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    In Memoriam Katherine Fan 1985 – 2022 Hughes-Castell is deeply saddened by the passing of our wonderful Managing Director Katherine Fan, who died peacefully in her hometown of Sydney on May 30, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Katherine was very loved and respected both within our company and the broader legal and law firm community. Everyone who knew Katherine experienced what a beautiful and vibrant person she was, always smiling, full of charm and sparkling energy. Katherine first joined Hughes-Castell in 2010 and after moving to work at Morrison Foerster and Baker McKenzie, Katherine came ‘home’ in 2019 becauseContinue reading
  • Time to move in-house?
    Moving in-house from a senior private practice position is a huge decision. However, in 2022, we have already seen three significant hires made in Asia’s technology or fintech industry, Joshua Chu going to Coinllectibles, Julie Gao to ByteDance, and Charlton Tse to Tencent. So, is this a prescient time to take a General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer at a tech/fintech company? In the past, law firms’ partners have been reluctant to move in-house. Most senior lawyers thought they would enjoy less prestige, admittedly for a work-life balance trade-off. The pandemic has posed challenges for various industries, including the legal sector, butContinue reading “Time to move in-house?”
  • 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 in recruitment activities in China. Only the Australian legal market shone in Q1. Corporate/M&A/Capital Markets practices constituted the top senior recruitment hires in Q1. Projects/Construction/Infrastructure practices climbed to 2nd, overtaking Litigation/Disputes/Arbitration/Investigation practices. We also saw a rise in Energy & Resources practices in Australia. The mostContinue reading “Omicron wave slows Asian legal markets’ recovery”
  • Tech Unicorns continue to lure big names from Private Practice in Asia
    The news that US IPO doyenne Julie Gao was leaving Skadden Arps to join TikTok owner ByteDance as Chief Financial Officer was initially greeted with shock and surprise by the market but, given a brief cooling off period, it seems like the move makes a lot of sense and is indeed part of an increasing pattern. Gao’s stellar practice saw her dominate the US listings market for PRC companies in recent years but with that deal flow being stymied by increased regulatory scrutiny it does seem like an opportune time to explore a different path. She has already advised theContinue reading “Tech Unicorns continue to lure big names from Private Practice in Asia”
  • Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2022)
    Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. June 27 June – Jingtian & Gongcheng (Hong Kong, China) PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng has hired corporate finance lawyer Kelvan Cheung as a partner in its Hong Kong office from Deacons, the SAR’s largest local firm. Cheung has more than 15 years of experience in the area of corporate finance. He advises on IPOs, M&As, private equity transactions, and regulatory compliance matters. Cheung joined Deacons more than 12 years ago, and was appointed as a partner in 2015. (from http://www.legalbusinessonline.com) 22 June – DLA Piper (Melbourne, Australia) DLA Piper has added aContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2022)”

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We were the first legal and compliance recruitment consultancy to target Asia, starting in 1985 in London. In 2016, we celebrated over 30 years in Asia Pacific. Hughes-Castell is a specialist recruitment agency that focuses solely on legal and compliance recruitment.


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Founded by Helen Castell, a pioneer in legal recruitment, Hughes-Castell takes great pride in her legacy of personal, ethical recruitment advice based on deep-rooted knowledge and understanding.

  • Focus: We carefully select and counsel candidates to ensure a truly perfect fit.
  • Longevity: We achieve long-lasting, strategic legal and compliance placements.
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