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Shengjing Bank 'plans $1 bln Hong Kong IPO'
China's Shengjing Bank plans to raise $1 billion through a Hong Kong initial public offering this year, Thomson Reuters publication IFR reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the situation. Full Article
SE Asia Deals: OCBC issues rights worth $2.7 bln
Also, Amarchand Mangaldas and Linklaters star in Suzlon Energy’s $547 million convertible bonds restructuring, JSA advises Franklin Electric Co on its 70 percent stake purchase in Pluga Plugs, and much more in our weekly Southeast Asia deals roundup. Full Article
Thai IPOs poised for post-coup rally
Thailand's stock market has experienced a wave of initial public offerings (IPOs) since the military took over the country three months ago, with companies relieved that the political deadlock has ended. Full Article
JX eyes Indonesia, Vietnam for 1st big refining push into Asia
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp is looking at building refineries and petrol stations in Indonesia and Vietnam as fuel consumption slumps at home, in what would be its first major downstream oil investment in Asia outside Japan. Full Article
Policy delay has Japanese carmakers reviewing Philippines expansion plans
Top Japanese automakers in the Philippines are threatening to shift production to cheaper Southeast Asian countries as the government drags its feet on a plan to rebuild its shrinking car manufacturing industry. Full Article
Chemara Palmea plans Malaysia's first plantation shell company listing
Chemara Palmea Holdings Bhd, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) with no existing assets, plans to list shares on the local bourse in a deal expected to raise 650 million Malaysian ringgit ($206.41 million), according to a draft prospectus filed on Aug. 14. Full Article

Features

Hopes and challenges
While the election of Jokowi Widodo brings both pressures and opportunities for foreign investors, the overall outlook is promising, says Dana MacLean. Meanwhile, Newmont Mining's next move in its dispute with Indonesia is still in the air under Jokowi's new... Full Article
Competition heats up
China’s crackdown on price-fixing and its increasing regulatory clout over international mergers and acquisitions is creating a hot new commodity in its legal industry: antitrust lawyers. Kanishk Verghese reports, with additional input from Denny Thomas of Reuters. Full Article
Enter the behemoth
A proposed three-way bank merger in Malaysia looks set to disrupt the old ways of Islamic finance, say Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Bernardo Vizcaino of Reuters. Full Article
The Third WCCJ Congress in Seoul
The Constitutional Court of Korea will host the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ), a four-day international conference that brings together top leaders in constitutional justice from around the world in Seoul starting from Sep. 28... Full Article

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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
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Arbitration in Asia: The next generation?
By Kanishk Verghese | 01 Jul 14
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Practical Law China’s 2014 Governing Law survey
By Practical Law China | 13 Jun 14
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