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Compared to previous years, 2013 and 2014 saw Hong Kong’s legal market attain an atmosphere of relative stability. As such, many of the top firms are consolidating their positions, and the relentless lateral partner hires of yesteryear have evidently slowed.
Notwithstanding the stable market conditions, Hong Kong remains one of, if not the most competitive legal market in the world, a market where leading UK and US law firms now go toe-to-toe with each other on an equal footing. In such an environment, precedent-breaking developments occur with regularity. In 2014, Slaughter and May put aside decades of tradition by making a landmark lateral partner hire in the form of John Moore’s recruitment from Morrison & Foerster. Slaughter and May’s move is a tacit acknowledgement of the need for a robust US-law capability, and there are few with Moore’s reputation and connections.
The majority of the top Wall Street and US law firms localised some years ago by establishing Hong Kong law teams, often at a considerable cost in terms of remuneration packages. In doing so, some US firms propelled themselves to market leader status. One example is Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, which is now considered an elite firm in M&A, capital markets (both debt and equity) and dispute resolution.
As Asia’s primary financial and legal market, Hong Kong will provide a testing battleground for international firms to assert their international statuses. Whether London’s Magic Circle can continue to dominate the market in the face of such heated competition from their American counterparts remains to be seen. However, it should be made clear that US and UK firms tend to operate vastly differing business models. UK firms have clung to the full-service and large-capacity model, while US firms have on the whole focused primarily on large transactions and high-stakes dispute resolution.
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In a recent speech given by Mr. Carlson Tong, Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission, Mr. Tong pointed out that companies can improve corporate governance by attaching higher importance to the role of their board of directors as an internal gatekeeper. Mr. Tong said that this can be done more easily by having effective independent non-executive directors (INEDs) on the board.
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Danos & Associates will participate as a sponsor at the China Offshore Summit in Shenzhen, China. The conference will take place May 27-28th at the Grand Hyatt. Our firm will be represented by our Managing Partner, Alexios Danos, and Thomas Cheung who is one of our representatives in Beijing.
At the IFLR European Awards on 16 April 2015 in London, Bär & Karrer repeated last year's success by again winning the title "Swiss Law Firm of the Year".
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In its current Special Edition FOCUS Magazine has published a list of the leading tax law firms in Germany. GSK Stockmann + Kollegen was again honored as a “Leading Tax Law Firm 2015" in the areas of “Reorganisation, Corporate Restructuring and M&A” and received the FOCUS-Award “Leading Tax Law Firm 2015”.
GSK Stockmann + Kollegen freut sich, Herrn Dr. Philipp M. Kuhn mit Wirkung zum Jahresbeginn 2015 in den Kreis der Equity Partner aufzunehmen.
GSK ernennt Local Partner aus den eigenen Reihen in den Bereichen Gesellschaftsrecht und Real EstateGSK Stockmann + Kollegen ernennt auch 2015 Local Partner aus den eigenen Reihen: Andreas Dimmling, im Bereich Gesellschaftsrecht in München, und Oliver Koos, im Bereich Real Estate in Frankfurt, wurden zum 1. Januar 2015 in den Kreis der Local Partner aufgenommen.
Pepeliaev Group’s tax practice (Band 1) has once again been hailed as the best on the Russian market according to the Chambers Europe 2015 international legal ratings. Clients surveyed by the experts of Chambers Europe consider that “the lawyers dig deep to find issues that play a role in the mandate," while the team stands out because it “is flexible and understands clients' needs."
Kyiv, Moscow, Almaty, 18 May 2015 - CLACIS , a competition law advisory which focuses on matters concerning competition law and compliance in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan announces its opening.