Chambers Asia 2012 Recommends 22 O’Melveny Lawyers, 25 Practice Areas

March 09, 2012



Sonja Steptoe                                      Julie Fei                                                            

O’Melveny & Myers LLP                    O'Melveny & Myers LLP

+1 213.430.6384 (office)                     +1 213.430.7792 (office)                                                    

+1 323.578.1586 (cell)                         +1 213.440.7792 (cell)

ssteptoe@omm.com                         jfei@omm.com

Lena Li

O’Melveny & Myers LLP     

+86.10.6563.4282 (Beijing)



BEIJING, CHINA ─ MARCH 9, 2012 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP is highly recommended in two dozen practice areas, according to the 2012 edition of Chambers Asia: Asia's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers and Partners' annual guide to the top law firms and lawyers in the region.  The recently published rankings recognize 22 O'Melveny lawyers, including several who are ranked in the top band in their respective practice areas. Overall, the guide includes 32 recognitions of O'Melveny lawyers as leading practitioners in specific practice areas and regions. In addition, the Firm received top rankings in three practice areas and is recommended in 25 practice areas overall.

Singapore partner Dean Collins received Chambers' highest ranking of Band 1 for Investment Funds: International Firms (Singapore), Beijing partner Nathan Bush garnered two of the highest rankings for Competition/Antitrust (International Firms) (China) and International Trade (International Firms) (China), and Shanghai partner Walker Wallace was recognized for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability: China-based: International Firms (China) as well as for Private Equity: Buyouts: International Firms (China). Beijing managing partner Larry Sussman and Singapore partner Bertie Mehigan were given Star rankings for receiving exceptional recommendations in their fields of Investment Funds and Tax and Corporate Finance, respectively.

Chambers also conferred its highest ranking of Band 1 on the Firm's practice capabilities in Investment Funds: International Firms (Singapore); Investment Funds: RMB Fund Formation: International Firms (China); and Restructuring/Insolvency: International Firms (Singapore).

In addition, Chambers Asia 2012 recommends the following lawyers:

  • Shanghai partner Kurt Berney for Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) (China)
  • Beijing partner Nathan Bush for International Trade (Asia-Pacific Region)
  • Singapore counsel Damien Coles for Restructuring/Insolvency: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Hong Kong partner Mark Fairbairn for Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) (China)
  • Hong Kong partner James Ford for Investment Funds (International Firms) (China)
  • Singapore/Indonesia partner Joel Hogarth for Corporate/M&A:  Foreign Legal Consultants (Indonesia)
  • Singapore partner Andrew D. Hutton for Capital Markets: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Shanghai partner Portia Ku for Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) (China) and Private Equity: Buyouts (International Firms) (China)
  • Tokyo partner Yoji Maeda for Dispute Resolution: International Firms (Japan), and Employment: International Firms (Japan)
  • Singapore partner David Makarechian for Capital Markets: International Firms (Singapore), Corporate/M&A: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Singapore partner Bertie Mehigan for Banking & Finance (International Firms) (Indonesia), Banking & Finance: International Firms (Singapore), Restructuring/Insolvency: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Tokyo partner Scott Nonaka for Dispute Resolution: International Firms (Japan)
  • Beijing partner David J. Roberts for Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) (China)
  • Beijing managing partner Larry Sussman for Investment Funds (International Firms) (China), and Tax: PRC Law (International Firms) (China)
  • Hong Kong partner Friven Yeoh for Arbitration (International) (Asia-Pacific Region), Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) (China)

In addition, Singapore counsel Ashley Bell and Timothy Tan were named Up-and-Coming and Singapore/Jakarta counsel Siew Kam Boon, Singapore counsel Pooja Sinha, and Beijing counsel Fay Zhou were named Associates to Watch.

Chambers Asia 2012 also recognizes the Firm’s practice capabilities in the following areas:

  • Banking & Finance: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms) (China)
  • Capital Markets: Equity (Asia-Pacific Region)
  • Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) (China)
  • Capital Markets: International Firms (India)
  • Capital Markets: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Capital Markets: Securitization (International Firms) (China)
  • Competition/Antitrust: International Firms (China)
  • Corporate & Finance: International Firms (Indonesia)
  • Corporate/M&A (Asia-Pacific Region)
  • Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (International Firms) (China)
  • Corporate/M&A: International Firms (Singapore)
  • Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (Asia-Pacific Region)
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) (China)
  • Dispute Resolution: International Firms (Japan)
  • International Trade (Asia-Pacific Region)
  • International Trade (International Firms) (China)
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity (Asia-Pacific Region)
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity (International Firms) (China)
  • Private Equity: Buyouts (International Firms) (China)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) (China)
  • Tax: PRC Law (International Firms) (China)

Chambers and Partners has published its renowned guides to the legal profession since 1990. Covering the entire Asian continent and over 20 areas of law, Chambers Asia ranks the leading law firms and lawyers across the region.

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Asia Practice

O’Melveny & Myers LLP began its practice in Asia nearly 25 years ago, and over this time we have become one of the most respected and full-service legal service providers in the region.  The Firm maintains large offices in the most important political and commercial centers of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and an association with leading Indonesian law firm Tumbuan & Partners in Jakarta.  Most of our lawyers are native to the region, understand the local law and business practices, speak the local languages, and, most importantly, function as an integrated team that taps the Firm’s vast resources in Asia and globally, delivering value and expediency to its clients.  The China practice is widely and frequently recognized as one of the strongest on the market.  The Japan practice has been recommended by The Legal 500 and Chambers Global for corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute resolution work.  Our office in Singapore, opened in 2008, has grown rapidly and is a hub for corporate, finance, and private equity work for the entire South and Southeast Asia region.  In late 2011, we established an association in Jakarta, Indonesia, with Tumbuan & Partners.  A presence in Indonesia expands our strengths and better positions us to serve the needs of our global clients who increasingly are doing business in Southeast Asia.

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

With approximately 800 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.omm.com