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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Hassans receives Highly Commended at the European UK Captive Awards 2017

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

The first European & UK Captive Awards 2017 was held in London yesterday, Tuesday 10th October.

The Awards commend and reward those European and UK providers of captive insurance products and services, as well as captives themselves who have outperformed their competitors and peers, demonstrating the highest levels of excellence over the 12 month judging period.

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Hassans advises Sunborn on the issuing of EUR 58 million bonds

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans International Law Firm, Gibraltar’s largest law firm, has acted for Sunborn Gibraltar on the issuing of a Euro 58,000,000 bond which has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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ITIRIV and Hassans International Law Firm announce strategic partnership

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

ITIRIV and Hassans International Law Firm announce strategic partnership with global blockchain provider, BlockEx

ITIRIV, Gibraltar-based digital management consultants, and Hassans, Gibraltar’s largest law firm, are excited to announce a strategic partnership with BlockEx, a blockchain technology provider offering digital asset creation, issuance and trading platform (DAxP).

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Hassans announces six partner promotions

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans International Law Firm is delighted to announce six partner promotions. The promotions bring the total number of partners at Hassans to 46. The new partners are:

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Hassans continues its long-term environment commitment

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans continues its long-term environment commitment as pro bono legal advisers to the Environmental Safety Group (ESG)

Hassans’ Partner David Dumas QC has been the ESG’s dedicated legal adviser for the work carried out by the Group, locally, and on Campo cross-border and international issues, for the last 14 years. This followed the decision by Senior Partner James Levy QC in 2002 to commit the firm to further the singular aim of bettering the environment, within and outside Gibraltar. Apart from providing legal advice and drafting and submitting paperwork, Hassans has also assisted in the funding the ESG’s many campaigns on practically every environmental issue.

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Hassans achieves another clean sweep of Tier 1 rankings in Legal 500 EMEA

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Legal 500, one of the leading international legal directories which provides rankings of law firms based purely on client feedback, published their Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) results yesterday.

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Hassans broadens its reach globally in Chambers and Partners

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans received unique recognition last week for its gaming experts in the globally renowned Chambers and Partners.

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Hassans to donate £30,000 to Calpe House Trust over the next 3 years

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

James Levy CBE QC (Senior Partner) and Javier Chincotta (Managing Partner) of Hassans met with Trustees of Calpe House, Albert Poggio OBE GMH, Vice President and Edward Yome, the Commissioner of Police, to present a cheque for £10,000. Hassans has committed to providing £10,000 to the Trust each year for the next three years.

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Hassans advises Playtech plc in relation to its application for a B2B remote gambling licence

March 2018. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Playtech plc, a leading online software and platform provider, has successfully obtained a remote gambling B2B licence in Gibraltar. Playtech is one of the most recognised providers in the gaming industry and at the forefront of new developments.

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Serbian Commission Fines Another Bid Rigging Cartel

February 2018. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

The Serbian Competition Commission (the "Commission") recently fined four undertakings for bid rigging in the public procurement for the maintenance of train wagons. The contracting authority, the "Nikola Tesla" power plant, which represents the largest electricity-producing complex in Serbia, informed the Commission about possible collusion in public procurement for repair services for the train wagons it uses in coal transportation.

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Employer’s right to give instructions regarding business trips abroad

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

An employer’s executive prerogative entails being able to order business trips abroad if the employee commits himself to undertake this kind of service in his or her employment contract. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Baden-Württemberg [Regional Labour Court of Baden-Württemberg].

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VEGAS LEX partnered up atthe Russian Business Week 2018

February 2018. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

From February 5, 2018 to February 9, 2018, VEGAS LEX customarily supported the events of the Eleventh Russian Business Week of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE).

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Managers‘ risk of liability and D&O insurance

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Mistakes made by managers can prove costly both for the company as well as the managers themselves. For this reason, many companies take out D&O insurance policies for their executive personnel.

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Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis on the Placement of EUR 2,250,000,000 Guaranteed Notes

February 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Novartis Finance S.A. completed the placement of EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2023, EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2030 and EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2038. The 2023 Notes were issued at 99.655% of their principal amount with an interest of 0.500% and will mature on 14 August 2023 at their nominal value. The 2030 Notes were issued at 99.957% of their principal amount with an interest of 1.375% and will mature on 14 August 2030. The 2038 Notes were issued at 99.217% of their principal amount with an interest of 1.700% and will mature on 14 August 2038. The Notes are guaranteed by Novartis AG. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well.

