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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Partner Moves & Promotions: July 13, 2012

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM



O’Melveny & Meyers Hires HK PartnerO’Melveny & Meyers hired Gigi Woo in their Hong Kong office. Woo is a capital markets specialist, who joins OMM from Standard Chartered bank. She served as SCB’s global head of debt and equity capital markets legal professional. Woo has also worked at Clifford Chance and Slaugh...

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Partner Moves & Promotions 6/29/12

by: Stephen Oliwa

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM



       Clyde & Co Appoints New PartnerClyde & Co has named Michael Horn a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. Horn’s 20 years of experience comes from serving as managing director and associate general counsel of Financial Security Assurance Inc and as head of Coudert Brothers’ Jakarta and Singapore offices,...

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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 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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Partner Moves & Promotions 4/20/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 7:04 PM



       BLP Promotes Singapore PartnerMarius Toime was promoted to finance partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Singapore office, one promotion out of 10 worldwide at BLP. Toime is a specialist in natural resources, energy, infrastructure, and project finance. He has experience with M&A, asset finance, and ener...

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Partner Moves & Promotions 4/5/12

by: Melissa Katsoris

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM



        New Corporate Partner at Skadden HKSkadden in Hong Kong hired former Paul Hastings corporate partner Christopher Betts as a corporate partner. Betts, who will join Skadden in May, will focus on M&A and capital markets and work with other corporate matters.        Clifford Chance Hires Beijing Funds Partner f...

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KORUS FTA

by: Shayne Barr

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM



Ironic that U.S. Free Trade Agreements—emphasis on “agree”—invariably rile bilateral dispute.  Will a foreign presence dominate domestic markets?  Will steep tariffs and strict regulations frustrate fruitful commerce?   These predictable rumblings peaked after October’s ratification of the South Korea-United States FTA ...

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