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Simpson Thacher, Gunderson Dettmer advise on Murata’s $465 mln Peregrine buy
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co on its plan to purchase Nasdaq-listed Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. Full Article
Rouse hires 2 patent partners from KSS to boost Thai practice
Rouse has hired two patent litigators from Thai firm Kamthorn Surachet & Somsak as senior managers at the firm’s Bangkok office. Full Article
Karbonn Mobiles expects to go public by 2016
Karbonn Mobiles, the third-largest smartphone maker in India, expects to go public by 2016 as it bets on sales of Android devices made in partnership with Google Inc to boost revenue growth. Full Article
Will appeal order to refund $8.1 bln: PACL
Property developer PACL said it would appeal a regulator's order to return at least $8.1 billion to investors in a land-for-funds scheme, as depositors went to the company's New Delhi office to demand their money back. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Ashurst nabs 4 lawyers from OMM, 1 from W&C
Also, Khaitan & Co hires three PXV Law founding partners, Gall promotes two to partner in Hong Kong, and much more in our weekly Asia appointments spotlight. Full Article
Malaysian regulator wary of SPACs
The rejection of an IPO application that would have been Malaysia’s biggest cash-shell listing has underscored regulators’ concerns over the increasingly popular special-purpose acquisition company format. Full Article

Features

Hopes and challenges
While the election of Jokowi Widodo brings both pressures and opportunities for foreign investors, the overall outlook is promising, says Dana MacLean. Meanwhile, Newmont Mining's next move in its dispute with Indonesia is still in the air under Jokowi's new... Full Article
The evolution of offshore
Offshore law firms are changing with the times, evolving to meet the needs of global businesses and the flow of capital that is both easier but also much more regulated. And although they still differentiate themselves from their onshore peers,... Full Article
Competition heats up
China’s crackdown on price-fixing and its increasing regulatory clout over international mergers and acquisitions is creating a hot new commodity in its legal industry: antitrust lawyers. Kanishk Verghese reports, with additional input from Denny Thomas of Reuters. Full Article
Enter the behemoth
A proposed three-way bank merger in Malaysia looks set to disrupt the old ways of Islamic finance, say Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Bernardo Vizcaino of Reuters. Full Article

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