Year of the Monkey

In 2015, the market witnessed its most robust year in over five years in terms of partner movement at Am Law 200 law firms in Asia (please see Representative Partner Moves in 2015) and this trend is set to continue in the Year of the Fire Monkey.  The Hildebrandt Consulting Report and the Citi Private Bank have both released reports stating that the hiring of lateral partners will be a profound element to law firm financial viability and growth this coming year.  This sentiment has been confirmed by our recent discussions with various Hiring Partners throughout Asia.  Many of our law firm clients are keen to grow through accretive and synergistic group, partner and associate hires.  Given the current economic climate, firms’ growing focus on bottom-line profitability and increased due diligence when conducting lateral partner hires, it’s becoming increasing important to work with a recruiter who is keenly aware of these changes.

While there was some doubt as to the profitability of bringing on lateral partners in recent years, firms took the plunge and have been successfully bringing in more lateral partners as the rapid expansion in both breadth and depth of demand for legal services fuels hiring despite a slowing of recent economic growth.  With lateral partner and group hiring metrics changing, it’s also more important than ever to use a trusted recruiter with local expertise on high level searches and awareness of the current trends, past pitfalls, new internal firm protocols driving partner hiring and a comparative viewpoint of successful procedures in place.  Learning from the past, hiring committees are vetting potential lateral partner hires with more discernment and a more focused eye on overall profitability for the firm as a whole versus gross revenue.

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March 10th, 2016

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

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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

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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

Singapore

K&L Gates LLP has appointed Lian Yok Tan and Nicholas Hanna as partners in the energy and corporate/M&A practices, respectively, in the firm’s Singapore office. Tan arrives from White & Case whilst Hanna joins from Watson, Farley & Williams. Tan advises government bodies, banks, and corporations throughout Asia on project development and financing in the energy, infrastructure, power, mining, and oil and gas sectors. She also counsels clients on M&A, commercial trade matters, structured and asset financings, and private equity transactions. Counseling clients in the oil and gas, mining, energy, and resort sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region, Hanna advises on Main Market and AIM listings on the London Stock Exchange, capital raising, private equity transactions, and complex contractual commercial disputes that focus on international trade, oil and gas, and intellectual property.

August 19th, 2013

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

China

Minter Ellison Hong Kong has appointed Christian Pellone as a partner to spearhead the development of the firm’s tax capability in the region. Pellone is a 20-year international tax veteran who has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK, Indonesia, and mainland China. He was formerly the global tax desk leader for Asia Pacific at EY and has advised many multinational companies on tax-effective structuring and risk management in the Asia Pacific region. He also spent three years as the European tax director for a Fortune 300 company. (more…)

August 6th, 2013

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

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