Asia: Finding the Right Recruiter

by: Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM



Foreign firms are starting to proactively approach foreign universities seeking attorneys for their China offices. US and UK firms have always been eager to bring over bilingual expats from the US, UK and AUS. Over the last few years, firms have been increasingly focusing on attorneys with exposure in the US, UK or AUS,...

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SoftBank and Sprint make a $20 Billion Deal

by: Sujin Park

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM



Sprint Nextel is selling 70 percent of its stock to a leading Japanese telecommunications company, SoftBank. The $20 billion deal consists of a a newly issued Sprint stock that worth $8 billion as well as a $12.1 billion existing stock from other Sprint investors at a premium. Many analysts were surprised by the deal as...

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The Indian Government officially recognizes China and Hong Kong as Jurisdictions

by: Sujin Park

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM



On March 19th, the Indian government decided to officially recognize China and Hong Kong as jurisdictions to which the New York Convention would apply. This means that arbitrations awards obtained in China, Hong Kong and Macaus will now be enforced in India under the New York Convention. This decision is crucial to the ...

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Update: Reform on Chinese Patent Law

by: Audrey Yung

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM



The People’s Republic of China’s State Intellectual Property Office  (SIPO) released a proposed fourth amendment of the Chinese Patent Law for public comment.  Components of note in the amendment include increasing SIPO’s power to administratively enforce patent law (in comparison to judicial enforcement), and increasin...

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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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Strong Revenue Growth to come from China in the Future

by: Kavita Maini

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM



PricewaterhouseCoopers’ new survey presents an optimistic outlook with foreign banks predicting their annual revenue growth to reach 20% or more by 2015. About 17 banks forecast revenue growth of more than 30% by 2015 with CEOs’ stating that regulatory approval to underwrite bonds will be the most important driver for f...

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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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Mergers and Acquisitions of the first half of 2012

by: Kavita Maini

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM



Though the first half of 2012 proved to be disappointing for Mergers and Acquisitions activity, there seems to be signs indicating there can be a significant rebound in prospering sectors. For example, while Asia Pacific M&A fell 5.9 percent outbound M&A from China increased 16.7 percent with a majority of inves...

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Emerging Markets: The Rise of Singapore and What it Means for Expanding Law Firms

by: Ardavan Sepehr

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM



Singapore’s ascent in the global market has helped paved the way for international law firms looking to expand in Southeast Asia.  In a move to further liberalize legal practices, the Singapore Ministry of Law has decided to open up a second round of applications for the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) license.  ...

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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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