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Kim & Chang leads Korea Law Awards noms
Kim & Chang is leading the nominations for the ALB 2014 Korea Law Awards with a total of 12 mentions in firm categories, including Deal Firm of the Year, Managing Partner of the Year and Korean Law Firm of the Year. Full Article
HSF, STB, KWM, Fangda act on Hua Hong’s HK IPO
Herbert Smith and KWM have advised Hua Hong Semiconductor on its HK$2.79 billion ($360 million) IPO on the HKEx, while Simpson Thacher and Fangda Partners represented the joint lead managers. Full Article
Virgin Australia buys out Tiger Australia JV for just A$1
Loss-making budget airline Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd will buy full control of its ailing 60 percent-owned Tiger Australia Airways business for just A$1, signaling plans to cut a bloated fleet that has hobbled turnaround efforts. Full Article
Toshiba, United Technologies ink deal to expand outside Japan
Toshiba Corp said it had signed an agreement with United Technologies Corp to strengthen strategic collaboration through their joint venture, Toshiba Carrier Corp, which develops air-conditioning equipment. Full Article
Open to limits on casinos in push for bill's passage: Japan lawmakers
Japan's pro-casino lawmakers have agreed to consider setting limits on Japanese nationals' entry to casinos, bowing to pressure from opponents who threatened to block a legalisation bill unless it addressed issues such as gambling addiction. Full Article
STB, S&C, Mori Hamada, Anderson Mori star in Skylark’s $698 mln Japan IPO
Simpson Thacher and Mori Hamada have advised Skylark Co on its 75.3 billion yen ($698 million) IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, while Sullivan & Cromwell and Anderson Mori represented the international joint lead managers. Full Article


Destination: Myanmar
As Myanmar tantalises foreign investors and companies with the prospect of long-term business, law firms are heading to Yangon to help pave the way for new money into the country. Aviel Tan delves into Myanmar’s recent allure and whether it... Full Article
The taxman cometh
South Korea is primed to enact new tax legislation to encourage firms to spend a portion of their excess corporate cash in the hopes of boosting domestic consumption. The proposed new rules, which will affect about 4,000 firms in Korea,... Full Article
A resurgent market
It’s been 10 years since South Korea’s first private equity funds were established, and business is booming. PE activity has risen sharply the past two years; the government has recently eased restrictions on the formation and investment activities of private... Full Article
Up to speed
eDiscovery has got a major push in Hong Kong as the SAR looks to catch up with other developed jurisdictions. Raghavendra Verma finds out more Full Article

Special Reports

ALB 2014 M&A Rankings
By ALB | 01 Sep 14
This year’s M&A rankings is a mixture of the usual suspects and surprising new entrants. The very worthy law firms making the upper tiers include Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Hong Kong, Melli Darsa & Co in Indonesia,...
ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
By ALB | 24 Jul 14
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Arbitration in Asia: The next generation?
By Kanishk Verghese | 01 Jul 14
Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution in Asia, with Hong Kong and Singapore long viewed as the go-to destinations in the region. But now, other regional players like the KLRCA are making great strides towards becoming...