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Malaysia economic panel will do little to soothe markets, say critics
Malaysia's bid to restore investor confidence with an economic task force including top bankers is insufficient given questions about a troubled state fund and the absence of the central bank chief from the team, analysts said. Full Article
Southeast Asian companies grapple with foreign debt worries
Indonesian and Malaysian companies with foreign currency debts may be forced to raise equity funds at steep discounts and restructure debt as the rupiah and ringgit currencies have weakened to 17-year lows, bankers and company executives say. Full Article
Indonesia extends tax incentives for some industries to boost investment
Indonesia has extended its tax incentives for "pioneering" industries such as oil refinery and infrastructure to help attract more investment into the country as economic growth has slowed to its weakest in six years. Full Article
Philippines' coal-power plans unsettle clean-energy investors
Plans to boost the Philippines' coal-fired power capacity by more than 25 percent in just three years will be a cheap solution to the country's precarious power supply but bad news to investors in clean energy. Full Article
US lawsuit accuses Costco, Thai supplier of selling prawns produced by slaves
A U.S. lawsuit accusing retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. of knowingly selling frozen prawns linked to a company that uses slave labor was described "entirely without merit" by Thai seafood supply company CP Food Products. Full Article
Seventeen Myanmar firms apply to join new mobile network joint-venture
Seventeen local firms have applied to join a consortium that would operate Myanmar's fourth mobile phone network, a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology official. Full Article


A resurgent Japan?
Japanese companies are actively shopping for acquisitions abroad to foster future growth, while at home, the IPO market is poised to raise in excess of $17 billion this year, and reforms are expected to boost investor confidence. Kanishk Verghese reports Full Article
‘We must be the go-to firm’
Shardul Shroff, executive chairman of Shardul Amarchand, speaks to Ranajit Dam about the transition from the legacy Amarchand Mangaldas, his vision for the firm, and how it is looking to attract and retain the best talent as the war for... Full Article
Clearing house
As Asian countries roll out or step up their anti-corruption efforts, what should companies do to ensure compliance and sidestep potential minefields? Eileen C.Ang finds out Full Article
'It makes sense to expand our business presence'
Sky (Sih Kyoung) Yang, senior partner, and Matthew Christensen, senior foreign attorney at Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee, speak to Kanishk Verghese about the firm’s recent expansion in Asia and the Middle East Full Article

Special Reports

Asia In-House 25
By ALB | 01 Aug 15
The inaugural ALB In-House 25 showcases the fine work that in-house teams are doing across the region. The In-House 25 was selected on the basis of submissions from in-house teams, wins at ALB’s various law awards across Asia, and also...
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.
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.