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Foyen recruits public sector specialist

February 2018. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

14 February, 2018

Foyen Advokatfirma has recruited general counsel Ulrika Hedberg from Trelleborg Municipality. Ulrika is a member of the law firm’s Public Sector, Construction and Real Estate business areas, writes Foyen in a press release.

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Foyen authors updates on construction law and project financing

February 2018. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

Getting the Deal Through is an international publication covering 75 business areas linked to more than 150 jurisdictions and collaborating with many of the world's leading law firms. The different sections are written by experts in each area, and we at Foyen are proud to represent Sweden with our latest contributions regarding the construction law and project financing areas in Construction 2018 and Project Finance 2018.

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SyCipLaw named Philippine Law Firm of the Year at Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018

February 2018. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan was recognized as Philippine Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018. SyCipLaw partners Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes and Russel L. Rodriguez received the award on the firm’s behalf.

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SyCipLaw supports “Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa” Storybook Donation Drive

February 2018. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan collected a total of PhP55,100.00 and 169 books in support of the “Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa” storybook donation drive. The campaign advocates the exposure of public school children to a wide range of creative, interesting, and age-appropriate reading materials, and, in so doing, instill in them a culture of reading that is critical to the learning and development process.

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FORTHCOMING ARTICLE BY PROFESSOR VILLATA

February 2018. Press Releases by Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati (view listing).

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Professor Villata’s latest article.

The work, In tema di questioni di giurisdizione (alla luce di un recente Momorandum), explores questions of jurisdiction following the recent Memorandum from the heads of the three jurisdictions (ordinary, administrative and accounting) addressed to the President of the Italian Republic.

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LEADING CORPORATE LAWYER KEN CASEY JOINS HAYES SOLICITORS

February 2018. Press Releases by Hayes Solicitors (view listing).

Ken Casey joins Hayes solicitors to head up new Corporate department

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Zetlin & De Chiara Partner James J. Terry to Present at the Practicing Law Institute’s 19th Annual

February 2018. Press Releases by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP (view listing).

(New York, NY – Nov 27, 2017) Partner James J. Terry  of leading construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP will be a featured speaker at the Practicing Law Institute’s 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate institute in New York on December 4 and 5, 2017.

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[KIM & CHANG] Top-ranked in All 16 Practice Areas Surveyed - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

In the recently published The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, one of the legal industry’s most prominent guides to the legal market in Asia, Kim & Chang was the only Korean law firm to be top-ranked ("Tier 1") in all 16 practice areas surveyed.  Particularly noteworthy is the fact that our IP group was the only Tier 1-ranked practice to be recognized in the “Intellectual property – Patents and Trademarks” category.

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[KIM & CHANG] Making and Donating Kimchi to the Community

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On November 18, 2017, more than 40 Kim & Chang attorneys and K&C Friends (staff volunteers) of Kim & Chang Committee for Social Contribution volunteered in gimjang, a Korean tradition of preparing large quantities of kimchi for the winter.  Volunteers gathered early in the morning to learn how to do gimjang, and helped to make kimchi.  The kimchi prepared through this event was  donated to 100 foster care families supported by the Central Foster Care Family Center .

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[KIM & CHANG] Highest Rankings in All 18 Practice Areas - Asialaw Profiles 2018

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

Kim & Chang was the only Korean law firm to receive “Outstanding,” the highest possible ranking, across all 18 practice areas in the 22nd edition of Asialaw Profiles 2018, a definitive guide to Asia-Pacific’s leading regional and domestic law firms.  Additionally, we were the only Korean firm to be awarded “Outstanding” in the Financial Services Regulatory and Intellectual Property practice areas. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Delivering Coal Briquettes to Low-income Families and the Elderly Living Alone in...

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On December 9, 2017, Kim & Chang attorneys and K&C Friends (staff volunteers) of Kim & Chang Committee for Social Contribution together with youth members of Deulggot Youth World, an organization dedicated to caring for and educating children in need, delivered coal briquettes to a jjokbang town in Seoul’s Yeongdeungpo District.  Jjokbang towns are low-income neighborhoods comprised of tenement housings with small rooms that barely accommodate one person.  

The volunteers delivered the briquettes to low-income families, the elderly living alone, and others in the jjokbang town with hopes to give them a warmer winter.

