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Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising $21.8 bln
Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut. Full Article
Infosys partners with Huawei for cloud-based services
Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest IT services provider, said it had signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to offer enterprise customers cloud computing services. Full Article
China to give more financial aid to small firms
China will boost its support for small firms by cutting their taxes, increasing their subsidies and encouraging banks to step up lending to them, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. Full Article
Gucci, Tiffany dealt blow in fake goods case against China banks
Luxury goods retailers Gucci and Tiffany failed to persuade a U.S. appeals court to require major Chinese banks to freeze the assets of alleged counterfeiters in a pair of cases that have drawn the attention of U.S. and Chinese regulators... Full Article
Syngenta faces 2nd lawsuit over GMO corn rejected by China
A second company has sued Syngenta AG over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China, raising the stakes for the Swiss-based seed maker by including byproducts used for animal feed in its complaint and seeking class-action status. Full Article
China c.bank injects $81 bln into major banks to support economy
China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan ($81.35 billion) of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy. 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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By ALB | 01 Jun 14
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