Regulatory Changes - 2/24/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:02 PM



The following is a summary of some key regulatory changes that have recently occurred across the international legal scene:•    The Shanghai government has issued implementing rules meant to encourage multinational corporations to establish regional headquarters in the city.  The new implementing opinions, unlike the or...

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Deal Watch - 2/24/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 10:02 PM



•    Fried,Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acted as US counsel to Rio Tinto plc in connection with the announced US $19.5 billion cash investment in the company made by Aluminum Corp of China.  Lead partners on the deal were Robert Cassanos, Stuart Gelfond and Lee Parks from the firm’s New York office and Rich...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 2/24/09

by: Matt March

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 9:02 PM



Here are some recent moves of partners and associates to offices in Asia:•    Eversheds has strengthened its existing Asia practice by hiring five partners away from DLA Piper in Hong Kong.  Banking partners King Tak Fung and Michael Yau and litigation partners Ivan Ng, Ronald Sum and William Leung will join the firm ov...

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Office Openings - 2/20/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 9:02 PM



Despite the ongoing economic downturn that continues to impact the region, several firms have continued to expand into the Chinese market.  Wilmer Hale, for example, has applied for a license to open a new office in Shanghai.  This would be the firm's second location in China, following the 2004 opening of its office in...

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Office Openings - 2/18/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 9:02 PM



Baker & McKenzie officially opened its Abu Dhabi office on February 17 of 2009.  This is Baker & McKenzie’s fourth office in the Middle East, and the firm now has 69 offices in 39 countries.“After more than three decades of experience in this region, we are delighted to expand in the United Arab Emirates, an are...

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Office Openings - 1/26/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 9:01 PM



Weil, Gotshal & Manges has, as of January 26, 2009, formally openedits Dubai office, the firm's first in the Middle East. The openingprovides the firm with a base of operations to serve its clientswithin the region, as well as new clients throughout the world withbusiness interests in the Middle East.  Joseph Tortor...

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Office Openings - 1/25/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 4:01 PM



DLA Piper announced on 25 Jan 2009 its latest expansion into the Middle East with the official opening of its office in Muscat, Oman.  The office will extend DLA Piper's servicing capabilities within the region, and will focus on sectors including infrastructure, projects and finance, construction, banking, corporate, r...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 1/20/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 12:01 AM



K&L Gates LLP voted to elect 28 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective March 1, 2009.  This includes Choo Lye Tan in their Hong Kong office.  Ms. Tan practices in the areas of corporate finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity issues. Prior to joining K&L Gates, she wa...

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Regulatory Changes - 1/1/09

by: Matt March

Posted on January 1, 2009 at 7:01 PM



In China, the enterprise income tax law (EIT Law) came into effect on January 1 leading companies operating there to recalculate their business strategies and structures in order to prevent their costs rising under the new rules.  Enacted in March 16 last year, the new EIT Law consolidates both the Enterprise Income Tax...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 12/18/2008

by: Matt March

Posted on December 19, 2008 at 12:12 AM



Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, announced on December 18, 2008, the promotion of 22 of its counsel and associates in offices worldwide to partnership, effective January 1 2009, including Patrick Wong and Nathan Dentice in Hong Kong.  Mr. Wong, who joined Richards Butler in 2000 and was brou...

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