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.


March 13th, 2016

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Foreign firms are starting to proactively approach foreign universities seeking attorneys for their China offices. US and UK firms have always been eager to bring over bilingual expats from the US, UK and AUS. Over the last few years, firms have been increasingly focusing on attorneys with exposure in the US, UK or AUS, preferably with a US J.D. or LL.M. as well as international law firm experience. Firms are realizing that strong legal technical skills and a foreigneducation are equally as important as language skills, top local academics and even a book of business. The bar has been set higher, but for those of you who fit this specific skill set, opportunities are plentiful and it’s very important that you make the right decision. It can be difficult in an ever-changing market like China and Japan to make this decision.


November 21st, 2012

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In the past few years, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has emerged as a global IPO leader, dominating the market two years in a row. The scaled back pricing of a few large IPOs and investor nervousness have done little to seriously alter the financial world’s shift to the Asian market. Likewise, the reclamation by the United States of the number one position in the IPO market, as recently pointed out by the Wall Street Journal, has not dampened foreign companies’ appetite for listing in Asia. This interest is hardly one-sided, as Chinese companies are also increasingly attempt to list on American exchanges.

As for Hong Kong IPOs, Prada and Samsonite are just a few of the prominent Western companies that listed in Hong Kong this summer. Prada’s offering, which was handled by Slaughter & May, was the biggest in Hong Kong this year and despite disappointment over scaled back prices and the initially modest .3% rise, the stock has gained 18.9% since its June debut. (more…)

November 15th, 2011

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In 2003, retail banks could convert their HK dollars into RMB for the first time. Seven years later, we see HK emerging as an offshore RMB center with the growing RMB Eurobond market (RMB bonds issued in Hong Kong) being a key element. The deposit base has jumped spectacularly to Rmb103.7 billion ($15.2 billion) today from a little more than Rmb20 billion in 2007.

Deutsche Bank became the first non-Asian bank to issue an RMB Eurobond last week, with a Rmb500 million ($73 million) deal for China Development Bank, and the first non- bank and corporate deals have also appeared in the past couple of months. RMB convertibility was extended to the corporate sector, with a pilot scheme launched in June 2010 allowing trade between Hong Kong and China to be settled in RMB, rather than US dollars.


September 20th, 2010

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Cypress is proud to announce its partnership with the Chinese Business and Legal Association (CBLA).  Check out their website ( for information on CBLA, upcoming events and their CBLA Summer 2010 Newsletter.

June 18th, 2010

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You might have noticed that things have been a bit quiet here lately, and, yes, things have been a bit slow…

But here’s why:  The Cypress Guide to Law Firms in Japan is live, at  Go, look, enjoy, comment (of course, you do still have to be registered to view it, but, really, it is a small price to pay).  We’ll see you there.

BUT WAIT… there’s more…

The Cypress Guide to Law Firms in the Middle East is just weeks away. Watch this space.

December 8th, 2008

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Cypress Recruiting Group was launched in 2001, long before the Asian markets stepped into the world’s economic spotlight and became the focus of the world’s attention. As the first and only US-based legal recruiting firm to specialize exclusively on law firm and in-house placements in the China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and, more recently, Middle East legal markets, Cypress has built unparalleled relationships with the Hiring and Managing Partners of top-tier US and UK law firms as well as domestic and international corporations. With its narrow focus and profound understanding of the market, Cypress is uniquely positioned to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding job opportunities as well as logistical, cultural and practical advice organic to the region.

So why do you care?

We know, you want to, so I’m here to share.  I’ll be writing this Asia Legal blog on behalf of Cypess to provide a destination for information about and discussion of  the Asia legal markets and the firms and lawyer that they are made of.  We will have up to the minute market news, features, profiles of firms and attorneys, practice tips, and anything else we can think of along the way, delivered straight to your browser.  We’re looking forward to it and we hope you are too.

September 16th, 2008

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