Although thousands of attorneys will work with a recruiter this year, most will spend less time evaluating recruiters than they do researching airfares on the Internet or on Facebook.  A recruiter should play a much larger role in the job-search process than simply relaying information about opportunities, especially when it comes to Asia based assignments.  Unlike the practice of law, the legal-recruiting profession is not regulated and does not require any type of license. Yet using a recruiter involves temporarily entrusting the course of your career to another person. As many recruiters turned their attention to the Asia legal markets after the domestic economic downturn, we thought it timely to suggest the following questions when interviewing a potential recruiter to determine their experience and expertise in the Asia legal markets.  There are many excellent legal recruiters out there, but not all recruiters are created equal and, most importantly, only a handful of recruiters have yet to gain the experience and the knowledge that the Asia legal recruiting field demands.

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March 13th, 2016

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Each 2015 Quarter: Q1  / /  Q2  / /  Q3  / /  Q4

While Asia’s markets continue to cool, the economies are still growing at a faster pace than the vast majority of other regions and we witnessed more partner moves in 2015 than in the past five years.  

Representative Partner Moves—October 2015

Hong Kong,

Jennifer van Dale, Employment, moved from Gall Solicitors to Eversheds, Hong Kong.

Jini Lee, Debt Capital Markets, moved from Linklaters to Ashurst, Hong Kong.

Michael Withington, Disputes, moved from Gall Solicitors to Howse Williams Bowers, Hong Kong.

Yilong Du, Equity Capital Markets and M&A, moved from Goldman Sachs (Executive Director and Counsel) to Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong.

Pattie Walsh, Employment, moved from DLA Piper, London to Bird & Bird, Hong Kong and London.

Samantha Thompson, Corporate Finance and M&A, moved from Linklaters, Hong Kong to PricewaterhouseCoopers, London and Hong Kong.

 

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January 10th, 2016

Posted In: Asia Jobs, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch, Recent Posts

Night shot of Hong Kong financial center and the Victoria habour

Each 2015 Quarter: Q1  / /  Q2  / /  Q3  / /  Q4

Representative Partner Moves—July 2015

Hong Kong

Giovanni Marino, M&A, FDI, moves from DLA Piper to Winston & Strawn, Hong Kong.

Jolson Ellwood-Russell, Finance, moves from DLA Piper to Simmons & Simmons, Hong Kong.

Christoper Morley, Anita Chow and Eric Seto, Litigation, move from Haldanes to Morley Chow Seto, Hong Kong.

Jeffrey Chen, Finance, moves from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft to Dentons, Hong Kong.

Patricia Tan Openshaw, M&A, moves from Paul Hastings to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hong Kong.

Nigel Pridmore, Finance, moves from Linklaters to Ashurst, Hong Kong. (more…)

October 15th, 2015

Posted In: Asia Jobs, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch

Night shot of Hong Kong financial center and the Victoria habour

Each 2015 Quarter: Q1  / /  Q2  / /  Q3  / /  Q4

Representative Partner Moves—April 2015

Hong Kong & Shanghai

David Ludwick, Capital Markets, moved from Linklaters to Freshfields Brockhaus Deringer, Hong Kong.

Stephanie Tang, M&A, moved from Kirkland & Ellis to Shearman & Sterling, Hong Kong.

Alan Freiman, Real Estate, Glenn Haley and Geoffrey Shaw,  both Construction, Dispute Resolution, all moved from Haley & Co to Berwin Leighton Paisner, Hong Kong.

Tim Gardner, Private Equity, moved from Latham & Watkins to Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Hong Kong.

Scott Peterman, Private Equity, moved from Sidley Austin to Jones Day, Hong Kong.

Kyungseok Kim, Corporate, Private Equity, moved from Linklaters to White & Case, Hong Kong.

Anna Elshafei, Corporate, moved from Hogan Lovells to Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, Shanghai.

Each 2015 Quarter: Q1  / /  Q2  / /  Q3  / /  Q4

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July 15th, 2015

Posted In: Asia Jobs, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch

Night shot of Hong Kong financial center and the Victoria habour

Each 2015 Quarter: Q1  / /  Q2  / /  Q3  / /  Q4

Representative Partner Moves—January 2015

Hong Kong:  

Vincent Sum, Structured Finance, moved from Bingham McCutcheon to Mayer Brown JSM, Hong Kong.

Ed Sheremeta, Real Estate, moved from DLA Piper to Ropes & Gray, Hong Kong. 

