Possible Trend? King & Wood and Mallesons talk Merger

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Posted on August 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM



This past week, the Chinese firm, King & Wood, and the Australian firm, Mallesons, are talking about forming an alliance in response to the growing integration of the Chinese and Australian economies.With Australia controlling and producing a noticeable amount of the world's natural resources, Chinese investors h...

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Partner Moves and Promotions 7/21/11

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Posted on July 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM



Reed Smith has hired Jay Yan, who previously was the head of Dorsey & Whitney’s Shanghai office, for their new Shanghai office which launched earlier in July.  Having worked in Shanghai for 15 years, Yan’s experience in M & A, foreign exchange control in China, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, c...

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Deal Watch 7/15/11

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Posted on July 15, 2011 at 6:07 PM



Slaughter and May advised the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in their establishment of the Hong Kong Government’s Hong Kong dollar retail bond issueance program. The first issuance under the program includes up to $1.3billion in principal amount of inflation-linked “iBonds” due 2014. These iBonds pay a coupon linked to th...

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Representative Partner Moves & Promotions: 2011 Year in Review

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Posted on June 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM



With many lateral partner moves and promotions at the senior level and partner level so far this year, there has certainly been a significant amount of restructuring at many of the top firms in Shanghai/Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. We’ve seen a few trends so far this year—continued movement between local an...

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Prada Falls Short of Projected IPO, Yet Still a Huge Success

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Posted on June 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM



Slaughter and May have headed Prada’s official $2.1 billion HKSE listing.  David Polk & Wardell and Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo have also played a big role in this IPO.  Prada, following recent international trends, on June 24th became the first Italian company to list on the HKSE.  Hong Kong partners Laur...

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Deal Watch- 6/20

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Posted on June 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Li & Partners, and King & Wood are advising China Everbright Bank on their most recent financial transaction.  China Everbright Bank, which is already listed in Shanghai, is planning its second listing in Hong Kong.  They expect the listing to raise about $6 billion dollars, more ...

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A Continuing Trend: Wall Street Firms Raiding British Magic Circle Firms

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Posted on June 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM



With the recent news of Sullivan & Cromwell hiring Kay Ian Ng, former Managing Partner of Freshfields' Hong Kong firm, London's Magic Circle was hit with yet another blow to their law practices based in China. Over the past few years, a trend has developed in which major Wall Street law firms poach top partners fro...

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Deal Watch - 6/13/2011

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Posted on June 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM



Clifford Chance advised BlackRock with respect to its first two Asian fixed income exchanged traded funds launched on the SGX.  BlackRock is a global fixed income exchanged traded fund provider.  The new iShares JP Morgan US$ Asia Credit Bond Index ETF and the new iShares Barclays Capital Asia Local Currency Bond Index ...

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Weil Gotshal & Manges Snags Four-Partner Funds Team from Clifford Chance

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Posted on June 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM



Weil Gotshal & Manges have acquired a four-partner funds team from Clifford Chance.  Nick Benson, Nigel Clark, Ed Gander and Jonathan Kandel have all moved from Clifford Chance to Weil Gotshal & Manges to establish a funds formation practice in the firm’s New York office.  This establishment is a major move towa...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 6/13/11

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Posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in an effort to revamp its Asia management team, has relocated its former US managing partner to Hong Kong. Melissa Thomas, former Shanghai managing partner and corporate specialist has been moved to Beijing managing partner. She will be replacing Nicholas French who will be moving to Lon...

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