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SG: Birds picks up TMT partner from Simmons
Bird & Bird hired TMT specialist Alexander Shepherd as partner in its global Tech & Comms group in Singapore from Simmons & Simmons. Full Article
Malaysia dissolves 1MDB advisory board headed by PM Najib
Malaysia's finance ministry said on Wednesday it would dissolve the board of advisers at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and take over its remaining assets, in an apparent move to scale down a state fund whose scandals have rocked the government... Full Article
Asia funds say socially responsible investment faces major hurdles
Appetite for socially responsible investments in Asia is growing but fund managers say there are still major obstacles that prevent more significant investment in such assets. Full Article
Indonesian online retailer Bhinneka plans IPO to fund expansion
Indonesian online retailer PT Bhinneka Mentari Dimensi is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in 2018 to widen its reach, one of its directors said, as the e-commerce battleground heats up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Full Article
French retailer Casino to sell Big C Vietnam for $1.1 billion
Casino is to sell its Big C Vietnam business to Thai conglomerate Central Group for 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) including debt, giving the French retailer further respite from a debt pile that pushed its credit rating to junk. Full Article
Philippine anti-money laundering body says remittance firm a 'cleaning house' in heist
A Philippine anti-money laundering body has lodged a complaint against owners of a remittance firm it called a "cleaning house" to hide the trail of $81 million looted from a Bangladesh bank, in one of the biggest cyber heists in... Full Article

Features

A time for networking
As cross-border trade increases in the Asia-Pacific region, legal networks are becoming important for both clients as well as law firms. Ranajit Dam looks at the benefits networks can provide, and how they are different from global law firms Full Article
‘The focus is more on improving services’
Carl Anduri, the president of the Lex Mundi legal network, talks to Ranajit Dam about how the organisation has evolved in the last decade and a half, how it sets itself apart from the competition, and the benefits that member... Full Article
Training that works
Anti-corruption training is a vital component of any company’s legal and compliance efforts, but ensuring that such training stays relevant, upto-date and effective can sometimes be a challenge. Ranajit Dam speaks to in-house lawyers about best practices they follow Full Article
Innovation is key
As economic growth remains sluggish and transactional work hard to come by, Singapore law firms must think outside the box in order to prosper in a difficult market, says Cornelia Zou Full Article

Special Reports

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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Innovation List 2016
By ALB | 01 Mar 16
In its inaugural Innovation List, ALB names 10 firms across the Asian region that are using innovation to work more efficiently, assist clients better and remain ahead of their competitors.
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Firms to Watch 2016
By ALB | 01 Feb 16
The second edition of ALB’s annual list again showcases smaller firms that are able to compete with larger peers through quality work and savvy strategies.
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