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Japan Law Firm Awards 2023

Asia Business Law Journal shines a spotlight on the exceptional performance of top law firms in Japan, highlighting their excellence and impact in the legal field

Will Semiconductor GDR issue is China’s biggest in 18 years

Five law firms advise on Will Semiconductor’s USD445 million global depository receipts (GDR) offering on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Stellantis acquires 20% stake in Leapmotor for EUR1.5bn

Maserati’s holding company Stellantis has acquired a 20% stake in new-energy carmaker Leapmotor for USD1.6 billion

Key hire in Sydney boosts Clifford Chance’s corporate practice

International law firm Clifford Chance is strengthening its presence in Australia with the appointment of Philip Podzebenko as a corporate practice partner in Sydney

Four law firms counsel on HKD5.7bn privatisation of Yitai Coal

Four law firms assisted Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal Company (Yitai Coal) in a HKD5.7 billion (USD726 million) H-share buyback offer, making it the largest such privatisation to date

Linklaters’ HK corporate partner joins Clifford Chance

M&A lawyer Alex Bidlake joins Clifford Chance as HK-based partner, with extensive experience in Asia-Pacific energy and infrastructure M&A. Boosts firm's global practice

DBS completes acquisition of Citi’s consumer banking in Taiwan

Clifford Chance and Lee & Li advised Citibank on the sale of its consumer banking business in Taiwan to Singapore’s DBS Bank

Full speed ahead

India Business Law Journal is pleased to present its selection of the top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work

China Zheshang Bank rights issue to raise HKD13.8bn

Four law firms counselled China Zheshang Bank for its HKD13.8 billion (USD1.77 billion) rights issue on the HKEX and the SSE

Yongtai Technology is first Shenzhen firm to list in London

JunHe, Linklaters and Clifford Chance have advised on chemical company Zhejiang Yongtai Technology’s global depository receipt (GDR) offering

Huayou Cobalt raises USD582.5m in successful SIX listing

Four law firms advised on Chinese A-share listed company Huayou Cobalt’s largest GDR listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Clifford Chance, Shearman counsel on Mitsui food acquisition

Clifford Chance and Shearman & Sterling advised on Japanese diversified industrial company Mitsui’s 70% acquisition

China Business Law Awards 2023

China Business Law Journal reveals its top performing law firms of 2022

ACC Hong Kong celebrates diversity and inclusion

Three respected panellists delved into the significance of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusion at the workplace in an ACC panel discussion at Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office on 24 May

Five law firms assist on Horizon Construction IPO in Hong Kong

Five law firms advised on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange IPO of Horizon Construction Development (HCD), raising a total of HKD1.75 billion (USD224 million)

SFC appoints first executive director for legal services division

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has created an executive director post in the legal services division, a first for the regulator, with the three-year appointment of Lisa Chen by Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan

Reed Smith beefs up Asian regulatory team with Hong Kong hire

Reed Smith enlarged its Asian regulatory team with the hiring of Hong Kong-based partner Jill Wong

Baker McKenzie hires Hong Kong capital markets partner

Baker McKenzie has bolstered its capital markets practice in Hong Kong with the addition of partner Chen Sheng, who previously practised at Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance guides Japan’s Daiwa in Ireland motorway deal

Clifford Chance advises Daiwa Energy and Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Japan’s Daiwa Securities Group, on the acquisition as part of an investor consortium of 100% of Celtic Roads Group (Waterford)

Deal highlights

Notable IPOs, De-SPAC, bond issuance, joint venture, license agreement, and loans in March and their legal advisors

Deals of the year 2022

India Business Law Journal reveals the standout deals and disputes of 2022 and the law firms that showed their worth in successfully concluding them

Future Legal Leaders 2023

What are the winning traits of lawyers that make them stand out to their clients and peers?

