Top law firm Partners defect to local PRC firms: A wave of the future?

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Posted on May 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM



Two high-ranking partners of US and UK law firms have joined local Chinese firms recently, Clifford Chance capital markets partner Rupert Li, who moved to Beijing's King & Wood and Lovells Beijing Managing Partner Robert Lewis who joined Shanghai's Albright Law Offices. Formerly Chief Representative of Clifford Chan...

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Questions about Counsel Position

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Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:05 PM



Questions have been raised about the use of the counsel position as a promotion for associate lawyers including whether or not these promotions are good for the lawyer, firm and client?Some recently promoted counsel are David Lam of Clifford Chance, Gerhard Radtke of Davis Polk, Jenny Liu of DLA Piper, Karen Yan of Lath...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 5/4/2010

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Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:05 AM



Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has hired Maurice Hoo as a partner and co-head of the firm’s global Private Equity practice. Hoo was a partner at Paul Hastings for five years before this and had headed the China private equity practice there. He brings with him a client base comprised of some of the world’s top e...

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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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Office Openings - 3/8/2010

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Posted on March 9, 2010 at 3:03 AM



Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington-based international trade law firm, has established its first foothold in Asia with the opening of an office in Beijing. While the firm has worked with China extensively in the past, they have not had a branch there until now. The firm believes that the new office will allow it to...

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Recent Partner Promotions

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Posted on December 16, 2009 at 5:12 AM



London and U.S.-based firms with offices in Asia brought up partners - albeit at a slower pace than in 2008 - in a variety of practice areas in recent months, with corporate lawyers in Tokyo seeing the most movement.In mid-October, Clifford Chance shocked the market with the promotion of 15 senior associates across Asia...

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Hogan & Hartson Approve Merger Deal with Lovells

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Posted on December 9, 2009 at 8:12 PM



The partners at Hogan & Hartson have voted to merge with Lovells. With the successful vote, the two firms will become Hogan Lovells from May 1, 2010, forming a top 10 global practice with 2,500 lawyers and revenues of around $1.8 billion.Lovells managing partner David Harris and Hogan chairman Warren Gorrell will be...

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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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Hogan Lovells Model to Maintain Two Profit Centers But Align Partner Pay

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:12 PM



The Hogan Lovells model will maintain separate profit pools and accounting years, even with integrated governance and remuneration.  The proposed structure for the merger between Lovells and Hogan & Hartson would have the firms maintain separate partnerships in the US and UK/international.  It would also likely inc...

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UK Firms Decide to Persevere in Moscow Market

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Posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM



Russia is continuing to be a challenging market for law firms trying to keep an office there with an M&A market that has had deal volumes almost halve over the past year.Simmons & Simmons became the first major international firm to pull out of Russia last month, and partners at other firms have also admitted ...

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