16th Japan Law Awards pays tribute to country’s legal luminaries

BY Aparna Sai |

The 16th annual Japan Law Awards, a virtual event held on Sept. 24, was a resounding success, honouring the who’s who of the country’s legal industry, including in-house counsel, law firms and private practice lawyers.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: ALB India Top Intellectual Property Lawyers 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

We are now accepting submissions for the ALB India Top Intellectual Property Lawyers 2020.

ALB Conversations: Richard Crump, global senior partner, HFW

BY Aparna Sai |

Richard Crump, global senior partner at HFW, talks about how the firm has expanded and transformed itself under his watch, the need to adapt to the desires of different generations of lawyers, and why firms need to understand not just their clients, but also their industries.

Skadden, Freshfields act on ZTO’s $1.55 bln HK secondary listing

BY Aparna Sai |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Global Law Office Shanghai have advised Chinese courier ZTO Express on its $1.55 billion secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and JunHe counselling the sponsor and the underwriters.

Davis Polk, STB advise on pharma firm’s $761 mln HK secondary listing

BY Aparna Sai |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Zhong Lun Law Firm and have advised Chinese biopharmaceutical company Zai Lab’s on its $761 million secondary listing on the mainboard of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Commerce & Finance Law Offices advising the underwriters.

Slaughters, A&G advise on Aviva’s $1.98 bln sale of SG business

BY Aparna Sai |

Slaughter and May has advised British insurer Aviva on the S$2.7 billion ($1.98 billion) sale of majority shares in its Singapore business to a consortium led by Singapore Life (Singlife). Allen & Gledhill advised on the Singapore law aspects of the transaction.

MBS hires Davinder Singh Chambers to investigate $1 bln of suspicious transfers: report

BY Aparna Sai |

Marina Bay Sands (MBS), the Singapore casino owned by Las Vegas Sands, has hired law firm Davinder Singh Chambers to investigate the alleged transfers by employees of more than $1 billion of gamblers’ money to third parties, a media report has said.

CAM brings back M&A specialist from AZB in Mumbai

BY Aparna Sai |

Partner Anu Tiwari has left AZB & Partners to rejoin Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai.

A&O advises on the Kingdom of Thailand’s first sustainability bond

BY Aparna Sai |

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has advised Bangkok Bank, Bank of Ayudhya and Standard Chartered on the Kingdom of Thailand’s 30-billion-baht ($965 million) dual-tranche sustainability bond issuance.

Virtual Moves

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With traditional ways of working turned upside down by the global coronavirus pandemic, and meetings largely being moved online, Thailand’s government has issued an emergency decree outlining electronic meeting regulations. While the response so far has been positive, there are a few areas where businesses are awaiting further clarity. 

Friends in Need

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

When the pandemic hit, law firms went into a state of emergency as they looked to mitigate the worst of the impacts. Now, as the conditions begin to evolve and economies look to re-open, firms are carefully weighing up what the picture may look like in the longer term. Assisting them are legal networks, which are working hard to ensure their members can operate at their best.

Progressing from the Pandemic

BY Ranajit Dam |

Like in other countries in Asia, Korean law firms found themselves affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but they moved swiftly to mitigate the impact, and ensure business continued as smoothly as possible. In this roundtable, leaders of three of the largest Korean firms talk about the year so far, and the lessons they will take from the experience.