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Why Quinn Emanuel Nixed Hong Kong: Litigators There Make Less Than $1M

Posted Nov 1, 2011 6:16 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Despite the seeming appeal of a sizzling Hong Kong legal market, one well-known law firm has nixed the possibility of opening an office there.

Asked to explain why, managing partner John Quinn of Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan had a succinct answer: Not a single litigator there, he believes, makes $1 million annually, reports the Asian Lawyer.

"There were a lot of things that, from a distance, looked attractive to us," he tells the legal publication. "But I really have the impression that it's a market that's beyond competitive with a lot of pressure on billing rates and the revenues and incomes of lawyers impacted accordingly."

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