White & Case Appoints Banking Head Berg to Lead Asia Business

White & Case LLP appointed Eric Berg, head of the New York-based law firm’s global banking practice, to a newly-created role as head of Asia to expand the firm’s business in the region.

Berg, based in the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices, said in an interview he will work to hire partners from competitors in areas including mergers, private equity, litigation and arbitration.

White & Case’s investment comes amid an increasingly competitive legal market in the region. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP decided to close its Asia offices while Dentons LLP joined with China’s Dacheng to create the world’s largest law firm this year. Berg, who said he was closely involved in White & Case’s expansion in London and Germany 15 years ago, said he didn’t have any numerical hiring or revenue targets.

Singapore, where the firm was set targets by the government a year ago as a condition for extending its license to practice local law, will continue to be an important office Berg said. He declined to comment on the license.

White & Case has about 150 lawyers in its offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Barrye Wall, the firm’s regional section head for Asia since 2008, continues in that role.

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