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Shanghai-headquartered AllBright Law Offices has opened an office in Singapore, the firm’s fourth overseas outpost after Hong Kong, London, and Seattle.
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China’s dynamic finance industry has been evolving rapidly in the past year or two in the face of increasing regulatory scrutiny as well as the growing impact of technology. Legal department heads say that while the current landscape poses certain challenges, it also brings with it a number of distinct opportunities that in-house teams are helping their companies take advantage of.   
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The successive defaults of large companies such as Boashang Bank, Yongmei Group, Huachen Automotive and Tsinghua Unigroup recently sent shockwaves across the market. Restructuring lawyers discuss the defaults, how they feel the Chinese government will ensure orderly bankruptcy proceedings in the future, and how they are preparing for more cases in the coming year.
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In early November, Ant Group’s planned $37-billion blockbuster dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong was brought to a halt by financial regulators. In the same day, Chinese regulators also published draft rules to boost the oversight of online micro-lending.
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The Pearl River Delta, with Guangzhou located at its centre, was once dubbed “the world's factory floor”. However, with COVID-19 casting a shadow over the manufacturing industry, the city is beginning to embrace new industries.
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On Aug. 21, a group of WeChat users in the U.S. officially filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order banning the usage of this app from Sept. 20. On Sept. 17, the federal court of San Francisco will hold the first hearing on a preliminary injunction concerning enjoining the government from enforcing the order.
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Chinese investments and contracts in sub-Saharan Africa totalled $299 billion from 2005 to 2018, according to the China Investment Global Tracker, and in 2018, China said a further $60 billion would be invested into African nations. We speak to lawyers about what the hot countries and sectors are, and the challenges that Chinese companies face.
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China recently unveiled a plan for the construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port, which aims to turn the island province into an open, world-class free trade port by the middle of the century. And as a series of reform measures involving customs, taxation and systems are rolled out, law firms are gearing up to service clients taking advantage of Hainan’s new status.
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Chinese apps today face intense scrutiny, if not outright bans, in certain key overseas markets. Lawyers say that the situation demands that they adjust their thinking about how they operate in certain countries, and come up with fresh strategies for the same.
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Tian Yuan Law firm and Commerce & Finance Law Offices have led on two new health sector initial public offerings of Hygeia Healthcare and Hepalink Pharma in Hong Kong. They’ve advised the issuers and joint sponsors respectively in both deals.