CAM brings back M&A specialist from AZB in Mumbai

BY Aparna Sai |

Partner Anu Tiwari has left AZB & Partners to rejoin Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai.

A&O advises on Thailand’s first sustainability bond

BY Aparna Sai |

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has advised Bangkok Bank, Bank of Ayudhya and Standard Chartered on the Kingdom of Thailand’s 30-billion-baht ($965 million) dual-tranche sustainability bond issuance.

Virtual Moves

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With traditional ways of working turned upside down by the global coronavirus pandemic, and meetings largely being moved online, Thailand’s government has issued an emergency decree outlining electronic meeting regulations. While the response so far has been positive, there are a few areas where businesses are awaiting further clarity. 

Friends in Need

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

When the pandemic hit, law firms went into a state of emergency as they looked to mitigate the worst of the impacts. Now, as the conditions begin to evolve and economies look to re-open, firms are carefully weighing up what the picture may look like in the longer term. Assisting them are legal networks, which are working hard to ensure their members can operate at their best.

Progressing from the Pandemic

BY Ranajit Dam |

Like in other countries in Asia, Korean law firms found themselves affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but they moved swiftly to mitigate the impact, and ensure business continued as smoothly as possible. In this roundtable, leaders of three of the largest Korean firms talk about the year so far, and the lessons they will take from the experience.

‘In times of economic stress, there is a greater propensity for wrongdoing’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The past few months have been busy for Tan Boon Gin, CEO of Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo). Not only has he announced a flurry of regulatory guidelines and proposals, but he also has further areas of reform in mind. He recently spoke to ALB about what’s on the horizon for SGX, investors and business in Singapore.

TikTok in Focus as Trade Tensions Ramp Up

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to flare up, Chinese technology companies operating on American soil have become the latest targets of the Trump administration. And Trump’s recent targeting of Chinese-owned social media app TikTok is being seen as something of a harbinger for future sanctions.

Compliance Across Borders

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Designing a compliance programme that is robust and yet flexible enough to span multiple jurisdictions and industries is an increasingly common challenge for businesses as they expand their presence across Asia’s varied countries. And regardless of where businesses may be located, there are a few essential elements to include, experts say, warning there can be significant costs for overlooking these. 

Mishcon adds disputes partner to recently opened Singapore office

BY Aparna Sai |

UK firm Mishcon de Reya has hired disputes specialist Gavin Margetson as a partner in its recently opened Singapore office. He joins from local boutique Sharpe & Jagger.

SG: Oon & Bazul nabs corporate partner from RHT

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul has added corporate specialist Ng Yi Wayn as a partner from local rival RHTLaw.

For Companies Looking Beyond HK, the Moving Process Could Be Complex

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

When the U.S.-China trade war began, it triggered a sudden rush to rethink and diversify supply chains. Some in Hong Kong sought to deploy the first sale rule, while others looked to strengthen their footprint in other markets in a bid to round out their Asia presence.

Greater Integration

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

On Aug. 11, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed a decision to implement pilot measures that will allow Hong Kong lawyers to practice in nine cities in the Greater Bay Area. Lawyers in Hong Kong and on the mainland say the measures provide more room for the professional development of Hong Kong lawyers, and facilitate the growth of legal services on the mainland.