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DLA Piper advises Fosun on $464 mln Ironshore investment
DLA Piper has advised Shanghai-based conglomerate Fosun International on its $464 million investment in Bermuda-based property and casualty insurer Ironshore. Full Article
Duane Morris opens in Shanghai
Duane Morris has formally opened its Shanghai office after getting approval and a license from authorities. The firm had announced plans to open in Shanghai in January. Full Article
China finds Mercedes-Benz guilty of price fixing
Germany's Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, adding to pressure on foreign carmakers in the world's largest auto market. Full Article
HK-listed Fosun International in talks to buy Swiss Re unit
Hong Kong-listed Fosun International Ltd is in talks to buy a Swiss Re AG's U.S. life insurance arm in a possible $400 million to $500 million deal, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Full Article
Qingdao Port says unit sued by Pacorini for $58.4 million amid fraud probe
China's third-largest terminal Qingdao Port International, which is embroiled in an alleged financing scam, has received two lawsuits from global warehousing firm Pacorini Logistics claiming a total of $58.4 million, the firm said. Full Article
Alibaba film unit says found possible accounting irregularities; halts shares
Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd , the recently formed film and TV unit of Alibaba Group, said on Friday it had found possible accounting irregularities and asked for its Hong Kong-listed shares to be suspended until further notice. 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
Under the scanner
Shaken by a fraud investigation into metal financing in Qingdao, the world's seventh-busiest port, banks and trading houses have been made painfully aware of the risks they face storing commodities in China's sprawling warehouse sector. Melanie Burton and Fayen Wong... Full Article
An ocean apart
Alibaba’s coming U.S. initial public offering will probably value the Chinese e-commerce firm at more than $100 billion. But the question that a U.S. congressional commission has raised is whether shareholders actually own the business. Richard Beales of Reuters Breakingviews... Full Article

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