Asia Pacific Legal Market Summary and Partner Moves - February 2017



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

China              Hong Kong                 Singapore                 Australia                 

CHINA

The latest statistics show both completed and cancelled Chinese outbound investment reaching a record high in 2016. It is likely that there will be more uncertainties for China outbound investment moving forward, with China tightening the foreign exchange regulations and the approval process for overseas investment. Despite all these facts, we have been hearing from law firm partners that the outbound sector remains to be where they see the most room for development coming from.


HONG KONG

The market has picked up after Chinese New Year. There are more opportunities available in the market, especially at the junior to mid-level in the following sectors: finance, corporate M&A, FCPA, HK litigation and funds. These opportunities stem from both growth and replacement needs. Candidates seem to be more open to opportunities, and firms are welcoming this trend.


SINGAPORE

Since the Chinese New Year holiday, we have seen an increase in hiring in corporate and disputes, particularly for associates qualified in Singapore. There is an optimistic view of the market this year with a heavy focus on work originating in India and other jurisdictions surrounding Singapore. We see corporate and disputes being the main focus of hiring this year. Whilst we envisage a good pipeline of opportunity, we also think these roles will be highly competitive, so strong deal experience and education credentials are essential.


AUSTRALIA

The market for February has started off steady, setting a good precedent for the first half of this year. Opportunities in banking and financial services, corporate and real estate are the most prominent this month, with the largest number of opportunities at the 3 to 7 years of experience range. International opportunities for Australian lawyers looking to move to London or New York are picking up, with finance being the standout need in both cities.


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RECENT PARTNER MOVES IN ASIA PACIFIC

Partners

Practice

To

From

Location

Andrew Bishop

Banking

White & Case

Ropes & Gray

Hong Kong

Billy Wong

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Connie Cheung

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Edwin Luk

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Eli Gao

Capital Markets

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Geoffrey Chan

Investment Management

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Ropes & Gray

Hong Kong

Jane Ng

Corporate

Stephenson Harwood

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Hong Kong

Jenny Nip

Corporate and Investment Funds 

Walkers

Maples and Calder

 Hong Kong

June Chan

Corporate (Capital Markets)

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Keith Cheung

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Louise Liu

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Maurice Hoo

Corporate (M&A and Private Equity)

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Michael P. Wong

Funds

Dechert

K&L Gates

Hong Kong

Paul Teo

Dispute Resolution

Baker McKenzie

Hogan Lovells

Hong Kong

Pui Hong Chik

Corporate

Ashurst 

Linklaters

Hong Kong

Robert Woll

Corporate and Securities

Mayer Brown JSM

Deacons

Hong Kong

Roger Zhou

Capital Markets

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Rosita Chu

Capital Markets

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Yan Zeng

Private Equity-Related M&A

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Hong Kong

Pan Xiang

Disputes

AnJie Law Firm

Guangdong Zhong An

Beijing

Ning Zhang

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Beijing and Hong Kong

Mathew Lewis

Corporate

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Beijing and Shanghai

David Pan

Corporate

Llinks Law Offices

Huntsman Corp. (China)

Shanghai

David Shen

IP and Life Sciences

Allen & Overy

AstraZeneca

Shanghai

Liang Xing

Corporate

Fieldfisher

Mylink Law Office

Shanghai

Paula Liu

Corporate

Kirkland & Ellis

Clifford Chance

Shanghai

Rocky Wu 

IP and Dispute Resolution

Fieldfisher

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Shanghai

Anan Sivanathan

IP

Bird & Bird

Creative Technology

Singapore

Gerallt (Gez) Owen

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing

Withers

Singapore

Mark Wong

Corporate and Energy

Duane Morris & Selvam

Rajah & Tann

Singapore

Moses Lin*

Litigation and Arbitration

Ince Law Alliance

Hill Dickinson

Singapore

Junzaburo Kiuchi

Corporate

EY Law

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tokyo

John Brewster

Corporate and M&A

Ashurst

Clayton Utz

Melbourne

Shane Kyriakou

M&A

Ashurst

Herbert Smith Freehills

Melbourne

*CORRECTION to January 2017 Newsletter: Please note that Moses Lin moved from Hill Dickinson to Ince Law Alliance.

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 Major, Lindsey & Africa.

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Mikaela OrmeMikaela Orme is an Associate in our Associate Practice Group, based in the Sydney office. She assists associates looking to make a lateral move within the domestic Australian market as well as those looking to move internationally. 

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