BCI set to open Indian legal market to UK firms

by Nimitt Dixit |


The Indian legal market is set to open to UK law firms by the end of July, following a closed-door meeting in London on Thursday comprising core members of the Bar Council of India (BCI), the Bar Council of England and Wales, and the UK’s Law Society.

BCI Chairperson Manan Kumar…

Portugal’s Melo Alves, Macau’s LS Lawyers in cooperation agreement

by Sarah Wong |

Macau law firm LS Lawyers has entered into a one-year cooperation agreement with Lisbon-headquartered litigation boutique Melo Alves, which will provide the Macau outfit with training in various legal fields in Portugal.

US law firm Dechert considering shuttering offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, say sources

by Reuters |

U.S.-founded law firm Dechert is considering closing its offices in Hong Kong and Beijing, becoming the latest foreign firm to scale back in Greater China, two people said, amid a prolonged capital market downturn and growing Sino-U.S. tensions.

China’s Grandall, Malaysian law firm RWC enter into collaboration

by Charlie Wu 吴卓言 |

Beijing-headquartered Grandall Law Firm and Malaysian law firm Richard Wee Chambers (RWC) have entered into a collaboration agreement.

PRC firm Zhuo Jian opens Tokyo office

by Charlie Wu 吴卓言 |

Shenzhen-headquartered firm Zhuo Jian Law Firm has opened a new office in the Japanese capital as it looks to tap into demand for legal services in the world's third-largest economy.

MoFo latest U.S. firm to shutter China office, announces Beijing closure

Morrison & Foerster has confirmed to ALB that it plans to close its Beijing representative office when its lease expires this fall. It will become the fifth U.S. law firm in this year alone to scale back in mainland China.

DOCVIT latest PRC firm to launch Hong Kong office

by Charlie Wu 吴卓言 |

Beijing-based DOCVIT Law Firm has expanded its footprint by opening a new office in Hong Kong, the firm's tenth branch overall, amid a growing influx of mainland Chinese legal practices in the city.

Tokyo: Sakuragawa Kyowa, Inohara form foreign law joint enterprise

by Mari Iwata |

Japan’s Sakuragawa Kyowa Law Office and Inohara Foreign Law Office have formed a foreign joint law enterprise to tap rising demand for cross-border deals involving Japanese companies amid a corporate succession crisis.

Drew & Napier secures funding to sue Swiss government for AT1 wipe-out

by Sarah Wong |

Singapore Big Four firm Drew & Napier is pressing ahead with litigation against Switzerland with the backing of litigation financing company Omni Bridgeway.

Vietnam energy boutique merges with Dentons LuatViet

by Nimitt Dixit |

Dentons LuatViet, Dentons’ member firm in Vietnam, has bolstered its energy-sector M&A capabilities in the country with the absorption of local corporate boutique EPLegal, including founder Tony Nguyen and managing partner Annie Ngo.