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Dentons Hires Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Baker & McKenzie special counsel Frank Niu has joined the firm’s corporate practice.

Dentons Hires Finance Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Jeffrey Chen was formerly a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Broad & Bright Opening in Hong Kong, Guangzhou

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based firm is responding to client demands that it have a greater presence in southern China.

Three Asia-Based Partners Exit DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

The moves are the latest in a number of departures for the firm in the region.

Clyde & Co Adds Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Zheng moves over from Clifford Chance, where he was co-head of the firm’s arbitration practice in China and Hong Kong.

Ashurst Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Nigel Pridmore was formerly a London-based capital markets partner at Linklaters.

Linklaters, Freshfields on Billion-Dollar Pizza Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters is advising Chinese private equity outfit Hony Capital on its purchase of global restaurant chain PizzaExpress Ltd. from London-based Cinven Partners, which is being represented by Freshfields.

Spy Gets 15 Years for Selling Secrets to China

By Marisa Kendall, The Recorder |

Walter Liew, a U.S. citizen who is of Chinese descent, was convicted in a California court of providing trade secrets belonging to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co to Chinese officials.

U.S. Court Upholds AU Optronics' Price-Fixing Convictions

By David Ruiz, The Recorder |

The Justice Department had authority to pursue the Taiwan-based company because millions of panels were imported into the U.S., Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote.

Three Firms on Bank of East Asia’s $2 Billion Note Program

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong-based bank will sell bonds on the Singapore Exchange in order to raise funds for general corporate purposes.

Fredrikson & Byron Hires in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The Minneapolis-based firm recruited Sharon Shi, who was the London-based head of Eversheds’ China desk.

Davis Polk's Big Bet in Hong Kong

By Anthony Lin |

The Wall Street firm has assembled a dream team, with an eye on China's rising corporate elite. Is the market ready?

Davis Polk on Greenland's $1 Billion Bond Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese property developer is raising money to fund overseas projects.

Ashurst Leads Luye Pharma's Hong Kong IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese drugmaker is going public for the second time, having delisted from the Singapore Exchange two years ago.

Davis Polk on Tencent's $736 Million Buy Into 58.com

By Anna Zhang |

Shenzhen-based Tencent is acquiring a near 20 percent stake in China's answer to Craigslist.

Gibson Dunn Adds Partners in Hong Kong, Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Patricia Tan Openshaw and Fang Xue are joining the Los Angeles-based firm from Paul Hastings and Shearman & Sterling, respectively.

HONG KONG - JUNE 27:  Hundreds of lawyers and representatives from the legal sector dress in black and take part in a silent march from the High Court to the Court of Final Appeal on June 27, 2014 in Central, Hong Kong. The silent march is to call on Beijing to withdraw parts of the State Council's White Paper released on June 10 that says that all judges in Hong Kong need to be patriotic. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Hong Kong Lawyers Protest China's Influence Over Judiciary

By Anna Zhang |

More than 850 attorneys took to the streets on June 27 to protest a Chinese government white paper that emphasized China's ability to influence Hong Kong court rulings and said that Hong Kong judges have an obligation to be patriotic toward China.

Kilpatrick Townsend Hires Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Gentry Sayad, former Shanghai managing partner of Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron, handles cross-border investments in China.

Jun He Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Esther Leung was most recently a partner at DLA Piper.

Simpson, Skadden on Alibaba Browser Buyout

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese e-commerce giant is buying the remaining shares of browser company UCWeb in deal that could be worth over $1.3 billion.

Michael Han

Breaking Away From Brussels

By Anna Zhang |

International law firms have long deployed Brussels veterans to lead their China antitrust practices, on the grounds that the country's 2008 Antimonopoly Law was substantially based on European Union competition law. But lawyers at both international and local firms say China's antitrust enforcement has evolved in a different direction over the past six years, making EU experience less relevant.

Bingham Adds Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Frederick Chang was one of the co-founders of 30-lawyer Chinese law firm FenXun Partners.

Withers Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Matthew Egerton-Warburton is joining the British private client boutique from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was a counsel.

Winston & Strawn Adds Taipei Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Horng-Dar Lin is coming aboard from Sovereign Law Office, a Taipei-based firm he founded last year. He was also previously vice president responsible for intellectual property at contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group.

Skadden, Davis Polk on $1 Billion Sinopec Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

The two firms also previously teamed on a $5 billion debt offering by Sinopec in April.

Clifford Chance Advises China Mobile on Thai Investment

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese state-owned company is paying $881 million for an 18 percent stake in True, the mobile carrier controlled by Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group.

