The EU and Japan set to begin free trade agreement negotiations

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM



The European Commission is expected to ask EU states for permission to begin negotiations with Japan on a new free trade agreement.A potential FTA between the two economies would make the agreement the world’s largest by bringing together trading partners who make up around a third of the world’s economy.The commission ...

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Asia is the hot spot for private equity growth

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM



Based on a report from Celent, a New York-based financial IT consultancy, private-equity funds in Asia will experience better growth than those in Europe and the United States, a result from different approaches to regulation.The consultancy has tracked how regulation in the three regions has altered the industry’s rest...

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Goldman’s Success in Asia

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM



In Asia, Goldman Sachs’s appeal of wealth has been growing, much like its regional clientele’s desire for luxury goods. While brand recognition has helped Goldman’s popularity in Asia, its imported talent from New York and London has kept the firm strong.Indeed, although both Europe and the United States have been facin...

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East Asian Trilateral Agreement

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM



In May, leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea agreed to begin serious negotiations on a trilateral free-trade agreement. By combining the world’s second, third, and twelfth largest economies, such an agreement would rival the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement, and thus redraw the global tra...

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South Korea Update: What Does the KORUS Hold For US and UK Law Firms

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM



South Korea’s economy has prospered, seeing a $2.2 million trade surplus in April and $2.4 million in May since the KORUS free trade agreement was signed.US firms such as Cleary Gottlieb and Paul Hastings were among the first to announce thDLat they would be opening Seoul offices following the FTA.The trade deal has alr...

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Herbert Smith Freehills Merger

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 7:07 PM



Herbert Smith and Freehills will be merging in October becoming the eighth largest global law firm by revenues. Herbert Smith Freehills will be a 2,800-lawyer firm (460 of which will be partners) that has already set sights on reaping the massive economic growth in China and all of Asia.The newly merged firm aims to hav...

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The Rise of Renminbi Private Equity Funds

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM



With over $20 billion raised in 2011, renminbi private equity funds are the world’s fastest-growing major pool of discretionary investment funds. These funds play an increasingly vital role in allocating capital to China’s best entrepreneurial companies.China has stepped-up efforts to develop homegrown firms, such as Be...

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