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NOW OPEN: ALB Employer of Choice Survey 2014
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia is now open. The 2014 Employer of Choice survey, open to law firm employees from the paralegal level right up to managing partner, quizzes respondents on a... Full Article
Hong Kong to issue up to $1 bln sukuk after summer
Hong Kong's government plans to issue as much as $1 billion worth of Islamic bonds later this year, a spokesperson for its central bank said, suggesting the territory's debut sukuk issue might be larger than initially expected. Full Article
China 'targets trust firms in shadow-bank crackdown'
China has issued stricter guidelines governing trust companies, two sources with direct knowledge of the rules told Reuters on Monday, in a bid to counter systemic risks posed by the biggest players in the country's shadow-banking sector. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Ince & Co gets new HK head
Also, Maples relocates London partner to head Hong Kong office, and PRA Law Offices adds partner in Delhi in our weekly Asia appointments spotlight. Full Article
STB, K&E, Skadden lead on Alibaba’s $1.5 bln purchase of AutoNavi
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising Alibaba Group Holding on its $1.5 billion acquisition of Chinese digital mapping and navigation firm AutoNavi Holdings, which turned to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for legal advice. Full Article
Jumei files for $400 mln U.S. IPO
Jumei International Holding Ltd, backed by venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital, filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $400 million in an initial public offering of American Depositary Shares. Full Article

Features

Deepening crackdown (双语)
Yet another campaign against corruption is sweeping China. After multinational pharmaceutical companies, some big Chinese state-owned companies have now been reported to be under the scanner. Meanwhile, as Chinese companies expand overseas, such investigations might also raise concerns of foreign... Full Article
The Year of the Dark Horses (双语)
ALB selects 15 firms up-and-coming firms which are drawing attention because of their display of strong competitiveness and strengths; factors which will help them in making significant breaks in the Year of the Horse. ALB选择15家公司向上和未来,因为强大的竞争力和优势的他们显示这是提请注意公司;因素,这将有助于他们在马年作出显著休息。 Full Article
Bumpy road ahead
Rapid swings in Chinese financial markets in response to ambitious reform plans herald a white-knuckle year for investors, as speculation on the direction and tempo of policy pours gas on an already volatile market. China’s investors face a testing year... Full Article
Fleeting loyalty
Luxury car dealers are resorting to offering customers massages, mini-golf and other gimmicks, hoping this will give them an edge in a ferociously competitive Chinese market where brand loyalty is less common than in the West. Full Article

Special Reports

Online Know-how Arrives In The Asian Legal Market
By Practical Law Company | 29 Mar 14
In the past decade, high quality legal know-how and information services have changed the way lawyers work in London, New York and other key western markets. With the launch of Practical Law China, the first service of its kind to...
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ALB Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2013
By ALB | 01 Dec 13
ALB announces the top 50 law firms by headcount in Asia in 2013. The research also includes individual rankings tables for key jurisdictions in the region.
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ALB Employer of Choice 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
Thousands of law firm employees across Asia, ranging from managing partners to support staff, were surveyed for two months and asked to rate their employers on the basis of job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship, job security and...
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