Both Big Law firms and alternative legal service providers have been expanding in Asia. But just how big are Western law firms in Asia, compared with rivals based in the region? Pretty small, actually—but that doesn’t seem to be impacting their bottom line.

The chart below shows the five Western firms with the largest headcount in Asia, compared with the five largest firms hailing from the region on ALM Intelligence’s most recent “Asia 50″ index; it’s perhaps not surprising that all of the latter category are headquartered in greater China (including Hong Kong).

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