Michael Liu, one of the most experienced Corporate Transactional attorneys in Hong Kong and his team of Jane Ng and Stephen Chan, along with several Counsel members move from Latham & Watkins to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Hong Kong. 

Sarah Catchpole, Aviation, moved from Norton White, Sydney to Kennedys, Hong Kong.

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April 4th, 2015

Posted In: Asia Jobs, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch

cyp_logo_21-150x150         REPRESENTATIVE PARTNER MOVES TO DATE- HONG KONG 

November 2014 

Mark Johnson, Litigation, moved from Herbert Smith, Hong Kong to Debevoise & Plimpton. 

Martin Lister, Insurance Law, moved from Edwards Wildman Palmer, Hong Kong to Simmons & Simmons, Hong Kong. 

October 2014 

Bronwen May, Derivatives law, moved from O’Melveny Myers to Hogan Lovells, Hong Kong. 

Gary Li, Corporate Transactional law, moved from Ropes & Gray to Kirkland & Ellis, Hong Kong. 

Ben Hammond, Financial Services Regulatory Practice, moved from Slaughter & May to Ashurst, Hong Kong. 

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December 23rd, 2014

Posted In: Asia Market Watch, Hong Kong, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch, Recent Posts, Recruiter, Recruitment

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REPRESENTATIVE PARTNER MOVES TO DATE – CHINA

December 2014 

Lynia Lau, Energy & Natural Resources Law, moved from Clyde & Co to Stephenson Harwood, Beijing. 

Mr. Gao Jun, Litigation and Arbitration, moved from Duan & Duan, Shanghai to Zhonglun, Shanghai.

November 2014 

Mark Johnson, Litigation, moved from Herbert Smith, Hong Kong to Debevoise & Plimpton. 

Martin Lister, Insurance Law, moved from Edwards Wildman Palmer, Hong Kong to Simmons & Simmons, Hong Kong.

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December 22nd, 2014

Posted In: Asia Market Watch, China, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch, Recent Posts

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Representative Partner Moves to Date – Singapore

                    December

Seow Hui Goh Employment Group moved from Braddell Brothers to Bird & Bird
Mark Cooper M&A and private equity transactions moved from Linklaters to Hogan Lovells

                    November

Chin Chuan Chen, Finance, moved from Clifford Chance to Ashurst
Russel Low, Shipping and Offshore, moved to Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright
Gerald Yee, Marine Practice, moved from Colin Ng & Partners LLP to Clyde & Co.
Emerson Holmes, Dispute Resolution, moved from Nabarro LLP to Jones Day

                    

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December 9th, 2014

Posted In: Asia Market Watch, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch, Recent Posts

As the global economy continues to feel the effects of the 2008 recession, it faces both short and long-term challenges. But new and exciting opportunities are being created as the world’s markets walk the road to recovery. Southeast Asia has become an area of growth, attracting many firms and attorneys wishing to expand their portfolios abroad. The legal market in Asia is continuing to grow at record speed, changing the landscape for expatriate lawyers with an increase and broadening of opportunities for associates, partners and firms, a rapid and substantial deal flow.

According to the American Lawyer, Am Law 100 law firms had mild gains in 2012. They reported that gross revenue for Am Law 100 law firms was up 3.4 percent, average revenue per lawyer was up 2.6 percent, and average profits per partner were up 4.2 percent. Notably, this growth was uneven and the more successful firms tended to have a strong international presence, and well as a diverse set of practice areas.

Asia is a strong area of international growth and this extends to the legal sector. The Asian legal market is on pace to double in size by 2017, according to Asia Law Portal. Their analysts project the Asian legal market to grow 6 to 7 percent over the next 8 years, creating a strong incentive for U.S. and U.K. to get on the ground floor for fear of being left out. (more…)

November 15th, 2013

Posted In: Asia Jobs, Asia Market Watch, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Partner Watch, Practicing in Japan, Recent Posts, Recruitment, South Korea

Singapore

Sidley Austin has appointed Tju Liang Chua as partner in the firm’s international energy practice in Singapore. Chua has extensive experience in the energy and natural resources sectors. He advises clients on complex international cross-border transactions, including recently some of the most significant energy M&A deals between Asia and the Americas. He also handles energy and natural resources–specific matters, including LNG and crude oil sales agreements, drilling services agreements, joint operating agreements and production sharing contracts. Chua is a native of Singapore and is able to additionally advise on transactions governed by New York and Singapore law.

July 29th, 2013

Posted In: Asia Jobs, Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions, Partner Watch

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