Office Openings - 4/09/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 10:04 PM



US firm Dorsey & Whitney opened an office in Sydney, Australia, so that it can serve US and Asia clients in the Asia-Pacific. The office will work closely with two other offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and will be headed by John Chrisman. SJ Berwin, within a month of launching an office in Hong Kong, has now set ...

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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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Office Openings - 3/26/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM



SJ Berwin has almost secured permission to launch its first Asian office in Hong Kong. If it does actually obtain it, Consultant Daniel Liew will become the firm’s Asia managing partner. Commercial partner Peter Tse as well as real estate partner Hans Thomas Kessler and partner Giovanna Kwong would join him as well. Thi...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 3/26/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 7:03 PM



Latham & Watkins promoted three lawyers to partnership thus far this year. One of them is Daiske Yoshida, who has become a partner in the Tokyo office’s litigation department. Yoshida is qualified to practice in New York and Japan (where he is registered as a foreign attorney or Gaikokuho-Jimu Bengoshi). He has prim...

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Office Openings - 3/05/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 9:03 PM



K&L Gates has launched its office in Singapore, which is its fifth in Asia and makes a total of 70 Asia-based lawyers. The office will primarily focus on technology, transportation, energy, financial services, and investment funds practices. In the future, it plans to broaden into digital media, maritime practice ar...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 2/18/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM



Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has strengthened its office in Singapore by adding corporate partner Christopher Muessel, bringing the number of partners there to seven. Muessel previously worked at Duane Morris’ Singapore office. He concentrates on project financing in Asia (but focuses on Vietnam related ones). As ...

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Regulatory Changes - 2/17/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 11:02 PM



The following is a brief summary of several interesting regulatory changes which have taken place in the international legal market over the past several months:On December 6 2008, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) circulated the new M&A financing rules called “Guidelines on Risk Management of Loans Ex...

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IP Law Proposal Comes Closer to Reality in Dubai

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM



The DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) released several draft regulations comprising its intellectual property rights proposal on January 20, 2008 for public consultation.These draft regulations topics such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. They also pitch the creation of a separate IP trib...

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Office Openings - 1/26/2009

by: Matt March

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 9:01 PM



Weil, Gotshal & Manges has, as of January 26, 2009, formally openedits Dubai office, the firm's first in the Middle East. The openingprovides the firm with a base of operations to serve its clientswithin the region, as well as new clients throughout the world withbusiness interests in the Middle East.  Joseph Tortor...

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Deal Watch - 12/18/08

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 5:12 PM



Mayer Brown JSM acted for Hempel AG on the conditional buy-out of its joint venture partner China Merchant Holdings (International) Co Ltd in Hempel-Hai Hong. The total consideration for the sale of the sale shares, the assignment of the joint venture IP rights and the grant of all other rights to Hempel was over HK$1.1...

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