Asia Legal News


Budidjaja & Associates joins international alliance
Posted 25 July 2014

Indonesian firm Budidjaja & Associates has joined TAGLaw alliance, an international network for independent law firms. Budidjaja & Associates is known for its corporate expertise. TAGLaw has a network of over 9,000 lawyers in 320 offices globally. Read more here

Malaysian lawyer appointed as judicial commissioner
Posted 21 July 2014

Azizul Azmi Adnan, of Wong & Partners, part of Baker & McKenzie's international network, has been appointed as a judicial commissioner. Adnan is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific in the Malaysia Banking & Finance: Islamic Finance table. Read more here

Bingham makes China Banking hire
Posted 18 July 2014

Fred Chang has joined Bingham’s Beijing office from FenXun Partners.  Chambers Asia-Pacific recognises Chang for his expertise in Banking & Finance in China.  Read more here

Baker & McKenzie opens Brisbane office
Posted 16 July 2014

Baker & McKenzie has opened an office in Brisbane, Queensland. The office, the firm's 76th globally, will be headed by Jo Daniels, Philip Christensen and Darren Fooks. Read more here

Linklaters appoints new corporate global head
Posted 15 July 2014

Matthew Middleditch, based in Linklaters' Hong Kong office, has been appointed as the firm's new global head of corporate. Middleditch, recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific in the Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong section, is taking over from Jeremy Parr. Read more here

Yulchon opens Myanmar office
Posted 10 July 2014

South Korean firm Yulchon has opened an office in Myanmar. The office will be headed by Eric Eungyong Yang in Seoul and Yong Geun Bae in Hanoi, who will be overseeing three attorneys on the ground in Yangon. Read Korea Joogang Daily’s commentary here

Gilchrist Connell opens Melbourne office
Posted 8 July 2014

Australian insurance boutique firm Gilchrist Connell has launched its Melbourne office, the fourth in the firm's national network. The office will be headed by Sampath Soysa, who is also experienced at handling New Zealand insurance matters. Read more here

ZICOlaw expands into Laos
Posted 8 July 2014

ZICOlaw is continuing its growth in the Indochina region, with the addition of Laos firm Vietiane Law to its network, and the appointment of Dr Saw Yu Win as managing partner of the Myanmar branch of the firm. ZICOlaw is currently ranked in the Projects, Infrastructure and Energy in Vietnam table. Read more here

Squire Patton Boggs joins with Japanese law firm
Posted 7 July 2014

Global firm Squire Patton Boggs has combined with Tokyo-based corporate law firm Mamiya Law Offices. Mamiya Law Offices has specialised in cross-border and domestic corporate, private equity and M&A matters since its founding in 2008. Read more here

Leading Australian QC to join the Federal Court
Posted 3 July 2014

Jonathan Beach QC has been appointed as Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Prior to his appointment Beach was recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific in the  Dispute Resolution - The Bar in Australia section. Read more here.

Gibson Dunn hires projects partner
Posted 3 July 2014

Patricia Tan Openshaw, a Philippines projects specialist,  has joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's office in Hong Kong from Paul Hastings. Ms. Tan Openshaw is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific in the China: International firms Projects & Infrastructure section, as well as an expert based abroad for Philippines Projects, Infrastructure & Energy. Read more here.

Malaysian Bar announces significant reforms
Posted 1 July 2014

The Malaysian Bar has announced that foreign law firms and lawyers will now be permitted to practise in Peninsular Malaysia in a move designed to liberalise the legal market. Foreign law firms will be able to obtain a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) license or practise through a partnership with a domestic Malaysian firm. Foreign lawyers and firms with QFLFs will be permitted to act on transactions governed by a national law other than Malaysian law. Read more here.

Bird & Bird agrees Indonesian co-operation
Posted 27 June 2014

Bird & Bird has entered into cooperation agreements with two Indonesian law firms, K&K Advocates and  Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & partners (NSMP). This follows a similar agreement with Korean firm Hwang Mok & Park signed earlier this year.  Read more here

K&L Gates hires new energy partner
Posted 25 June 2014

K&L Gates has hired energy and infrastructure partner John King from Clayton Utz. King, who will work from the firm's Perth office before relocating to Singapore, is recognised by Chambers Global for his Indonesia expertise.  Read more here.  

WongPartnership to open in Myanmar
Posted 24 June 2014

Singapore-based firm WongPartnership has opened an office in Yangon, Myanmar, its second office in the ASEAN region. Read more here.  

Morrison Foerster makes Shanghai Real Estate hire
Posted 10 June 2014 

Morrison Foerster's Shanghai office has hired Maria Wang  as partner from Allen & Overy.  Chambers Asia Pacific recognises Wang for her expertise in the Real Estate: China (International Firms) tables. Read more here  

Tim Lipscombe joins Gadens
Posted 3 June 2014

Gadens' office in Sydney has recruited banking and finance partner Tim Lipscombe from Ashurst. Lipscombe is is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific in the Australian Banking & Finance: Property Finance rankings. Read more here 

DLA Piper recruits TMT partner
Posted 3 June 2014

DLA Piper's Sydney office has recruited Peter Jones, the former head of Gilbert + Tobin's TMT practice. Jones is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific in the Australia TMT: Information Technology table. Read more here

 Fangda makes high-profile Competition hire
Posted 29 May 2014

Michael Han has joined Fangda’s Beijing office from Freshfields.  Han is recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific for his competition/antitrust expertise in China.  Read The Lawyer’s commentary here

Chambers Asia-Pacific covers 41 jurisdictions, from the Central Asian region to Japan, from Mongolia to the South Pacific.

Areas of Law   The guide’s most developed jurisdictions include Australia, China, India, Japan and Singapore, where we feature around 20 separate areas of law. We also cover the region’s smaller jurisdictions, including the fast-growing markets of Myanmar and Mongolia, as well as nine Pacific Island nations (with Papua New Guinea as a separate chapter).

In our Asia-Pacific-wide rankings we cover the most internationally important areas of law, such as Arbitration, Capital Markets, and Corporate / M&A. This Asia-Pacific-wide section also covers areas of law not covered elsewhere in the guide – such as Offshore and Gaming & Gambling.

For China and India, we have separate chapters for international and domestic firms. Our China (International Firms) section covers international firms which are based in Hong Kong and / or the PRC. It also includes independent Hong Kong firms. Our China (PRC Firms) section covers firms and lawyers able to provide PRC law advice.

Law Firm Networks   Chambers ranks leading law firm networks in the region.

Date of Publication   Chambers Asia-Pacific is published annually in February. The ranking tables and commentary, therefore, are fixed at the date of publication for the following 12 months. However, factual information, such as mergers or lawyer-moves, is kept up-to-date on the website throughout the year.