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A number of global law firms, including Davis Polk & Wardwell and Kirkland & Ellis, are challenging a series of changes proposed by the Law Society of Hong Kong that could restrict the practice of foreign lawyers, warning that they could result in “colossal negative repercussions” for Hong Kong.

The group, which also includes Latham & Watkins, Paul Hastings, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Linklaters, signed a letter to Law Society president Melissa Pang warning that the proposed changes will have “colossal negative repercussions for the economy of Hong Kong and for Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center,” according to local newspaper the South China Morning Post.

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John Kang, The Asian Lawyer

John Kang covers the business of law in Asia and Australia from Hong Kong. Email him at [email protected]

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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