Baker Botts shutters last Asia office in Hong Kong

BY Aparna Sai |

Energy-focused U.S. law firm Baker Botts no longer has a presence in Asia, after it closed its physical office in Hong Kong. The firm’s last resident partner, Russell Wilkinson, has joined DLA Piper.

Eversheds lands cap markets specialist from Morgan Lewis in HK

BY Aparna Sai |

Eversheds Sutherland has strengthened its IPO practice in Hong Kong with the hire of Roger Zhou as a partner in Hong Kong from Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

IndusLaw hires second M&A partner in a week

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s IndusLaw has added Rohit Ambast as a partner in Delhi from rival Khaitan & Co, where he was a counsel.

Commercial litigation partner leaves Clyde after 9 months, moves to HSF

BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has welcomed back litigator Rachael Shek as a partner in Hong Kong from Clyde & Co.

ALB 9th Korea Law Awards honours country’s best lawyers, legal work

BY Aparna Sai |

The ninth edition of the ALB Law Awards, a virtual even held on Dec. 2, showcased the work of the finest lawyers, law firms, and in-house teams in the country.

Skadden leads on Chinese music platform’s $421 mln HK IPO

BY Aparna Sai |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Zhong Lun Law Firm have advised Chinese music platorm Cloud Village on its $421 million initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with JunHe counselling the joint sponsors and underwriters.

SG: White & Case adds M&A partner from India’s AZB

BY Aparna Sai |

Private equity funds and M&A specialist Sayak Maity has joined U.S. law firm White & Case as a partner in Singapore from India’s AZB & Partners.

IndusLaw lands M&A specialist from SAM in Mumbai

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s IndusLaw has hired corporate expert Faraz Khan as a partner in the firm’s Mumbai office from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.

Energy giant BP names 5 firms on Singapore legal panel for 2022-24

BY Aparna Sai |

British oil and gas company BP has chosen Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Dentons, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons as its legal advisors in Singapore for the years 2022 to 2024. This marks the first time BP has assembled a panel specifically for Singapore.

SURVEY OPEN: ALB Employer of Choice 2022

BY Asian Legal Business |

ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia is now open. The deadline for responses is Friday, January 7.

U.S. firms Arent Fox, Schiff Hardin will merge to form $475 mln revenue firm

BY Reuters |

Arent Fox and Schiff Hardin will merge in a deal set to take effect March 1, the pair said in a statement on Wednesday.

HK: Ashurst strengthens global markets team with A&O hire

BY Aparna Sai |

UK firm Ashurst has strengthened its global markets practice with the hire of Jessica Li as a partner in Hong Kong from Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy, where she was a counsel.