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 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.

Mishcon adds disputes partner to recently opened Singapore office

BY Aparna Sai |

UK firm Mishcon de Reya has hired disputes specialist Gavin Margetson as a partner in its recently opened Singapore office. He joins from local boutique Sharpe & Jagger.

SG: Oon & Bazul nabs corporate partner from RHT

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul has added corporate specialist Ng Yi Wayn as a partner from local rival RHTLaw.

CCI Taking Strides Towards Penalising Individuals [Brought to you by Incisive Law]

BY Piyush Gupta |

In a recent development in India, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (‘CBDT’) has authorised the Indian tax authorities to share ‘relevant and precise’ information with the Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’)[1].

E-Meetings – The New Normal [Brought to you by Chandler MHM]

BY Peangnate Sawatdipong, Panupan Udomsuvannakul, Sirawan Fuengfoosin |

The Covid-19 situation has accelerated digital transformation across the globe. Many organizations in Thailand, started to use e-meetings as an alternative to physical meetings during the early stages of the spread of Covid-19 in order to reduce face-to-face contact. The use of e-meetings was further accelerated by city lockdowns, travel bans and implementation of work from home procedures.

Is Singapore’s VCC a potential game changer? [Brought to you by Ocorian]

BY Jay Moghe |

The introduction of Singapore’s new Variable Capital Company (VCC) provides clear opportunities for investment fund structuring and domiciliation, explains Jay Moghe, Head of Asia Pacific Sales and Business Development at Ocorian, a global leader in corporate and fiduciary services, fund administration and capital markets.