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HSF adds DCM partner from KWM in Hong Kong
Herbert Smith Freehills has hired William Ku as a debt capital markets partner at its Hong Kong office from King & Wood Mallesons. Full Article
SE Asia Deals: Week of Nov. 23
JSA, Khaitan star in Nippon Life's $819 mln purchase of a 23% stake in Reliance Life, AZB stars in Mylan Laboratories’ $800 mln acquisition of JPL’s 100% paid up share capital, and more in this week’s Southeast Asia deals table. Full Article
Singapore bourse reviewing corporate governance compliance
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is reviewing compliance along its listed companies with corporate governance rules, a senior official said, as the bourse seeks to boost its credentials as a front-line regulator. Full Article
BHG Retail targets $180 mln IPO for Chinese malls in Singapore REIT
BHG Retail Trust Management is looking to raise S$256 million ($180 million) in an initial public offering of its real estate investment trust with a portfolio of retail malls in China, its prospectus showed. Full Article
ASEAN banks' bad debt woes set to push valuations even lower
Stocks of Southeast Asian banks are at their lowest valuations since the global financial crisis, but analysts don't expect investors to jump back in for some time, fearing a further increase in non-performing loans (NPLs). Full Article
Ethics probe should not delay Freeport Indonesia divestment, says govt
A parliamentary ethics probe into a meeting between the speaker of Indonesia's house of representatives and officials from mining giant Freeport McMoRan should not delay the company's divestment plans for its Indonesian unit, a mining ministry official said. Full Article


Silver linings
Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, has been stuck in a rut ever since the political unrest there began more than two years ago. The military junta, in power since May last year, has been attempting to revive the economy with... Full Article
2016: An offshore view
The offshore legal industry looks back on some of the key legal and business trends of 2015, and how these will shape and influence the year to come. By Chris Horton Full Article
Choppy Waters
The shipping industry has been hit hard by the global commodities meltdown, with two dry bulkers seeking bankruptcy protection in September and Maersk recently cutting its profit forecast. But there is still a reasonable amount of work to keep shipping... Full Article
Cartel crackdown
Following some two decades of efforts, the Philippines finally enacted its Competition Law earlier this year. Ranajit Dam speaks to local lawyers about the impact it is expected to have. With additional reporting by Manuel Mogato Full Article

Special Reports

Asia's Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2015
By ALB | 01 Nov 15
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Mayer Brown and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are the five largest international law firms in Asia, with Dacheng Law Offices, Beijing Yingke Law Firm, Zhong Yin Law Firm, Kim & Chang and DeHeng Law Offices...
ALB M&A Rankings 2015
By ALB | 01 Oct 15
A host of notable as well as lesser-known law firms make the ALB M&A Rankings 2015, including AZB & Partners, Juris Corp and Phoenix Legal in India; ABNR, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung and Melli Darsa & Co in Indonesia; and...
ALB 40 Under 40
By ALB | 01 Sep 15
In the inaugural 40 Under 40 list, ALB showcases 40 of the brightest young legal minds in the region.