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South Korea's Daum, Kakao shareholders approve merger
Shareholders of South Korean internet portal operator Daum Communications Corp and messaging app company Kakao Corp on Wednesday approved a merger of the two firms in an all-stock deal that values Kakao at more than $3 billion. Full Article
Carlyle in talks to acquire Vanke's China commercial properties
Global private equity firm Carlyle Group is in talks with China Vanke Co Ltd to acquire some of Vanke's commercial properties through assets or shares acquisition, the biggest Chinese property developer said on Thursday. Full Article
Simmons & Simmons hires finance partner from DLA Piper in Hong Kong
Simmons & Simmons has expanded its Hong Kong practice with the hire of finance partner Jolyon Ellwood-Russell from DLA Piper in Hong Kong. Full Article
NA Deals: Chinese consortium bids to take OmniVision private
Also, Cahill Gordon and DLA Piper star in Fosun’s $464 million stake acquisition in Ironshore, Simpson Thacher and Gunderson Dettmer advise on Murata’s $465 million Peregrine buy, and much more in this week’s North Asia deals spotlight. Full Article
Simpson Thacher, Gunderson Dettmer advise on Murata’s $465 mln Peregrine buy
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co on its plan to purchase Nasdaq-listed Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. Full Article
Rouse hires 2 patent partners from KSS to boost Thai practice
Rouse has hired two patent litigators from Thai firm Kamthorn Surachet & Somsak as senior managers at the firm’s Bangkok office. 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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