Two more partners exit Stephenson Harwood in HK

BY Aparna Sai |

Stephenson Harwood has lost two more partners in Hong Kong: Commercial litigation partner Richard Wilmot has joined local firm Tanner De Witt, while energy specialist Marco Pocci has moved to MB Kemp’s newly opened office in London.

Arbitration heavy-hitter Gearing to join Fountain Court Chambers instead of Essex Court

BY Aparna Sai |

Matthew Gearing QC, a former co-head of Allen & Overy’s global arbitration group, and a former chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), is set to join Fountain Court Chambers on May 3.

Gibson Dunn raids HSF for financial regulatory quartet

BY Aparna Sai |

U.S. law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has added a team of four lawyers to its financial regulatory services practice in Hong Kong from Herbert Smith Freehills, including partner William Hallatt.

HK: Conyers hires former Carey Olsen partner

BY Aparna Sai |

Offshore law firm Conyers has added insolvency and disputes specialist Michael Makridakis as a partner in Hong Kong.

Skadden, Latham act on Trip.com’s $1.09 bln secondary listing

BY Aparna Sai |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Commerce & Finance Law Offices have counselled travel website Trip.com on its $1.09 billion secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Latham & Watkins and Jingtian & Gongcheng advising the joint sponsors and the underwriters.

HK: PRC firm Jingtian nabs disputes partner from CC

BY Aparna Sai |

Beijing-headquartered firm Jingtian & Gongcheng has hired Jimmy Chan (Chen Guohao) as a partner in Hong Kong from Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance.

Is your firm cybersecurity-ready? [Brought to you by SS&C Intralinks]

BY Jenkins Fung |

Like all industries, law firms are susceptible to cyber-attacks. In 2016, the Panama Papers leak shocked the world and brought cybersecurity to the fore. What came to light wasn’t only how politicians and world leaders exploit secretive offshore tax regimes; but also the rather astonishing lack of basic security practices on the part of the law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Clyde hires third partner in HK in less than a month

BY Aparna Sai |

Clyde & Co has hired Rosie Ng as a partner in the firm’s global insurance group in Hong Kong from HFW, where she was a consultant.

Skadden, Davis Polk lead on Chinese fintech firm’s $507 mln HK IPO

BY Aparna Sai |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Commerce & Finance Law Offices have advised Chinese fintech firm Bairong on its $507 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Tian Yuan Law Firm assisting the joint sponsors and underwriters.

HK: Family lawyer joins Deacons from Stevenson Wong

BY Aparna Sai |

Deacons, Hong Kong’s largest local firm, has hired family law expert Sherlynn Chan as a partner in its litigation and disputes practice from city rival Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Links hires Kirkland, White & Case partners in HK

BY Aparna Sai |

Magic Circle firm Linklaters has added Xiaoxi Lin and Alessandro Nolet as partners in Hong Kong from Kirkland & Ellis and White & Case, respectively.

FT Article on Hong Kong Arbitration Raises Hackles in City

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Officials and members of Hong Kong’s legal profession have been vexed by a recent Financial Times that reported that international corporations working on deals in Asia – or entering into joint ventures with Chinese and other Asian counterparties – were considering excluding Hong Kong from governing law and arbitration clauses in legal contracts over concerns about the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.