Kirkland, O'Melveny on Chinese Chipmaker Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co. is offering to acquire Montage Technology Group, a maker of semiconductors used in cloud computing, for $693 million.

Beijing Partner First New Hire at Squire Patton Boggs

By Anna Zhang |

Li Hua is joining the newly-merged firm from the Beijing office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off in contested waters.

Fearing the Consequences of Challenging China

By Anthony Lin |

Boston's Foley Hoag is proudly representing the Philippines in international arbitration of its maritime boundary dispute with China. "Bring on Goliath," says Paul Reichler, the partner leading the case. But for most big law firms, heavily focused on expanding business in China, taking on such a matter would be unthinkable.

Wilmer Cutler Adds China IP Partner in Silicon Valley

By Anna Zhang |

Song Zhu was previously a San Francisco-based partner with Hogan Lovells.

China Partner Joins Foley & Lardner in D.C.

By Tom Brennan |

Richard "Tad" Ferris, formerly a Washington partner with Holland & Knight, focuses on product-safety and environmental issues arising in foreign investments in China.

MoFo Adds Shanghai Real Estate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Maria Wang was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy in Shanghai.

Skadden, Davis Polk on Baidu $1 Billion Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese internet search giant Baidu is selling the five-year notes in order to raise cash for general corporate purposes.

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong Pair Break Off

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partners Larry Kwok and Conrad Chan are leaving to start their own firm.

Chinese Companies Return to U.S. Exchanges in Big Way

By Anna Zhang |

Three years ago, U.S.-listed Chinese companies seemed to be an endangered species as many of them became the targets of regulatory investigations and shareholder litigation. But last month Chinese online retailer JD.com had the largest U.S. IPO ever for a Chinese company, with a much, much bigger one for Alibaba Group on the way. Is resurgence here to stay?

Latham Relocates Litigation Partner to Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The firm's relocation of former federal prosecutor Catherine Palmer from New York comes at a time of intensified regulatory scrutiny of multinationals operating in China.

Zhong Lun Brings Aboard Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Victor Pang was most recently a Beijing-based counsel with Reed Smith.

Squire Sanders Partner Moves to Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Ni Xudong's move to Concord & Partners comes just as Squire Sanders prepares for its merger with Patton Boggs in the U.S.

Solar photovoltaics panels field for renewable energy production with blue sky and clouds

Suntech Case Highlights Chinese Bankruptcy Risks

By Anna Zhang |

When the Wuxi-based company that was once the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels went bankrupt last year, the Chinese government decided to let it happen. Many observers hailed it as a groundbreaking example of the Chinese government allowing a leading company succumb to market forces. But it also brought home the risks for foreign investors in such companies, who have little protection when they go under.

Freshfields on Bright Foods Israel Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned food company is acquiring a 56 percent stake in Tnuva, Israel's largest dairy cooperative.

Freshfields China Antitrust Head Moves to Fangda

By Anna Zhang |

Michael Han, a Freshfields partner since 2009, will join the Chinese law firm's Beijing office.

Skadden Advises JD.com on Tencent Investment

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese Internet giant Tencent increased its stake in online retailer JD.com through a $1.3 billion placement that ran concurrently with the latter's $1.8 billion Nasdaq IPO.

Davis Polk on $1.5 Billion China Cinda Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned "bad bank," which collects non-performing loans from other banks, will use the money raised for investment and as working capital.

JP Morgan Lawyer Moves to DLA Piper Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Julia Gorham, who previously headed Asia litigation for the investment bank, will lead DLA Piper's employment practice in the region.

Three Firms on Macau Power Deal

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese state-owned company is acquiring a 38 percent stake in Macau's sole power company for $312 million.

Goodwin Procter Adds Two Partners in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Christopher Yu and Andrew Yang were previously associates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, respectively.

Freshfields Leads on Massive Citic Restructuring

By Anna Zhang |

A Hong Kong subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned investment company is acquiring the assets of its parent for $37 billion.

Shearman Advises on CNPC Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

China’s largest oil and gas company has issued two tranches dollar-denominated bonds.

China Announces GSK Charges

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese government said Wednesday it had concluded a corruption investigation into the British pharmaceutical giant and would be charging three former executives, including the company's China legal director.

Herbert Smith Freehills on State Grid Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese state-owned power company is issuing three tranches of bonds worth $3.5 billion.

Bird & Bird Adds Hong Kong Tech Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Michelle Chan previously headed the Asia TMT practice for Herbert Smith Freehills.

Alibaba Files for U.S. IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The prospectus filed by the Chinese e-commerce giant Wednesday morning gives the full list of counsel who will be participating in its highly anticipated U.S. initial public offering.

