New York law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has announced the hiring of William Yoo in their Hong Kong office. Yoo is a Real Estate Equity, Debt Transactions and Corporate Finance attorney who previously work for Paul Hastings in Tokyo.
Foley & Lardner LLP has announced that it has opened an office in Shanghai. Catherine Sun, a recent acquisition from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, will head the new office. Sun is an intellectual property attorney and much of the new office’s work will be in that area.
Texas law firm Vinson & Elkins has announced that it will open an office in Abu Dhabi. Vinson & Elkins also has an office in Dubai, making it the first American firm to have offices in both Middle Eastern legal centers. London energy partner Lewis Jones will move to Abu Dhabi to head the office as an administrative partner.
Jones Day has announced the hiring of a new partner in their Beijing office. Jingzhou Tao was formerly the managing partner of DLA Piper’s Beijing office. He practices transportation law.
Rumors are flying that Gibson Dunn will soon open an office in China. Thelawyer.com is reporting that the firm intends to follow up its new Dubai branch with a Chinese one, citing a sound-bite from a higher-up stating that the firm is “continuing to look at Asia.”
Baker & McKenzie has announced the hiring of six attorneys for its China IP practice. These attorneys include senior associates Maria Smith, Angeline Lee, and Sian Bowen as well as associates Gloria Poon and Annie Tsoi, all of whom will work in Hong Kong. Senior associate Clement Ngai will work in the Shanghai office.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has announced the opening of a new branch in Shanghai.Michael Hickman, who previously headed the firm’s Hong Kong branch, will be managing partner of the new office, which will house five attorneys.
Weil, Gotshal, & Manges has announced that it plans to open a new office in Hong Kong later this month. The office will specialize in transactional practice and is designed to work in tandem with the firms already established Shanghai office. The firm also has plans to open an office in Beijing.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has announced that they will open an office in Dubai, UAE, by the end of the year. According to representatives of the firm, this move makes sense as a solidification of their existing Middle Eastern practice. Gibson Dunn now has 14 offices, including five non-US branches.
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP has announced that it has hired three finance partners in Asia. Joseph Kim or LAtham & Watkins and David Vance of Baker & McKenzie will join the firm’s Tokyo office, and Patricia Tan Openshaw of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom will join the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has announced that a group from DLA Piper will join its Beijing office. The group is led by corporate partner Janet Jie Tang and she is joined by three transactions associates, Lu Ning, Wang Yuanming, and Zeng Linyan. Akin Gump hopes that these additions will broaden the range of services available to their Chinese clients.
New York-based LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has opened a Hong Kong office to serve as a hub for the firm’s Asian practices. Daniel Liew, formerly a parter with Simmons & Simmons, and Bill Marcoux, an insurance Partner out of London, will head the branch’s ten attorneys. Paul Chen from New York will join them later this year with several associates; LeBoeuf Lamb hopes to double the number of attorneys in Hong Kong by the end of the year.