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Asia Appointments: K&E nabs 2 partners from Hogan Lovells
Also, OMM hires disputes partner from KWM in HK, Hogan Lovells adds corporate partner from K&E, Wilson Sonsini grows its capital markets and M&A team in Beijing, and much more in our weekly Asia appointments spotlight. Full Article
Call for Submissions: ALB 2014 Top 50 Largest Law Firms Rankings
Research for the ALB 2014 Top 50 Largest Law Firms Rankings is now underway. So hurry and send in your submission by Sep. 22, 2014 (Monday). Full Article
Sinopec sells $17.5 bln stake in retail unit to investors
Sinopec Corp will sell a 107.1 billion yuan ($17.5 billion) stake in its retail unit to a group of 25 Chinese and foreign investors, Asia's top oil refiner said in a statement on Sunday. Full Article
China will focus on reforms even if painful for firms
China will press ahead with efforts to liberalise its currency and interest rate markets even though previous reforms have presented challenges for companies, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. Full Article
CGN files sole bid to build 2 nuclear reactors in Romania
Chinese utility China General Nuclear (CGN) filed a non-binding bid to partner with Romania's state-owned nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica to build two reactors at its site on the river Danube, the Romanian firm's manager said on Tuesday. Full Article
China fines 3 cement makers $18.6 mln for price fixing
A Chinese regulator has fined three domestic cement makers 114 million yuan ($18.6 million) for price fixing, as Beijing intensifies its crackdown against monopoly pricing on goods from cars to premium liquor. Full Article

Features

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
Opportunities from plight
The Yangtze River Delta (YRD) has recently been seeing increasing defaults and bad loans, which have further increased the credit risk for the region, especially for medium- and small-sized enterprises. Chen Dujuan talks to lawyers and in-house counsel of local... Full Article
New option
New arbitration rules, tailored for the newly launched Shanghai FTZ and consistent with international standards, have taken effect since May this year. Although it will be some time before Shanghai can develop itself in a holistic manner, experts believe the... Full Article

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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
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Practical Law China’s 2014 Governing Law survey
By Practical Law China | 13 Jun 14
Chinese and foreign companies are increasingly seeking the help of external counsel to understand what governing law is standard for the different cross-border deals they are involved in. Practical Law China’s 2014 governing law survey gives them a clearer picture...
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Employer of Choice 2014 - China's best employers
By ALB | 01 Jun 14
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in China has ranked employers on the basis of job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship, job security and other aspects.
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