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Singapore extends third-party funding to domestic arbitrations
BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Singapore’s Ministry of Law has announced it will extend its third-party funding framework as the city-state continues its push to stand out as a leading arbitration hub.

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Mayer Brown adds oil with HK hire from Baker Botts
BY Asian Legal Business |

Mayer Brown has welcomed back oil and gas specialist Joanne Du as a partner in Hong Kong from Baker Botts.

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India’s Khaitan acquires southern boutique Assentio
BY Asian Legal Business |

Indian law firm Khaitan & Co has acquired boutique Assentio Legal, which has offices in the southern cities of Chennai and Bengaluru.

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Singapore’s WongP launches sustainability practice
BY Asian Legal Business |

Singapore Big Four law firm WongPartnership has launched a sustainability and responsible business practice. The practice will be jointly headed by partners Quak Fi Ling and Tiong Teck Wee.

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Malaysia: Wong & Partners advising Italy’s Generali on $310 mln of acquisitions
BY Asian Legal Business |

​​​​​​​Wong & Partners, Baker McKenzie’s Malaysia member firm, is advising Italian insurer Generali on multiple acquisitions in the Southeast Asian country, including its plans to buy a 70 percent stake in AXA Affin Life Insurance and a 53 percent stake in AXA Affin General Insurance.

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Cleary, AHP advising Garuda Indonesia on strategy following default
BY Reuters |

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Assegaf Hamzah & Partners are advising airline Garuda Indonesia on its strategy after the flag carrier said it could not distribute coupon payments for its $500 million sukuk following a 14-day grace period.

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Walmart’s Flipkart, Amazon challenge India court order on antitrust probe
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Walmart Inc’s Flipkart and Amazon.com Inc have filed legal challenges against the resumption of an antitrust investigation into their business practices, according to sources and a legal filing viewed by Reuters.

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Features and Analysis

Workplace Mental Health: A Priority for Legal Leaders

Even before COVID-19, workplaces have been changing rapidly. Organisations have increasingly been required to deal with mental health challenges such as stress, burnout, and executive loneliness. With the economic pressures and…

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Wealth Connected

The recent announcement of the launch of cross-boundary wealth management connect pilot scheme, known as the Wealth Management Connect, in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) has generated a lot of interest and…

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Ireland Calling

The pandemic and prolonged work from home arrangements have given many causes to carefully consider where they base themselves, their families, and their assets — particularly as travel restrictions complicate mobility. One…

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Wanted: Crypto Clarity

Thailand’s digital assets industry has been booming in recent months. According to the country’s SEC, cryptocurrency trading accounts have rocketed from 160,000 at the end of 2020 to 470,000 by the start of February. In March,…

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ALB Offshore Client Choice List 2021

In its annual list, ALB picks out Asia’s outstanding lawyers working with offshore law firms. These legal professionals have exceeded client expectations and requirements, delivering high-quality advice and support, and being…

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‘The pandemic has accelerated a drive for innovation, flexibility and efficiency’

Linklaters appointed William Liu as its new regional managing partner for Asia. A former head of China, and head of the Asian capital markets practice, Liu talks about his priorities going forward.

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