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[KIM & CHANG] Highest Number of Wins Among Korean Firms - Asian-MENA Counsel Firms of the Year 2017

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

In the recently published Representing Corporate Asia and Middle East Survey, an annual ranking survey published by Asian-MENA Counsel, Kim & Chang won "In-House Community Firm of the Year" in 14 categories.

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[KIM & CHANG] Second Law Academy of 2017 at Gyeongsan Multicultural Family Support Center

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On October 31, 2017, Kim & Chang Committee for Social Contribution hosted its second Multicultural Family Law Academy for 2017, a “mobile” legal service for multicultural families in Korea, in the City of Gyeongsan in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.  The first session was held in the City of Gimje in Jeollabuk-do Province earlier in 2017.

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Canadian Bioenergy Mission to the Philippines

February 2018. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

SyCipLaw partner Arlene M. Maneja was a guest speaker on “Regulatory Framework for Renewable Energy” at the Bioenergy Mission to the Philippines co-organized by the Embassy of Canada in Manila and the Philippine Department of Energy.

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Zetlin & De Chiara Senior Partner Carol Patterson Named “Barrier-Breaker” by Commercial Observer

February 2018. Press Releases by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP (view listing).

New York, NY (November 13, 2017) –  Carol J. Patterson, Senior Partner at construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP was honored by the Commercial Observer at its first-ever Women in Construction Awards for her precedent-setting achievements.

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Vassily Rudomino and Anton Dzhuplin are co-authors of an article in American Bar Association

February 2018. Press Releases by ALRUD Law Firm (view listing).

The American Bar Association (ABA) has issued an annual international law review. Leading lawyers of the world are the authors of the publication. Experts in the Russia region were Vassily Rudomino, Alrud Senior Partner, and Anton Dzhuplin, Alrud Partner.

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AVELLUM Advises Shareholder of PJSC “Commercial Bank “Center” on Increasing Its Charter Capita

February 2018. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM Advises Shareholder of PJSC “Commercial Bank “Center” on Increasing Its Charter Capital

AVELLUM advised Public Joint Stock Company “Commercial Bank “Center” (“PJSC CB “Center”), a regional Ukrainian bank, and its sole shareholder Mr. Hamed Alikhani on increasing the charter capital of PJSC CB “Center” to UAH200 million. AVELLUM advised the clients on a number of corporate, regulatory, and securities issues related to increasing the charter capital, and on further acquisition of new shares in PJSC CB “Center”.

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VEGAS LEX and Federal Tax Service of Russia discuss the changes in tax legislation in 2017–2018

February 2018. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On 24 January 2018, at the conference held by VEGAS LEX, experts discussed the key trends of tax control and international taxation and the changes relating to unjustified tax benefit, investigations and proof of the facts of deliberate non-payment of taxes and levies.

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Wallpaper cartel – Heavy fines for illegal price fixing

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

In its ruling of October 12, 2017, the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Düsseldorf [Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf] imposed fines totalling more than 19 million euros against members of the so-called Tapeten-Kartell, or “wallpaper cartel” (Az.: V-2 Kart 1-3/17).

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Truck cartel – Damages claims against Scania now also a possibility

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Last summer, the European Commission imposed heavy fines on five truck manufacturers for violations of antirust law. The Swedish truck manufacturer Scania is now being asked to pay up as well.

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VdA announces new partners Ana Luís de Sousa and Catarina Pinto Correia

February 2018. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

As of January 2018, Ana Luís de Sousa and Catarina Pinto Correia join VdA partnership.

Lawyers in, respectively, Projects - Infrastructures, Energy & Natural Resources and Public Law, these appointments stand for from the ongoing strategic commitment to reinforce the firm’s capabilities in core areas and develop new skills in key sectors of the economy, providing increased added value to our clients.

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VdA Legal Partners: exclusive partnership in Chad

February 2018. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

On December 15, Vieira de Almeida entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Cabinet BASSOUNDA & Partners - BP Partners, a Chadian law firm lead by Sylvanus Bassounda and Beti Kolossoum Nodjitan. BP Partners is one of the most prestigious law firms in Chad, with a widely acknowledged expertise in OHADA Law, Tax, Employment, Finance and Litigation.

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VdA has been appointed to preside over the Steering Committee of GRACE

February 2018. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

VdA has been elected President of the Steering Committee of GRACE for the period 2018/2020. Partner Margarida Couto, shall take office on behalf of the firm.

GRACE (www.grace.pt) is a pioneering non-profit public interest organisation gathering over 160 companies of all sizes and across industries, engaged in deepening their social role, as well as promoting and developing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Portugal.