Clifford Chance lures APAC tech head from Norton Rose in Singapore

After an eight-year stint at Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner, Singapore-based technology and data lawyer Stella Cramer joins Clifford Chance to lead the tech group in the Asia-Pacific

Deals of the year 2022

China Business Law Journal announces the most exciting China-related legal transactions and disputes of 2022

Nishimura, Clifford Chance in Home Credit Philippines and Indonesia buyouts

Nishimura & Asahi and Clifford Chance advised Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) and Netherlands-based Home Credit Group, respectively

Three law firms assist Weilong snack brand’s HKD898m Hong Kong IPO

Clifford Chance, Commerce & Finance Law Firm and Maples advised famous Chinese snack brand Weilong on its HKEX listing, raising HKD898 million from the sale of 96.4 million shares at HKD10.56 apiece

Sunshine Insurance raises HKD6.7bn in Hong Kong H-share listing

Sunshine Insurance, a leading private insurance group in China, issued H shares for the first time in an HKEX IPO, raising USD861.4 million and becoming the fourth largest listing on the city’s bourse in 2022

Clifford Chance and Romulo secure Japanese investment for RCBC

Clifford Chance has advised RCBC on the international aspects of SMBC investment, increasing SMBC’s stake in the Philippines bank from 5% to 20%

Jia Yuan, V&T, Stephen Peepels pave way for CALB’s HK debut

China Aviation Lithium Battery (CALB) has debuted on the HKEX, raising HKD10.1 billion (USD1.29 billion), ranking it as the third largest IPO on the city’s bourse by the end of October this year

Leapmotor’s rare move shows scrutiny on data compliance pays off

Chinese electric vehicle maker Leapmotor Technology’s rare move to engage legal advisers on PRC data security and US export laws in its successful IPO points to a growing need to scrutinise compliance in these areas

Three law firms guide smart drugs platform’s debut on Hong Kong bourse

A trio of law firms guided Chinese online pharmacy platform Dingdang Health in its Hong Kong IPO of  HKD12 per share, raising HKD402.4 million (USD51 million)

Clifford Chance promotes partner as new Singapore head

Corporate partner Valerie Kong’s career at will come full circle when she takes up her appointment as the Singapore office managing partner effective from 1 October, succeeding Kai-Niklas Schneider who had been at the helm since 2016

Khaitan key to CCI approval of USD1.6bn Axis-Citi deal

Khaitan & Co helped Axis Bank in gaining the green light in record time for its INR123 billion (USD1.6 billion) acquisition of Citibank’s Indian consumer business

Clifford Chance, Shearman in Bangladesh power plant buy

Actis, a global investor in sustainable infrastructure, has acquired a shareholding in a 220MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant in the Bhola district, Bangladesh, from Indian conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Carrefour offloads 60% stake in Taiwan joint venture

French retailer Carrefour Group has sold its 60% equity stake in PresiCarre Corporation, the operator of Carrefour Taiwan, to a local food and retail conglomerate Uni-President

White-collar investigator joins Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance hired white-collar expert Vasu Muthyala as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice in Singapore.

Tencent-backed TV Producer raises HKD420m on HK listing

A Tencent-backed Chinese drama series company, Linmon Media, has raised HKD420 million (USD53.5 million) from its IPO on the HKEX

Bouncing back

Revealed: The top international law firms for India matters

China steel giant acquires Jiangxi’s biggest industry peer

The world’s largest iron and steel company China Baowu Steel Group, a state-owned enterprise, has acquired a 51% stake in XinSteel

New World Development blazes path for green, social bonds

The world’s first public sector issuance of social and green dual-tranch bonds saw Linklaters’ capital markets partner Gloria Cheung advising the issuer, Hong Kong developer New World Development

King & Spalding names new Singapore head

Finance and restructuring partner Andrew Brereton will become the new managing partner at King & Spalding’s Singapore office

Carey Olsen lures funds lawyer to Singapore

Carey Olsen has hired funds lawyer Rebecca Lee as an of counsel in its corporate and investment funds team in Singapore

