Clifford Chance Sees Growth in Asia

by: Tajah Patel

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM



Clifford Chance’s Asia revenues rose 4% from £100m to £104m between May 2008 and April 2009, despite a 5% drop in global revenue. The firm published these figures looking to promote transparency and also acknowledged some of its measures to cut costs such as a £60m restructuring and a reduction of over 200 lawyers. Foll...

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Growth Investing in Asia

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Posted on July 15, 2009 at 10:07 PM



Asia’s economic climate is changing. The investment focus in the area is shifting from value investing to growth investing, with lucrative opportunities in local markets. Unlike in the past, economies with a domestic focus will be driving Asia’s economic growth. With external demand weakened by the global financial cris...

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Growing U.K. Role in the Indian Legal Market

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Posted on July 6, 2009 at 10:07 PM



There has been a growing trend in the Indian legal market of new alliances between top U.K. firms and local Indian ones. These alliances can take the form of anything from referral agreements to best friends agreements (otherwise known as exclusive referral relationships), and it seems that several U.K. firms, including...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 4/23/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 6:04 PM



Walkers brought in former Allen & Overy attorney Fraser Hern to its Hong Kong office. He will be working in the insolvency, restructuring, and corporate recovery practice.Orrick has hired John Inge as of counsel for its Tokyo office. Inge comes from Hogan & Hartson’s Tokyo office, where he has represented many p...

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Deal Watch - 4/16/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 9:04 PM



Pinsent Masons and Gide Loyrette Nouel both represented Veolia Transport China Ltd on a 50-50 partnership about operating on Hong Kong Tramways Ltd with Wharf Transport Investments Ltd. Peter Bullock was the lead partner in the Pinsent team, which mainly advised on due diligence and Hong Kong aspects of the deal. The GL...

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Deal Watch - 4/02/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 7:04 PM



Freshfields recently advised Grand Point Investment Limited in its 56.1% acquisition of Tianjin Port Company Limited. On the other side, K&L Gates advised Tianjing Port Development Holdings in the deal, which was worth about US$1,807.00 m.Lee & Co advised Shanghai POSCO E&C Real Estate Development while law ...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 4/02/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 6:04 PM



Norton Rose has brought in Donald Francoeur as a senior counsel for its banking and finance practice in Riyadh. Francoeur was formerly at the Qatar firm Gebran Majdalany. He also has previously worked in Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain as well as Stikeman Elliot’s office in Montreal. Norton Rose wants to take advan...

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Mining M&A Multiplies

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 8:03 PM



You may remember the recent Chinalco/Rio Tinto deal, which involved the Chinese government infusing $19.5 billion into Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto sold convertible bonds and stakes in its mines to the government’s Chinalco. It turns out that this government may have wide ranging implications, as it is one of many M&A deals...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 3/05/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 9:03 PM



K&L Gates recently appointed ex-DLA Piper partner Kevin J. Murphy to head its new Singapore corporate and restructuring practice. Murphy brings some of his loyal clients with him. In addition, K&L Gates brought its own corporate partners (James Chen, Sin Khai Tan, and Choo Lye Tan) to Singapore as well. Legal Ci...

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A Best Friends Agreement in India May Lead to Marriage

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 9:02 PM



A little review: India has banned foreign law firms from practicing within the country since a 1995 ruling by Mumbai’s High Court.  But that doesn’t mean they haven’t become creative.  The decision drove out firms including Clifford Chance and White & Case to surrounding countries like Singapore, where they proceede...

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