Omicron wave slows Asian legal markets’ recovery

In January, firms and lawyers were full of hope, expecting a lively 2022 fueled by global liquidity, recovery from the pandemic, and growing opportunities in the tech and biotech industries. However, the Omicron surge in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Korea slowed the recovery. Compared to Q1 2021, we witnessed a significant decline inContinue reading “Omicron wave slows Asian legal markets’ recovery”

Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2022)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. May  20 May  – Coinllectibles (Singapore, Singapore) Hong Kong law firm ONC Lawyers has lost its technology consultant, Joshua Chu, to Singapore-headquartered metaverse blockchain company Coinllectibles. Chu is moving in-house to Coinllectibles, which is publicly traded on the over-the-counter markets in the U.S., as chief risk officer. (fromContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2022)”

Slowdown in recovery is real, but optimism is ahead

The ripple effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy and legal industry dominated 2021. We were happy to see legal hiring markets across the Asia Pacific rebound strongly in early 2021. However, the emergence of the Delta and Omicron variants saw a slowdown as we neared the end of the year. That being said,Continue reading “Slowdown in recovery is real, but optimism is ahead”

Legal Move Updates (Jan – Mar 2022)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. March 2021 30 March – Midosuji LPC (Tokyo, Japan) Osaka-headquartered Midosuji LPC has hired intellectual property expert Kozo Yabe as a partner in Tokyo from Yuasa & Hara, where he worked for more than three decades. Besides intellectual property, Yabe focuses on risk management including scandal response, digitalContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (Jan – Mar 2022)”

Private Practice Round-up 2021

Welcome to the new year; same as the old year? The news in 2021 was dominated by something that was emerging as a mere curiosity this time two years ago. Those who had lived through the original SARS outbreak were confident (or at least hopeful) that the then-named Coronavirus would be eradicated in the warmerContinue reading “Private Practice Round-up 2021”

Now is the right time to consider changing jobs

When the Covid-19 pandemic erupted in the legal industry last year, many professionals felt blessed to retain their jobs even with the challenges of working remotely and coping with additional challenges like childcare, home schooling and health risks. These combined stresses prompted the “Great Resignation” (also known as the “Big Quit”). As a result, highContinue reading “Now is the right time to consider changing jobs”

Despite ongoing Covid-19 issues, legal markets are picking up across Asia Pacific

The Covid-19 challenge has been unprecedented and persists throughout 2021.  However, we are happy to see legal markets across Asia Pacific are picking up so far this year. Compared to 2020, we witnessed growth of recruitment activities in India and Singapore. Both the Australian and Hong Kong legal markets remained relatively stable. After China’s strongContinue reading “Despite ongoing Covid-19 issues, legal markets are picking up across Asia Pacific”

Legal Move Updates (Oct – Dec 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. December 2021 17 December – Herbert Smith Freehills (Singapore, Singapore) Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has elected Fatim Jumabhoy as its first-ever Singapore managing partner. Jumabhoy will begin leading the Singapore team effective 1 January. (from http://www.thelawyermag.com) 16 December – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Mumbai, India) Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM)Continue reading “Legal Move Updates (Oct – Dec 2021)”

Legal Move Updates (Jul – Sep 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. September 2021 30 Sep – White & Case (Seoul, Korea) U.S. firm White & Case has strengthened its global project development and finance practice with the hire of Sungjin Kang as a partner in Seoul from Latham & Watkins. Kang, who spent more than a decade with LathamContinue 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 (Apr – Jun 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 (Apr – Jun 2021)”

Legal Move Updates (Jan – Mar 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 (Jan – Mar 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 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)”

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)”