UPDATE: According to Above The Law, the "Cravath scale" has been adopted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Hong Kong and Beijing.


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has announced that it will match the new “Cravath scale” across its Asia offices, to go with its offices in other parts of the world.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore last week unveiled a salary scale that offered $180,000 to its first-year associates. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Milbank were among the first to match it.

Since then, a number of U.S. law firms have announced they would be matching the Cravath scale, at least in their home market, including Latham & Watkins, Sidley Austin, Proskauer Rose and O’Melveny & Myers.  

In a release, Milbank announced that the following salary scale would apply to its Asia offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo: 

Class of 2015 - $180,000

Class of 2014 - $190,000

Class of 2013 - $210,000

Class of 2012 - $235,000

Class of 2011 - $260,000

Class of 2010 - $280,000

Class of 2009 - $300,000

Class of 2008 - $315,000

Cravath’s announcement marked the first salary hike for associates in nine years, or before the 2008 financial crisis.