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 7/6/2012

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM



        Latham & Watkins Advises SinochemLatham & Watkins advised Sinochem International Pte. Ltd. on its acquisition of a stake in Jiangsu Sinogchem Technology. Chemical and rubber manufacturer Sinochem now controls 40% of Jiangsu, and plans to take over 61% of the company, costing approximately $450 million. L...

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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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Deal Watch 6/29/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM



       A&G Advise MarubeniAllen & Gledhill advised Marubeni Corp on its acquisition of a $237 million dollar stake in Singapore based reinsurer ACR Capital Holdings Pte. The Japanese trading company now owns 22% of ACR. Allen &Gledhill partner Andrew Ang advised Marubeni on the deal.        Shook Lin Advise ...

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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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Deal Watch 6/15/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 8:06 PM



       Felda to offer $3.2 billion IPO in MalaysiaIn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian plantation company Felda Global Ventures announced Wednesday its upcoming $3.2 billion dollar IPO on June 28. The deal is the second largest IPO of the year, next to Facebook’s $16 billion dollar offering and it comes in the midst of a drought ...

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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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Deal Watch 5/18/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM



       Advent Lawyers and Balance Legal MergerAdvent Lawyers and Balance Legal have plans to merge on July 1, 2012. The combined firms will be renamed AdventBalance and will have four offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Singapore and plan to open a fifth office in Brisbane later this year. Balance Legal founder and...

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Deal Watch 5/11/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 9:05 PM



       Felda Global IPOMalaysian palm oil firm Felda Global Ventures Holding is executing what is expected to be the world’s second largest IPO this year next to Facebook. Albar & Partners is acting as their legal adviser on Malaysian law and for the IPO, and Cleary Gottleib is advising the company on U.S. and Engli...

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