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Freshfields hires energy and finance partner in HK
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has recruited finance and energy lawyer Thomas Ng from Linklaters as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Full Article
Latham & Watkins, S&C act on Fuyao Glass’ $953 mln HK IPO
Latham & Watkins and Sullivan & Cromwell have starred in Chinese automotive glass maker Fuyao Glass Industry Group’s $953 million IPO in Hong Kong, the largest offering in the city so far this year. Full Article
White & Case adds M&A partner in HK
White & Case has expanded its corporate practice in Hong Kong with the hire of Kyungseok Kim from Linklaters. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Week of Mar. 30
King & Spalding nabs HSF’s Southeast Asia energy head, White & Case adds private equity partner in Hong Kong, and more in our weekly Asia appointments table. Full Article
Japan's Fujifilm agrees to buy Cellular Dynamics for $307 mln
Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it has agreed to acquire U.S. biotechnology firm Cellular Dynamics International Inc (CDI) for $307 million. Full Article
New Afghanistan banking law may jump-start Islamic finance
Afghanistan could have a new banking law approved by parliament in a few months including provisions for Islamic products, which may help to draw hundreds of thousands of people into the formal financial sector. Full Article

Features

The AEC approaches: Is Indonesia ready?
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is due to be established by the end of the year, which should encourage trade and attract investment into the region. The liberalisation and integration of ASEAN members’ capital markets has been a key focus... Full Article
Q&A with Justin Walkey, Chairman of Bird & Bird Asia Pacific
Justin Walkey, Chairman of Bird & Bird Asia Pacific, speaks to Kanishk Verghese about the firm’s key objectives in Asia, its growth strategy, and the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive environment. Full Article
A Big Year In The Offing
Bookended by the formation of the SICC in the beginning, and the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end, 2015 is shaping up to be a promising year for arbitration in Singapore, finds Ed Lane Full Article
Lawyers needed
The rapid rise to prominence of Islamic finance has, on the flip side, exposed a shortage of both finance and legal professionals skilled in the field. Ranajit Dam finds out how law firms and institutions in Malaysia are working to... Full Article

Special Reports

ALB Power List 2015
By ALB | 01 Mar 15
ALB reveals Asia's most successful international and regional law firms, on the basis of their achievements at ALB's annual Law Awards events and Rankings reports.
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Firms to Watch 2015
By ALB | 01 Feb 15
ALB's Firms to Watch 2015 list celebrates 10 law firms in Asia that may be small in size, but are certainly big in ambition.
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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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