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Simpson Thacher Poaches China Leaders from UK Magic Circle Firms for New Hong Kong Practice

Posted Apr 29, 2011 4:12 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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New York-based Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has had an office in Hong Kong since 1993.

But, until now, it only practiced United States law there. That will soon change, following the firm's raid on two top United Kingdom-based firms to poach practice leaders for a new Hong Kong practice, reports the Asian Lawyer in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

They are: Celia Lam, who serves as co-managing partner in Greater China for Linklaters, and Christopher Wong, the former chief of China corporate practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

A law firm press release provides additional details.

The new practice is expected to be up and running by fall.

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