Pointers to change and opportunity for law firms in Hong Kong

This post is based on recent research that provides pointers to change and opportunity for law firms in Hong Kong. Much is changing in the Hong Kong legal profession. Our research amongst law firms and their clients […]

U.S. Law Firms Facing Competitive Challenges in China

As Yun Kriegler outlined recently in The Lawyer, after spending ten years in Asia, U.S. law firm Vinson & Elkins decided to close its Shanghai office. In July 2013, the Houston-based firm announced that it will shut […]

Top UK law firm BD team operates a “sales pipeline”

UK’s Lawyer magazine held its inaugural Lawyer Management Awards in London on September 24th.  “The Lawyer’s editorial team, led by features editor Matt Byrne and an external panel of judges”, selected award recipients in law firm management […]

How to find clients for your new law practice

If you are just about to start your first law firm / practice, one of the first questions probably is how to approach potential clients and get them onboard.  The principles laid out bellow, proven and borrowed […]

“Enormous investment flow” from US to Australia driving law firm mergers

Peter Kalis, Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates, cited the “enormous investment flow” from the United States to Australia as one primary motivating factor behind the firms recent merger with Australia’s Middletons.    Resources – […]

The state of private equity in Asia in 2013

According to Ms. Julia Leong, Hong Kong’s Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, who spoke at the 12th HKVCA China Private Equity Summit on June 11 of this year, “the private equity industry is now […]

Sales divisions, not lateral hiring – are the best avenue to BigLaw growth

The news that international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges had laid off “60 associates and 110 staff members, as well as compensation reductions for roughly 10 percent of the firm’s partners” is becoming more common among […]

How India’s lawyers can capitalize on trade with Japan

India’s lawyers have a superb opportunity to capitalize on a growing Japan-India trade relationship should they go about their efforts effectively. As the International Business Times reported, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to India last week where he met […]

Vietnam’s lawyers see opportunity in Russian nuclear power investments

As the Voice of Russia recently reported: “Vietnam’s power industry plans to build 13 nuclear power units with an overall generating capacity of 15 gigawatts by 2030″.  Vietnam.net outlined: “The nuclear power market in Vietnam at present is […]

Foreign law firms “flying into” Singapore

Singapore’s central location in the high-growth ASEAN region, it’s status as a safe financial hub and the increasing ease by which foreign firms can access the country, has led to a recent increase in the influx of […]

Are China’s largest law firms going to transform the Brussels legal market?

In the last few months both Dacheng and Yingke, China’s two largest law firms – have entered the Brussels legal market. Dacheng, via a “cooperation arrangement” with Belgium’s Dugardyn & Partners, as Euractiv recently reported – and […]

US law firms set their sights on Asia

Phil Bolton of Global Atlanta reported yesterday that “With its acquisition of a California firm completed and the opening of a new office in Korea, the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP will be increasingly committed […]

Will Hong Kong’s law firms adapt to new competition?

LegalWeek.com reported this week that Australia-based fixed-fee law firm AdventBalance “has brought its unconventional business model to Hong Kong with the opening of an office in the city”. The firm “seconds senior lawyers to clients’ offices for specific projects […]

Chinese law firm Yingke enters the Israeli legal market – what’s next?

The Lawyer magazine (UK) has reported that one of China’s largest law firms, Yingke – has entered the newly liberalized Israeli legal market. The Lawyer reported that Yingke “merged with Israeli boutique firm Eyal Khayat Zolty, Neiger & Co, for its first step […]

Impact of Asian legal market liberalization outlined at Seoul conference

The impact of legal market liberalization upon specific legal jurisdictions in Asia was the subject of a panel discussion last week at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Conference in Seoul, Korea. Lawyers in the midst of these changes which are bringing […]

Asian legal market set to double by 2017

The Asian legal market is set to double by 2017, making it the world’s second largest regional market.  That’s what delegates from around the world attending the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s (IPBA) 23rd Annual Conference in Seoul were told today […]

Opportunities for law firms in Korea-US bilateral trade

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Meeting begins tomorrow here in Seoul – and I thought this would be a good opportunity to outline in particular what opportunities exist for lawyers in Korea and the US to capitalize upon the growing bilateral […]

More law firms adopting non-legal consulting practices

International law firm Withers LLP has set up a non-legal consulting practice, the Withers Consulting Group (WCG), which the International Advisor reported launched this month.  Diversification of services into non-legal or quasi-legal consulting is already a tried […]

Legal social media entrepreneurs gaining ground in Hong Kong

The Sheung Wan section of Hong Kong is an eclectic mix of the traditional and the modern – about a mile from the city’s gleaming office towers.  It’s here that I met Stephen Lai, Managing Director of Hong Kong-based Conventus […]

How Hong Kong law firms can win in the China energy game

China has now become the world’s largest net importer of oil – having recently overtaken the United States in the role – according to Anthony Fensom, writing in The Diplomat this week.  Indeed, China’s energy needs are so great that available global sources of […]

Why Japan needs an energy law blog

Shoichi Itoh, Senior Analyst at the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan has outlined in an article published by the Brookings Institution the urgent need Japan has for energy resources post-Fukushima disaster.  As a result of Japan’s earthquake of some two […]