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Fonterra ties up with China's Beingmate
New Zealand's Fonterra on Wednesday said it will take a stake in Chinese baby food and formula maker Beingmate Baby and Child Food Co Ltd in the dairy giant's first tie-up with a Chinese processor since its involvement in a... Full Article
Top Chinese former planning official 'under investigation'
A former director at China's powerful economic planning agency who oversaw pricing is being investigated, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday, the latest high-level official from the department to be probed. Full Article
Wanda, Tencent, Baidu 'team up for $813 mln e-commerce deal'
China's privately held Dalian Wanda Group is set to launch a 5 billion yuan ($813 million) e-commerce joint venture with domestic Internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, according to two sources familiar with the investment. Full Article
Carlyle in talks to acquire Vanke's China commercial properties
Global private equity firm Carlyle Group is in talks with China Vanke Co Ltd to acquire some of Vanke's commercial properties through assets or shares acquisition, the biggest Chinese property developer said on Thursday. Full Article
China further loosens foreign ownership of hospitals
China will allow foreign investors to wholly own hospitals in seven cities and provinces, further opening up the country's fast-growing private hospital sector. Full Article
China urges more private capital in health insurance sector
China will encourage more private investment in health insurance, part of Beijing's push to open up its overburdened healthcare sector, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Wednesday. 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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