As everyone who has read our column knows, Kinney Recruiting has been active in the Asian legal markets for almost 15 years.
We have seen many cycles during this time. We currently believe that we are nearing the bottom of our current cycle in the US (though not as fast as we would like). Just like in 2009, it appears that legal attitudes are growing faster in Asia than in the West. Only today has the Chinese government rung the bell for a new bull market for stocks. In the past few months, we have noticed an increased attitude in Hong Kong due to the capital market needs in Hong Kong. Now some of our clients are demanding private equity M&A attorneys.
Currently, for the first time in a while, we have vacancies (serious) for PE M&A lawyers in the range of 4 to 7 years. Mandarin language skills are required, and US JDs are preferred. For non-Mandarin private equity M&A attorneys, Singapore is an option, although commonwealth attorneys (UK LLBs) are preferred. We have also seen a need for employees in the US capital markets at all levels. While junior positions are often overflowing with resumes due to the avalanche of H1B lottery refugees who have to leave the US this summer, we can ensure that decision-makers give your resume a look. US law firms in China have historically done much of the FCPA internal / on-site investigations for multinational companies doing business in China, and it is not surprising that there is a real need for US licenses from Mandarin lawyers for litigation in Shanghai and Beijing.
We are involved in filling all of these positions. Please contact us if you would like to be considered.