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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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 July 13

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM



Paul Weiss Advises Carlyle GroupPaul Weiss advised Carlyle Group LP in its acquisition of Mandarin Hotel Holdings. Carlyle bought 49% of the companies stock and effectively controls the company. Mandarin Hotels owned and operated 25 hotels across China. The Paul Weiss team was lead by partner Jeanette Chan, who received...

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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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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 6/15/12

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 5/25/12

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 4/27/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM



       Sinopec Kantons Holdings AcquisitionSinopec Kantons Holding Ltd. acquired interests in five joint ventures in the PRC from its controlling shareholder, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation for HK$2.22 billion (US$286.1m). Sinopec Kantons also acquired a rights issue valued at HK$ 3.49 billion (US$449.8m). M...

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Deal Watch 4/13/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM



       China Development Financial Holdings Takeover and MergerTaiwan’s China Development Financial Holdings offered $1.8 billion to take over KGI Securities. They plan to merge KGI with its own brokerage unit, Grand Cathay Securities.   This bid is also an effort to create an investment bank with a number one or two ma...

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Deal Watch 3/30/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM



            Far East Horizon Share SaleFar East Horizon, a financial leasing subsidiary of Chinese state-owned Sinochem Group, sold its new shares worth $371 million. Paul Hastings advised this share sale with a team headed by Hong Kong–based partners Raymond Li and Chris Betts along with support from associate Anthony ...

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