Asia

EXPANSION

HFW culls team from Locke Lord

Firm continues its Greater China transactional expansion with major team hire following recent hire of Locke Lord's Hong Kong managing partner and two other lawyers.

JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

Law society asserts judicial independence

Hong Kong's law society takes unusual step of commenting in relation to ongoing case to express confidence in judiciary and assert rule of law.

M&A

Nishimura & Asahi in Thai combo

Tokyo-based firm confirms it has purchased all outstanding shares in SCL Thailand's SCL Group to create new Thai powerhouse.

ROBOTICS

Clifford Chance in robotic pilot

Firm launches pilot and training with plan in place to expand across Asia Pacific and create fully-functional legal bots.