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Legacy Bryan Cave’s Hong Kong team has left newly merged Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner just seven months after the trans-Atlantic merger was created and only two months after the firm announced an official combination in Hong Kong.

The firm’s leaders have been pushing to integrate the firms globally, but the Hong Kong departures suggest that in Asia integration may not be occurring without setbacks.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner confirmed that legacy Bryan Cave Hong Kong partners Kristi Swartz and Nigel Binnersley have both left the newly merged firm, along with their team of three associates, to set up their own practice. Swartz previously led the legacy Bryan Cave Hong Kong office and focuses on corporate finance and securities. Binnersley is a litigation partner.

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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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