Asia Pacific Legal Market Summary and Partner Moves - August 2016



(As excerpted from our monthly Associate Newsletter - Asia Pacific)

Hong Kong                 China                 Singapore                 Korea                 Australia

HONG KONG

The Hong Kong legal recruitment market is slowly picking up. There are more firms actively recruiting, although most of them seem to be replacement hiring. The busiest practices include PSL positions, arbitration, HK IPO and U.S. securities. High utilization of associates are the number one priority for law firm management teams at the moment.


CHINA

China remains an increasingly competitive market for international law firms. In recent deals like the Uber-Didi merge and LeEco’s acquisition of Vizio, large Chinese privately owned companies were represented by firms like Skadden, Davis Polk and Latham, all of which demonstrated their long-term strategy for development in Asia. We see lawyers with common law or US training and outbound corporate experience in demand in the China market.


SINGAPORE

Singapore is relatively quiet at the moment with the busiest practice area being corporate. International firms are continuing to draw in new work but remain cautious when it comes to hiring in a slow market. Likewise, we are seeing changes at some firms as they become united in their regional approach.


KOREA

Korea continues to be a steady market with a number of international firms hiring. Projects, capital markets and corporate continue to be the practice areas of dominance, although a few firms have considered associates with no Korean language skills.


AUSTRALIA

The market in Australia this month is slightly flat on the hiring front, although firms are still willing to look at good candidates at all levels. The areas that appear the most active include banking and financial services, litigation and dispute resolution, and employment.

On the international front, we have seen an increase in the number of opportunities available to associates in New York. London is still quiet in the face of the Brexit vote and options in Asia still tend to be limited to Asian language speakers.


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RECENT PARTNER MOVES IN ASIA PACIFIC

Partners

Practice

To

From

Location

Doo-Soon Choi

Banking

Mayer Brown JSM

Ashurst

Hong Kong

James Webb

Finance & Corporate

Walkers

Mourant Ozannes

Hong Kong

Jonathan Chu

IP

Stephenson Harwood

William W.L. Fan & Co.

Hong Kong

Liang (Alex) Tao

Capital Markets

Allen & Overy

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Hong Kong

Martin Downey

Construction

Holman Fenwick Willan

Stephenson Harwood

Hong Kong

Simon McKnight

Capital Markets

Simmons & Simmons

Linklaters

Hong Kong

Kanyi Lui

Banking

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells

Beijing

Qing Ren

Dispute Resolution

Global Law Office

Zhong Lun

Beijing

Yue Wang

Real Estate

Global Law Office

Zhong Lun

Beijing

Zhanke Li

IP

Global Law Office

Zhong Lun

Beijing

Feng Liu

IP litigation

Dentons

Shenda Law Firm

Shanghai

Hongwei Hu

M&A

Dentons

HHP Attorneys-at-Law

Shanghai

Min Hu

TMT

Dentons

Donghong Law Firm

Shanghai

Shanliang Wang

Finance

Dentons

Tiantai Law Firm

Shanghai

Yueying Dong

TMT

Dentons

Shenda Law Firm

Shanghai

Alex Cull

Energy

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells

Singapore

Bruce Schulberg

Banking

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells

Singapore

Chia Ling Koh

IT, Data, and IP

Osborne Clarke

Bird & Bird

Singapore

James Harris

Projects

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells

Singapore

Julien Reidy

Projects

Jones Day

Hogan Lovells

Singapore

Scott Warren

Cybersecurity

Squire Patton Boggs

Epiq System Inc. (General Manager, Head of Japan)

Tokyo

Samantha Maddern

Employment

Norton Rose Fulbright

Herbert Smith Freehills
(Executive Counsel)

Perth

These listed partner moves are obtained from both public sources and Major, Lindsey & Africa. This list is not intended to represent Major, Lindsey & Africa as the consultancy involved in the moves, although some moves may have been brokered by MLA.

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Nathan PeartNathan Peart is a Consultant in the Associate Practice Group in the Hong Kong office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. He works closely with associates to help them make a lateral move into law firms in the APAC region as well as internationally.

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