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HSF down to six partners in Tokyo with exit of corporate chief

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is now down to six partners in Tokyo with the departure of its head of corporate for Japan, James Robinson.

23 Oct 2014 | 05:58 | secure

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HK's Justice Secretary among those to hold talks with city's students as protests enter third week

Hong Kong's Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen is among those to meet with the city's students in today in the hopes of resolving the pr...

21 Oct 2014 | 09:41 | secure

Exclusive: Bird & Bird seals merger deal with Australian ally

Bird & Bird has confirmed a merger with Australian outfit Truman Hoyle; some 18 months after the two firms announced their alliance...

20 Oct 2014 | 00:00 | secure

ANALYSIS, OPINION AND INTERVIEWS

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The down under dilemma - what are the magic circle's plans for Australia?

What to do down under has long presented a headache for the UK's magic circle firms, with varying approaches to the market splitting the group. Elizabeth Broomhall looks at what's been done so far

20 Oct 2014 | 15:49 | secure

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Diminishing returns – Australia's top firms face tough times as partner numbers continue to shrink

That statistics can be manipulated in numerous ways is a given. But sometimes the message from the numbers is so clear it is impossible to misinterpret.

17 Oct 2014 | 00:14 | secure

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Climate change – leading independent and international law firms on the new economic reality in Australia

Law firms have a reputation for being late to the table. In the case of Australia, international entrants were perhaps more than 'sociably late' – taking the plunge into the market only at the tail-end of the energy and resources boom that the count...

17 Oct 2014 | 00:10 | secure

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A smaller world – Australian firms see dramatic drop in partner headcount

Combined partner count across five of the largest firms in Australia has shrunk by 134 (14%) over the last five years according to figures obtained by Legal Week, demonstrating the impact of domestic economic uncertainty and increased competition from...

15 Oct 2014 | 17:36 | secure

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Risk nothing – CBRE's Sophia PK Yap on demanding regulators and tackling corruption

CBRE's deputy chief ethics and compliance officer and former legal head for Asia, Sophia PK Yap, talks to Elizabeth Broomhall about juggling global regulators, family life and knee injuries

26 Sep 2014 | 00:39 | secure

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Independently minded: Gilbert + Tobin MP on why mergers are off the menu for his firm

Danny Gilbert, the straight-talking founder of Gilbert + Tobin, tells Legal Week how his firm has grown from a boutique to challenge Australia's legal old guard

08 Sep 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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Dealmaker Asia: Paul Jebely

Clyde & Co's Hong Kong-based global head of aviation finance on the joys of living abroad, his new Nintendo Wii and making equity partner at 31.

11 Aug 2014 | 05:12 | secure

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What next for DLA Piper's Asia practice as partner exits mount up?

Last week's departure of a further three partners from DLA Piper's Asia Pacific office sums up what has been a difficult 18 months for the firm.

30 Jul 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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Getting your priorities right – why timing is everything when it comes to mergers

Partners can be a fickle bunch. Just look at Ashurst: the firm's desire to secure a US merger dates back so far that it's hard to think of a UK firm - legacy SJ Berwin or Norton Rose aside - more frequently linked with potential partners across the At...

24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 | secure

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Navigating the archipelago – the international law firms making a play in resource-rich Indonesia

Foreign investors and international law firms breathed a sigh of relief this week as Southeast Asia's largest economy elected its new president – Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo.

24 Jul 2014 | 00:06 | secure

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