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Indonesia regulator relaxes corporate bond buying rules for insurers, pension funds
Indonesia's financial regulator is allowing pension funds and insurance firms to buy corporate bonds with ratings below 'AA' to boost the local market, an official said. Full Article
Creditor starts bankruptcy proceedings against Indonesia's Berau
A creditor has initiated bankruptcy proceedings at a Jakarta court against a unit of Indonesian coal miner PT Berau Coal Energy Tbk over alleged unpaid debts. Full Article
Thai regulator to shake up mutual fund industry
Thailand's market regulator plans a major shakeup to the country's 3.5 trillion baht ($100.98 billion) mutual fund industry to meet rising demand for riskier investment instruments with higher yields. Full Article
Thailand to sign first phase of Dawei development
Thailand will sign a $1.7 billion deal to develop the first phase of the long-delayed Dawei Industrial Zone in southeastern Myanmar in the first week of August, Thailand's secretary-general of the state planning agency said. Full Article
W&C’s Links hiring spree continues with SG local partner
White & Case is continuing to lure over Linklaters lawyers in Asia after hiring private equity specialist Jonathan Bowden as a local partner in its Singapore office from that firm, where he was a managing associate. Full Article
North Asia Deals: Week of July 27
Freshfields, Skadden star in Nikkei’s purchase of the Financial Times, 11 firms act on Xueda Education’s merger with Xiamen Insight Investment, Bakers and Debevoise advise on Meiji Yasuda’s U.S. insurance acquisition, and more in this week’s North Asia Deals table. Full Article

Features

Getting ready for the AEC
As the ASEAN Economic Community moves towards becoming a reality, how are member-states preparing for it? What do companies need to do to get involved, and what kind of advice are lawyers providing? Ranajit Dam investigates Full Article
Nobody’s safe
Think you’re exempt from regulatory scrutiny because you’re not a bank? Well, you can think again, says Christopher Horton Full Article
Taiwan: Sweeping reforms
Antitrust law enforcement activity is on the rise in Asia, as local authorities seek to clamp down on anti-competitive behaviour. This is also true in Taiwan, where a recent amendment to its Fair Trade Act laid out a new path... Full Article
How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to do this? Full Article

Special Reports

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.
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ALB Intellectual Property Rankings 2015
By Maricel Estavillo | 01 May 15
In our annual IP Rankings, ALB has researched and identified the leading firms for intellectual property in Asia.
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Employer of Choice 2015
By ALB | 01 Apr 15
ALB’s annual Employer of Choice survey picks the best firms in Asia to work for. They include the Korean firms Bae, Kim & Lee, Kim & Chang and Yulchon; the Chinese firms Chance Bridge Partners, Guangda Law Firm and Hengdu...
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