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CLOSING SOON: ALB Employer of Choice Survey 2014 (双语)
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia is closing soon. The 2014 Employer of Choice survey is open to law firm employees from the paralegal level right up to managing partner. 《亚洲法律杂志》2014年度亚洲范围内最受雇员欢迎的律师事务所评选现在开始接受在线问卷调查表。 Full Article
NA Deals: Leju Holdings launches NYSE IPO
Also, Reed Smith advises on Harmony Link Corp’s sale of a controlling stake in Cheong Ming Investment to Maureen Holdings, Paul Hastings stars in Forterra Trust’s disposition of its Beijing property, and much more in this week’s North Asia deals... Full Article
China's new environment law submitted to parliament
Amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday. Full Article
Next batch of companies hope to raise $3.6 bln through China IPOs
China's regulator posted draft initial public offering (IPO) prospectuses for 18 Chinese firms on Monday, bringing the total number of potential issuers up to 46, with state media estimating they could raise as much as 22.6 billion yuan ($3.6 billion) from investors. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Ex-DLF SVP rejoins O.P. Khaitan
Also, Bird & Bird strengthens its Middle East team, Morrison & Foerster hires M&A partner in Singapore, Khaitan Sud promotes four to its partnership, and much more in our weekly Asia appointments roundup. Full Article
China IPO promised land turns to desert as regulator review stokes confusion
Dozens of Chinese companies have abandoned plans to list in the mainland this year, as confusion reigns among executives, bankers and investors over an opaque regulatory review that's clouding what was touted as a banner year for new stock debuts... Full Article

Features

China's Fast 10
ALB’s Fast 10 Ranking has always showcased the admirable performances of the fastest-growing law firms in China in terms of quality and speed of service provided by them. And this year, we see firms with nationwide networks continue their dominance,... Full Article
Rising from the west
Liu Zhen speaks to lawyers in Chengdu and Chongqing, the two centres of West China’s legal industry, about their efforts to catch up with the most advanced international management practices, converting the region’s economical potential into revenue, and the attempts... Full Article
Embracing failure
Credit warning signs are flashing for heavily indebted Chinese semiconductor, software and commodities firms as the government cautiously steps aside to let market forces play a bigger role in deciding winners and losers. China's first-ever domestic bond default last month... Full Article
Stuck with the bill
Chinese banks are stuck in a lose-lose legal battle between domestic shipyards and foreign buyers over billions of dollars in refund guarantees that are supposed to be paid out if shipbuilders fail to deliver on time, reports Pete Sweeney of... 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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