Asia Pacific Legal Market Summary and Partner Moves - November 2016



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

Singapore                 Hong Kong                 China                 Australia                 

SINGAPORE

The Singapore market has picked up a lot in recent months. Multiple international law firms have been recruiting for both Singapore-qualified and overseas-qualified lawyers. Currently, a UK firm is in the process of getting a license to offer Singapore law capabilities to the market. Corporate, finance, funds and arbitration are the busier practice areas this month.


HONG KONG

Hong Kong is starting to recover from a quiet year this year. We have been meeting with a number of international law firm clients who are starting to hire due to growth, although this is not the same across the board. Capital markets, corporate and finance are the busiest areas with new opportunities arising, but there are still a number of practices trying to find replacement lawyers. There is also some concern from US firms over the recent election results and whether that will have an adverse effect on M&A deals, but firms are still trying to remain positive. Overall, there is a slight push at present to successfully recruit talent before the holiday season, so if a move is on an associate’s radar, now really is the time to act.


CHINA

The market in China is continuing the trend seen last month with a demand for associates with top PRC and international law firm experiences at the junior to mid-level. It is still a very competitive market for associates in China.


AUSTRALIA

The market across Australia is still active and shows no immediate signs of slowing down in the lead up to the end of the calendar year. The most activity is being seen within transactional practices, however, there does seem to be a surge in needs calling for construction litigators this month. There also seems to be a good spread of needs across all associate levels.


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RECENT PARTNER MOVES IN ASIA PACIFIC

Partners

Practice

To

From

Location

Andrew Yang

Corporate

Addleshaw Goddard

Goodwin Procter  

Hong Kong

Heidi Lee

Corporate

Howse Williams Bowers

Ashurst

Hong Kong

Jeffrey Maddox

U.S. Securities Law

Jones Day

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Hong Kong

Lada Shelkovnikova

Hotel and Hospitality

Withers KhattarWong

Al Tamimi & Co.

Singapore

Ralph Lim

Corporate and M&A

OC Queen Street

Drew & Napier 

Singapore

Stephen Adams

Offshore Corporate

Collas Crill

Bedell Cristin

Singapore

Echo Zhao

Private Equity/Venture Capital

AnJie Law Firm


Beijing

James Ma

Intellectual Property

AnJie Law Firm

Allen & Overy

Beijing

Yongtao Xie

Private Equity/Venture Capital

AnJie Law Firm


Beijing

Danny Simmons

Corporate

PwC Legal

Pistilli Simmons

Sydney 

Joni Henry

Corporate

PwC Legal

Pistilli Simmons

Sydney 

Mark Pistilli

Corporate

PwC Legal

Pistilli Simmons

Sydney 

Adeline Pang

Project Finance

White & Case

Herbert Smith Freehills
(Senior Associate)

Melbourne

Ged Cochrane

Project Finance

White & Case

Herbert Smith Freehills
(Senior Associate)

Melbourne

Michelle Keen

Project Finance

White & Case

Herbert Smith Freehills
(Senior Associate)

Melbourne

Tony Holland

Project Finance

PwC Legal

Gilbert +Tobin

Melbourne

Andrew Farr

Employment

PwC Legal

Lander & Rogers

Melbourne

Paul Saward

Banking and Finance

PwC Legal

Herbert Smith Freehills
(Senior Associate)

Melbourne

Matthew Johnson

Corporate

Hogan Lovells

Clayton Utz 

Perth and Sydney

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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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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