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Herbert Smith Freehills’ Plans for Europe, Asia and US

“The aim was to make every single partner aware of what our offering [in China and Asia] is, with a view to generating inbound and outbound work,” said a German partner who attended. “The firm is looking at how to further grow in China. If you want to further penetrate the market you need greater […]

Reed Smith Expands in Singapore With Energy Hire

Reed Smith has hired a new energy and natural resources partner in Singapore. Bree Miechel joins from Simmons & Simmons, where she led the southeast Asia infrastructure practice as of counsel. She advises governments, sponsors, lenders, contractors and suppliers on infrastructure projects tendering and contract documentation. Last year, she acted for Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. and Tokyo Electric […]

European Firm Cuatrecasas Opens Second China Office

Cuatrecasas, a 100-year-old law firm based in Spain and Portugal, has opened an office in Beijing—its second in China. It opened an office in Shanghai in 2007. Mergers and acquisitions partner Pablo Cubel has relocated from Valencia to lead the four-member office in Beijing.   Source: European Firm Cuatrecasas Opens Second China Office | Law.com

U.K.’s Woodsford Litigation Funding Enters Singapore Market

London-based Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd. has opened its first Asian office in Singapore—the second litigation funder to announce the launch of an office there in the past two weeks. Woodsford’s new outpost, opened only three months after the firm opened a U.S. office in Philadelphia, is headed by managing director Charlie Morris, who has relocated from London. […]

Kobre & Kim is the Latest Am Law 200 Firm to Launch in Shanghai 

Kobre & Kim is opening an office in Shanghai—its first in mainland China.The move is somewhat unusual, as other firms established a presence in China at least a decade ago or more. Several have even taken steps to reduce their presence in China recently. But Kobre & Kim has waited until now to move to […]

Fiji’s International Arbitration Act 2017

On 15 September 2017,Fiji passed the International Arbitration Act 2017 (the Act). The Act, which is based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985 (incorporating the 2006 amendments) (Model Law), implements Fiji’s commitments under the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958 (New York Convention), […]

Why China Is Still A Challenge for In-House IP Counsel

For most global companies, the need to think about how to protect intellectual property in China is an inevitable reality. For a few years, there have been indications that the nation is willing to be more protective of IP owners’ rights – from revisions to trademark law that aim to provide greater protection of IP and […]

PwC Launches On-Demand Flexible Lawyering Service for Clients

PwC has launched a new flexible lawyering service as part of its ‘New Law’ offering for large in-house legal teams. The new service, dubbed Flexible Legal Resources, will help clients with their staffing needs by providing temporary lawyers for in-house teams during abnormal spikes in workload. They expects the service to be used by clients requiring increased resources for tasks such as large-scale […]