Deal Watch 8/12/11

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Posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:08 PM



New China Life, China's third largest provider of health insurance, is targeting a $4billion IPO. The confidence in the market for health insurance offerings has historically been low, as it is seen as an immature martket. However if this deal is approved, some analysts say it will start the wave of second-tier insu...

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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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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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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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PRC and US Firms Take Aim in Hong Kong

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Posted on May 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM



As capital markets continues to boom in Hong Kong, firms from mainland China and the US are starting to fight for a piece of the market.  Shanghai-based, AllBright Law is the most recent PRC firm to enter the market, following in the footsteps of King & Wood, Jun he Law Offices and Zhong Lun Law Firm. AllBright par...

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Simpson Thacher to launch Hong Kong law practice

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Posted on May 9, 2011 at 7:05 PM



Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced it will launch a Hong Kong law practice later this year. According to the press release, the firm will bring on partners Celia Lam and Christopher Wong, currently at the Hong Kong offices of Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, respectively.The firm hopes the launc...

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ALB Japan and SE Law Awards 2011 - Nominees

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Posted on April 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM



ALB has announced the nominees for the ALB Japan Law Awards 2011, which will take place June 22, 2011 in Tokyo. For details on the event, click here.Of the nominees, Japan's Big Four law firms - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and Nishimura & Asahi - vie f...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 8/12/2010

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Posted on August 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM



Shearman & Sterling has further strengthened its capabilities in Greater China by adding Shuang Zhao as a partner to its Hong Kong office. Zhao, a New York-qualified specialist on securities offering and mergers & acquisitions transactions, comes to the firm as a lateral hire from Simpson & Thacher's Hong Ko...

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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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Recent Newsworthy Asia Deals

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Posted on April 26, 2010 at 5:04 PM



Deal flow is still active throughout Asia, particularly China, the most resilient emerging market in the current global economic downturn.  Included below are some of the most newsworthy capital markets, M&A, energy, private equity and finance deals of 2009 and 2010, with Asia's IPO volume and search for oil and oth...

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