Cleary, which specialises in high-end M&A and capital markets work, will move from 24,400 sqft office across two floors in the Bank of China building, to a 16,000 sqft space on the 37th floor of mixed-use centre Hysan Place in January next year.
Herbert Smith Freehills has hired two partners in Australia, with Sydney corporate partner David Ryan joining from Baker & McKenzie and Brisbane financial partner David Lyons joining from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Dorsey & Whitney has a long-established office in Hong Kong, which currently has 13 lawyers, including six partners.
Singapore will require many companies operating in the city-state to consider Singaporeans for skilled job vacancies before turning to candidates from abroad, bowing to public pressure over a surge in foreigners over the past decade.
"In Taiwan we are treated differently because of the sovereignty issue," Hong Kong Law Society president Ambrose Lam told Legal Week. "We can't open a firm there and they don't have any mechanism to register us.