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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

Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers 2022

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

Alvin Yeo leaves lasting impression

Alvin Yeo, senior partner and co-founder of one of the largest law firms in Singapore, WongPartnership, died on 30 July at the age of 60 after a two-year battle with cancer

Hospitality veteran heads BH2I in Singapore

Real estate and hospitality law firm BH2I has hired Michael Evanoff as senior counsel to lead its Singapore office

Trio in Fullerton Healthcare’s high-profile merger

Singapore-headquartered healthcare service provider Fullerton Healthcare has completed a merger led by Hong Kong-headquartered private equity firm RRJ Capital with an equity injection and a senior loan totalling SGD390 million (USD283 million)

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.

White-collar specialist returns to Sidley

After moving from Hong Kong to lead the new Singapore office of McDermott Will & Emery as the managing partner and Asia-Pacific head last March, white-collar expert Yuet Ming Tham has returned to Sidley Austin as a partner and global co-chair of the white-collar: government litigation and investigations practice

IHCF and SIAC ink collaborations

The In-House Counsel Forum (IHCF) of Korea signed an MoU with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on 18 July to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for resolving global disputes

Mishcon lands aviation lawyer in Singapore

Mishcon de Reya has beefed up its transactional team in Singapore with the addition of aviation lawyer Ethan Tan as a partner

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

Dentons Rodyk re-hires senior partner from EY

Dentons Rodyk, the Singapore office of multinational law firm Dentons, has hired corporate lawyers Evelyn Ang as a senior partner in its M&A practice

SCCA starts new chapter with fresh leaders

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has named Renita Sophia Crasta and Daniel Choo as co-presidents for 2022-2024, starting from June

SNG inks pact with R&P to widen geographical reach

Mumbai-based SNG & Partners and southern-based firm R&P Partners have created a pan-India presence after establlishing a joint venture

JunHe steers Publicis’ acquisition to power up digital business

JunHe advised the largest French communications giant Publicis Groupe on its China branch’s acquisition of a digital product consultancy Wiredcraft

Business law digest

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced the Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme and its implementing guidelines, which aim to tackle the “rolling bad apples” problem, a term referring to people who commit misconduct at a financial institution but can get a new job without disclosing it

Allen & Gledhill brings Phuong home to Vietnam

Phuong Tran has joined Allen & Gledhill as a partner in Ho Chi Minh City

HSF assists BP in renewable-energy hub stake

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) advised British oil and gas company BP in acquiring a 40.5 per cent stake and the operatorship of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) project

HKIAC: Changes at the top

Having served as the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) since 2016, Sarah Grimmer will be stepping down in August to be succeeded by Mariel Dimsey

Global network for judicial dispute resolution is born

Judiciaries from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Britain and the United States have established the International Judicial Dispute Resolution Network 

HK Justice Secretary: arbitration fee shake-up a win-win

The Hong Kong SAR Government has submitted an amendment bill to the Legislative Council to propose three new fee agreements to allow lawyers to charge arbitration cases by the principles of "no win, no fee" and "no win, low fee"

In-house Counsel Awards revealed

After months of intensive surveys, we reveal the winners of our In-house Counsel Awards 2021-22

The art of bridge-building

Hang Dongxia, board secretary at Huarui Bank, shares her strategies for working with external lawyers

Regulating crypto assets

The past decade has seen extraordinary growth in technological innovation

Hong Kong and Singapore in lockstep for regtech adoption

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched Regtech Knowledge Hub to heighten awareness of regulatory compliance in fintech-related fields and encourage the sharing of expertise

Addleshaw to close Hong Kong office

Addleshaw Goddard has announced the closure of its Hong Kong office when the current lease expires in September

HSF sets construction disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

Herbert Smith Freehills has opened a construction and infrastructure disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

SCCA, Law Society hold women’s networking event

Welcoming a “post-pandemic” re-opening, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA)’s Women Chapter kicked off an in-person networking event on 17 May to catch up with fellow women lawyers from the Law Society of Singapore's Women in Practice Committee

Aftershocks

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

NIO plugs into Singapore Exchange

Chinese electric carmaker NIO debuted on Singapore Exchange by way of introduction without raising funds to become a triple-listed company in Singapore, the US and Hong Kong

Shukla, Chak made partners in HSF India practice

Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted Siddartha Shukla and Dhananjaya Chak to the partnership of its India practice

In her words

Senior women lawyers across Asia describe their journeys to success and share words of wisdom for aspiring juniors in the profession. Vandana Chatlani reports

