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U.S. whistleblower law firms scout for clients in India
Rising drug manufacturing-related violations in India and the involvement of U.S. companies in the scene have resulted in whistleblower law firms from the U.S. looking for potential clients in the South Asian country, according to media reports. Full Article
Singapore law firm goes after illegal downloaders… again
Singapore’s Samuel Seow Law Corporation is representing the rights owners of two Hollywood movies, “Queen of the Desert” and “Fathers & Daughters,” in legal proceedings that aim to go after illegal downloader of the films in the city-state. Full Article
Sri Lanka defends seeking Bakers advice worth $2.3 mln
Sri Lanka’s prime minister has defended utilising the services of Baker & McKenzie that included helping draft new laws to assist in the island nation’s economic transformation, according to reports in local media. Full Article
AZB guides India’s SBI on its merger with six other public sector banks
AZB & Partners has advised India’s government, as well as the state-owned State Bank of India (SBI) on its merger with six associated public sector banks, marking the first-ever large-scale consolidation in the Indian banking industry. Full Article
Laos market report: A gentle awakening
As tiny Laos grows its economy and actively seeks private investment, its legal sector shows increasing potential. Full Article
Hong Kong exchange, Tradeweb in talks over 'Bond Connect' platform
The Hong Kong exchange is in talks with Tradeweb, a fixed income trading platform, to connect China's $7.5 trillion bond market with overseas investors, three sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Full Article

Features

Negative list, positive moves
In May, Indonesia released details of a liberalization of foreign ownership rules on investment by announcing changes to its “negative investment list.” Lawyers tell Ranajit Dam that the changes should spur increased investor interest in the country Full Article
A bright start
India recently announced sweeping reforms to rules on foreign direct investment, announcing easier terms for investors in sectors ranging from civil aviation to pharmaceuticals. However, it still has some way to go before it provides a truly investor-friendly business environment Full Article
Disputes on the rise
With China driving new case growth, offshore disputes are increasing among Asian companies, keeping lawyers very busy indeed, finds Christopher Horton Full Article
Evolution of the general counsel
With an expanding role, cutting-edge technology at their fingertips and the growing confidence of their organisations, Asia’s GCs are more powerful than ever before. Haky Moon tracks how their role has evolved Full Article

Special Reports

Women in Law
By Dana MacLean | 16 Jun 16
In ALB’s annual celebration of Women in Asia’s legal profession, Dana Maclean profiles six key female lawyers who are making a mark in the industry and setting inspiring examples for others to follow.
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ALB IP Rankings 2016
By ALB | 19 May 16
A mix of established heavyweights and up-and-comers make the ALB IP Rankings for 2016.
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ALB Employer of Choice 2016
By ALB | 18 Apr 16
The ALB Employer of Choice Rankings were compiled taking into account responses from more than 3,500 private practice lawyers across Asia, ranging from managing partners to paralegals, as well as our own market knowledge.
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