The appointment of VdA to lead GRACE for the next 3 years is a strong motive for institutional pride, as it recognises the role played by the firm in Portugal, in matters regarding CSR.

Note :

VdA carries out an extensive corporate social responsibility programme, organised around several axes, notably corporate volunteer work, empowerment of non-profit organisations and the provision of pro bono legal services. Throughout 2017, VdA provided over 7.000 hours of free legal services to over 100 non-profit organisations. Over the years, the number of hours allocated to the CSR Programme has steadily increased.

At the end of 2016, VdA launched the Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation, having as key mission to educate for citizenship and assert the key role education and knowledge play in the promotion of human rights and the Rule of Law. The Foundation is also engaged in strengthening VdA’s CSR Programme, while an organised expression of the exercise of citizenship, reinforcing VdA’s lawyers’ and staff sense of belonging to the community at large.

www.vda.pt

Angola | Cabo Verde | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Equatorial Guinea | Gabon | Guinea-Bissau | Mozambique | Portugal | Sao Tome and Principe | Timor-Leste

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BGH: A square shape can also be protected as a trademark

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Three-dimensional symbols that represent the shape of a product can be protected as a trademark. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in two rulings from October 18, 2017 (Az.: I ZB 3/17 and I ZB 4/17).

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Stuarts Promotes New Partners Richard Annette and Aaron Walker

February 2018. Press Releases by Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries (view listing).

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries, a leading Cayman Islands law firm, is pleased to announce that Richard Annette and Aaron Walker have been promoted as the firm’s newest partners, effective January 2018. 

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CYPRUS AN EMERGING EU FUND JURISDICTION

February 2018. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

Cyprus consistent efforts to modernize its regulatory environment for investment funds, has created a legal framework bearing hallmarks of the regimes in Luxembourg and Ireland, and has strengthened Cyprus’ profile as an emerging European funds and asset management domicile.

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Home Office Immigration White Paper Release Delayed

February 2018. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

An immigration white paper outlining Britain’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system will not be released until after the transition deal is completed.

The government’s announcement regarding the paper, which was supposed to be released last summer, has been criticised by the business community.

This move also means that a Brexit immigration bill, promised in the Queen’s speech, will not reach the statute book before the registration of the three million EU nationals already living and working in Britain gets underway this autumn.

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AVELLUM Promotes New Partner and Counsels

February 2018. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM Promotes New Partner and Counsels

AVELLUM is pleased to announce senior promotions.

Yuriy Nechayev was promoted to a partner at Corporate/M&A practice. In his new role, Yuriy will continue focusing on M&A, corporate law, and private equity.

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Prometheus Award for Mr Stavros Pavlou

February 2018. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

On Monday 11th December 2017, our Senior and Managing Partner, Mr Stavros Pavlou was awarded the Prometheus prize in Moscow for his invaluable contribution towards the protection of Russian business interests in Cyprus and abroad. 

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No registration of “Bester Papa” as EU trade mark due to lack of distinctiveness

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

In order for a trade mark to be capable of being registered as a European Union trade mark it needs to be highly distinctive. The slogan “Bester Papa” (“Best dad(dy)/papa”) lacks this distinctive character.

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[KIM & CHANG] “Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year” - Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On November 28, 2017, Kim & Chang was recognized as the "Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year" in the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Korea's Top Law Firm in the Asia-Pacific - The American Lawyer's Asia 50 (2017)

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

According to the latest "Asia 50," an annual special feature published by The American Lawyer, Kim & Chang ranked 11th among the top 50 Asia-Pacific law firms.

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[KIM & CHANG] Still Among Largest Asian Law Firms and Biggest in Korea - ALB Asia's Top 50 (2017)

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

According to “Asia’s Top 50,” a feature story in the November issue of Asian Legal Business (ALB), Kim & Chang is the 12th largest Asian law firm, with the top 11 being China-based firms.  Our firm continues to lead this chart among Korean firms, and once again, this is the highest ranking for a Korean firm.  

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[KIM & CHANG] "Korea Law Firm of the Year" for the 5th Consecutive Year - ALB Korea Law Awards 2017

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

Kim & Chang was once again named "Korea Law Firm of the Year" at the ALB Korean Law Awards 2017, a recognition we have won five consecutive times since these awards began in 2012.  Our firm was also once again honored with the highest number of recognitions at this year's ceremony held on November 16 at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul. 

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