Asia Hiring Trends via Cypress Legal Recruiting

by Vault Law Editors | January 19, 2011

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--By Dawn P. Robertson, Esq., Cypress Recruiting Group 

Cypress has good news to report: The Year of the Tiger may have started out with a yawn, but it certainly is nearing the end with a roar and a sharp increase in both associate and partner opportunities in the last two quarters of 2010. Many firms have remained committed in terms of hiring in the region and have been investing resources into their foreign offices and hiring or promoting partners and associates. That said, firms are still well positioned to be highly selective in terms of language skills, practice background and academics and hiring standards still remain high for both expats and locals throughout Asia.

It’s been a stronger market than anticipated and Cypress has placed over 30 attorneys in just the last few months and our candidates have recently interviewed with law firms such as Simpson Thacher, Sullivan & Cromwell, Davis Polk, White & Case, Debevoise, Shearman & Sterling, Ropes & Gray, Weil Gotshal, Paul Weiss, Bryan Cave, and Squire Sanders as well as Goldman Sachs and an RmB fund. Our recent placements include . . . CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Dawn P. Robertson, Esq. is the managing partner of Cypress Recruiting Group. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1997 and the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, Ms. Robertson lived abroad and traveled extensively throughout Asia. Ms. Robertson was a corporate associate at both Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson and later, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Ms. Robertson works primarily out of our New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices.

In 2001, Ms. Robertson saw a need for a legal recruiting firm to service the growing needs of both expats and foreign qualified attorneys hoping to practice in Asia. Given the nature of these often confusing and complex emerging markets, Ms. Robertson wanted to provide reliable and up-to-date cultural, legal and market information to the growing number of attorneys entering these markets. Ms. Robertson envisioned a solution from an entirely fresh perspective and launched Cypress Recruiting to guide and consult attorneys rather than focus on just filling particular job opportunities. Ms. Robertson has watched the markets mature over the years and is known for her expertise and the unique, professional and honest approach that she brings to the legal recruiting industry.

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