Davis Polk on $2.5 Billion Tencent Bond Offering

By Anna Zhang |

The issue is part of $5 billion program launched by the Shenzhen-based Internet company last month.

MoFo Advising Chinese Train Maker on IPO

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned China CNR Corp. Ltd. is hoping to raise as much as $1.5 billion through its planned Hong Kong listing.

DLA's Asia Corporate Head Jumps to Winston & Strawn

By Tom Brennan |

Mabel Lui has assumed the same role at the Chicago-based firm, taking with her a team of three lawyers.

A sign showing the Pilot Free Trade Zone at the Waigaoqiao Bonded Area on September 26, 2013 in Shanghai, China.

Firms Still Unclear on Shanghai FTZ Benefits

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese government has said foreign and domestic law firms will be able to form joint ventures or mutually second lawyers to each other within the confines of the country's first free trade zone. But many lawyers say such advantages don't outweigh the still-uncertain details or the FTZ's unattractive location in the outer suburbs far from Shanghai's glittering core.

Zhong Lun Adds Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Litigator Gary Gao was previously with Duan & Duan.

Simpson Advises Alibaba on $1.2 Billion Youku Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese e-commerce giant is buying an interest in the online video company along with a fund controlled by Alibaba chairman Jack Ma.

Mayer Brown Hires China-Focused Partner in New York

By Anna Zhang |

Henry Liu was most recently a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he led the firm's financial institutions and infrastructure teams covering Asia.

Raymond Kwok (left) and Thomas Kwok, co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.

Will Antitycoon Mood Affect Hong Kong Trial?

By Anthony Lin |

Thomas and Raymond Kwok, two of Hong Kong's—and the world's—richest men, are going on trial May 8 for allegedly bribing a senior government official. It is the territory's largest corruption trial ever, and it's taking place amid a rising tide of resentment toward the billionaire developers who dominate the Hong Kong economic landscape. Will antitycoon sentiment show up in the courtroom?

Appleby Gets Shanghai Practice License

By Tom Brennan |

The offshore firm opened an office in Shanghai in 2012 but previously only offered fiduciary services.

Davis Polk Advises CNOOC on $4 Billion Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned oil company will use the proceeds to repay funds borrowed to finance its $15.1 billion acquisition of Canada's energy company Nexen Inc.

K&L Gates Adds Taipei Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Jim Wu headed the Taipei office for the former Preston Gates & Ellis between 2002 and 2004.

Three Firms on Chinese Group's $6 Billion Peru Mine Buy

By Tom Brennan |

A consortium of state-owned companies led by China Minmetals subsidiary MMG is acquiring the Las Bambas copper project in southern Peru from GlencoreXstrata.

Simpson, Linklaters on Chinese Department Store Buy

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese company is buy British department store chain House of Fraser for $804 million, with plans to open 50 stores in China.

Skadden Advises Sinopec on $5 Billion Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

It is the third multi-billion-dollar bond offering by the Chinese state-owned oil giant in the past year.

Alibaba Asks Firms to Pick Sides

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese e-commerce giant, which is expected to have the world's largest IPO since Facebook Inc. later this year, has let it be known that it won't be hiring any firm for transactional work that also advises its major competitors. Though such demands are not uncommon outside of Asia, not least in the U.S. tech sector, lawyers say firms face a more complicated choice in the super-competitive but still-developing China market.

Pinsent Masons Adds Partner in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Helena Chen was previously a partner in Taipei with Taiwanese law firm Formosan Brothers.

Clifford Chance Advises COFCO on Hong Kong Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned food giant is buying a controlling stake in the agricultural unit of supply chain company Noble Group.

Three Partners Join Zhong Lun in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The trio includes former King & Wood Mallesons and Morrison & Foerster partner Edward Li.

Magic Circle Firms on $5 Billion Hong Kong Bank Bid

By Anna Zhang |

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., Singapore’s second-largest lender, is offering to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank Ltd. in a bid to expand its reach into China.

A Merger Wave on the Horizon for Chinese Firms?

By Anna Zhang |

A potential merger between two of China's top law firms—Jun He Law Offices and Zhong Lun Law Firm—has launched a flurry of speculation in the region about what such a combination would mean, both for the two firms involved and the still-developing Chinese legal profession.

Slaughter and May on Alibaba Offline Investment

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese e-commerce giant is investing $692 million in Beijing-based department store operator Intime Retail (Group) Co. Ltd.

V&E Partner Moves to Latham Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.

Two Partners Join Howse Williams Bowers

By Anna Zhang |

Stacy Devoy was previously a Hong Kong partner with Withers while Alison Scott was mostly recently chair of the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales.

