Singapore Accepting Applications for QFLP licenses

by: Audrey Yung

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM



Those in the Asian legal world are waiting for the Singaporean Attorney General’s announcement of firms that are approved for a Qualifying Foreign Law Practices (QFLP) license in Singapore.  The first of group of firms permitted to practice local law in December, 2008 were Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smi...

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Partner Moves and Promotions 7/27/12

by: Aakash Patel

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM



Clifford Chance appoints new Tokyo Managing PartnerClifford Chance has chosen Elichi Kanda as the new managing partner of its Tokyo Office. Peter Kilner, the current managing partner, will transfer to the Hong Kong Office. The move highlights a shift for Clifford Chance, as it tries to weather the stresses of the recent...

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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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Deal Watch 6/22/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM



       Hong Kong Exchange Clearing Market Offers $2.2 Billion for London Metal ExchangeThe Hong Kong Exchange & Clearings Market (HKEx) have recently proposed a cash offer of $2.2 billion to buy the London Metal Exchange (LME). Allen & Overy London and Hong Kong based representatives assisted HKEx on this deal. ...

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Partner Moves & Promotions 6/15/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 8:06 PM



        New PE Counsel at Paul Weiss HKSpencer Park has joined Paul Weiss’ Hong Kong office as counsel to their private equity and M&A team. Park was previously group general counsel and an executive director at Asia Pacific Land, a senior vice president of real estate finance Asia at Capmark Japan KK, counsel with ...

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Deal Watch 6/8/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 8:06 PM



       Baker advises GIB DealBaker & McKenzie advised Gulf International Bank on the creation of a 3.5 billion Malaysian ringgit ($1.1 billion) Islamic medium term note program for the sale of Islamic bonds. The program will allow Gulf International to tap into the Islamic Capital market. The Baker & McKenzie te...

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Deal Watch 5/31/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM



       Clifford Chance Advises Asian Development Bank on Pipeline DealClifford Chance advised the Asian Development Bank on a number of agreements with regards to the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to India (TAPI) pipeline project. The pipeline could cost between $10 billion and $12 billion to construct, and would ...

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Deal Watch 5/25/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM



       Alibaba.com Financing to PrivatizeWith the assistance of six law firms, Alibaba.com Ltd engaged in a $3 billion financing to privatize their company. Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, DBS Bank, HSBC, Mizuho Corporate Bank, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group were the underwriters of the deal. A White & Ca...

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Office Openings 5/25/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM



       Allen & Overy Plan’s For Vietnam OfficesAllen & Overy is planning to open offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and has hired current Mayer Brown JSM Vietnam managing partner, Dao Nguyen to lead the firm’s move to Vietnam. Allen & Overy has been active in Vietnam even without formal offices there advi...

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Deal Watch 5/3/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM



       Automakers Agreement to Develop Electric Vehicles CODA Holdings and China’s Great Wall Motor Company have agreed to co-develop, building, and sell electric vehicles for the North American, Chinese, and European auto markets. Weil advised CODA and King & Wood Mallesons advised Great Wall Motor Company. Weil pa...

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