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Beaten-down AirAsia taps investors to take company private
Founders of Asia's largest budget carrier, AirAsia, are sounding out investors to take the company private in a management-led buyout, after a critical research report knocked its shares to a seven-year low, people familiar with the matter said. Full Article
Sony to split off fast-growing image sensor business
Sony Corp said it will split off its semiconductors operations in a bid to bolster growth in devices such as image sensors, which have helped lead a turnaround at the Japanese electronics maker. Full Article
North Asia Deals Table - Week of Oct. 5
Shearman acts on Mizuho Bank’s stake acquisition in Matthews International Capital, seven firms on AirMedia Group’s take-private transaction, and more in this week’s North Asia Deals table. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Week of Oct. 5
Ashurst hires DCM partner in Hong Kong, Trilegal nabs disputes partner in Mumbai, Squire Patton Boggs appoints new Doha MP and more in this week’s Asia Appointments table. Full Article
Nixon Peabody, CWL Partners consolidate HK operations
U.S. firm Nixon Peabody has consolidated its Hong Kong operations by teaming with local firm CWL Partners. Full Article
Latham boosts corporate practice with Goldman hire in HK
Latham & Watkins has appointed Yilong Du as a corporate partner in its Hong Kong office from Goldman Sachs, where he was an executive director and senior counsel. Full Article


‘We want to be at the cutting edge of things’
Erwandi Hendarta, the managing partner of Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, speaks to Ranajit Dam about his strategy for growth, challenges faced by Indonesian law firms, and the development of the local legal market Full Article
UAE companies law: A new era
After several years of discussion, the United Arab Emirates has issued a long-awaited companies law aimed at boosting IPO activity, enhancing corporate governance and encouraging foreign investment into the Arab world’s second biggest economy. Kanishk Verghese reports Full Article
A new energy
Thailand’s energy sector has been the topic of much conversation of late. For one, the country looks set to revise its Petroleum Act this year, which means more licences will be granted for oil and gas exploration. But the overall... Full Article
‘We look to enter any new market like a local law firm’
Ryu Umezu, who managed Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) from 2012 to 2014, and recipient of the Managing Partner of the Year Award at the ALB Japan Law Awards in June, speaks to Kanishk Verghese Full Article

Special Reports

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.
Asia In-House 25
By ALB | 01 Aug 15
The inaugural ALB In-House 25 showcases the fine work that in-house teams are doing across the region. The In-House 25 was selected on the basis of submissions from in-house teams, wins at ALB’s various law awards across Asia, and also...
Women in law
By Dana MacLean | 01 Jun 15
Female in-house counsel and law firm partners across Asia tell Dana MacLean about how they juggle multiple roles as mothers, wives, lawyers and managers, and the skills it takes to rise through the ranks and stay.