Asia Pacific Legal Market Summary and Partner Moves - February 2018

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

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.

Legal Market Summary

Hong Kong        China        Singapore        South Korea        Australia       

HONG KONG

Happy Chinese New Year! Kung Hey Fat Choy! We wish you and your families a happy and prosperous Year of the Dog.

Given the festival, recruitment has slightly slowdown in February. Firms remain interested in hiring across practice areas, but partners are away and interviews cannot be arranged. We foresee the recruitment activities will pick up again after Chinese New Year. UK and US firms are generally active in corporate finance, banking and finance, dispute resolution and funds sector. The hiring is mainly in junior to mid-level.

 

CHINA

China is picking up with a small flurry of new corporate roles in the past few weeks, although we still expect more activity after 春节. We are seeing the most activity with US firms and think this is where there will be significant opportunity in the Year of the Dog to take a step up to these platforms.

 

SINGAPORE

Recruitment has picked up in Singapore. US firms in particular are actively recruiting for junior to mid-level finance and corporate lawyers. They are open to relocating the right candidates to the region and lawyers with overseas experience are at an advantage. UK firms are generally actively seeking strong mid-level finance lawyers. They are open minded to look at locally and internationally qualified lawyers. Asia language skills are always a plus.

 

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea remains steady with opportunities focused around corporate M&A and PE. There is still a strong preference for US-qualified talent with fluency in Korean looking to return to Seoul with a small handful of firms open to candidates being based in Hong Kong. English fluency is important for drafting, sometimes preferred over Korean fluency. High-quality training and academics are essential for the market at the moment.

 

AUSTRALIA

Sydney is busy across Corporate (M&A, ECM and DCM), IT/TMT, banking & finance, real estate and litigation with most large firms having needs at different levels across these practice areas. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen increased demand for employment lawyers across top-tier firms as well.

Demand for real estate lawyers in Melbourne remains strong along with corporate and finance lawyers. Construction litigation and environment & planning are two further areas where demand is still significant.

Demand for legal talent in Perth is high with global and top-tier law firms looking to hire associate and senior associate candidates across their corporate, real estate and construction practice groups.

 

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Recent Partner Moves in Asia Pacific

Partners

Practice

To

From

Location

Catherine McBride

White Collar Defense and Investigations

Latham & Watkins

Deutsche Bank North Asia Pacific (Associate General Counsel)

Hong Kong

Henry Wheare

Intellectual Property

Nixon Peabody CWL

Hogan Lovells

Hong Kong

Brian McKenna

Corporate

Mayer Brown JSM

Debevoise & Plimpton (International Counsel)

Hong Kong

Callum McNeil

Insolvency, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution

Walkers

Campbells, British Virgin Islands

Hong Kong

Eric Tan

Banking and Finance

Ashurst

Fangda Partners

Hong Kong

Daniel Lau

Banking and Finance

Ashurst

Allen & Overy, Beijing

Hong Kong

Xun Zeng

Private Equity

Cooley

Ropes & Gray

Beijing

Jack Wang

Corporate

Allen & Overy

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Shanghai

Fang Jian

M&A and Regulatory

Fangda Partners

Linklaters

Shanghai

Lee Taylor

Corporate

King & Spalding’s

Clifford Chance

Singapore

Ian Roebuck

Banking and Finance

Mayer Brown JSM

Allen & Overy

Singapore

Kayal Sachi

Banking and Finance

Mayer Brown JSM

Allen & Overy

Singapore

Siri Wennevik

Shipping and Offshore Finance

HFW

Wikborg Rein (Managing Partner)

Singapore

Alistair Duffield

Mining and Energy

HFW

Berwin Leighton Paisner (Southeast Asia Managing Partner)

Singapore

Ivan Chia

Corporate

HFW

Watson Farley & Williams

Singapore

Eiji Kobayashi

Corporate

Paul Hastings

Norton Rose Fulbright

Tokyo

Jesse Gillespie

Corporate

Morrison & Foerster

Sullivan & Cromwell

Tokyo

Dan Matsuda

Energy

DLA Piper

Jones Day

Tokyo

Kaoru Umino

Finance and Projects

DLA Piper

Jones Day

Tokyo

Lee Sang-bong

Shipping Dispute

DR & AJU

Hwang Mok Park

Seoul

Kim Dae-uk

Shipping Dispute

DR & AJU

Barun

Seoul

Anthony Latimer

Corporate

Bird & Bird

Norton Rose

Sydney

Iain Laughland

Corporate

Mills Oakley

Norton Rose

Sydney

Luke Westmore

Energy, Infrastructure and Resources

K&L Gates

Mills Oakley

Melbourne

Zac Kerr

Energy, Infrastructure and Resources

K&L Gates

Mills Oakley

Melbourne

Timothy Franklyn

Corporate Finance

Tatva Legal

DLA Piper, Hong Kong (Registered Foreign Lawyer)

Bengaluru

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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Maggie KwokMaggie Kwok is a Consultant in the Hong Kong office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. As a member of the Associate Practice Group, Maggie specializes in placing mid- to senior-level lawyers across Hong Kong and Greater China.

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