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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal signed, but years of negotiations still to come
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the world's biggest multinational trade deals, was signed by 12 member nations in New Zealand, but the massive trade pact will still require years of tough negotiations before it becomes a reality. Full Article
Myanmar's 2nd round of bank licences attracts 13 foreign lenders
A total of 13 banks, mostly Taiwanese, answered a call from Myanmar's central bank for expressions of interest in a second round of foreign bank licencing aimed at further liberalising a sector that was previously off-limits to international players. Full Article
Banker in 1MDB-linked Singapore case withdraws request to unfreeze accounts
A banker at Swiss wealth manager BSI's Singapore unit withdrew a court application to release his bank accounts that were frozen as part of the city-state's probe against possible money laundering linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Full Article
Facebook's India stumble could embolden other regulators
India's decision to effectively ban Facebook's pared-back free Internet service is a major blow to the social network's plans, and may prompt other regulators to demand equal online access for their users. Full Article
Sweden's IKEA loses right to use its own name in Indonesia
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has lost the right to use its own brand name in Indonesia after a legal battle with a local company that claimed the trademark, court documents showed. Full Article
SE Asia Deals: Week of Feb 8
AZB & Partners stars in Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $104 bln acquisition of SABMiller, Allen & Gledhill advises Singapore’s Housing and Development Board on the issuance of fixed rate notes worth $718 mln, and more in this week’s Southeast Asia deals table... Full Article

Features

ALB CSR List 2016
An expanded CSR list showcases 25 law firms in Asia that clearly have their hearts in the right place when it comes to giving back to their communities. By Ranajit Dam Full Article
Opportunity beckons
A wave of new economic and commercial initiatives, including the AEC and China’s OBOR, are set to firmly place Asia at the epicentre of cross-border trade and economic growth. Full Article
Still going strong
Myanmar remains one of Southeast Asia’s more alluring destinations for foreign investment, and the recent victory of the national league should ensure the trend continues. In the meantime, the country has launched a stock exchange, announced new foreign banking licences... Full Article
‘You must always stay true to your philosophy’
Krishna Ramachandra, Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam, speaks to Ranajit Dam about the firm’s Asian expansion strategy, what it takes to thrive in Singapore’s legal market, and his optimism for 2016 Full Article

Special Reports

ALB In-House Survey 2016
By Ranajit Dam | 01 Jan 16
A wide-ranging survey of Asia-based corporate legal professionals sheds light on interesting trends and gives some clues as to which way the industry is heading. Certainly, more work is moving in-house, while clients are growing more discerning about the firms...
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Asia's Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2015
By ALB | 01 Nov 15
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Mayer Brown and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are the five largest international law firms in Asia, with Dacheng Law Offices, Beijing Yingke Law Firm, Zhong Yin Law Firm, Kim & Chang and DeHeng Law Offices...
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ALB M&A Rankings 2015
By ALB | 01 Oct 15
A host of notable as well as lesser-known law firms make the ALB M&A Rankings 2015, including AZB & Partners, Juris Corp and Phoenix Legal in India; ABNR, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung and Melli Darsa & Co in Indonesia; and...
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