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.

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.

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.

DLA nabs cap markets specialist from HSF in HK

BY Aparna Sai |

DLA Piper had added George Wu as a partner in Hong Kong from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was an of counsel.

CC hires DCM partner in Hong Kong from Shearman

BY Kristen Liu 刘诗宇 |

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance has hired debt markets specialist Alan Yeung as a partner in its Hong Kong office from Shearman & Sterling.

HK: Swartz Binnersley shutters, founders find homes at DLA, Anjie

BY Aparna Sai |

Hong Kong law firm Swartz, Binnersley & Associates has closed down after about three years of operation, with its two founders, Kristi Swartz and Nigel Binnersley, moving to DLA Piper and Hauzen respectively.

HK: SH nabs private wealth expert from DLA

BY Aparna Sai |

Stephenson Harwood has boosted its international private wealth offering with the hire of Wei Kang as a partner in Hong Kong from DLA Piper, where she was an of counsel.

Paul, Weiss’ China MP to leave firm: report

BY Aparna Sai |

Betty Yap, managing partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s China practice, will be leaving the firm, according to reports.

Resilience and Resolve

BY Ranajit Dam |

Hong Kong has faced its share of challenges in the past year or two: Fallout from the trade war, political unrest, the COVID-19 pandemic and more. Leaders of law firms, though, believe that the adversity has only strengthened in the city’s position, and with further integration with the mainland happening via the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and other initiatives, Hong Kong will remain a regional hub for years to come. 

JunHe, Links, Bakers act on Yue Xiu’s $656 mln privatisation of Chong Hing

BY Kristen Liu 刘诗宇 |

​​​​​​​JunHe and Linklaters have advised China’s Yue Xiu Enterprises on the $656 million privatisation of Hong Kong-listed Chong Hing Bank, which was advised by Baker McKenzie.

Ashurst, Latham advise on Charoen Pokphand’s $900 mln proposed privatisation

BY Mari Iwata |

Latham & Watkins is advising Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) on the proposed privatisation of its Hong Kong-listed arm, CP Pokphand (CPP), with Ashurst advising a shareholder, Japan’s Itochu.