

Lawyers Embrace The New Normal

As we near the end of what we can all agree has been a unique year, partners are being asked to sum up the challenges and lessons of 2020. Covid-19 has obviously had an effect globally, of varying degrees in different countries depending on the severity of the outbreaks and the levels of governmental interferenceContinue reading “Lawyers Embrace The New Normal”

Handy Interview Tips to Help You Succeed in a Job Interview

We have continued to see good levels of recruitment activity in Asia. Many companies and major law firms are actively hiring across the region. Early 2021 could be the right moment for you to plan your next career move and get prepared. It is essential to know what kinds of questions to expect so youContinue reading “Handy Interview Tips to Help You Succeed in a Job Interview”

Too many notes, too many nouns

In Miloš Forman’s film, Amadeus, Emperor Joseph II tells Mozart his latest work is excellent, except that there are “too many notes”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCud8H7z7vU None today would agree with His Majesty, but we can fairly accuse academics, scientists, lawyers, government officials and other writers of “too many nouns”. Nouns are to writing what fat is toContinue reading “Too many notes, too many nouns”

Legal Move Updates (October – December 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. December 2020 23 Dec – White & Case (Tokyo, Japan) White & Case has hired a new partner, Clara Shirota, in Tokyo specializing in debt financing deals. (from http://www.law.com) 17 Dec – L&L Partners (Delhi, India) India’s L&L Partners has welcomed a third lawyer in as many months,Continue reading “Legal Move Updates (October – December 2020)”

HK Capital Markets resilient in challenging market

According to Reuters, a recent flurry of IPOs and secondary listings worth at least $4.5 billion due to launch in Hong Kong will put 2020 on track to be the second-busiest year for equity capital markets in the city. Against the backdrop of the turmoil created by the protests earlier in the year which ranContinue reading “HK Capital Markets resilient in challenging market”

What Makes You A Leader?

What adjectives come to mind when you think of the word “leader”? Passionate? Inspirational? And humble? Some people still hold mistaken thoughts that leaders must be in high-level positions, such as supervisors, partners, government officials etc., but these are not necessarily what defines a leader. Everyone may have their own interpretation of leadership, but ourContinue reading “What Makes You A Leader?”

Dummy Subjects for Dummies

Our world has no shortage of dummies. And they can be cute and amusing – think McDull or the Three Stooges. But you don’t want to be a dummy, and neither does the subject of your sentence. So what is a “dummy subject” anyway? As with many features of English, this is best explained byContinue reading “Dummy Subjects for Dummies”