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Olam agrees to buy ADM's cocoa business to create global firm
Olam International Ltd will buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's cocoa business for $1.3 billion, it said on Dec. 15, catapulting the Singapore-based commodities merchant into the top tier of the niche bean processing industry. Full Article
Thai energy giant PTT to sell Indonesia palm oil business
Thailand's PTT PCL on Dec. 15 said it will sell its palm oil business in Indonesia for an undisclosed sum by June next year, as the top Thai energy company moves to divest non-core operations. Full Article
CC, Garrigues, Linklaters star in Haitong's buyout of BESI
Clifford Chance and Garrigues Portugal have advised Haitong Securities on its acquisition of Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento (BESI) for 379 million euros ($467 million), with Linklaters counseling the owner of the bank, Novo Banco. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Week of Dec. 15
Hogan Lovells adds a corporate partner in Singapore, A&O relocates its former Bangkok office head to the firm's recently opened Yangon office, Shearman & Sterling, Sidley Austin and White & Case announce their latest round of promotions, and much more... Full Article
Philippine bourse expects companies to raise $4.5 bln in 2015
The Philippine Stock Exchange is targeting facilitating 200 billion pesos ($4.49 billion) worth of capital raising next year as listed companies seek fresh funds for expansion amid strong macroeconomic fundamentals, PSE President Hans Sicat said. Full Article
China financial firms seek control deals in outbound M&A
Chinese financial firms are targeting purchases of distressed banking assets coming on the market in Europe, having been urged by Beijing to expand their reach beyond emerging markets. Full Article

Features

Private interest
Private equity investments are continuing to flow into China, particularly in the TMT sector, and foreign funds are beginning to take on increasingly risky propositions, says Raghavendra Verma Full Article
One foot in the door
Not long ago, offshore firms were primarily involved in PRC-focused transactions through structures set up by international investors to invest in China. Recently, however, large Chinese SOEs and private companies have begun investing around the world in Africa, the U.S... Full Article
‘Jokowi has to empower the private sector’
Andre Rahadian, senior partner at Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners, talks to Ranajit Dam about the expectations from Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s new president, and the challenges he will face in the near future. Full Article
‘The focus is on the steady growth we already have’
Alastair Henderson, Herbert Smith Freehills’ new Southeast Asia chief, talks to Ranajit Dam about the firm’s strengths in the region, his plans moving forward, and how he wants to make region ‘the firm's greatest success story.’ Full Article

Special Reports

Asia’s Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2014
By ALB | 01 Nov 14
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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,...
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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
By ALB | 24 Jul 14
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