OneConnect debuts on HKEX in dual primary listing

China insurance conglomerate Ping An's fintech subsidiary, OneConnect Financial Technology, has debuted on the main board of the HKEX by way of introduction and dual-primary listing

ICCA, ICC shed light on arbitration for Indonesian companies

Concerns that Indonesian businesses face in domestic and international arbitration was the focus of a seminar hosted by the Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration

Japan’s top 100 lawyers 2022

Following an extensive nomination process, Asia Business Law Journal unveils the top performers of Japan’s legal profession

Mitsui buys European rice company

Japan's leading general trading company Mitsui & Co has agreed to buy 28.6% of the shares in Rol-Ryż, a leading European pulses and rice distributor and subsidiary of Italian rice company Euricom

Fund lawyer moves to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has strengthened its global funds and investment management team with the hire of Xing Liyong as a partner in Hong Kong

China Business Law Awards 2022

China Business Law Journal reveals the law firms that have excelled in the past year

Firms advise in China’s first royalty-backed deal

Private equity R-Bridge Healthcare Fund struck a USD40 million royalty-backed financing for Yisheng Biopharma – making it the first deal of its type in China’s biopharmaceutical industry

Khaitan appoints Singapore disputes partner

Kartikey Mahajan has been named as a partner at Khaitan & Co’s Singapore office dispute resolution practice

Clifford Chance advises new power SOE on antitrust

Clifford Chance advised on antitrust related to restructuring between China XD Group and several subsidiaries of State Grid, the state-owned utility company

Deal highlights

Aquila Acquisition Corporation became the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to list in Hong Kong

Project dispute specialist moves to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance hired major projects and contentious construction specialist Spencer Flay as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice in Perth

Funds lawyer and litigator join Carey Olsen in Singapore

Carey Olsen’s Singapore office has added investment funds specialist Tom Katsaros to its investment funds offering as a consultant, and experienced litigator Helen Wang to its litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice as a counsel

Clifford Chance advises Japanese bank on nuclear investment

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has acquired issued shares in American nuclear reactor producer NuScale Power for USD110 million

Zhihu homecoming raises HKD834m

Q&A platform Zhihu raised HKD834 million (USD106.3 million) in a homecoming IPO on HKEX

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

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

SPAC super league

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

Shared justice

Yin v Yang


Semiconductor Export Restrictions and Domestic Listing Impact

Impact of foreign semiconductor export restrictions on domestic listing

By Shen Cheng and Shirly Xue, AllBright Law Offices 
Singapore arbitration landscapes

A regional comparison of arbitration landscapes: Singapore

By Colin Seow, Colin Seow Chambers

Corporate Lawyer

IP protection battles

Case studies: Fighting back the IP raiders

By Frank Liu, Shanghai Pacific Legal
new data law shortcomings

Beyond the hype: Shortcomings of new data law

By Mathew Chacko, Aadya Misra and Ada Shaharbanu, Spice Route Legal


Philippines steps up efforts to promote IP awareness, protection

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates Law Office
Japan Law Firm Awards 2023

Japan Law Firm Awards 2023

Asia Business Law Journal shines a spotlight on the exceptional performance of top law firms in Japan, highlighting their excellence and impact in the legal field

Data law protects children

Flexible data law protects children from changing technology

By Ashima Obhan and Anubhav Chakravorty, Obhan & Associates
tax reform economy

Tax reform leads to a developed economy

By Mukesh Butani and Seema Kejriwal, BMR Legal


Regulating insurance company management

Regulating insurance company management of salespersons

By Yan Bing and Li Wencheng, AnJie Broad Law Firm

Gender-fair language in patent law – ‘they’ over ‘he’ and ‘she’

By Archana Shanker and Priya Singh, Anand and Anand
Regulatory policies transforming leasing industry

Recent regulatory policies transforming leasing industry

By Jonson Zhang, AllBright Law Offices 

The clouds of Rainbow Papers roll away

By Karthik Somasundram, Bharucha & Partners

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