Free CLE Panel on Handling Corporate Crisis Communications

Allegations of malfeasance can shatter a company's reputation and threaten both its operations and access to capital. A company's lawyers and communications advisors play important roles during such times by collaborating on plans to provide timely and accurate information to customers, employees, investors and other constituencies whose confidence and cooperation affect a company's viability.

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Free CLE Course-Hot Topics Involving U.S. Litigation and China

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Columbia Law School
Jerome Greene Hall (Room 103)

An exciting debate and discussion between both plaintiff and defense counsel in high-profile litigations involving China:

* (plaintiffs) U.S. litigation over the China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210 crash
* (plaintiffs) U.S. litigation over regarding a high-speed rail collision in China
* (defense) first time law firm defending Chinese company in securities litigation obtained money sanctions against the plaintiff law firm
* (defense) high-profile defense in Anti-Terrorism Act litigation
* (defense) represented major foreign banks in defeating attempt to seize assets belonging to a foreign government — including pandas on loan at U.S. zoos

Moderator: Professor Benjamin L. Liebman, Columbia Law School

Mitchell Berger, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Lexi J. Hazam, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann
Robert Lieff, Of Counsel, Lieff Cabraser Heimann
William McGovern, Partner, Kobre & Kim
Geoffrey Sant, Of Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Lanier Saperstein, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

This is a free CLE program.

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Co-hosted by the Center for Chinese Legal Studies and the Chinese Business Lawyers Association

Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, the ABA Section of International Law, and the Asian American Bar Association of New York

It Can’t Hurt To Ask: 12 Questions You Should Ask Any Potential International Recruiter

Although thousands of attorneys will work with a recruiter this year, most will spend less time evaluating recruiters than they do researching airfares on the Internet or on Facebook.  A recruiter should play a much larger role in the job-search process than simply relaying information about opportunities, especially when it comes to Asia based assignments.  Unlike the practice of law, the legal-recruiting profession is not regulated and does not require any type of license. Yet using a recruiter involves temporarily entrusting the course of your career to another person. As many recruiters turned their attention to the Asia legal markets after the domestic economic downturn, we thought it timely to suggest the following questions when interviewing a potential recruiter to determine their experience and expertise in the Asia legal markets.  There are many excellent legal recruiters out there, but not all recruiters are created equal and, most importantly, only a handful of recruiters have yet to gain the experience and the knowledge that the Asia legal recruiting field demands.

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Expat Lifestyle Guide: Schooling Options in Asia

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Living and moving abroad brings about many challenges besides just landing the right law firm job.  We have started the Expat Lifestyle Series to help our expat candidates make a smooth transition to what can be a disruptive and stressful process.  It’s important that your family feels at home in their new locale and schooling can play a critical role so we have decided to address these issues with a piece on the educational options for school-aged children.

The educational systems of Japan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore offer a wide variety of choices for the children of expats. Many of our candidates with school-aged children request information on the various options available to them for schooling in their chosen city.  We have provided a general guide below but please feel free to contact us directly for a more practical and in depth analysis as well as ways to cut the bureaucracy you may face in your new city.  Choosing the right school is an important factor in considering whether to relocate your family and advance planning is highly recommended as many top international schools can fill up quickly.

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An Expat’s Guide to Finding an Apartment Abroad

No matter what city an expat relocates to, it is becoming increasingly simple to find living accommodations which cater to a foreigner’s needs and there are people at each step of the process to make the relocation as easy and comfortable as possible.


Once moving to Tokyo, apartments are usually acquired through a real estate agent rather than directly with the landlord because of the uncertainty that landlords have renting their apartments to people who don’t speak Japanese and are not familiar with the legalities of the Japanese rental system. However once contact with a real estate agent has been established it is simple to find an apartment that caters to an expat’s needs since Tokyo offers accommodations specifically for foreigners. For example, expat apartments generally cost over $4,000USD but are equipped with all the major appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, phone, phone-line, and refrigerator) while typical Japanese apartments do not come with these appliances. And while Japanese apartments require the renter to pay “key money” or reiken, which is a non-refundable payment worth about two months of rent, and a renewal fee or koushinryou, which is worth one month’s rent, a foreigner renting an expat apartment can forgo these fees and just pay the four to six months security deposit. Most of the US and UK law firms with which we work will make this payment on your behalf and already have a select group of agents that will guide you.

