Office Openings 3/27/11

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on March 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM



       Curtis Open Office in KuwaitIn association with local firm Mashora Advocates and Legal Consultants, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Cost & Mosle opened a new office in Kuwait. Partner David Pfeiffer will head the office. Curtis is the 3rd international law firm to become involved with Kuwait following DLA Piper and S...

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Deal Watch 3/27/2012

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on March 17, 2012 at 7:03 AM



       National Bank of Abu Dhabi Dollar BondClifford Chance and Allen & Overy are currently advising the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the largest bank by market value in the United Arab Emirates, on a $750 million five year bond. Barclays, HSBC, UBS, and NBAD are the bookrunners for this deal. The bond priced at 190...

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Deal Watch 3/2/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM



Freshfields has advised Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. with their move to privatize Alibaba.com Ltd, China’s biggest corporate e-commerce site. On February 21st, 2012 Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. bought out all of the shares of Alibaba.com Ltd. that were not owned already. The entire share capital of Alibaba.com is now $8.71 ...

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U.S. Law Firms Entering the Korean Market

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM



In November of 2011, the free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States was finalized allowing U.S. firms to finally be able to open offices in South Korea. Shortly after the announcement of this agreement several American law firms announced plans to open offices in Seoul.One firm planning to open a Seo...

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Deal Watch 1/13/2012

by: Danielle Brown-Davis

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM



Latham & Watkins has advised Tokyo-based Recruit Co Ltd in respect of its acquisition from affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management LP of the 100 per cent ownership of US-based Advantage Resourcing America Inc and Netherlands-based Advantage Resourcing Europe BV for approximately US$410 million. PartnersJulian Klei...

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King & Wood and Mallesons Plan to Create Largest Law Firm in Asia-Pacific Region

by: Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM



As recently reported, King & Wood and Mallesons plan a merger of sorts.  It will be interesting to see how this merger plays out as more and more PRC and US/UK/AUS attorneys start to integrate and work side by side as colleagues.  The merger may experience a few challenges because it’s unclear how it will expand the...

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Asia Year in Review: 2011

by: Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 9:12 PM



Below, we have outlined some of the hiring trends that we have observed in 2011. In December alone, Cypress has been contacted by more than 8 firms to work on retained partner-level searches and open offices next year. We are expecting the number to increase even more as we enter 2012. Can these firms compete as lateco...

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Representative Partner Moves and Promotions: 2011 Year in Review

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Posted on December 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM



With many moves and promotions at the senior level and partner level so far this year, there has certainly been a shakeup in the makeup of many of the top firms in Asia and the Middle East. Let’s see what has happened since June. [To see January through June 2011 Partner Moves see: Representative Partner Moves & Pro...

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State of the IPO Market

by: Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:11 PM



In the past few years, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has emerged as a global IPO leader, dominating the market two years in a row. The scaled back pricing of a few large IPOs and investor nervousness have done little to seriously alter the financial world's shift to the Asian market. Likewise, the reclamation by the Unit...

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Deal Watch 8/12/11

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Posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:08 PM



New China Life, China's third largest provider of health insurance, is targeting a $4billion IPO. The confidence in the market for health insurance offerings has historically been low, as it is seen as an immature martket. However if this deal is approved, some analysts say it will start the wave of second-tier insu...

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