Courting Eastern promise – the drive by international firms to recruit more disputes lawyers in Asia

When Davis Polk & Wardwell hired Clifford Chance disputes partner Martin Rogers in December 2012, it surprised Hong Kong's legal community.

International firms are hiring more disputes lawyers in Asian markets, but why are global players increasingly interested in local litigation? Elizabeth Broomhall finds out

When Davis Polk & Wardwell hired Clifford Chance disputes partner Martin Rogers in December 2012, it surprised Hong Kong’s legal community. Few had suspected that Rogers, one of a handful of partners at international firms with a well-established local Hong Kong litigation practice, would make the move to a US outfit, with American firms having previously primarily advised locally on corporate transactions. 

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