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NOW OPEN: ALB Employer of Choice Survey 2014 (双语)
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia is now open. The 2014 Employer of Choice survey is open to law firm employees from the paralegal level right up to managing partner. 《亚洲法律杂志》2014年度亚洲范围内最受雇员欢迎的律师事务所评选现在开始接受在线问卷调查表。 Full Article
NA Deals: BAIOO launches IPO in HK
Also, STB, K&E, Skadden lead on Alibaba’s $1.5 billion acquisition of AutoNavi Holdings, Clyde & Co, Linklaters and STB feature on Sanpower Group’s purchase of a 89 percent stake in House of Fraser, HSF guides Shunfeng Photovoltaic on its $482... Full Article
Taiwan gives CTBC nod for Tokyo Star Bank, local insurer acquisitions
Taiwan's financial regulator has given its preliminary approval to CTBC Financial Holdings' acquisitions of Tokyo Star Bank and Taiwan Life Insurance, local media reported on Tuesday. Full Article
Alibaba 'seen filing for U.S. IPO next week'
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest ever listing by a technology firm. Full Article
China defaults mount among inter-company loans
Chinese companies that have lent money to other companies are facing a potential wave of defaults, with several listed firms already reporting missed loan repayments. Full Article
China IPOs 'may restart earlier than expected'
Initial public offerings (IPO) on China's mainland stock exchanges may restart sooner than expected, state media reported on Wednesday, after the securities regulator ordered underwriters to update application material for firms waiting to list. Full Article

Features

Deepening crackdown (双语)
Yet another campaign against corruption is sweeping China. After multinational pharmaceutical companies, some big Chinese state-owned companies have now been reported to be under the scanner. Meanwhile, as Chinese companies expand overseas, such investigations might also raise concerns of foreign... Full Article
The Year of the Dark Horses (双语)
ALB selects 15 firms up-and-coming firms which are drawing attention because of their display of strong competitiveness and strengths; factors which will help them in making significant breaks in the Year of the Horse. ALB选择15家公司向上和未来,因为强大的竞争力和优势的他们显示这是提请注意公司;因素,这将有助于他们在马年作出显著休息。 Full Article
Bumpy road ahead
Rapid swings in Chinese financial markets in response to ambitious reform plans herald a white-knuckle year for investors, as speculation on the direction and tempo of policy pours gas on an already volatile market. China’s investors face a testing year... Full Article
Fleeting loyalty
Luxury car dealers are resorting to offering customers massages, mini-golf and other gimmicks, hoping this will give them an edge in a ferociously competitive Chinese market where brand loyalty is less common than in the West. Full Article

Special Reports

Online Know-how Arrives In The Asian Legal Market
By Practical Law Company | 29 Mar 14
In the past decade, high quality legal know-how and information services have changed the way lawyers work in London, New York and other key western markets. With the launch of Practical Law China, the first service of its kind to...
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ALB Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2013
By ALB | 01 Dec 13
ALB announces the top 50 law firms by headcount in Asia in 2013. The research also includes individual rankings tables for key jurisdictions in the region.
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ALB Employer of Choice 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
Thousands of law firm employees across Asia, ranging from managing partners to support staff, were surveyed for two months and asked to rate their employers on the basis of job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship, job security and...
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