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W&C’s Links hiring spree continues with SG local partner
White & Case is continuing to lure over Linklaters lawyers in Asia after hiring private equity specialist Jonathan Bowden as a local partner in its Singapore office from that firm, where he was a managing associate. Full Article
North Asia Deals: Week of July 27
Freshfields, Skadden star in Nikkei’s purchase of the Financial Times, 11 firms act on Xueda Education’s merger with Xiamen Insight Investment, Bakers and Debevoise advise on Meiji Yasuda’s U.S. insurance acquisition, and more in this week’s North Asia Deals table. Full Article
MoFo recruits disputes team from Winston & Strawn in HK
Morrison & Foerster has strengthened its commercial litigation practice in Hong Kong, hiring partner Adrian Yip and three associates from Winston & Strawn. Full Article
DLA, MoFo star in Wal-Mart’s buyout of China’s Yihaodian
DLA Piper and Morrison & Foerster have advised on U.S. retailer Wal-Mart stores’ purchase of the 49 percent stake it did not already own in Chinese e-commerce firm Yihaodian. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Week of July 27
Fenwick & West bolsters corporate team in Shanghai, Bakers appoints new global international arbitration head in Singapore, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas hires finance partner in Mumbai, and more in this week’s Asia Appointments table. Full Article
Bakers, Debevoise acting on Meiji Yasuda’s $5 bln U.S. insurer buy
Baker & McKenzie and Debevoise & Plimpton are advising on Japan’s Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co’s purchase of U.S.-based StanCorp Financial Group Inc for $5 billion, the latest in a series of multi-billion deals featuring Japanese insurers. Full Article

Features

Getting ready for the AEC
As the ASEAN Economic Community moves towards becoming a reality, how are member-states preparing for it? What do companies need to do to get involved, and what kind of advice are lawyers providing? Ranajit Dam investigates Full Article
Nobody’s safe
Think you’re exempt from regulatory scrutiny because you’re not a bank? Well, you can think again, says Christopher Horton Full Article
Taiwan: Sweeping reforms
Antitrust law enforcement activity is on the rise in Asia, as local authorities seek to clamp down on anti-competitive behaviour. This is also true in Taiwan, where a recent amendment to its Fair Trade Act laid out a new path... Full Article
How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to do this? Full Article

Special Reports

Women in law
By Dana MacLean | 01 Jun 15
Female in-house counsel and law firm partners across Asia tell Dana MacLean about how they juggle multiple roles as mothers, wives, lawyers and managers, and the skills it takes to rise through the ranks and stay.
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ALB Intellectual Property Rankings 2015
By Maricel Estavillo | 01 May 15
In our annual IP Rankings, ALB has researched and identified the leading firms for intellectual property in Asia.
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Employer of Choice 2015
By ALB | 01 Apr 15
ALB’s annual Employer of Choice survey picks the best firms in Asia to work for. They include the Korean firms Bae, Kim & Lee, Kim & Chang and Yulchon; the Chinese firms Chance Bridge Partners, Guangda Law Firm and Hengdu...
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