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Ogier moves partner from BVI to head new HK dispute resolution practice
Ogier has set up a dispute resolution practice in Hong Kong to serve Asian clients, relocating partner Ray Ng from the BVI to Hong Kong. Full Article
SG: StanChart legal head joins NRF as partner
Norton Rose Fulbright has grown its Singapore practice by hiring technology lawyer Stella Cramer as a partner from Standard Chartered Bank. Full Article
Twenty-one firms apply to underwrite Japan Post IPO
Twenty-one companies have applied to underwrite Japan Post's initial public offering scheduled for 2015, which market participants expect to raise almost $10 billion for the government. Full Article
HKEx to consider listing rule change after Alibaba IPO loss
Stung by the loss of the high-profile IPO of Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, the Hong Kong stock exchange on Friday took a first step towards potentially loosening its listing rules and allowing firms with dual-class share structures to list... Full Article
India's Reliance plans $13 bln projects including new refinery
India's Reliance Industries Ltd plans to invest about $13 billion in energy projects, including a 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude refinery at its Jamnagar complex, documents seen by Reuters show. Full Article
Samsung Heavy to absorb Samsung Engineering in $2.5 bln deal
Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd will absorb Samsung Engineering Co Ltd in a 2.5 trillion won ($2.46 billion) deal, the latest tie-up among companies with related businesses in South Korea's largest conglomerate. Full Article

Features

Hopes and challenges
While the election of Jokowi Widodo brings both pressures and opportunities for foreign investors, the overall outlook is promising, says Dana MacLean. Meanwhile, Newmont Mining's next move in its dispute with Indonesia is still in the air under Jokowi's new... Full Article
The evolution of offshore
Offshore law firms are changing with the times, evolving to meet the needs of global businesses and the flow of capital that is both easier but also much more regulated. And although they still differentiate themselves from their onshore peers,... Full Article
Competition heats up
China’s crackdown on price-fixing and its increasing regulatory clout over international mergers and acquisitions is creating a hot new commodity in its legal industry: antitrust lawyers. Kanishk Verghese reports, with additional input from Denny Thomas of Reuters. Full Article
Enter the behemoth
A proposed three-way bank merger in Malaysia looks set to disrupt the old ways of Islamic finance, say Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Bernardo Vizcaino of Reuters. Full Article

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