Hong Kong plans to shorten IPO settlement time to one day

BY Reuters |

Hong Kong plans to shorten the time lag between an initial public offering (IPO) being priced and when the company’s shares start trading to as little as one day from the current average of more than five.

ALB Conversations: Kyuchul Lee, managing partner, DR & AJU

BY Aparna Sai |

Kyuchul Lee, managing partner of Korea’s DR & AJU, talks to ALB about why he feels the country’s legal industry is declining, his goal of getting his firm to the 100-bilion-won club, and the three key qualities he looks for in potential hires.

Ex-DWF SG partner duo find new homes at CMS, Hill Dickinson

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Babita Ambekar and Jonathan Goacher, former partners at London-listed firm DWF’s soon-to-be closed Singapore office, have joined CMS and Hill Dickinson, respectively.

Walkers’ Bermuda Calling [Brought to you by Walkers]

BY Asian Legal Business |

Walkers' Andy Randall, Nicholas Davies, Jo Lit, Rupen Shah, and Joanne Collett speak to ALB about the firm's recent developments and its entrance into the Bermuda legal market.

HK: DLA real estate partner rejoins firm from Ropes

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

DLA Piper has welcomed back real estate Ed Sheremeta as a partner from Ropes & Gray, where he spent nearly six years.

India’s Link Legal in tie-up with compliance firm

BY Aparna Sai |

Link Legal India Law Services has merged with SD Services, a compliance and litigation firm based in Chennai

Chandler, CC advise on Vietnam’s first certified green loan

BY Aparna Sai |

Thailand’s Chandler MHM has advised Phu Yen TTP Joint Stock Company (Phu Yen JSC) on a $186 million loan to develop and operate a 257MW solar power plant in Hoa Hoi, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, with Clifford Chance representing the lenders.

Asia Deals: Week of November 16

BY Rowena Muñiz |

O’Melveny on GDS Holdings' $1.67 bln HK secondary listing, Allen & Gledhill on Frasers' $990 mln deal, and much more in this week’s Asia Deals roundup.

Asia Appointments: Week of November 16

BY Rowena Muñiz |

Soon-to-be closed DWF Singapore office duo transfer to CMS and Hill Dickinson, Singapore boutique firm Peter Doraisamy hires three, and much more in this week’s Asia Appointments roundup.

Strengthening cooperation and innovation, turning challenges into opportunities: Reflections on the development of international arbitration in the time of COVID-19 [Brought to you by CIETAC]

BY Wang Chengjie |

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented impact on the global economy and poses severe challenges to international dispute resolution. The pandemic has forced all international arbitration practitioners to think over how to turn crises into opportunities.

Ant Group IPO first major casualty as China tightens regulations on online micro-lending

BY Hu Yangxiaoxiao 胡阳潇潇 |

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.

Hong Kong exchange operator backs decision to halt Ant's record IPO

BY Reuters |

Hong Kong stock exchange, which missed out on the chance to host Ant Group’s record $37 billion listing this month, believed the move to suspend the IPO was the right one and hoped the Chinese fintech giant would come back later, its CEO said on Wednesday.