King & Spalding will open an office in Tokyo, the firm’s eighteenth office overall and tenth office outside the United States. The new Tokyo office, along with the firm’s Singapore office, will anchor King & Spalding’s market-leading energy practice throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Joining King & Spalding as partners are Ashurst partners John McClenahan, Mark Davies, and Chris Bailey in Tokyo, and Rupert Lewi in Perth, who will form the core team and launch the firm’s Tokyo office. Well-known in the Tokyo market, this highly-regarded group represents major Japan- and Korea-based actors in the energy and resources sector including export credit agencies and financial institutions, as well as some of Japan’s largest trading houses, public natural gas companies and other blue chip project sponsors and participants. They have extensive experience supporting the development, financing and acquisition of, and resolution of disputes arising out of, major energy projects globally, including power generation facilities, gas pipeline infrastructure, floating production storage and offloading vessels, and LNG terminals. (more…)

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Offshore law firm Forbes Hare, which provides provides BVI and Cayman Islands legal and fiduciary services, is set to open a new office in Singapore on July 1.

The Singapore office will be co-led by newly promoted partner Sam Robertson.
The 10-year-old Forbes Hare also has offices in the BVI, the Cayman Islands and London.
“The Singapore launch is an important milestone as we celebrate ten years of business in 2015,” said corporate partner Jose Santos in a statement. “We have seen a marked growth in demand from Asian clients across all our practice groups. We are delighted now to have a presence in Singapore, and we look forward to being of further service to clients old and new.”

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White Collar specialist Samuel Williamson is joining the firm as a partner based in Shanghai, a new office for the firm. Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Williamson was head of Kirkland & Ellis’ Asia-based Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice. He will have a similar role at Quinn Emanuel as managing partner of the firm’s new Shanghai office, which will open once regulatory approvals are obtained. (more…)

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Asia’s global law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is now officially open for business in Singapore, with the firm’s new office opening today in the Ocean Financial Centre.

Three KWM partners will lead the establishment of the office with an initial focus on International Funds, Energy and Resources and China inbound and outbound work. (more…)

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is pleased to announce the opening of our Ho Chi Minh City Office (“HCMC Office”) in Vietnam this May, 2015.

Our partner, Yasufumi Miki, will head our HCMC office. Mr. Miki is well experienced with Vietnam-related transactions, having been seconded since 2012 to VILAF, a leading Vietnamese law firm. Initially, he will be assisted by one Japanese qualified lawyer and one Vietnamese lawyer, both of whom have substantial experience with investments to Asia region jurisdictions, including Vietnam. (more…)

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the world’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced today that it has received a license from the South Korean government to open an office in Seoul. Charles H. Suh will serve as managing partner of the new office, which will be located in the Mirae Asset Center 1 building in the heart of the Seoul international business district. (more…)

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Global law firm Morgan Lewis and Singapore’s Stamford Law Corporation today announced they are joining forces to create the only fully integrated firm in Singapore that can practice across all legal service areas. The combination will establish a business transactions, litigation, and arbitration powerhouse to serve clients with strategic interests in Singapore and across the expanding Asian marketplace. (more…)

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We are pleased to confirm plans to strengthen our market position in Singapore by entering into a joint law venture agreement with Singapore firm, Legal Solutions LLC.
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Atsumi & Sakai has established an office in London, becoming the first Japanese firm to open its doors in the UK.

The London office, which operates under the name Atsumi & Sakai Europe Limited, advises clients on all aspects of Japanese law, with a focus on M&A, banking, capital markets and securities regulation. (more…)

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We are pleased to announce that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (“AMT”) and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa (“BSMA”) have entered into a definitive agreement to integrate the practices of AMT and BSMA’s principal attorneys, and that the following BSMA lawyers will join our firm as partners post-integration: (more…)

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As of 2nd March 2015, Magnusson welcomes Kristian Odebjer and Paulo Fohlin as partners based in Hong Kong. By adding Hong Kong to its geographical footprint, for the first time Magnusson expands beyond its Baltic Sea Region home base.

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King & Wood Mallesons will further strengthen its global capability, and its Asian connections and capability, with its granting of a foreign law practice licence by the Attorney General’s Chambers.

The Singapore practice will have an initial focus on International Funds, Energy and Resources and China inbound and outbound work, providing clients with a different choice of top-tier international legal expertise for cross-border and domestic work in South East Asia, and supporting Singapore-based clients with their outbound investments. (more…)

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