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NA Deals: FountainVest acquires controlling stake in KSS
Also, six firms feature in Charming Light’s $1 billion notes issue, Jones Day and Baker Botts advise on Ajinomoto’s $800 million deal with Windsor Quality Food, and much more in this week’s North Asia deals spotlight. Full Article
Ropes & Gray hires former U.S. federal prosecutor for HK office
Ropes & Gray has hired corporate criminal investigations lawyer Patrick Sinclair as a partner for its government enforcement practice in Hong Kong. Full Article
KKR to lend $175 mln to GMR Infrastructure
U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co LP has agreed to provide about $175 million in financing to India's GMR Infrastructure Ltd in a debt and equity deal, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Full Article
Pioneer to spin off DJ audio unit to KKR in $550 mln deal
Japan's Pioneer Corp is to sell its disc-jockeying audio equipment unit to private equity firm KKR & Co LP for around 59 billion yen ($550 million), it said on Tuesday, as it outlined a growth strategy centred on its automotive... Full Article
Stephenson Harwood shuts Guangzhou office
Stephenson Harwood has closed its office in Guangzhou, leaving the firm with its Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices in Greater China. Full Article
Hogan Lovells hires finance partner from Paul Hastings in Tokyo
Hogan Lovells has hired project finance partner Joseph Kim from Paul Hastings in Tokyo. Full Article

Features

Growing optimism
India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has infused optimism in the country’s business environment prompting foreign investors to reconsider the country’s prospects and revive their shelved projects. Sensing the upbeat mood, Indian law firms too are expanding faster than ever... Full Article
A booster shot for Islamic finance
Islamic finance in Indonesia is still the ‘step child’ of the country’s banking sector, even with the country’s population of 210 million Muslims. Yet with Jokowi coming on as president in October, and a new blueprint from the Ministry of... Full Article
Journeying abroad
With growth grinding to a halt at home, more Japanese companies are expected to follow the likes of Suntory Holdings in acquiring companies overseas to gain a foothold in faster-growing markets. The country’s banks and government agencies, awash with cash,... Full Article
Constitutional Court of Korea to host WCCJ’s 3rd Congress
The world’s top leaders of Constitutional Courts are to assemble in Seoul to attend the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) scheduled for Sep. 28 to Oct. 1, 2014. The topic of the Congress will be... Full Article

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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
By ALB | 24 Jul 14
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Arbitration in Asia: The next generation?
By Kanishk Verghese | 01 Jul 14
Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution in Asia, with Hong Kong and Singapore long viewed as the go-to destinations in the region. But now, other regional players like the KLRCA are making great strides towards becoming...
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Practical Law China’s 2014 Governing Law survey
By Practical Law China | 13 Jun 14
Chinese and foreign companies are increasingly seeking the help of external counsel to understand what governing law is standard for the different cross-border deals they are involved in. Practical Law China’s 2014 governing law survey gives them a clearer picture...
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