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Aditya Birla 'bids for Lafarge-Holcim assets'
India's diversified Aditya Birla Group has submitted a bid for the Brazilian and the Philippine assets of cement industry leaders Lafarge and Holcim, two persons directly involved in the transaction said. Full Article
Bird & Bird to merge with Truman Hoyle, open Australian office
Bird & Bird has signed a merger agreement with Sydney-based law firm Truman Hoyle, with the move helping the U.K. firm to open its first Australian office. Full Article
Bakers adds cap markets partner in Singapore
Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow has strengthened its capital markets practice with the hire of Chen Yih Pong as a principal in Singapore. Full Article
Hogan Lovells hires energy partner from NRF in Singapore
Hogan Lovells has hired energy partner Alex Cull from Norton Rose Fulbright in Singapore. Full Article
Warburg Pincus to invest $200 mln in Kalyan Jewellers
U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC has agreed to buy a significant minority stake in India's Kalyan Jewellers for about $200 million, five sources with knowledge of the transaction told Reuters on Monday. Full Article
Japan casino plan 'likely to be delayed again'
Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling is likely to be delayed yet again, a senior official said, dealing a new blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a setback to operators anxious for the launch of Asia's next big gambling... 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

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