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28 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – NOVEMBER 2017 LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM COVER STORY base and headcount through various expansion/growth methods." The mid-table is also congested, though only Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners and Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung switched places this year, finishing #5 and #6, respectively. "Among the larger firms, hiring of lawyers at all levels has been quite conservative. Hiring was mostly limited to replace lawyers who retired/resigned," observes Ganie. "There was less hiring of fresh graduates or additional new lawyers at mid- or senior-level compared to previous years. However, we have seen new hirings by an increasing number of startup firms and by existing smaller and mid-sized law firms who needed addi- tional capacity. Consequently, there might be an increase of headcount in mid-sized firms." singapore's domestic table changed little in the top five, with Allen & Gledhill retaining its crown as the largest firm in the city-state. WongPartnership overtook Rajah & Tann as the second-largest firm after growing by 28 lawyers since last year, with the latter shrinking by 23 lawyers. But there were lots of movements in the bottom half of the table, with Bird & Bird ATMD and Tan Kok Quan Partnership rising, and RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, TsMP Law and Duane Morris & selvam dropping. Harr y Elias Partnership, which merged with Eversheds sutherland this year, exploded into the table at #7 as Eversheds Harry Elias. SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL 20I7 RANK 20I6 RANK FIRM Partners Associates Total No. of Lawyers I = Baker Mckenzie.Wong & Leow 3I 69 II5 2 up Withers Khattarwong 35 39 88 3 down Clifford Chance 22 66 88 4 up Linklaters I0 68 78 5 = Norton Rose Fulbright 20 37 65 6 NEW Morgan, Lewis & Bockius I8 42 62 7 down Allen & Overy I2 38 58 8 down Herbert Smith Freehills I0 37 5I 9 up Stephenson Harwood I7 3I 50 I0 down Pinsent Masons I3 29 42 II down Hogan Lovells 9 27 36 I2 up Watson, Farley & Williams Singapore II 20 32 I3 down Latham Watkins I0 22 32 I4 = Sidley Austin 8 I5 29 I5 NEW CMS 9 I8 28 SINGAPORE DOMESTIC 20I7 RANK 20I6 RANK FIRM Partners Associates Total No. of Lawyers I = Allen & Gledhill I27 240 396 2 up WongPartnership I22 243 367 3 down Rajah & Tann I45 I75 320 4 = Drew & Napier 67 III 256 5 = Dentons (Singapore) 87 9I I78 6 = Shook Lin & Bok 36 63 99 7 NEW Eversheds Harry Elias 22 56 78 8 down Rhtlaw Taylor Wessing 28 33 72 9 = Morgan Lewis Stamford I7 50 69 I0 up Bird & Bird ATMD I4 29 45 MALAYSIA 20I7 RANK 20I6 RANK FIRM Partners Associates Total No. of Lawyers I = ZICO Law 52 98 I50 2 = Skrine 43 64 II2 3 = Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill 30 72 I05 4 = Shearn Delamore 48 50 98 5 = Zul Rafique & Partners 35 55 93 6 up Azmi & Associates I7 50 84 7 up Wong & Partners I3 53 72 8 up Rahmat Lim & Partners 24 44 68 9 up Raja, Darryl & Loh 22 42 64 I0 up Adnan Sundra & Low I4 47 6I II up Christopher & Lee Ong 23 33 56 I2 down Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong I0 29 39 I3 up Albar & Partners I3 23 37 I4 up Kadir Andri & Partners II 2I 32 I5 NEW Tay & Partners I2 I9 3I PHILIPPINES 20I7 RANK 20I6 RANK FIRM Partners Associates Total No. of Lawyers I up SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 40 I02 I50 2 down ACCRALAW 52 8I I33 3 = Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura 45 63 III 4 = Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos 3I 28 60 5 up Puno & Puno Law Offices I2 48 60 6 down Quisumbing Torres 20 36 56 7 = Villaraza & Angangco I3 38 5I 8 = Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose 22 26 50 9 = Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako 27 I9 47 I0 = PJS Law Firm I3 26 39

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