On Monday we discussed some positive trends in M&A in Asia, notwithstanding the turmoil in credit markets and overall economic downturn globally. Today, we discuss very briefly some of the lateral hiring trends we have been seeing in Asia recently and in ’08 in general. We have not seen an overall reduction in hiring of [...]
This week, we are going to very briefly discuss the state of the market for major law firms in Asia, with a focus on M&A, and with our usual slant towards Hong Kong / China (as that is where the majority of the hiring is taking place these days). In future editions, we plan to [...]
Lovells has expanded its Singapore office with the hire of Brad Roach. Roach, previously at White & Case, is the first partner in Singapore whose primary focus is that of energy. He has much experience in the Southeast Asian petroleum industry. This recent hire is just one of many Lovells has made in Singapore, having already added lawyers to various fields, including:” intellectual property, international arbitration, and corporate. With the addition of Roach, Lovells’ Singapore office has three partners.
Covington & Burling has opened its first office in Asia, residing in Beijing. The firm’s previous management chair, Stuart Stock, will head the team. Stuart will be accompanied by senior lawyers Ellen Eliasoph and Cao Yu. The former is former Warner Bros Exective, and the latter was a partner at a Chinese Firm Haiwen & Partners. The Beijing office is Covington & Burling’s 6th firm.
Patton Boggs is making itself know in the Middle East. The firm has launched an office Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Although Patton has worked in Abu Dhabi for thirty years, this is the beginning of having resident lawyers in the city. The office will also be working with the firm’s other Middle Eastern offices, inlcuding those in Dubai and Doha, Qatar. The Abu Dhabi office will provide legal service in a number of practice groups, including: private capital and investment funds; banking and financial institutions; international business transactions; construction, infrastructure and real estate; Islamic finance; and litigation and dispute resolution.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has boosted their practice in Asia by welcoming Eva H. Wang back to their firm, where she was once an associate. Wang was previously general counsel and vice president of legal affairs at Spreadtrum communications, a leading NASDAQ Chinese company. Wang brings her expertise of corporate law to the Shanghai office as partner.
Jones Day has hired Joe Bauerschmidt for its Hong Kong office. Bauerschmidt concentrates his practice on securities offerings and has represented both internatioanl banks and corporate entities. Bauerschmidt previously worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Jones Day has many branches in Asia including in: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.
The Washington DC-based law firm of Hogan & Hartson has announced it will open an office in Abu Dhabi, which will be its first office in the Middle East. Heading up the new office will be Ray Batla from Hogan’s London office. The move to Abu Dhabi will allow the firm to work more closely will its current Middle Eastern clients and will also open opportunities for growth in the area.