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 […]