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.
In Hong Kong, the lateral market remains active for associates looking to change platforms. We have seen a lot of activity in corporate, capital markets, banking and funds on both the US and Hong Kong sides. Opportunities are abundant for mid to senior levels, from two PQE through to counsel level.
The Beijing and Shanghai markets remain steady. Law firms are generally recruiting across the transactional and FCPA practices. PRC nationals with commonwealth or US qualifications and a couple of years of overseas experience are in need. This is due to the strict visa application process, which makes PRC national become a preferred candidate.
The Singapore market remains steady with few firms looking for US-qualified lawyers in the market. They tend to be keen on mid-level lawyer who has at least three years’ experience with a US practice. Capital markets, M&A and banking are the desire areas for the hiring. On the other hand, Singapore-qualified lawyers remain to be in demand for international law firms. Associates with strong training from one of the top domestic law firms are desired.
Seoul has quieted down slightly and not a lot of firms are hiring right now. We expect things to pick up later on in the year, focused around corporate and projects experience.
A trend towards outbound investment and acquisitions continues in accordance with the Japanese companies’ drive to expand their capabilities overseas. Demand for cross-border mandates keeps domestic and international firms busy. Due to the increased workload, various firms have a strong appetite for M&A transactional lawyers. Both domestic and international firms are generally recruiting across the transactional practice.
Last week, the Liberal-National Coalition party was declared the winner of this year's Australian Federal Election, with Scott Morrison retaining his position as Australia's Prime Minister. The result has generally been viewed positively by firms and the wider Australian legal market.
Although come May and June, we tend to see a slight decrease in recruitment activity due to many firms coming up to their performance and pay reviews, job openings across the private practice market have remained steady. Demand across the Sydney and Melbourne markets across top tier and international law firms remain strong for banking and finance, infrastructure/major project and corporate/M&A lawyers at all levels starting from two years PQE.
Firms are continuing to look to hire Australian-qualified lawyers when they can; however, firms are open to sponsoring UK, New Zealand and South African–qualified lawyers with high level experience who wish to relocate to Australia. Demand is stemming from finance, corporate, infrastructure and technology practice groups.
|Gary Yin||Disputes||Jingtian & Gongcheng||Reynolds Porter Chamberlain||Hong Kong|
|Ye Yurong||Capital Markets||JunHe||Han Kun Law Offices||Hong Kong|
|Rhys McWhirter||Technology||Eversheds||Tiang & Partners||Hong Kong|
|Nan Li||Capital Markets||Tian Yuan Law Firm||Paul Hastings||Hong Kong|
|Rachel Yu||Disputes||King & Wood Mallesons||Herbert Smith Freehills||Hong Kong|
|Ronald Sum||Disputes||Addleshaw Goddard||Locke Lord||Hong Kong|
|Stephen Chan||Litigation||Reed Smith Richards Butler||Oldham Li & Nie||Hong Kong|
|Yin Xu||Investment Funds and Corporate||Harneys||Walkers||Hong Kong|
|Charles Clayton-Payne||Banking and Finance||Harneys||Hogan Lovells (Singapore)||Hong Kong|
|Joel Seow||Investment Funds||Morgan Lewis Stamford||Sidley Austin||Singapore|
|Steven Lim||International Arbitration||39 Essex Chambers||CMS||Singapore|
|Tessa Davis||Project Finance||Morrison & Foerster||Linklaters||Singapore|
|Siraj Omar SC||Litigation and Arbitration||Drew & Napier||RPC||Singapore|
|Dominic Gregory||Banking and Finance||Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner||Ashurst (Tokyo)||Singapore|
|Erlene Tan||M&A and Debt Restructuring||Withers KhattarWong||RPC Premier Law (Director)||Singapore|
|Shannon Finch||M&A||Jones Day||King & Wood Mallesons||Sydney|
|Ivan Smallwood||Corporate||Latham & Watkins||Morrison & Foerster||Tokyo|
|Noah Carr||Corporate||Latham & Watkins||Morrison & Foerster||Tokyo|
|Stuart Beraha||Corporate||Latham & Watkins||Morrison & Foerster||Tokyo|
|Tsuguhito Omagari||Corporate||K&L Gates||Sonderhoff & Einsel||Tokyo|
|David Case||IP and Technology||-||Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe||Tokyo|
|Youngjin Sohn||Corporate||Kim & Chang||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett||Seoul|
|Abhishek Sharma||Real Estate||Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas||Khaitan & Co.||Mumbai|
|Vinod Joseph||Corporate||Argus Partners||Global Infrastructure Partners (General Counsel)||Mumbai|
|Tanya Wadhawan||Corporate||Anand and Anand||Athena Legal||New Delhi|