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Bakers, Debevoise acting on Meiji Yasuda’s $5 bln U.S. insurer buy
Baker & McKenzie and Debevoise & Plimpton are advising on Japan’s Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co’s purchase of U.S.-based StanCorp Financial Group Inc for $5 billion, the latest in a series of multi-billion deals featuring Japanese insurers. Full Article
Skadden, Freshfields star in $1.3 bln sale of Financial Times to Nikkei
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is advising Japanese media group Nikkei on its £844 ($1.3 billion) purchase of the Financial Times from Britain’s Pearson, which turned to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for advice. Full Article
On cusp of breakout? Vietnam equities outperform Southeast Asia
Vietnamese equities are outperforming the rest of Southeast Asia ahead of a long-awaited move in September by the government to finally dismantle a 49 percent foreign ownership cap on a number of listed companies. Full Article
Philippines' Aquino signs into law fair trade legislation
Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law landmark fair trade legislation aimed at curbing cartels, price fixing and other forms of anti-competitive practices, which have long stifled economic growth. Full Article
Mindful of global risks, Philippines plots steady course
The Philippine central bank expects the economy to weather any risks emerging in global markets and saw no need to alter monetary policy settings despite low inflation and slowing growth, its governor told Reuters. Full Article
Citi and StanChart set to advise Myanmar on first credit rating
Citigroup Inc and Standard Chartered Plc are set to advise Myanmar on its first credit rating, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, paving the way for the country to issue its maiden international bond. Full Article


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.
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.
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...