2022: The Outlook From Offshore

BY Asian Legal Business |

After a game-changing 2020 and a year of patchy recovery in 2021, offshore lawyers feel that the outlook for 2022 is generally sunny despite some curveball developments in the region and globally.

Singapore to Mandate Vaccines for Workers From 2022

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, for most countries, vaccination has come to be viewed as the only viable approach to bringing back a sense of normality. Singapore, which recently experienced another COVID spike, is eager to return to normal, with business travel back on the agenda, and important cultural and business events planned for next year. However, with vaccination rates having plateaued at around 85 percent of the population, health professionals in the city-state have called for mandatory vaccination.

‘Singapore’s arbitration position should be protected’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Lucy Reed was recently appointed president of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Reed says she isn’t planning big changes; instead, she wants to refine SIAC’s winning formula.

Pandora Papers Leak Sparks Compliance Talk

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

It’s a familiar story: an immense leak of data that expose an intricate web of the elites’ hidden investments. Various celebrities, politicians, billionaires, and drug dealers were named recently in the Pandora Papers leak, as the rich and powerful poured money into a variety of assets from beachfront property, mansions to yachts, across various jurisdictions.

Battling Burnout

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With another pandemic-impacted year drawing to a close, and lawyers globally reconsidering their career plans, firm leaders know that they must make burnout and employee support an urgent priority.

A&O, Arent Fox acting on Cambodia’s first treaty-based ISDS case: report

BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​Allen & Overy is representing the government of Cambodia in the country’s first-ever treaty-based Investor-State Dispute Settlement case brought by two Chinese nationals who are being counselled by Hui Zhong Law Firm and Arent Fox, according to reports.

OMM, Latham advise on $850 mln deal for ‘Parasite’ firm

BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​O'Melveny & Myers (OMM) has advised Korean entertainment company CJ ENM on its $850 million acquisition of a majority stake in U.S. content studio Endeavor Content, which was represented by Latham & Watkins.

Latham, ACCRALAW advise on Philippine fintech firm’s $300 mln funding round

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins and ACCRALAW have advised U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus as one of the investors in the $300 million funding round of the Philippines’ Mynt.

SG: K&S gets corporate specialist from Skadden

BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​U.S. firm King & Spalding has recruited Parveet Singh Gandoak as a partner in Singapore from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he was a counsel.

Latham, Links, CAM, SAM act on PB Fintech’s $770 mln market debut

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas have advised Indian financial services platform PB Fintech on its 57-billion-rupee ($770 million) initial public offering, with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Linklaters representing the book running lead managers.

Freshies’ Asia sanctions head joins Ashurst as partner in Tokyo

BY Aparna Sai |

UK firm Ashurst has hired Alexander Dmitrenko as a partner in Tokyo from Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was head of Asia sanctions.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: ALB Japan Cross-border M&A Rankings 2022 (EN/JA)

BY Asian Legal Business |

Submissions for the inaugural ALB ranking of the best law firms for cross-border M&A in Japan (inbound and outbound) are now open.