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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
SE Asia Deals: Week of July 27
Khaitan & Co acts on the sale of IL&FS Milestone and Hindustan Construction Company’s stake in VCCPL to Blackstone, Allen & Gledhill guides East Coast (Cecil) Invesment on the divestment of an office building, WongPartnership advises on the establishment of... Full Article
Dearth of compliance expertise complicates Singapore's fight against unlawful money
Singapore's fight to stem illicit fund inflows has shoved private bankers into a new quandary - finding enough qualified compliance specialists to ensure the money passing through their accounts is clean. Full Article
DBS opens books for first Singapore's covered bond
DBS Bank began marketing Singapore's first offering of US dollar benchmark covered bonds of three years at an initial price guidance of around 40bp over mid-swaps. Full Article
Malaysia's Cagamas debuts on the Singapore dollar bond market
Malaysia's state-backed mortgage lender Cagamas Bhd said that it has made its debut on the Singapore dollar bond market under a $2.5 billion conventional multi- currency medium term notes programme. 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

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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