In this article, readers will learn about the opportunities for American attorneys to practice overseas with certain major firms, especially those with offices in London and Hong Kong. The opening up of China has also led to more opportunities for US attorneys with specialized skills and knowledge.

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In November 2000, the American Lawyer reported that "at least 20 American law firms have more than 10 percent of their lawyers stationed in overseas offices." Attorneys with experience in international transactions are often highly in demand and very marketable to firms in London and Hong Kong. While there are thousands of competent transactional attorneys, there are only a handful of attorneys with international experience. Experience with another culture can also be quite helpful for those looking to market themselves overseas.

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

This article discusses the market for American attorneys who are moving to different companies and settling in London and Hong Kong. While there are certainly many peripheral markets where American attorneys may have success in securing positions (the markets in Germany, Poland, China, Singapore, India, and Italy are quite strong now), the majority of activity we pursue is confined to London and Hong Kong because these are the leading international financial centers of their respective continents.