Large Trans-Atlantic Firm Merger

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Posted on June 2, 2010 at 9:06 PM



US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and British firm Denton Wilde Sapte announced on Wednesday that after discussions over several months, they will merge to create a massive 1,400-lawyer firm. If both firms’ partners approve the union on June 9th, the combined firm will be called SNR Denton and have a presence in...

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Obama’s Liu Nomination Draws Republican Opposition, AABA Support

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Posted on May 27, 2010 at 6:05 PM



After weeks of delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Obama nominee Goodwin Liu for an appeals court post on a party-line vote of 12 Democrats in favor and seven Republicans opposed. His nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit now heads to the full Senate, although a formal vote has yet t...

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Freshfields and King & Wood Capture Top Awards at the ALB China Law Awards

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Posted on April 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM



In recognition of the bumper crop of M&A and equity market deals worked on over the past year, Freshfields won three awards at the ALB China Law Awards: won M&A Deal of the Year, Equity Market Deal of the Year and International Law Firm of the Year.The firm seized its M&A and Equity Market Deal Awards for it...

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Asia-Related CLE Opportunities

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Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM



Cypress has found the following courses for lawyers looking to increase their knowledge on the Asian legal market while also taking care of their CLE requirements. Please follow the links if you would like to know more:Upcoming Seminars20th Annual Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar AssociationMay 2nd to 5th, 2010Subjec...

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About the OLQE

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Posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:03 PM



The Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination is the route for overseas lawyers to qualify as a Hong Kong solicitor. The Examination consists of 4 Heads for common lawyers and 5 Heads for non-common lawyers. Common lawyers with at least 5 year's post-experience should apply early for exemptions. In practice, all candid...

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Partner Watch

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Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM



An economic downturn doesn't necessarily mean that partners stay put or firms are discouraged to bring on lateral partners.  For a partner-level attorney there are many opportunities for lateral movement.  According to The American Lawyer's 2010 "Lateral Report," 2,774 partners made lateral moves in the year ending Sept...

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Clifford Chance Wins IFLR Asia Firm of the Year

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Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:03 AM



Clifford Chance won International Law Firm of the Year at the International Financial Law Review’s annual Asia Awards in Hong Kong by working on four of the night’s winning deals and also collecting three team awards. On the other hand, the Most Innovative US Law Firm award went to Sidley Austin for its innovative work...

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Flexible Working Arrangements on the Rise in Asia

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Posted on March 9, 2010 at 4:03 AM



Asia’s law firms are starting to offer flexible working arrangements, such as adjustable working hours and options to work from home, at a time when firms are freezing salaries and reducing pay. Singapore’s Drew & Napier, Korea’s Yulchon, India’s Khaitan & Co, and Vietnam’s VILAF all let lawyers work from their ...

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Freshfields Unfreezes Associate Lockstep

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Posted on March 3, 2010 at 4:03 AM



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced its 2010 associate salary rates, the first major UK firm to do so. Freshfields, which was the first firm to freeze both pay band levels and lawyers’ progression through the bands last year, will lift the freeze on associate lockstep from the new fiscal year. However, the pay...

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Ashurst’s India Practice to be Based in Asia

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Posted on March 2, 2010 at 4:03 AM



Ashurst’s India group head, Richard Gubbins, is focusing on Asia – specifically the Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Hong Kong offices – to be the focal points for its Indian presence after the Bombay High Court ruled in December 2009 that the Reserve Bank of India should not have granted the firm a license to open a li...

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