• We are now accepting submissions for the ALB 2015 Intellectual Property rankings .
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have scored advisory roles on the merger between two of China’s leading taxi-hailing apps, Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache,...
  • Qualcomm Inc has agreed to pay China a fine of $975 million, the largest in the country's corporate history, ending a 14-month government investigation into anti-competitive practices.
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has opened a Foreign Legal Consultant office in Seoul, joining a host of international law firms that have entered the market since the signing of...
  • King & Wood Mallesons will open an office in Singapore after being granted a foreign law practice licence by the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Breaking News

Nikon pushes into medtech with $400 mln Optos acquisition
Nikon, the 98-year-old Japanese company best known for its cameras, has agreed to buy British retinal imaging firm Optos for 259.3 million pounds ($400 million) as it moves into the medical sector. Full Article
RHT eyes IPO fundraising route with Catalist listing
RHT Group of Companies, owned by the partners of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, is seeking to raise funds on the Singapore Stock Exchange Catalist Board by listing its holding company, RHT Holdings Limited. Full Article
Call for submissions: ALB 2015 IP Rankings
We are now accepting submissions for the ALB 2015 Intellectual Property rankings. Full Article
Indian IP firms Lall & Sethi, Singh & Singh to merge
Boutique Indian IP law firms Lall & Sethi and Singh & Singh are merging, according to the website Bar & Bench (B&B). The new firm, named “Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi” will have nine partners and 27 lawyers. The... Full Article
Trowers Q&A: “QFLF would mean advancement and flexibility”
Trowers & Hamlins became the first international law firm to apply for a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) license in Malaysia. Under the Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2012, which came into effect in June last year, QFLF holders can operate... Full Article
CLOSING SOON: ALB Employer of Choice Survey 2015 (双语)
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia is closing soon. 《亚洲法律杂志》2015年度亚洲最受雇员欢迎的律师事务所评选开始接受调查问卷。 Full Article

Features

The year in 2015
What will 2015 look like for some of Asia’s largest economies and their legal industries? Law firms from around the region offer some answers to Ranajit Dam Full Article
Indonesia IP: Moving towards the AEC
With the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community slated for late 2015, ASEAN members are seeking to modernise their IP regimes to meet key objectives set out in the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan. Indonesia, ASEAN’s largest economy and... Full Article
The boom is back
The United Arab Emirates has bounced back from the financial crisis of 2009-2010, when it came perilously close to sovereign default. Infrastructure construction has returned to full swing, while M&A deals abound, which means more work for law firms both... Full Article
Q&A with David Rivkin, IBA President
David Rivkin, the new International Bar Association (IBA) President, speaks to Kanishk Verghese about his new role, the IBA's road map and arbitration trends in Asia. Full Article

Special Reports

ALB CSR List 2015
By ALB | 01 Jan 15
Asian Legal Business’ inaugural CSR List, apart from spotlighting 10 law firms in Asia doing notable work in that sphere, also highlights how important CSR is becoming to the legal industry in the region.
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Asia’s Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2014
By ALB | 01 Nov 14
This year, ALB has separated Asia’s Top 50 Largest Law Firms list into two tables: Top 50 International Firms and Top 50 Asian Firms. The former table ranks Baker & McKenzie as the largest international firm by headcount in Asia,...
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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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