Morning Briefing: Law firm announces huge round of promotions

More promotions for Asia-Pac lawyers at international law firm… Firm appoints first international managing partner… Another international firm enters the Asia-Pac market… ‘Blurred Lines’ lawyer likens himself to Pacino’s Satan...

More promotions for Asia-Pac lawyers at international law firm
Pinsent Masons has announced its largest round of promotions in recent years with the appointment of 29 new partners. They are the first promotions since the firm launched its initiative to improve the firm’s gender balance. Most of those promoted are in the UK however there are two from Asia-Pac; Chen Han Toh in Singapore and Nicholas Turner in Hong Kong. A significant proportion of those promoted specialise in the fields of Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure and Advanced Manufacturing and Technology.

Firm appoints first international managing partner
Eversheds has announced the appointment of its first international managing partner as part of its global expansion and he knows Asia-Pac well. Ian Gray trained in Tokyo before spending his early years in practice in Hong Kong. He is currently based in the UK and heads the litigation practice but also has executive responsibility for the Middle East region. Gray’s appointment reflects the firm’s increasing international business which has grown by 41 per cent in revenue terms. He will begin his new role on 1st May 2015 and will be succeeded by financial institutions practice head Paul Worth as litigation practice group head who will be succeeded by Simon Waller.

Another international firm enters the Asia-Pac market
Morgan Lewis has announced a significant addition to its presence in Asia-Pac with a merger with Singapore’s Stamford Law Corporation. The combined firm will be branded Morgan Lewis Stamford with Suet-Fern Lee, Stamford’s current senior director, taking the role of managing partner.

‘Blurred Lines’ lawyer likens himself to Pacino’s Satan
The lawyer who last week won a copyright infringement suit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams says he likens himself to a Satanic lawyer played by Al Pacino. Richard S. Busch won more than U$7 million in the case against the music duo claiming their hit Blurred Lines was too close to Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up. In the film The Devil’s Advocate Pacino’s character, Satan posing as a lawyer, tells Keanu Reeves “they don’t see me coming”; Busch says he’s the same. The well respected entertainment lawyer from Nashville is gaining a reputation for taking on Hollywood’s elite and their law firms.

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