Associate Newsletter – Asia Pacific is a monthly resource that reports current legal market news, trends, partner moves and active opportunities in the Asia Pacific legal markets.
Many law firms in Hong Kong reopened their offices on 11th May following the government’s announcement that most public services would also resume on the same day. However, a number of these firms saw their lawyers and staff return to temporarily implemented measures in the form of pay cuts (ranging from 5% - 25%), mandatory unpaid leave policies among others. Although recruitment efforts have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, we see active needs in the banking & finance, restructuring, arbitration, and private client areas. Encouragingly, we also can report that despite the COVID-19 situation some firms have progressed with their plans to make up new partners.
Almost all law firms in Beijing and Shanghai have returned to working in the office. We have noted a slight pick up on recruitment activities where partners are interested to meet candidates within the FCPA and corporate space. These opportunities are available to mid-level to senior level lawyers. Still, majority of the firms are being cautious on recruitment and would like to take things slowly.
Singapore is remaining under the COVID-19 lock down but looking to lift in three phrases starting on June 2. Many international law firms have remained cautious in their associate hiring processes.
Major law firms across Australia report high levels of activity across most practice areas, however firms remain cautious regarding recruitment.
This week saw Perth officially open back up for business with the majority of Australia’s BigLaw firms welcoming staff back into their Perth offices, albeit in staggered and conservative fashion. In the coming week or two, as schools re-open across many states including in NSW, law firms across Australia will also begin inviting their staff back into their respective offices.
During May, Australia’s major law firms have reported increased levels of work activity across Litigation, Regulation, Employment and Competition.
|Sherlin Tung||International Arbitration||Withers||CMS (Senior Associate)||Hong Kong|
|James Pedley||Financial Markets||Simmons & Simmons||Clifford Chance (Foreign Legal Consultant)||Hong Kong|
|Kenneth Ching||Leveraged Finance||Baker McKenzie||Shearman & Sterling (Counsel)||Hong Kong|
|Ke Jiang||Compliance||King & Wood Mallesons||Amazon Web Service||Beijing|
|Yingzhi Shan||Securities||King & Wood Mallesons||Commerce & Finance Law Offices||Shanghai|
|Jonathan Zhou||Capital Markets||Alibaba-Affiliated Ant Financial (General Counsel)||Fangda Partners (Co-Founder)||Shanghai|
|Swee Siang Boey||Commercial and Employment Disputes||RPC Premier Law||Bird & Bird||Singapore|
|Navin Joseph Lobo||Compliance||RPC Premier Law||Bird & Bird||Singapore|
|Yuankai Lin||International Arbitration||RPC Premier Law||Bird & Bird||Singapore|
|Johnny Lim||Corporate||Resource Law (Director)||Shook Lin & Bok||Singapore|
|Evan Lam||Financial Regulations||ADTLaw||Allen & Gledhill||Singapore|
|Shaun Langhorne||Restructuring||Clifford Chance||Hogan Lovells||Singapore|
|Paul McNab||Tax||DLA Piper||PwC||Sydney|
|Shaun Clyne||Private Equity Funds||MinterEllison||Norton Rose Fulbright||Sydney|
|John Fogarty||Litigation||DLA Piper||Corrs Chambers Westgarth||Melbourne|
|Tim Mathers||Real Estate||Ashurst||DLA Piper||Brisbane|
|Matthew Bull||Antitrust||Jones Day||Herbert Smith Freehills||Brisbane|
|Charmaine Tsang||Employment, Industrial Relations||Holman Fenwick Willan||Australian Women Lawyers||Perth|
|Paul Shillington||Oil and Gas||Hogan Lovells||Minter Ellison||Perth|
|YongSang Kim||International Dispute Resolution||Yulchon||O'Melveny & Myers (Counsel)||Seoul|