Year in Review: Asia 2009

by: Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 7:05 PM



The Rise of Asia Winston Churchill once said, "The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward." According to a recent issue of The Economist, the new economic order is in fact a resurgence of a very old one.  For 18 of the last 20 centuries Asia has accounted for over half of the world's economic output....

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Deal Watch - 5/12/2010

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Posted on May 12, 2010 at 2:05 PM



Clifford Chance has advised JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs as underwriters in respect of the US $601 million top-up placement by COSCO Pacific Limited, a major container terminal operator in Hong Kong.  The funds will be used to support the company's US$520 million acquisition of an additional 13.7 percent stake in the Yan...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 4/28/2010

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Posted on April 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM



Lovells has promoted 21 new partners across its offices, the largest number of its lawyers promoted to partner since 2007 when it made up 13 lawyers to partner, before it rebrands and merges with US firm Hogan & Hartson in May. Six of the new partners are from Asia and the Middle East. The new partners will be offic...

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Deal Watch - 4/21/2010

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Posted on April 22, 2010 at 2:04 AM



Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sullivan & Cromwell were involved in Chapdelaine & Co sale of a controlling interest to PFH Partnership Holdings. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised PFH Partnership and Hong Kong partner Brian Stadler led the advising team. Sullivan & Cromwell assisted Chapdelaine &...

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White & Case Ends Singapore Alliance

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Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM



White & Case has decided to end plans to merge with local alliance partner VentureLaw after being one of the six international firms granted a license to practice Singapore law last December. The firm had been allied with VentureLaw since 2003."We have agreed with Venture Law to bring our Singapore formal law allia...

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Herbert Smith Launches a New Hong Kong Practice Targeting Wealth Management Industry

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Posted on March 4, 2010 at 1:03 AM



Herbert Smith has opened a new private client practice in Hong Kong in order to gain a foothold in the growing Asian wealth management industry.London partners Rupert Ticehurst and Robert Hunter have transferred to Hong Kong to launch this practice along with Hong Kong partner Mark Johnson. They will advise high net wor...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 1/12/10

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Posted on January 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM



Shearman & Sterling will merge with Colin Law & Co, a new Hong Kong law practice launched in late December by former O’Melveny & Myers corporate lawyers Colin Law and Peter Chen. The merger will provide Shearman & Sterling’s Hong Kong with a strategic advantage, as it will gain Hong Kong law capability. ...

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Deal Watch - 12/23/09

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Posted on December 23, 2009 at 7:12 PM



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advised Wai Yuen Tong Medicine on a securities exchange partial offer that has increased its share in LeRoi Holdings from 29 percent to 49 percent. The company acquired 1.464 billion shares from the other Leroi Holdings shareholders.--Freshfields represented the underwriters of the US$...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 12/02/09

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Posted on December 3, 2009 at 4:12 AM



Linklaters' Asia managing partner Zili Shao will leave the firm at the end of January to become chairman and CEO of JP Morgan's China businesses.  He has been Asia managing partner since May, when after an election he replaced Giles White.Shao specializes in M&A and private equity investments, and in his new positio...

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Deal Watch - 12/02/09

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Posted on December 3, 2009 at 4:12 AM



Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has represented JP Morgan Securities Ltd as sole dealer manager in regards to a cash tender offer by Noble Group Limited to acquire up to approximately US$488 million of its outstanding US$680 million 6.625% senior notes due 2015. The firm’s team was led by Hong Kong-based partner William F...

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