At a signing ceremony today, in an historic first, 大成 (pronounced “da CHUNG”), a leading law firm in China, and Dentons, a top 10 global law firm, announced a combination that will be unique in the marketplace. The result will be the only firm to offer seamless service across Africa; Asia Pacific; Canada; Central Asia; Europe; the Middle East; Russia, CIS and the Caucasus; the United Kingdom (UK); the United States (US); and all 34 of China’s regional administrative divisions.

The new firm will have more than 6,500 lawyers in 120 locations in more than 50 countries. It is the first combination of a leading Chinese firm and a top 10 global firm. (more…)

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Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey is pleased to announce the opening of our Foreign Legal Consultant Office in Seoul, Korea. Simon Hong, a registered Foreign Law Consultant in Korea and one of the firm’s founding members, will head the new office. (more…)

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International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has reinforced its depth of coverage across the Asia Pacific with the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo office is the firm’s third in the region and will work collaboratively with existing teams in Shanghai, China and Seoul, Korea. It is Greenberg Traurig’s 37th office worldwide. Greenberg Traurig Tokyo Law Offices will be operated by Greenberg Traurig Horitsu Jimusho, an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP. (more…)

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Stephenson Harwood celebrated the opening of its new office last night at The British Embassy in Seoul.

Two hundred clients and contacts joined key personnel from Stephenson Harwood at its launch event, which follows from the firm receiving its licence to open in August this year. The firm has for some time acted for some of Korea’s largest conglomerates across shipping, ship-building and ship finance work, banking, and trade sectors. Clients include the Export-Import Bank of Korea, STX Corporation, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Korea Line, all of which were represented at the launch. (more…)

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CPA Global, the world’s leading specialist in intellectual property (IP) management software and services, has further strengthened its presence in Asia Pacific with the opening of an office in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

The move will enable CPA Global to better serve its growing number of corporate and law firm clients in Taiwan, and to help meet the increasing demand for IP management software and services in this key innovation market, and more broadly across the Asia Pacific region. (more…)

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Morgan Lewis has opened a new office in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana, formalizing its existing presence in the Central Asian country. The firm has operated and served its global clients in the region from Morgan Lewis’s Almaty office since 2012.

Morgan Lewis lawyers in Kazakhstan handle a wide variety of corporate, investment, energy, finance, telecommunications, utilities and other business transactions—both within the country and the broader Central Asia and Caspian region—with an emphasis on energy, banking and capital markets projects. The firm recently served as English, U.S. and Kazakhstan legal adviser to Intergas Central Asia, the operator of Kazakhstan’s national natural gas pipeline system on a successful consent solicitation involving $600 million in Notes. (more…)

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Duane Morris & Selvam announced that it has formally opened its Shanghai office following approval and licensure from the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China. The firm had originally announced its plans for the Shanghai office in January of 2014. The firm will work closely with clients to achieve their investment and business goals in China, with a particular emphasis on facilitating outbound investment for Chinese corporations, as well on supporting inbound investment. The firm will advise Chinese and foreign clients on foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, market entry, outbound investing, taxation, licensing and joint ventures, intellectual property matters, reporting requirements and regulatory issues. (more…)

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Duane Morris LLP announced that it has formally opened its Shanghai office following approval and licensure from the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China. The firm had originally announced its plans for the Shanghai office in January of 2014. The firm will work closely with clients to achieve their investment and business goals in China, with a particular emphasis on facilitating outbound investment for Chinese corporations, as well on supporting inbound investment. The firm will advise Chinese and foreign clients on foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, market entry, outbound investing, taxation, licensing and joint ventures, intellectual property matters, reporting requirements and regulatory issues. (more…)

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Pillsbury today announced the opening of its Beijing office. This is Pillsbury’s second office in the People’s Republic of China, along with its office in Shanghai.

The office opened with the arrival of two new partners, David Livdahl and Jenny Jia Sheng, who joined the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice. Both partners are veterans of the Paul Hastings office in Beijing, which Livdahl led. Three associates, also from Paul Hastings, are expected to join the Beijing office as well. All five attorneys will join a firmwide China team that has members in virtually all of Pillsbury’s offices. (more…)

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Global specialist law firm Dechert LLP announced today that it has opened an office in Singapore. The new office will initially focus on investment fund formation, advising investment funds, their investment managers and other industry participants. (more…)

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Fenwick & West, a leading technology and life sciences law firm, announced today the continued expansion of its China Practice with the opening of a licensed representative office in Shanghai. Fenwick partner Eva Wang, who joined the firm a year ago, will lead the Shanghai office along with five additional U.S. qualified attorneys who are resident in China: Ben Li, Ruomu Li, Jen Z. Liu, Liz Qin and Eric Yao. (more…)

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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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