Dear All,


The Asian lateral market has seemed relatively quiet in the last month, with most activities relating to local law firms rather than international players. In HK, the local firms Hugill & Ip and De Heng; in Singapore, Shook Lin & Bok and Fortress Law; in Seoul, local Koren firms Kim & Chang and Yulchon; and in Sydney, Hall & Wilcox, Hamilton Locke and McCullough Robertson, all hired serious partners from local and international counterparts such as Paul Hastings, Withers, K&L Gates, White & Case, Clyde and PwC Legal etc.


In China, local PRC law firms such as Da Hui, Jingsh, Co-Effort, Joint-Win and Baijus continue to set up new offices, expanding their domestic coverage and capability. White & Case just announced their annual global promotions of partners, and this time 4 are based in Asia including 1 in Singapore and 1 in Shanghai. Another US law firm, Winston & Strawn, has announced that it is closing down in HK – another development impacting on how this complicated Asian legal market is evolving.


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