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UMC aims to wholly own China JV chip-making plant
Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp, the world's No.3 contract chip maker, aims to wholly own the factory of a joint venture in China, whose output will be sold primarily in the mainland market. Full Article
Top Chinese prosecutor guarantees protection for whistleblowers
China's top prosecuting body has said that whistleblowers who expose corruption and other wrongdoing would receive legal protection against reprisals. Full Article
China's overseas investment schemes set to freshen offshore yuan pool
China is studying pilot schemes that will allow domestic investors to make overseas investments using the Chinese currency, a move that could pump fresh oxygen into the stagnant offshore yuan pool. Full Article
Hong Kong, Shanghai officials unaware of new stock connect launch date
Three days after a landmark stock trading scheme linking mainland China and Hong Kong missed its launch date, top officials from either side declined to offer a new timeline, adding to pressure on Beijing to contrive a solution. Full Article
NA Deals: Week of Oct. 27
Slaughter and May helps StanChart update its $70 billion debt issuance programme, Clifford Chance, Jingtian & Gongcheng, Linklaters and KWM star in BoC's $6.5 billion share offering, and much more in this week’s North Asia deals spotlight. Full Article
China unveils legal reform plans, but says party to remain in control
China's Communist Party has pledged to speed up legislation to fight corruption and make it tougher for officials to exert control over the judiciary, even as it stressed full control over the courts. Full Article

Features

ALB 2014 Client Choice Top 20
As a service industry, legal is all about satisfying clients. The 2014 ALB China Client Choice Top 20 has identified the top lawyers across practice areas who are the most popular with clients in mainland China. Full Article
One foot in the door
Not long ago, offshore firms were primarily involved in PRC-focused transactions through structures set up by international investors to invest in China. Recently, however, large Chinese SOEs and private companies have begun investing around the world in Africa, the U.S... Full Article
Private interest
Private equity investments are continuing to flow into China, particularly in the TMT sector, and foreign funds are beginning to take on increasingly risky propositions, says Raghavendra Verma Full Article
Access granted
U.S. investment firms are readying the first line of exchange-traded funds designed to give American investors access to China’s swelling onshore bond market, which has been largely closed off to foreigners. Ashley Lau reports Full Article

Special Reports

CLB 2014 M&A Rankings
By ALB | 01 Sep 14
This year’s China M&A rankings is a mixture of the usual suspects and surprising new entrants. Fangda Partners, Haiwen & Partners, Han Kun Law Offices, Jun He Law Offices, King & Wood Mallesons and Zhong Lun Law Firm make the...
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ALB M&A Review: 1H 2014 deals surge on optimistic outlook
By ALB | 24 Jul 14
This detailed report, the first in a series of Asia-Pacific M&A Reviews, provides companies with the insight and analysis to support their strategic investment decisions. Click the Buy Now button below to purchase the report at the special launch price...
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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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