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NA Deals: Khazanah invests $2.4 bln in China Huarong
Also, MoFo stars in Intel’s $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup, Skadden advises Hershey on its $394 million stake acquisition in Shanghai Golden Monkey, and much more in this week’s North Asia deals spotlight. Full Article
ZICOlaw expands network to Hanoi
ZICOlaw has expanded its network to Hanoi with the opening of an office in that city. It is ZICOlaw’s second office in Vietnam following the establishment of ZICOlaw (Vietnam) Limited in Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. Full Article
Taiwan's Cathay set to buy 20 pct of Philippines' RCBC for $400 mln
Cathay Financial Holding Co Ltd is set to acquire a fifth of the Philippines' Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) for about $400 million, the latest sign that Taiwanese financial firms are moving more aggressively to expand outside their home market. Full Article
Newmont Indonesia restarts copper exports; supply overhang looms
Newmont Mining Corp sent out its first copper concentrate shipment from Indonesia this week that ended a nine-month hiatus, highlighting a ramp up in copper mine supply that is expected to tip the market into surplus this year. Full Article
Singapore's GIC buys stake in Britain's RAC from Carlyle
Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC has bought a stake in RAC Ltd from U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group, a deal that will halt plans to list Britain's second largest roadside recovery group. Full Article
Indonesia passes plantations bill, drops clause on foreign ownership
Indonesia has approved a plantations bill that aims to maximise land usage and open up the sector to smallholders, a government official said on Tuesday, with a controversial foreign ownership clause dropped from the final version. Full Article

Features

Growing optimism
India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has infused optimism in the country’s business environment prompting foreign investors to reconsider the country’s prospects and revive their shelved projects. Sensing the upbeat mood, Indian law firms too are expanding faster than ever... Full Article
A booster shot for Islamic finance
Islamic finance in Indonesia is still the ‘step child’ of the country’s banking sector, even with the country’s population of 210 million Muslims. Yet with Jokowi coming on as president in October, and a new blueprint from the Ministry of... Full Article
Journeying abroad
With growth grinding to a halt at home, more Japanese companies are expected to follow the likes of Suntory Holdings in acquiring companies overseas to gain a foothold in faster-growing markets. The country’s banks and government agencies, awash with cash,... Full Article
Constitutional Court of Korea to host WCCJ’s 3rd Congress
The world’s top leaders of Constitutional Courts are to assemble in Seoul to attend the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) scheduled for Sep. 28 to Oct. 1, 2014. The topic of the Congress will be... 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,...
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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
By ALB | 24 Jul 14
This detailed report, the first in a series of Asia-Pacific M&A Reviews, provides companies with the insight and analysis to support their strategic investment decisions. Click the Buy Now button below to purchase the report at the special launch price...
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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...
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