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Andrew Powner, managing partner of Hong Kong law firm Haldanes, talks about a how a football team influenced his decision to join the firm, why his management style might be like the United Nations, and the prescience of his grandmother’s words.
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Chris Lambert, managing partner of Hong Kong’s Robertsons, talks about the necessity for business owners to stay flexible during the pandemic, the need for fostering individual talents rather than nurturing a fixed idea of how a typical lawyer should be and the firm’s plan to remain an important participant among independent law firms in the city.
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Mino Han, a partner at Peter & Kim’s Seoul office, talks about how he joined the specialised arbitration boutique, how the firm is “uniquely” placed to fill a big void in the disputes landscape, and how happy lawyers lead to happy clients.
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Keith Brandt is managing partner of Dentons Hong Kong, and also acts as head of litigation and dispute resolution. In this chat with ALB, he talks about how he launched the original iteration of the firm nearly two decades ago, his unflinching determination to succeed, and how much he appreciates the lobby team at Starbucks in Jardine House.
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Paul Christopher, Hong Kong managing partner of offshore law firm Mourant, talks about how he helped build the office from one person to 50 people over the course of a decade, the pride he feels in the team’s 60-40 female/male ratio, the importance of staying fit.
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Hooi Bien Chuah talks to ALB about how the legal team supported Lazada Malaysia’s launch of new initiatives in the e-commerce market, and why working for causes greater than oneself can make work “super meaningful and motivating.”
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Benjamin S. Tolosa, Jr. is the managing partner and head of litigation and dispute resolution at Tolosa Javier Law Firm (TJ Law) in the Philippines. In this chat with ALB, he talks about how his firm has grown in less than two years of its founding, the importance of open and transparent communication to the firm, and how he wants TJ Law to solidify its reputation as a premier litigation firm in the Philippines.
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Kyuchul Lee, managing partner of Korea’s DR & AJU, talks to ALB about why he feels the country’s legal industry is declining, his goal of getting his firm to the 100-bilion-won club, and the three key qualities he looks for in potential hires.
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Sabrina Lin is the deputy chief legal officer for overseas businesses and head of legal for overseas investment arm at Charoen Pokphand Group. In this chat, she shares with ALB about how U.S.-China tensions and COVID-19 are adding extra elements of complexity to her work, why she looks for people with a “personal touch” when it comes to hiring, and what her average day looks like.
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Wendy Wysong, the managing partner of Steptoe & Johnson’s Hong Kong office, talks about what it was like to open the Hong Kong office during a pandemic, why it’s important for colleagues to provide support, encouragement, and collegiality, and how she wants clients to have the firm on speed-dial.