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Asia Appointments: Week of October 24
Bakers reshuffles Asia-Pacific senior leadership team, Ropes & Gray welcomes new partners and counsels, and many more in this week’s appointments table. Full Article
SG: CNP acts for investors in two local fintech startups
Colin Ng & Partners (CNP) has advised an investment group keen on funding two Singapore financial technology or fintech startups, Planar Investments and Dragon Wealth. Full Article
Skadden, K&E star in $4.4 bln privatisation of China’s Qunar
Kirkland & Ellis has represented Chinese online trip-booking company Qunar in its $4.4 billion merger with Ocean Management Holdings, which turned to Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom for legal advice. Full Article
Latham & Watkins sets up Seoul office
Latham & Watkins has opened an office in Seoul, South Korea, expanding its presence in Asia with its sixth branch in the region. Full Article
BKL, Kim & Chang, Yulchon lead noms for ALB Korea Law Awards 2016
Bae, Kim & Lee, Kim & Chang and Yulchon are locked in a three-way tie for the 4th annual ALB Korea Law Awards, leading the shortlist of finalists with 14 nominations each (excluding deal categories). Full Article
Japan’s Nishimura & Asahi set to open in Dubai
Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi will open a representative office in Dubai in December this year, after receiving a licence from the United Arab Emirates Free Zone. Full Article


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...
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.
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.