Business law digest

A roundup of noteworthy legal developments in the region

Pinsent Masons makes Lui head of China

Pinsent Masons has made financial services partner Kanyi Lui the firm’s head of China. Lui replaces Sam Boyling who relocates to the Singapore office

Indonesia’s top 100 lawyers 2022

After experiencing its first economic contraction in two decades, Indonesia’s strong rebound was interrupted by the spreading delta variant of covid-19 in 2021

Khaitan appoints Singapore disputes partner

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

TMT and IP expert joins Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has hired Wang Yingyu as a partner in its technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) and IP practice in Singapore

AllBright to open office in Haikou

AllBright Law Offices has won approval to open a branch office in Haikou as the Hainan provincial capital grows as a global financial centre

Global arbitration lawyer boosts King & Spalding

King & Spalding has hired international arbitration lawyer Nils Eliasson as a partner in its trial and global disputes practice group in Singapore

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

Investigation specialist bolsters Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co strengthened its regulatory and investigations offering with the hire of Tan Weiyi as a partner in Singapore. Tan joined from Singapore’s law firm Harry Elias Partnership where she was a partner for more than two years

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

Squire assists Seaspan in innovative structured financings

Squire Patton Boggs has advised independent containerships owner Seaspan Corporation on securing two separate export credit agency (ECA)-backed Japanese Operating Lease with Call Options (JOLCOs) totalling USD838 million and USD1.4 billion

Shearman hires energy counsel

Shearman & Sterling has hired Ong Kok Jin as a counsel in its global M&A practice in Singapore

Pinsent Masons names new Singapore head

Mohan Pillay, the head of Pinsent Masons MPillay in Singapore, is stepping down after leading the firm for 12 years to be succeeded by partner Ian Laing

International A-List 2022

India Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 legal experts around the world who are leading the field with their work on the international aspects of india-related matters

Dispute resolution risks for overseas investment

Chinese enterprises should fully understand the risks of overseas investment and formulate countermeasures to protect their own interests

CFAs add to Singapore’s legal hub status

By Vikram Nair and Avinash Pradhan, Rajah & Tann

India and Singapore relax over stressed assets

By Dhananjay Kumar and Surbhi Pareek, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Hot seat

Parties should clearly specify the seat of arbitration as this can be a hotbed of contention when international disputes emerge, writes Tata Capital’s Rohan Thacker

Tech challenges in Singapore, Thailand shipping sector

By Murali Pany and Warinbhorn Benjasak, JTJB

Shareholder disputes cannot exclude right to arbitration

By Kelvin Poon and Avinash, Rajah & Tann

SPACs on the rise in Asia

By Matt Roberts, Maples Group

Lessons for APAC de-SPACs

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

Settling disputes by mediation in Singapore and Thailand

By Naiyachon Tathong and John Sze, JTJB

Patent law development in Malaysia

By Charmayne Ong and Kuek Pei Yee, Skrine

Singapore SPAC framework and opportunities

By Raymond Tong and Hoon Chi Tern, Rajah & Tann

Mandating covid-19 vaccines in Singapore and Thailand

By Mary-Anne Chua, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Poonyawee Jitjameekorn, JTJB

LATEST ON VANTAGE ASIA

Safe digital spaces may curtail existing freedoms

By Ashima Obhan and Shubhanshi Pohani, Obhan & Associates
From left: Anu Tiwari, Pallavi Rao

GIFT City showcases efforts to foster India’s fintech vision

By Anu Tiwari and Pallavi Rao, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Establishing a charity in Hong Kong (Part II), Diane Fan

Establishing a charity in Hong Kong (Part II)

By Diane Fan, LC Lawyers
India Business Law Journal

Court in the act

Correspondents

Supreme court allows GMR to run Nagpur International Airport

Court clears airport agreement for takeoff

By Shailendra Kumar Singh and Kartik Agarwal, HSA Advocates
India Stock appreciation rightsvideo

Committee recommends recognition of stock appreciation rights

By Vandana Pai and Shreya Sreesankar, Bharucha & Partners
India supreme court on financial creditorsvideo

Supreme Court says financial creditors not so supreme

By Sudeshna Guha Roy and Elisha Vaswani, Bharucha & Partners
Assessing inventiveness and ownership of AI-related inventionsvideo

Assessing inventiveness and ownership of AI-related inventions

By Shraddha Singh Chauhan, Anand and Anand

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