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HK: PwC-linked Tiang launches investment funds practice with Simmons hire
BY Kristen Liu 刘诗宇 |

Tiang & Partners, a Hong Kong firm that works closely with PwC’s global legal network, has hired Gaven Cheong as head of its investment funds practice from Simmons & Simmons.

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MWE continues Singapore push with HSF hire
BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Chicago-headquartered McDermott Will & Emery has hired veteran U.S. securities lawyer Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan as a partner in its recently opened office in Singapore from Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Ashurst Consulting Q&A: ‘We have a genuine desire to develop strategic partnerships with clients’
BY Elizabeth Beattie |

This year, Ashurst joined the cohort of law firms establishing consulting businesses, citing client demand for legal-led consultancy services. Jamie Ng, global head of Ashurst Consulting, says the operation has already experienced rapid growth as it looks to reimagine the business of law.

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Here are the law firms crafting Okada Manila’s $2.5 bln SPAC merger
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Three law firms — Baker McKenzie, Milbank and Schulte Roth & Zabel — are driving Philippines-based casino Okada Manila’s plans to go public in the U.S. through a $2.5 bln merger with blank check company backed by a former Las Vegas Sands Corp. director.

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India's Future Retail must take part in Amazon dispute arbitration, Singapore panel says
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​​​​​​​Future Retail must take part in arbitration over a commercial dispute with Amazon.com, a Singapore arbitration panel ruled on Wednesday, rejecting the Indian retailer's bid to avoid the process.

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[VIDEO] ALB Conversations: K Shanmugam SC, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore
BY Asian Legal Business |

In the past few years, Singapore has been building itself as a key dispute resolution hub for the region. Parties from around the world can now resolve their disputes in Singapore via a variety of methods and forums, including litigation at the SICC, arbitration at the SIAC, and mediation at the SIMC.

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[VIDEO] ALB Conversations: Law firms and ESG
BY Aparna Sai |

Kate Hodson, Partner and Head of ESG (Legal) at Ogier, discusses how the role that law firms can play in ESG, how firms can embed ESG and sustainability within their own business, and the key market challenges that Ogier is looking to address.

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Features and Analysis

New Ways of Working (EN/JA)

While law firms weren’t caught completely off-guard by the COVID-19 pandemic, its extended duration has caused many to rethink how they are delivering services to clients, in addition to making the most of their remote workforce…

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Japan’s Crypto Restrictions Remain Strict, but Innovative Products Offer Opportunities (EN/JA)

Japan’s hostility towards crypto assets is unlikely to change anytime soon, as the new head of the financial industry watchdog recently reiterated the country’s tough regulatory stance.

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Embracing the Future (EN/JA)

The use of legal technology has been growing rapidly among both law firms and in-house teams in Japan, and the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have accelerated the process. While lawyers appreciate the efficiencies that legal tech…

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ALB Asia M&A Rankings 2021

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals picked up steam throughout Asia Pacific during the first half of 2021, in no small measure due to a rebound from the worst economic ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic through 2020. With…

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Strength in Numbers

As face-to-face meetings are reduced to a distant memory and continue to be substituted by video and phone calls in some offices, the global pandemic remains an unmistakable challenge for law firms. And legal networks are…

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A Blockbuster Year

With nearly $3 billion in proceeds as of June 2021, Thailand appears to be on track for a record year for IPOs.

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