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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Office Openings - 3/16/2010

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Posted on March 16, 2010 at 9:03 PM



K&L Gates LLP, an established global law firm, has opened an office in Singapore its fifth office in the Asia region. With locations in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei, the Singapore office will bolster its rapidly growing South East Asia presence. Now, the firm has over 70 Asian legal professionals and ove...

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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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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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Office Openings - 2/22/2010

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Posted on February 23, 2010 at 1:02 AM



PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal has opened its first branch in the Middle East with the hire of Waseem Khokhar, a partner from DLA Piper’s London office. PwC opened its office in Dubai last month and also hired Michel Chalhoub from local firm Naji Beidoun and Associates. The Dubai branch with its current team of the two pa...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 2/1/10

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Posted on February 2, 2010 at 5:02 AM



Vinson & Elkins LLP has appointed Sami Al-Louzi as partner after enticing him to join the firm from White & Case, where he was a partner at the firm's Riyadh office for six years. Al-Louzi’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, privatization and project finance, and has represented cli...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 12/12/09

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Posted on December 12, 2009 at 7:12 PM



White & Case LLP has promoted Simon Collins, a Tokyo-based lawyer, to partner in the Global Asset Finance Practice. He is an English-qualified lawyer and focuses on advising clients on a wide range of finance transactions, including project and asset finance, structured lending and leasing and commercial shipping t...

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Dubai World to Spur Change in Restructuring Law

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Posted on December 11, 2009 at 8:12 PM



The UAE has no Chapter 11-style system and there have been calls for reform to the existing insolvency laws. Some lawyers in the region feel that Dubai World’s restructuring could lead to the much anticipated developments in the insolvency laws. “Particularly given the magnitude of the amounts at stake, the restructuri...

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Middle East Lawyers Calm Through Dubai Crisis

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Posted on December 10, 2009 at 9:12 PM



Even with the surprise announcement by Dubai World that it wanted to delay debt repayments, which led to widespread panic, Middle East lawyers are downplaying the effects of it on Dubai’s future.Dubai World, a state-backed conglomerate in charge of some of the Middle East’s largest projects, has approximately $60 billio...

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Deal Watch - 12/06/09

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Posted on December 6, 2009 at 7:12 PM



Clifford Chance has assisted on two Hong Kong IPOs, led by partner Amy Lo assisted by Rupert Li:· China Minsheng Bank did an IPO that raised US$3.9 billion and became listed on the HKSE. The firm advised on Hong Kong and US law aspects of the global offering.· Chiina Longyuan Power’s IPO was worth about US$...

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