As The Lawyer’s Asia editor Yun Kriegler says:
“The inaugural edition of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is an in-depth guide to the most exciting legal scene in the world. As the world enters the so-called ‘Asian century’, in which the region is predicted to account for more than half of global GDP by the mid-21th century, the Asia Pacific is of strategic importance to the global legal profession.”
According to the report, there are 9,207 lawyers in the top 50 international firms in the Asia Pacific, and 30,000 lawyers in the region’s largest 100 independent firms.
Chinese firms Yingke and Dacheng, along with King & Wood Mallesons, are the three largest independent firms in the region by lawyer numbers, while Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie, and Ashurst are the largest international firms.
There’s a lot more interesting analysis and insight here for anyone interested in this part of the world.
(Pictured: Vientiane, Laos – taken by Lloyd Pearson in 2003)