K&L Gates Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Frank Voon was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy.

U.S. Judge Rules Baidu Has Protected Right to Censor

By Tom Brennan |

A New York federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Baidu's blocking of pro-democracy content, ruling that the Chinese search engine had a First Amendment right to control the content presented to its users.

Zhong Lun, Jun He Discussing Possible Merger

By Anna Zhang |

The two Beijing-based law firms are generally considered to be among China's top three with King & Wood Mallesons. A merger between Zhong Lun Law Firm and Jun He Law Offices would create a combined firm with about 1,300 lawyers.

Clearing Ltd.'s executive officer Charles Li.

Hong Kong Looks Beyond Lost Alibaba IPO

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's decision to hold what's expected to be the world's largest initial public offering since Facebook in New York instead of Hong Kong was long anticipated. But the company's recent final decision, which coincided with announcements of U.S. listings by other leading Chinese tech companies, has nevertheless swiftly renewed anxieties about Hong Kong’s future as an IPO destination.

Magic Circle Firms on $5.7 Billion Li Ka-shing Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd. is buying a 24.95 percent stake in A.S. Watson, the retail unit of Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Loeb & Loeb Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Jae Chul Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with DLA Piper.

China's Light Touch on Insider Trading

By Anna Zhang |

In what's believed to be its first enforcement action against a lawyer for insider trading, the China Securities Regulatory Commission fined Jun He Law Offices partner Mi Xingping just $5,000. A number of lawyers in the country say insider trading is not usually viewed as a serious offense in China, with offenders more often hailed as clever than reviled as criminal.

Jingtian & Gongcheng Fined Over IPO Due Diligence

By Anna Zhang |

The leading Beijing capital markets law firm says it was fined $50,000 and ordered to disgorge $25,000 in legal fees by China’s securities regulator, which also lifted a four-month ban on IPO applications from the firm.

Davis Polk and Skadden on Strategic Tencent Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese Internet giant's investment in online retailer JD.com could help it challenge Alibaba's e-commerce dominance.

New Partner Joining Berwin Leighton in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Nigel Ward was previously a Beijing partner with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Dentons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Wei Guangqin was previously a special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson specializing in corporate finance and capital markets.

Clifford Chance Advises China's Cofco on Nidera Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The state-owned food giant's acquisition of a controlling stake in a Dutch grain trader is seen as driven by the Chinese government's desire to secure food supplies.

Skadden Advising Sina Weibo on $500 Million IPO

By Anna Zhang |

China's Twitter-like 'microblogging' service is seeking a U.S. listing.

Howse Williams Bowers Start of Hong Kong Indie Wave?

By Tom Brennan |

The former Reed Smith Richards Butler partners who launched the firm two years ago see opportunity in independence, while so many others have staked their fortunes on tie-ups with large international players. And they say others may follow in their footsteps.

Lawyers in Asia Shocked by U.S. Role in Spying, Not Spying Itself

By Tom Brennan |

Law firms have long taken elaborate precautions, often including leaving the country, to protect against expected surveillance in China. But news that the U.S. National Security Agency, through allies in Australian intelligence, listened in on communications between an American law firm and its client has been met with a mix of surprise and shrugged shoulders.

Ashurst Advises China's Greenland on London Project

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned developer has acquired a 7.75-acre site in southwest London where it plans to build a $1 billion mixed-use complex.

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Opens in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

The new office, the first in China for the New York firm, will focus on international trade matters.

Magic Circle Firms on Harbin Bank IPO

By Anna Zhang |

The lender is the latest Chinese commercial bank to seek a Hong Kong listing to increase capital adequacy ratios in response to tighter regulatory requirements.

Simpson on $1.58 Billion Alibaba Mapping Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese e-commerce giant has offered to buy Beijing-based digital mapping company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd.

Clifford Chance Advising Dongfeng on Peugeot Deal

By Anna Zhang |

China's second-largest carmaker is planning to invest $1.1 billion and take a stake in France's troubled PSA Peugeot Citroën Group.

Clifford Chance on CR Land's $2 Billion Notes Program

By Anna Zhang |

The property development arm of state-owned China Resources Group is expected to use the proceeds from the issues to purchase land parcels in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

King & Wood Founder Moves to Different Beijing Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Bai Yanchun, one of the three founding partners of the former King & Wood, has joined Commerce & Finance Law Offices as a partner.

Edwards Wildman Palmer Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Man Chiu Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Hogan Lovells.

DaHui Brings Aboard Shearman Counsel as Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Chris Chen, who has worked in Beijing for Shearman since 2004, focuses on capital markets work.

Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Insurance litigator Declan McDaid was previously a partner with Hong Kong firm Deacons.