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ALB Readers Survey 2014: YOU get to decide
ALB is undertaking its first annual readers’ survey, the ALB Readers Survey 2014, to seek your input and suggestions on the quality, relevance and timeliness of its magazine and web content. Full Article
ALB launches quarterly M&A report
Asian Legal Business has released the first in its series of quarterly M&A Reviews; reports which provide companies with the insight and analysis to support their strategic investment decisions, and help law firms identify new business opportunities and develop their... Full Article
Alibaba-Wanxiang, Fosun-Juneyao partnerships 'hope to set up private banks'
Two Chinese partnerships, one of which involves Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd's financial services affiliate, are still hoping to get private banking licences after missing the initial batch of approvals for China's very first private lenders, according to the Securities Times... Full Article
China food safety scare hurting KFC, Pizza Hut sales: Yum!
Yum! Brands Inc has said a television expose showing improper meat handling by one of its Chinese suppliers caused "significant, negative" damage to sales at its KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants over the past 10 days. Full Article
China's antitrust regulators
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has said it is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp because the firm has not fully disclosed information about its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. Full Article
China gives green light for 3 private banks
China's banking regulator has approved the setting-up of three new banks wholly funded with capital from private firms, mostly with regional roots, which will introduce the first private lenders into a sector dominated by state giants. Full Article

Features

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

Special Reports

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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Employer of Choice 2014 - China's best employers
By ALB | 01 Jun 14
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in China has ranked employers on the basis of job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship, job security and other aspects.
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