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Some financial firms moving to back-up sites amid Hong Kong protest fears
Some banks and other financial firms have begun moving staff to back-up premises on the outskirts of Hong Kong to prevent growing unrest in the financial hub from disrupting trading and other critical functions, two business services firms said. Full Article
Samsung Electro-Mechanic to raise up to $1.1 bln from affiliate sale
Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co Ltd is set to raise up to 1.16 trillion won ($1.1 billion) by selling via the stock exchange in November its entire stake in affiliate Samsung SDS, the IT services unit of Samsung Group. Full Article
SoftBank 'considers stake in Legendary Pictures'
Japan's SoftBank Corp has been in talks to take a minority stake in privately held movie studio Legendary Pictures, entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday. Full Article
Gibson Dunn advises Murphy Oil on its $2 bln M’sia assets sale
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has represented U.S. oil company Murphy Oil Corp in the $2 billion sale of 30 percent of Murphy’s Malaysian oil and gas assets to Indonesian state-oil company Pertamina, which was counseled by Ashurst. Full Article
DFDL names new Indonesia, Bangladesh heads
DFDL has relocated partner Marcus Collins from Thailand to Singapore and named him the head of its Indonesia practice, while appointing Shahwar Nizam as head of its Bangladesh office in Dhaka. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Exodus continues at Bingham
Also, Withers strengthens Hong Kong corporate and wealth planning teams, Ince & Co gets new Dubai managing partner, and much more in our weekly Asia appointments spotlight. 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

Special Reports

ALB 2014 M&A Rankings
By ALB | 01 Sep 14
This year’s M&A rankings is a mixture of the usual suspects and surprising new entrants. The very worthy law firms making the upper tiers include Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Hong Kong, Melli Darsa & Co in Indonesia,...
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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
By ALB | 24 Jul 14
This detailed report, the first in a series of Asia-Pacific M&A Reviews, provides companies with the insight and analysis to support their strategic investment decisions. Click the Buy Now button below to purchase the report at the special launch price...
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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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