US law firms to grow Hong Kong litigation teams as solicitors get advocacy rights

Given the US cultural affinity for resolving matters inside a court room, it was perhaps only a matter of time. But finally, America's leading law firms appear to be taking litigation work in Asia seriously. Latham & Watkins, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and O'Melveny & Myers are among several US outfits with plans to strengthen their local disputes teams, while Davis Polk & Wardwell recently entered the litigation arena with the hire of two well-regarded litigators from Clifford Chance (CC). Firms that are considering starting up local disputes practices include Kirkland & Ellis and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, both of which have strong litigation franchises globally.

New legislation prompts leading US outfits to bolster Asia litigation practices. Elizabeth Broomhall reports

Given the US cultural affinity for resolving matters inside a court room, it was perhaps only a matter of time. But finally, America’s leading law firms appear to be taking litigation work in Asia seriously.

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