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In this report

The mix of emerging and emerged markets in the Asia-Pacific region requires lawyers to innovate to make structures fit for purpose and sensitive to local culture

Standing still is not an option

The report aims to highlight law firms that have developed the most original practices in this complex and dynamic part of the world

2015 Ranking

See the top Asia-Pacific law firms and an extensive breakdown of how they scored in each category
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Forward-thinking firms explore new trade routes

Practitioners in established and emerging markets are bridging cultural differences and adapting structures that were created elsewhere

Research methodology

Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business

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Local knowledge gives a lead over foreign rivals

Across the region, companies are using their local expertise to create international partnerships to advantage

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Battle for market share hones bolder skills

While the region is full of opportunity, the lines of competition between international firms are being redrawn

Winners boast impressive skills

Novel ways are being discovered to deal with contrasting legal systems

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Versatility helps drive success

Legal creativity is helping financial markets keep pace with global payment needs

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Capital markets deliver big deals and challenges

From Alibaba’s $25bn IPO to Hong Kong’s debut Islamic bond sale, the past year has been a groundbreaking one

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Partnerships develop their talent to adapt

The trend is to take common western structures and implement them in very different environments

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Firms work hard to ‘engineer’ deals

It takes much effort behind the scenes to make negotiations work

Global reach calls for wide skills set

Regional professionals need to have a variety of talents, ranging from communications to business leadership

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