Dentons Australia deal completes, Gadens continues

Could KWM Europe join Chinese partnership?... Clyde JLV appoints new partner… Sharia law has mixed support poll suggests…

Dentons Australia deal completes, Gadens continues
The completion of the merger between global law firm Dentons and part of Australia’s Gadens; officially completes today (5th Dec.).
The Sydney and Perth offices of Gadens, together with Papua New Guinea will now be integrated into the global firm while those in Adelaide and Brisbane will be associated with it but not change branding. Melbourne will remain as a standalone business.
Could KWM Europe join Chinese partnership?
It’s reported that the management of King & Wood Mallesons in Europe have been in talks with the Chinese partnership about a possible buyout.
According to a report in UK publication The Lawyer, partners from China have been to London to discuss options which could include the former SJ Berwin business joining KWM’s China partnership, rather than being a separate part of the verein. No confirmation has been given by either party.
Chinese and Australian partners were previously planning to match EUME partners’ recapitalization of the firm but there was not enough support from the EUME partnership.
Clyde JLV appoints new partner
Yang Lui has been appointed as a partner at Clyde & Co Westlink, a joint legal venture in China.
Lui was previously a partner at HaoLiWen Partners and he has solid experience in corporate and M&A practices along with many other areas including shipping, international trade and logistic matters.
Sharia law has mixed support poll suggests
The use of Sharia law has relatively high support among Muslims but in practice most of the support is ‘soft’ according to a new report.
British think tank Policy Exchange surveyed 3,000 Muslims and found that when asked whether they would support the introduction of Sharia Law – broadly defined, to include civil law on questions of financial disputes – 43 per cent said yes (16 per cent expressed strong support), 22 per cent said no, 23 per cent had no strong opinion and 12 per cent did not know.
Among younger British Muslims, just 11 per cent were strongly in favour among the 35 per cent that expressed support for the introduction of Sharia law. The report suggests that this may be due to the concept being linked with ISIS.

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