Legal Move Updates (Jul – Sep 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. September 2021 17 Sep – Kewei (Shanghai, China) Herbert Smith Freehills has hired new partner Peng Lei to its Shanghai joint operation Kewei, in order to help launch its intellectual property practice on the ground. Lei has significant patent expertise and also advises on anti-trust related litigation acrossContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (Jul – Sep 2021)”

Legal markets improve, but the shadow of Covid-19 lingers

New and more contagious Covid-19 variants continue to penetrate the world’s major economies, but overall the Asia Pacific legal market continues to grow. We have seen a good level of hiring activity in the first quarter, particularly in January. The massive disruptions of 2020 uncovered both challenges and opportunities for all legal practitioners. It isContinue reading “Legal markets improve, but the shadow of Covid-19 lingers”

Clifford Chance Loses Seoul Glow

Clifford Chance’s decision to close its Seoul office is not necessarily a surprise since the Magic Circle firm had had no resident partner in the city for some time but it may also be indicative of a wider trend of global firms reducing their Asia footprints. Upon liberalisation of the South Korean market in 2012Continue reading “Clifford Chance Loses Seoul Glow”

How to ace your partner interview

Partner recruiting in general is a complex and lengthy process. It can take anywhere from a couple of months to over a year. At the core of the process are the interviews with prospective colleagues and leaders at other firms. In preparing a partner-level interview, you have to be able to present a compelling appraisalContinue reading “How to ace your partner interview”

Firms look to go green in 2021

As firms continue to strive to look beyond the core strategies of improving client service, profitability, market share expansion, talent acquisition, and so on, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria are becoming increasingly promoted, with firms appointing dedicated senior staff members to oversee multi-pronged programs and initiatives that fall under this banner. Hughes-Castell spoke withContinue reading “Firms look to go green in 2021”

How your firm can stand out and hire the “right” lawyers in the post-Covid-19 period?

The competition for legal talent remains fierce, even with the pandemic still hampering the economy globally. While approaching the post-pandemic period, law firms, alongside companies across all industries and sectors, in need of new talent will have to hire externally to support their anticipated quick recovery. Therefore, finding the “right” talent is a core driverContinue reading “How your firm can stand out and hire the “right” lawyers in the post-Covid-19 period?”

Legal Move Updates (April – June 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. June 2021 30 Jun – McDermott Will & Emery (Singapore, Singapore) McDermott, which is launching an office in Singapore a year after it shuttered its offices in China and two years after closing its operation in South Korea, has added projects partner Merrick White from the Singapore officeContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (April – June 2021)”

Legal Move Updates (January – March 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. March  2021 31 Mar – Linklaters (Hong Kong, China) Linklaters has appointed William Liu as its new Regional Managing Partner, Asia for a period of four years from 1 June 2021. William succeeds Nathalie Hobbs who has completed her term in the role and will work closely withContinue 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”

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”

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 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)”

Hiring Trends in Infographics (Q2, 2020)

The pandemic slowed lateral hiring in Asia Pacific earlier this year as law firms continue to act with caution. The lateral market has been picking up since April with Chinese firms actively making inroads into the Asian legal market. Our quarterly review provides an overview of the key appointments in Asia Pacific: Appointments We seeContinue reading “Hiring Trends in Infographics (Q2, 2020)”

Legal Move Updates (July – September 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. September 2020 30 September – Mills Oakley (Perth, Australia) Mills Oakley has again looked to Norton Rose Fulbright for a partner hire, a workplace relations-focused lawyer with three decades’ experience in Perth. (from 28 September – Dechert (Beijing, China) Dechert has appointed partner Yang Wang to headContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (July – September 2020)”

Legal Move Updates (April – June 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. June 2020 26 June – Clayton Utz (Brisbane, Australia) Baker McKenzie nabs Kirkland partner in 3rd Hong Kong hire in 2 weeks. Derek Poon advises on private equity transactions. 27 May – Trilegal (Mumbai, India) Indian law firm Trilegal has boosted its corporate practice with the hire ofContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (April – June 2020)”

Hiring Trends in Infographics

Hiring Trends amidst COVID-19 Despite the impact of the COVID-19, firms are seeing opportunities for growth in certain practices in various regions. Our quarterly review provides an overview of the key appointments in the region: Locations: *Singapore market remains stable compared to other countries in the region. *China had a quiet January due to theContinue reading “Hiring Trends in Infographics”

Legal Move Updates (January – March 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. MARCH 2020 30 March – Dentons (Melbourne, Australia) Dentons has hired a commercial litigation partner from DLA Piper for its Melbourne, Australia, office to quickly meet client demand for recovery and restructuring advice. 25 March – Bowers (Hong Kong, China) Disputes lawyer Kevin Bowers, a co-founder of theContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (January – March 2020)”