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Expat Lifestyle Guide: Raising an Expat Child in an Asian Country

lifestyle-planeFor lawyers working overseas in an Asian country, raising an expatriate family could be difficult. Though traveling might provide a wealth of job opportunities, sometimes it might be quite hard on the uprooted child who must readjust to a completely new social setting. Whether it is culture shock or homesickness, a child can be truly affected by the experience. However, on the flip side of that, being an expat child also provides a chance to earn unique experiences that promotes growth and maturity.

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Trailing Spouses and Other Dependents

If you want to know how an international assignment is really going, ask your spouse.  It is well known that the success or failure of a stint abroad can depend largely on the contentment of trailing family members.  Below you will find some personal insights gathered from our candidates throughout Asia regarding the practicalities of a move abroad and what helps dependents make the adjustment to a new life.  While no single solution will work for everyone, the following suggestions have worked very well for our candidates overseas.

Learn as much as possible about daily life before you leave.

One of our candidates in Hong Kong highly recommends that, if possible, go on a fact-finding trip before you make the move.  This may be best completed when you are visiting the location for interviews.  You may be fortunate enough to find a home on these initial visits, but even if not, at least you will have an idea of what is available and what you may wish to pack or leave behind.  If you have children, be sure to take lots of pictures to show them and pique their interest.  This can often help with pre-trip nerves in that it will help you and your family know what to expect, what a new home may look like, where they might go to school, or what the shops and surrounding streets look like.   Language lessons can also help, and don’t sneer at any offer for cross-cultural training-it can really help.

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Living Abroad Spotlight: Hong Kong

Night shot of Hong Kong financial center and the Victoria habourAs the global economy becomes more interconnected, and working abroad becomes more desirable, many attorneys have looked to Hong Kong as an attractive location to work in China. Between 2011 and 2012, Hong Kong increased the number of work visas issued to U.K. citizens by 45% to 3,907, and the number of work visas issued to U.S. citizens by nearly 96% to 4,290.  Hong Kong is one of the world’s largest financial centers, and right on the doorstep of the rapidly expanding China.  A recent survey conducted by HSBC found that 69% of expatriates in China make more income than expatriates in other countries, and 44% believed that the country offered them a higher quality of life.  “This reflects the good schooling, housing, transport connections and availability of goods and services that the territory offers,” says Lee Quane, regional director, Asia, of ECA International. This high standard of living has attracted top-tier law firms like New York-based Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Davis Polk & Wardwell. Hong Kong possesses a number of features that makes it popular for expatriates:

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Representative Partner Moves to Date – Hong Kong


November 2014 

Mark Johnson, Litigation, moved from Herbert Smith, Hong Kong to Debevoise & Plimpton. 

Martin Lister, Insurance Law, moved from Edwards Wildman Palmer, Hong Kong to Simmons & Simmons, Hong Kong. 

October 2014 

Bronwen May, Derivatives law, moved from O’Melveny Myers to Hogan Lovells, Hong Kong. 

Gary Li, Corporate Transactional law, moved from Ropes & Gray to Kirkland & Ellis, Hong Kong. 

Ben Hammond, Financial Services Regulatory Practice, moved from Slaughter & May to Ashurst, Hong Kong. 

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Representative Partner Moves to Date – Mainland China



December 2014 

Lynia Lau, Energy & Natural Resources Law, moved from Clyde & Co to Stephenson Harwood, Beijing. 

Mr. Gao Jun, Litigation and Arbitration, moved from Duan & Duan, Shanghai to Zhonglun, Shanghai.

November 2014 

Mark Johnson, Litigation, moved from Herbert Smith, Hong Kong to Debevoise & Plimpton. 

Martin Lister, Insurance Law, moved from Edwards Wildman Palmer, Hong Kong to Simmons & Simmons, Hong Kong.

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