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Malaysia’s MahWengKwai launches sports law practice with partner hire
Malaysian law firm MahWengKwai & Associates (MWKA) has set up a sports law practice after hiring a team of four lawyers from Richard Wee & Yip, including partner Richard Wee. Full Article
Report: Japan's antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple, carriers
Japanese regulators are considering taking action against Apple Inc over possible antitrust violations that may have helped it dominate the nation's smartphone sales, government sources said. Full Article
Hong Kong securities regulator to kick-off "regtech" project - sources
Hong Kong's securities regulator is due next month to kick-off a pilot "fintech" project as part of a broader plan to improve the way it monitors and detects systemic risk. Full Article
Tokyo: SPB hires international arb head from K&L Gates
Squire Patton Boggs has hired Haig Oghigian as the head of its international arbitration practice in Tokyo from K&L Gates, where he led the commercial disputes practice. Full Article
Allen & Gledhill sets up public policy practice
Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill has recently launched a public policy practice, the first law firm in the city-state to do so. Full Article
HFW hires new COO from Clifford Chance
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has appointed Justin Young as its new chief operating officer (COO). Full Article

Features

A newfound patent passion
The popularity of IP litigation in Asia has soared of late, with jurisdictions such as China vastly increasing their role on the global stage. Though sectors such as pharmaceuticals have seen a drop over the past decade Full Article
Thailand: A green approach
With Thailand’s energy consumption set to jump by at least 75 percent over the next two decades, the country is growing concerned about its increasing dependence on imports. As a result, Thailand has set out ambitious plans for renewable energy... Full Article
Power in numbers
Equity crowdfunding is rapidly gaining ground in Asia, but the region has yet to embrace it fully. Advanced financial hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong are taking a wait-and-watch approach Full Article
Corruption clampdown
South Korea’s new anti-graft law, set to take effect in September, has resulted in backlash and caused significant controversy. It also has companies rushing to ensure compliance by educating staff and tightening their monitoring procedures, finds Chris Thomson. Full Article

Special Reports

ALB M&A Rankings 2016
By ALB | 16 Sep 16
ALB’s annual ranking of the best law firms for M&A in Asia includes Singh & Associates and Phoenix Legal in India; Hermawan Juniarto, Indrawan Darsyah Santoso, and Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo in Indonesia; Weerawong in Thailand; and LNT & Partners and...
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Women in Law
By Dana MacLean | 16 Jun 16
In ALB’s annual celebration of Women in Asia’s legal profession, Dana Maclean profiles six key female lawyers who are making a mark in the industry and setting inspiring examples for others to follow.
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ALB IP Rankings 2016
By ALB | 19 May 16
A mix of established heavyweights and up-and-comers make the ALB IP Rankings for 2016.
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