We currently have a number of active openings for associate roles at US and UK firms in HK / China, Singapore and two new in-house openings. As always, please feel free to reach out to us at asia@kinneyrecruiting.com in order to get details of current openings in Asia, as well as to discuss the Asia markets in general and what we expect for openings later this year. Our Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney will be in Beijing the week of March 25 and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong the week of April 1, if you would like to meet them in person.

The US associate openings we have in law firms are in the usual areas of M&A, cap markets, FCPA / white collar litigation, finance, and project finance. The most urgent of our top tier (top 15 US or magic circle) law firm openings in Asia (among many other firm openings that we have in Asia) are as follows:

• 2nd to 5th year mandarin fluent M&A associates needed in Beijing and Hong Kong at several firms;
• Korean fluent 2nd to 4th year cap markets associate needed in Hong Kong;
• 2nd to 5th year Japanese fluent M&A associates needed in Tokyo;
• 4th to 6th year mandarin fluent cap markets associate needed in Hong Kong;
• 2nd to 4th year M&A / cap markets mix associate needed in Singapore (more…)

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Dentons announced today that it advised MMG Limited (MMG), a subsidiary of State Owned Enterprise (SOE) Minmetals, on its role leading a consortium to enter into a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) with GlencoreXstrata to acquire the Las Bambas copper project in Peru for US$5.85 billion. (more…)

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Appleby acted as British Virgin Islands counsel to mandated lead arrangers (MLAs) and bookrunners in providing a HK$1.8 billion secured syndicated term loan and revolving credit facility to Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust (Fortune REIT) involving a BVI borrower and several BVI security providers. The MLAs and bookrunners included Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. (more…)

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Yoon & Yang has hired Do Hyung Kim as a partner in the firm’s M&A group in Seoul.

Kim advises clients on domestic and cross-border M&A as well as other corporate work. He has significant experience working with Korean conglomerates and government-owned companies. (more…)

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Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of Sheela Moorthy as a partner in the Singapore office. Sheela joins from DLA Piper, where she was head of corporate in Singapore. (more…)

www.nortonrosefulbright.com

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International law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that from 1 July corporate partner Stephanie Keen will be taking on the role of Singapore Office Managing Partner. She will be taking over from James Harris who has managed the office for the last 11 years. (more…)

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Clyde & Co is pleased to announce the further expansion in Asia Pacific of its global projects and construction practice with the addition of construction specialist Eugene Tan. Based in Singapore, Eugene leads the firm’s South East Asia construction practice. (more…)

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Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented Optics Valley Union Company Limited (“Optics Valley Union”) in its US$107 million global offering and IPO on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. BNP Paribas, China Merchants Securities, Haitong International, GF Securities, Changjiang Securities, CCB International and ABCI Securities were the underwriters of the offering. (more…)

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Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised a consortium of investors including Credit Suisse, New World, Baosteel and CCB International on their US$151 million investment in ChongHou Energy Resources Limited, the holding company of Qipanjing Mining Company Limited which owns and operates a number of coking coal mines in Inner Mongolia. Coking coal is used in the production of steel and is in high demand in China. (more…)

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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“bkl”) advised Hana Financial Group (“HFG”) with respect to the merger of its subsidiaries in Indonesia. The merger of PT Bank Hana and PT Bank KEB Indonesia to form PT Bank KEB Hana, which was successfully completed on March 10, was done to comply with local regulatory requirements and promote synergies between the two banks. (more…)

www.bkl.co.kr

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Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has today announced the arrival of new debt capital markets partner, Gregory Man (more…)

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Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that David Blumental has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate Department (more…)

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The Beijing office of global law firm K&L Gates has added Frank Voon as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice. He joins the firm from Allen & Overy LLP (more…)

www.klgates.com

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