Morning Briefing: International law firm continues to build its Asia-Pac presence

by NZ Lawyer05 Feb 2015
Withers continues to build its Asia-Pac presence
Following last year’s expansion into Australia with Withers SBL the international law firm has today announced another Asia-Pac alliance. It has formed a Formal Law Alliance with established Singapore law firm KhattarWong. In April 2015 the firms will form Withers KhattarWong with the entire KhattarWong partnership becoming partners at Withers. The firm will work closely with the Withers team in Hong Kong.
Herbert Smith Freehills looks for partner firm in US
The expansion of Herbert Smith Freehills in the US market has taken a further step with consultations taking place to explore merger partners and the opening of more offices; currently it has only a New York office. The firm’s US presence is relatively new having opened in New York in 2012 but has seen steady expansion in both lawyers and business.
Acritas publishes US law firm league table
The annual Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index reveals that Skadden has held onto the top spot for the fourth year in a row. The gap between the firms at the top is narrowing though and competition between the best known firms is intensifying. Jones & Day, Baker & McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis and DLA Piper complete the top 5.
Mockingbird sequel discovered by lawyer
The never-expected sequel to the classic novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will be released after it was discovered by a lawyer. The manuscript of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ was believed to be lost by its author Harper Lee until her friend and lawyer Tonja Carter found it. It will now be released this July, some 60 years after it was written.