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Keith Brandt is managing partner of Dentons Hong Kong, and also acts as head of litigation and dispute resolution. In this chat with ALB, he talks about how he launched the original iteration of the firm nearly two decades ago, his unflinching determination to succeed, and how much he appreciates the lobby team at Starbucks in Jardine House.
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Paul Hastings and Dentons have advised China’s Weihai City Commercial Bank on its $365.3 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and King & Wood Mallesons advising the joint sponsors and the underwriters.
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Dentons PNG, the Papua New Guinea firm of Dentons, has represented the country in obtaining from its Supreme Court a judgment quashing a $3 billion arbitration claim brought by Independent Timbers and Stevedoring which was advised by Squire Patton Boggs, Manatt, Phelps & Philips and Leahy Lewin Lowing Sullivan.
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Dentons has announced a proposed combination with South Korean firm Lee International, which it says would make it the only international firm with a Korean legal practice.
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Dentons has continued to expand its disputes team in Hong Kong after hiring litigator Allan Leung as a partner from Hogan Lovells, where he spent more than 25 years.
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Dentons has advised Chinese financial firm JD Group on the sale of its insurance business, FTLife Insurance Company Limited, for $2.74 billion (HK$21.5 billion approximately) to NWS Holdings Limited which was counselled by Sullivan & Cromwell.
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Dentons has poached a four-lawyer dispute resolution team from Bird & Bird in Hong Kong, led by Richard Keady, who led the practice for APAC at his former firm.
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Dentons has expanded its reach further in the ASEAN region after adding Indonesia’s Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) as a member.
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Thirty-lawyer Malaysian firm Zain & Co. has become a member of Dentons. The firm joins existing Dentons member firms in Myanmar and Singapore to form the newly established Dentons ASEAN Region.
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Dentons has named Marie Bernard as the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, an accelerator of early-stage technology startups focused on the legal industry.