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London-headquartered Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) has expanded its private client offering in Hong Kong after hiring Ian Devereux as the head of that practice, and Silvia On as a partner. Both join from Stephenson Harwood, where they were partners.
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In India’s 2021 budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed merging the four acts that presently govern capital markets and securities, namely the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (SEBI Act), the Depositories Act, 1996 (Depositories Act), Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 (SCRA) and Government Securities Act, 2007 (Government Securities Act), to form a single securities markets code. 
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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has advised Indian food delivery app Zomato on its proposed 82.5-billion-rupee ($1.11 billion) IPO on the NSE and BSE, with the lead managers being counselled by Latham & Watkins and IndusLaw.
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Shipping and commodities-focused law firm Helmsman has expanded its corporate capabilities after hiring Lynette Koh to lead its corporate and finance practice in Singapore from Mizuho Bank, where she headed the legal function.
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Weerawong C&P, Thailand’s second-largest firm, has expanded its international trade and WTO offering after merging with Apisith & Alliance, including its founder Apisith John Sutham.
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London-listed law firm DWF has entered into an association with Singapore’s Eldan Law, aimed at generating work referrals between the firms for new and existing clients.
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Matthew Gearing QC, a former co-head of Allen & Overy’s global arbitration group, and a former chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), is set to join Fountain Court Chambers on May 3.
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White & Case has advised Japan’s Panasonic Corporation on the purchase of the remaining 80 percent of U.S. supply-chain software company Blue Yonder for $5.6 billion.
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U.S. law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has added a team of four lawyers to its financial regulatory services practice in Hong Kong from Herbert Smith Freehills, including partner William Hallatt.
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The Indian Association for Litigation Finance (IALF) was launched recently to enable self-regulation and promote knowledge development of litigation finance in India.