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Chinese tycoon adds Singapore units to stable of REITs
A Chinese tycoon plans to buy about 60 percent of the IPO of IREIT Global, a Singapore real estate investment trust that will invest in European properties, in his latest push to ramp up REIT investment in Singapore. Full Article
Reach Energy 'locks in cornerstones for IPO'
Malaysia's Reach Energy Bhd, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) with no existing assets, has locked in up to seven cornerstones for its 750 million ringgit ($236.93 million) IPO, two sources involved with the deal said. Full Article
CIMB eyes banking licences in Vietnam, Myanmar
CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second-largest lender, plans to seek banking licences in Vietnam and Myanmar as part of its drive to expand in fast-growing Southeast Asian markets. Full Article
Thailand approves a further $1.6 bln of investment projects
Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) approved applications on Friday for 15 industrial projects worth 51.53 billion baht ($1.6 billion) as the authorities accelerated the approval process after delays caused by months of political turmoil. Full Article
U.S. mining giants say nearing Indonesia deal on copper exports
Indonesia's top two copper miners signalled they are nearing a breakthrough to allow a restart of concentrate exports, which have been halted for more than six months due to a dispute with the Southeast Asian country over new mining rules... Full Article
Timing 'tough' for $4.5 bln Thai-Mozambique coal rail-port project
A Thai-Mozambican consortium has set a 2018 target to commission a $4.5 billion coal export railway and port terminal project in central Mozambique, but the depressed global coal prices outlook made the timing "tough," the company's president said. Full Article


Secondary solution
Singapore’s stock exchange has had a difficult 2014 so far, with a lack of IPOs and delistings of popular shares causing a steep drop in trading volumes. Among the moves by the bourse to win back companies and investors are... Full Article
Shot in the arm
India has proposed a framework for the bankruptcy of financial institutions that will align the country with international standards, and also give banks greater incentive to deal with stressed assets and help address their failures. Raghavendra Verma reports Full Article
Opening up
The liberalisation of Malaysia’s legal sector, more than a decade in the making, has finally begun moving ahead in a concrete manner with the amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976 and the Legal Profession Rules 2014 coming into force... Full Article
Buying spree
For the first time since the global financial crisis began in mid-2007, biotechnology companies’ spending on research and development is growing at a faster rate than revenue. Also, the growth of biotech crops in the United States appears to have... Full Article

Special Reports

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...
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...
Employer of Choice 2014 - Asia's best employers
By ALB | 01 Jun 14
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia throws up some very deserving candidates this year, including Llinks Law Offices in China; Anand and Anand and Trilegal in India; Bae, Kim & Lee and Yulchon...