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India: Adani Group, Everstone Group hire new GCs
BY Aparna Sai |

Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group has tapped PM Devaiah to be its new general counsel. Devaiah joins from Everstone Group, which has hired Pratibha Jain, a former partner at Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), to replace him.

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Skrine welcomes back ex-High Court judge
BY Aparna Sai |

Wong Chee Lin, who spent three decades at Malaysian law firm Skrine before a brief stint on the bench, has returned to the firm as a litigation partner in Kuala Lumpur

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Mumbai: JSA corporate partner heads to Veritas Legal
BY Aparna Sai |

India’s Veritas Legal has hired Manav Raheja as corporate partner in Mumbai from J Sagar Associates.

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Perkins Coie to expand in Taipei after rehiring partner from HTC
BY Aparna Sai |

U.S. firm Perkins Coie has welcomed back Marcus Woo as a partner from Taiwanese mobile phone manufacture HTC Corporation, where he was vice president and general counsel. Initially based in New York, Woo will move to Taipei once registration formalities are completed.

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Former NDA duo launch boutique in Mumbai
BY Aparna Sai |

M&A specialist Simone Reis and international tax expert Rajesh Simhan, who both left Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) after more than 12 years at the firm’s Mumbai office, have set up a boutique firm called Anagram Partners in Mumbai.

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Dentons to add Thai, Vietnam, Philippine firms to its network this year
BY Aparna Sai |

Dentons plans to expand its network further in the ASEAN region this year by combining with a firm each in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to recent comments made by Gerald Singham, the firm’s global vice-chair and ASEAN CEO.

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Singapore Exchange explores joining SPAC party but with restrictions
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Singapore Exchange Ltd is proposing introducing regulations to allow the listing of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) or blank cheque firms that have taken U.S. markets by storm.

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Features and Analysis

ALB Asia’s Top 15 M&A Lawyers 2021

Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) plays an instrumental role in shaping the economy. Over the years, M&A deals have expanded both in scale, frequency, and complexity. Given the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on deals execution…

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Indonesia Rising Stars 2021

Young lawyers in the Indonesian legal community are making their mark in the market. In its third annual list of the ALB Indonesia Rising Stars, Asian Legal Business has listed 24 lawyers who are achieving results for their…

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Competition in the Crosshairs

Since Thai merger control regulations came into force in December 2018, the country’s competition authorities have begun to step up their enforcement against misconduct. And last year saw the efforts cranked up a notch.

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Rebuilding Relationships

With Brexit finally done, the UK and Singapore recently signed a free trade agreement to establish post-Brexit arrangements. Lawyers say the UKSFTA is an important development that will lay the groundwork for more to come.

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Showing the Way

In today’s world, general counsel face an ever-increasing demand to manage exponentially more risks, involving greater complexity, in much shorter time frames and with more potential impact on business performance. As…

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As Asia Data Privacy Laws Get Teeth, Larger Fines Are Expected

Since Europe’s GDPR came into force more than two years ago, data privacy and protection have become priorities for regulators and businesses across the Asian region. Between 2019 and 2020, a flurry of data privacy laws was…

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