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Simmons & Simmons

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The firm: Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working through offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, bringing experienced professionals to some of the most active growth markets today.

Simmons & Simmons has been active in Asia for 35 years, where the firm is recognised as one of the leading international full-service law firms. Simmons & Simmons has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, and its lawyers practise Chinese, Hong Kong, English and US law. Since 2001, the firm has had a qualified joint venture with TMI Associates in Tokyo, the first such alliance between a major established Japanese law firm and a major international law firm.

Established in London in 1896, Simmons & Simmons opened its first international office in 1962, when it became the first City law firm to open an office in Brussels. Today, the firm has offices in key financial centres across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and a strong track record of delivering high-quality legal services to clients in some of the fastest growing markets in the world.

Areas of practice: Simmons & Simmons applies its considerable expertise to all business sectors, but focuses on: asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media and telecommunications. Simmons & Simmons acts regularly on the most innovative cases, deals and transactions in its chosen areas of specialism and receives recognition for the quality of its work from clients and others within those industry sectors. Most recently, the firm was named 'Best Trade Finance Firm' in Asia Pacific in the GTR Asia Leaders in Trade 2016 Awards; awarded Asian-Mena Counsel's 'Firm of the Year 2017' for employment and IP in Hong Kong; named AsianInvestor Law Firm of the Year 2017 and Best Onshore Firm at the HFM Asia Services Awards.

  • Number of lawyers: 858
  • at this office: 19
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Bulgarian
  • Hakka)
  • Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • ISDA
  • European Chamber of Commerce
  • British Chamber of Commerce
  • AIMA
  • Asian Transformation and Turnaround Association (ATTA)
  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • French Chamber of Commerce

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of ÂŁ1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

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