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Freshies, Links advising on HK’s first SPAC listing application
BY Kristen Liu 刘诗宇 |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is advising Aquila Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) jointly established by CMB International and AAC Mgmt Holding, on its planned IPO in Hong Kong, with Linklaters advising the joint sponsors.

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Steptoe HK arbitration partner heads to K&L
BY Aparna Sai |

K&L Gates has hired Susan Munro as a counsel in the firm’s international arbitration practice from Steptoe & Johnson, where she was a partner.

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Seoul: Peter & Kim recruits arbitration expert from Kim & Chang
BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​International disputes firm Peter & Kim has hired arbitration expert Seokchun Yun as a partner in Seoul from Kim & Chang.

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Former Withers partner launches family law boutique in HK
BY Aparna Sai |

Rita Ku, a former partner at Withers, has left to set up her own firm in Hong Kong. Rita Ku & Solicitors (RKS) specialises in family law.

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Dechert Asia co-MP to join Milbank as Seoul head
BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​U.S.  firm Milbank has hired David K. Cho as a partner from Dechert, where he was head of the firm’s Hong Kong office and co-managing partner for Asia.

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HSF, A&O lead on Chinese rare-earth producer’s $520 mln HK listing
BY Kristen Liu 刘诗宇 |

Herbert Smith Freehills and China Commercial Law Firm have advised Chinese rare-earth permanent magnet producer JL Mag Rare-Earth on its $520 million secondary listing in Hong Kong, with Allen & Overy and Jingtian & Gongcheng advising the joint sponsors.

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Mishcon adds 5 from Howse Williams to newly opened HK office
BY Aparna Sai |

UK-headquartered Mishcon de Reya has hired five lawyers in Hong Kong from Howse Williams, including Kevin So as a partner. The quintet will join Karas, Mishcon’s associated firm in Hong Kong.

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Features and Analysis

ALB Asia Top 15 IP Lawyers 2021

This inaugural list highlights the achievements of the top 15 IP lawyers across Asia, who have consistently delivered high-quality IP work and set high standards in the IP space, while earning accolades from their colleagues,…

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CFA Framework to Give SG Another Arbitration Advantage

In early November, the Singapore Parliament tabled a bill to allow for conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) in select legal proceedings. According to the Straits Times, the bill proposes amendments to the Legal Profession Act…

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Asia Taking Small, Inconsistent, ESG Steps

In recent years, discussion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) has gained traction globally, with climate change, supply chain transparency and sustainability increasingly on the agenda. The impact is now starting to…

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‘An industry-wide problem required an industry-wide solution’

Jeff Green is the CEO of Lupl, a legal industry platform founded by a group of law firms – including Rajah & Tann and Cooley – in 2020. After being in early adopter mode this year, Lupl recently unveiled its global release.…

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Hong Kong To Enter SPAC Race, but Rules Are Deemed Too Prohibitive

Since the start of this year, discussions of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) have been everywhere in Asia as technology, healthcare and fintech startups sought out an alternative listing route. While lawyers have…

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New Year Resolutions

As another year packed with challenges and trials draws to a close, law firm leaders consider what measures were successful, and how those will influence their strategies for 2022 and beyond.

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