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Rajah & Tann forms Southeast Asia alliance
Rajah & Tann has combined its eight regional and associated law firms within Southeast Asia to form Rajah & Tann Asia, which will provide integrated cross-border transactional and dispute resolution services across the region. Full Article
JTJB officially opens in Myanmar
Singapore law firm Joseph Tan Jude Benny (JTJB) has officially opened its Myanmar office, which will focus on inward investment, advisory, and corporate work. Full Article
VDB Loi bolsters Myanmar credentials with Heineken licence
VDB Loi has assisted Heineken, and its subsidy Asia Pacific Brewery, to secure a permit for the nationwide distribution of certain products in Myanmar. Full Article
Taiwan government plans to raise $710 mln from TSMC stock sale next year
Taiwan's government plans to sell 177 million shares of TSMC next year to raise T$21.3 billion ($710 million), part of a broader move to help repay its debts, two sources with close knowledge of the situation said on Thursday. Full Article
OCBC in talks with Thai tycoon to sell United Engineers stake
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp, Singapore's second-biggest lender, is in talks with a group linked to Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi to sell its stake in property firm United Engineers Ltd, two people familiar with the talks said. Full Article
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

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
The evolution of offshore
Offshore law firms are changing with the times, evolving to meet the needs of global businesses and the flow of capital that is both easier but also much more regulated. And although they still differentiate themselves from their onshore peers,... 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

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