KORUS FTA

by: Shayne Barr

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM



Ironic that U.S. Free Trade Agreements—emphasis on “agree”—invariably rile bilateral dispute.  Will a foreign presence dominate domestic markets?  Will steep tariffs and strict regulations frustrate fruitful commerce?   These predictable rumblings peaked after October’s ratification of the South Korea-United States FTA ...

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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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