Dentons’ revenue up 66 per cent
have yet to publicly release its financial results for 2015 but it’s reported that the firm announced at its annual partnership conference that global revenue grew by 66 per cent. Bloomberg says that the rapid expansion of the US-headquartered firm has boosted income to U$2.12 billion. Dentons
mergers in the past year has included Dacheng in China, Gadens in Australia and Rodyk & Davidson in Singapore.
Law firm launches group focuses on Japan’s auto sector
The issues faced by the automotive industry in Japan has led to Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) establishing a focus group for the sector. Effective March 1, the group will offer a range of legal services for the industry, which has lost steam in the domestic market but is gaining internationally. Working with baker & McKenzie offices globally the new group is headed by Yaeko Hodaka, partner of the Tokyo office's Corporate / M&A group and assisted by key members Daisuke Tatsuno (ITC), Toshio Ibaraki (Compliance), Junya Ae (Antitrust), Ryutaro Oka (Tax) and Koji Oshima (Transfer Pricing).
New managing partner for international firm
Andrew Ballheimer has been elected global managing partner at Allen & Overy for an initial four-year term. The co-head of the firm’s corporate practice will succeed Wim Dejonghe who has been elected senior partner. The moves will take place in May. Although Ballheimer beat Tokyo’s Simon Black, among others, to the role, he knows the Asian market well having been based in Tokyo previously.
KWM adds capability in Hong Kong
Tejaswi Nimmagadda, a senior Aircraft and Asset Finance specialist, has transferred from Sydney to the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons. He is qualified in Australian and English law and has previously worked in New York and Singapore.
Kennedys to sponsor APAC Aviation Conference
International law firm Kennedys will be the headline sponsor of this year’s Willis Asia-Pacific Aviation Insurance Conference. It will take place in Singapore on March 8 and Kennedys’ partner Peng Lim will be a speaker on the subject of litigation and compensation issues for the aviation sector.
Greenberg Traurig hosts Aussie MedTech delegation
A medical technology delegation led by Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, has been visiting law firm Greenberg Traurig as part of Australia United States Business Week. The group met with GT’s David D. Dykeman, co-chair of the firm’s global life sciences and intellectual property groups, who hosted a moderated panel of experts in the firm’s Boston offices.