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HKCC succeeds in first appeal on pecuniary penalties

Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the HKCC, increasing pecuniary penalties imposed against various respondents in two separate price-fixing cases on 2 June 2022

Baker McKenzie reshuffles Asia-Pacific leadership

Baker McKenzie has appointed Hong Kong-based partner Shih Yann Loo to the role of Asia- Pacific Chair, in addition to his continuing as a global executive committee member

Baker assists APG on self-storage platform buy

Baker McKenzie has advised Dutch pension investment company APG Asset Management on its joint venture with Singapore-headquartered real estate investment manager CapitaLand Investment to acquire storage operator Extra Space Asia

Stronger enforcement against price gouging

Determinations of price gouging infringements under the Price Law (PL) were clarified in detailed rules set by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on10 June 2022

China mulls lifting merger filing thresholds

Significant changes to merger control procedures have been proposed by the antitrust enforcement authority, raising the existing turnover-based threshold and adding a new hybrid threshold based on turnover and market value

Former Rui Bai corporate partner joins Reed Smith in Beijing

Barbara Li, former head of corporate at Rui Bai Law Firm, joined Reed Smith as a partner in its global corporate group and Beijing office

Grandall Hong Kong office welcomes three capital markets, real estate partners

Grandall Law Firm has hired capital markets partners, Wan Kok Leong and Wong Sin Tung, as well as real estate partner, Wan Shiu-man, for its Hong Kong branch

Baker McKenzie beefs up GBA disputes service

Baker McKenzie has hired veteran arbitrator Ronald Sum as a Hong Kong-based partner, to seize more opportunities in disputes services from the Greater Bay Area (GBA)

Ex-senior official of Japan competition regulator joins Baker

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), a Japanese member firm of Baker McKenzie, has hired former secretary general of the JFTC Shuichi Sugahisa

Bank compliance for wealth management subsidiaries

Establishing BWMS is an important means for commercial banks to strengthen risk isolation management and implement professional operation

HK court backs established means for protecting cryptos

A recent Hong Kong judgment confirms that familiar legal principles of trusts and injunctions apply equally to cryptocurrency as a novel asset class

The first batch of Chinese companies eye Switzerland to offer GDRs

A quartet of Chinese companies to list on the SIX Swiss Exchange in July signals the beginning of a wave of A-listed firms looking to trade global depository receipts (GDRs) in Switzerland

Latham advises on Thai Life’s 1bn IPO

Thai Life Insurance has raised THB36.21 billion (USD1 billion) from its IPO, the largest on the Stock Exchange of Thailand this year

Landmark AML reforms modernise enforcement

In June, the National People’s Congress 13th Standing Committee approved far-reaching amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) that become effective from 1 August

Relaxed measures for inbound China travellers

Chinese embassies and consulates have adjusted requirements for pre-travel testing and Health Declaration Code applications

Greater chance of criminal liability for stealing trade secrets

The Tianjin Intellectual Property Court recently tried a criminal case involving an employee’s infringement of his employer’s trade secrets

PU Letter requirement for workers waived

Foreign affairs offices in China announced that, effective 6 June 2022, they have lifted the PU Letter requirement for foreigners who work in China and their dependents

Bouncing back

Revealed: The top international law firms for India matters

14 law firms steer the first four Chinese companies into Swiss foray

A group of 14 law firms have advised the first four A-listed companies – Keda Industrial Group, Ningbo Shanshan, GEM and Gotion High-tech – on trading global depository receipts (GDRs) on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Three new APAC chairs at Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has reshuffled its Asia-Pacific leadership with three appointments across practice and industry groups

Hong Kong’s Baker in London residential tower tokenisation

Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong team advised UK-based property developer Knight Dragon and its subsidiary KD Tokens to raise GBP140 million (USD171.4 million) via tokenisation

Initiative to prevent NFT-related risks

A joint initiative aiming to prevent risks associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) was issued by the China National Internet Finance Association, China Banking Association and Securities Association of China on 13 April 2022

Heightened scrutiny of RPM continues

Antitrust enforcement are continuing to crack down on outlawed resale price maintenance (RPM), with a multinational dental medical device manufacturer’s Chinese entity recently fined RMB9.12 million (USD1.35 million)

Five-year antitrust enforcement plan announced

The antitrust authority will be stepping up oversight over the platform economy, technology development, data security and livelihood sectors such as utilities, healthcare and medicine

SPC pharma matter spotlights pay-for-delay agreements

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) has identified relevant factors from an Anti-Monopoly Law perspective when assessing pay-for-delay settlement agreements

Baker McKenzie FenXun advises Jin Jiang Capital’s privatisation

Hospitality and tourism powerhouse Jin Jiang International was advised on the privatisation of Hong Kong-listed Jin Jiang Capital by Baker McKenzie FenXun

White & Case assists Lotte’s pharma expansion in US

South Korea’s Lotte Corporation has agreed to acquire Bristol Myers Squibb’s East Syracuse, New York, pharmaceutical manufacturing facility

Markets expert joins Baker McKenzie in HK

Baker McKenzie has added senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner to commit its strategic development for SPAC listing regimes in Hong Kong bond markets and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investments

Compliance issues for HK-listed companies in financial difficulties

Under the Hong Kong regulatory framework, listed companies should focus on the following aspects of compliance.

Markets expert joins Baker in HK

Baker McKenzie has added senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner to commit its strategic development for SPAC listing regimes in Hong Kong bond markets and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investments

How will PIPL impact corporate compliance probes?

By Howard Wu

To further fulfil the commitment to protect personal information, mainland China promulgated the new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)

Future Legal Leaders 2022

India Business Law Journal identifies 50 promising lawyers who are poised for greater success

The A-List: Top offshore lawyers 2022

Offshore financial centres worldwide have made relentless efforts to attract foreign business, and outward-looking Asian companies have responded to this demand by setting up overseas entities. However, finding the right legal team is daunting

Thailand Law Firm Awards 2022

Recovering global demand is softening the impact of the pandemic on Thailand. While travel restrictions continue taking a heavy toll on the tourism sector, a major contributor to the economy, the country has rolled out an extensive and comprehensive package to kick-start a rebound.

War of attrition

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the international legal community has condemned not just with words, but by boycotting Russian business and transactions

Deals of the year 2021

We look back at the most significant transactions and disputes of last year as we ring in the year of the tiger

Asia renewed

Lessons for APAC de-SPACs

By Derek Liu, Michelle Heisner, Derek Poon, and Ashok Lalwani, Baker McKenzie

Mapping global expertise

As a wave of dealmaking showcases legal prowess around the world, India Business Law Journal reveals the top foreign law firms for India work

Gender in justice

When SPACs come knocking

By Ashok Lalwani and Mark Bell, Baker McKenzie



In the hot seat

Deal highlights


Are you available?

Are you available?

Under China’s new data regulatory framework, how should companies use publicly available personal information in a compliant manner?


India future of group of companies doctrine

Guidance awaited on future of group of companies doctrine

By Ashish Anand, HSA Advocates
Safe harbour rule’s effect on anti-monopoly compliance, Michael Gu

‘Safe harbour’ rule’s effect on anti-monopoly compliance

By Michael Gu, AnJie & Broad Law Firm
Trader protection under Futures and Derivatives Law, Guo Zhongqing

Trader protection under Futures and Derivatives Law

By Guo Zhongqing, AllBright Law Offices
regulation of ESG rating providersvideo

Regulators looking to rate ESG rating providers

By Swathi Girimaji and Harshita Kakar, Bharucha & Partners

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