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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
Two more Bingham partners leave for Akin Gump amid merger talks with Morgan Lewis
Hong Kong-based restructuring partner Mark Fucci and funds partner Anne-Marie Godfrey have joined 26 other partners in leaving Bingham McCutchen for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld amid merger talks between the Boston-headquartered firm and Philadelphia’s Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Full Article
Tata signs deal with Honeywell to build defense navigator in India
Tata Power Co Ltd's defence engineering unit, Tata Power SED, has signed an agreement with Honeywell International to produce the U.S. company's "TALIN" navigator in India, Honeywell said in a statement on Monday. Full Article
Lawson 'to buy Seijo Ishii for $500 mln'
Japanese convenience store operator Lawson Inc will buy upscale supermarket chain Seijo Ishii Co for about 55 billion yen ($503 million), including debt, from investment fund Marunouchi Capital, two sources familiar with the matter said. Full Article
SoftBank 'in talks to buy DreamWorks'
Japan's SoftBank Corp is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, the Hollywood studio behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movie hits, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Full Article
Daiichi Sankyo to acquire Ambit Biosciences
Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd has agreed to acquire U.S. biopharmaceutical company Ambit Biosciences Corp in a deal valued up to $410 million as it looks to build its presence in oncology, the companies said. 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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