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Slaughters drinks to Diageo’s £1.1bn stake in United Spirits

Slaughter and May has landed the advisory mandate as British drinks giant Diageo prepares to up its stake in India's United Spirits by a further 26%, in a deal worth £1.13bn.

17 Apr 2014 | 00:46 | secure

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HSF names Ferraro as sole corporate head in wider practice reshuffle

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has appointed Mike Ferraro as its sole global head of corporate as part of a wider practice group res...

15 Apr 2014 | 16:23 | secure

Hong Kong clears further five solicitors to appear in court

Five additional Hong Kong-based solicitors have been cleared to appear in the city's courts following a second round of application...

15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 | secure

HIGHLIGHTS

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China's consuming passion

Why China's taste for luxury goods means law firms are still confident about inbound deal prospects...

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Dealmaker: Dennis Barsky

The Jones Day partner on the ins and outs of launching a hedge fund, making Singapore his home and a $5 T-shirt

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LEGAL BRIEFING

ANALYSIS, OPINION AND INTERVIEWS

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Under a watchful eye: SocGen Asia GC on why regulators are making his job harder

Seventeen years after he left Hong Kong for greener pastures Chris Davies has found himself back once again in the vibrant city.

28 Mar 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Asian outsourcing on the agenda as HSF's new disputes chief aims to better market practice

Justin D'Agostino will have plenty on his plate when he formally takes over as Herbert Smith Freehills' (HSF) global dispute resolution head on 1 May.

28 Mar 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Staying power: why going global is not on the menu for Jun He

Ever since the merger of China's King & Wood and Australia's Mallesons, the Asian legal market has been rife with speculation about how local independents might respond.

21 Mar 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Coming in from the cold – Ooredoo's GC on the challenges of moving into Myanmar

Middle East and Southeast Asia telecoms company Ooredoo recently took advantage of a thawing in Myanmar's international relations to set up shop in one of the world's last untapped mobile phone markets. At Legal Week's Corporate Counsel Forum Singapor...

18 Mar 2014 | 16:50 | secure

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Milbank still has big plans for Asia despite bucking trend by giving up local HK practice

When Slaughter and May cast aside 125 years of tradition to make its first lateral partner hire in Hong Kong earlier this year it said something about the market in the Asian city. But as growing numbers of firms – both UK and US – pile into the r...

14 Mar 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Trailblazers – what next for post-merger King & Wood Mallesons?

July 2013. In a meeting room in King & Wood Mallesons' Hong Kong office, a group of journalists wait for an announcement about the firm's pending merger with UK outfit SJ Berwin. The press invitation had been sent out a day before voting closed – a ...

13 Mar 2014 | 10:40 | secure

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East meets West – assessing Asia's performance in the Client Satisfaction Report

When does a market evolve from 'emerging' to 'emerged'? As a continent, Asia can claim to be both, with mature legal markets in the likes of Hong Kong and Singapore sitting alongside developing markets in Myanmar and Vietnam, which are only now attrac...

05 Mar 2014 | 10:55 | secure

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Eye on Africa: why the continent is set to be an investment hotspot in 2014 and beyond

Africa remains an exciting option for investors with immense opportunities that continue to inspire confidence and which, over time, will drive global growth. Positivity abounds for mergers and acquisitions for 2014 and onwards, with many predicti...

21 Feb 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Perfect partner – why Mauritius is an attractive international finance centre

Mauritius, long known as the premier platform for inward investment into India, is increasingly used for Africa-related transactions. The current African boom has been well-documented, including impressive rates of growth and rising foreign direct inv...

07 Feb 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Rough guide to Asia – the opportunities and challenges of working as an offshore lawyer in the region

During the past four years I have been based in our Hong Kong office assisting clients in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. Having recently returned to our Guernsey office, it is interesting to look back on my time as an offshore lawy...

07 Feb 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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