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'Lockdown', Japan-style: Pressure to conform, not penalties for non-compliance
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus, giving governors stronger legal authority to urge people to stay home and businesses to close. Full Article
Ashurst launches business consulting service
Ashurst has launched Ashurst Consulting, a new business line providing specialist consulting services as an additional offering to its existing legal services. The new line will initially be offered in Australia. Full Article
India’s IndusLaw scores third lateral this year with JSA disputes hire
Disputes expert Mayank Mishra has left J Sagar Associates to join IndusLaw as a partner in Delhi. Full Article
Ex-MHM partners launch new firm in Tokyo
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto M&A lawyers Satoko Kuwabara and Shin Kikuchi have left to co-found a new firm called Gaien Partners in Tokyo along with partners Junichi Tobimatsu and Hisafumi Sato. Full Article
Delhi lawyers set up infra, disputes boutique
Priyabrat Tripathy and Abhishek Aggarwal, formerly lawyers at law firm Agarwal Jetley & Co. and highway builder GR Infraprojects, respectively, have launched an infrastructure and dispute resolution-focused boutique in Delhi called Apex Partners. Full Article
CAM, Trilegal act on $1.5bln stake purchase in Indian power plants
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has advised NTPC, India’s largest power generating utility, on a 115-billion-rupee ($1.5 billion) acquisition of a stake in THDC India Limited (THDCIL) and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO). Full Article

Features

Hope on the Horizon
Buffeted by the triple storms of protectionism, costly regulations and coronavirus, the shipping industry in Asia has been experiencing choppy waters of late. However, lawyers continue to see a steady flow of work, and they are hopeful that things will... Full Article
A Smoother Road
As the mammoth Belt and Road initiative touches some 70 countries, complex commercial disputes cannot be avoided. Full Article
Safer Havens
With 2020 looking shaky, offshore jurisdictions can provide much-needed shelter and support for international deals, listings, incorporations and restructurings. Full Article
‘We've underlined our commitment to Hong Kong’
In December, Herbert Smith Freehills named Hong Kong-based Asia managing partner Justin D’Agostino as its next chief executive officer. After the holiday break, D’Agostino sat down with ALB to talk about the evolution of the market, the recent unrest in... Full Article

Special Reports

Indonesia's Youth Factor
By Asian Legal Business | 10 Mar 20
The growth of Indonesia’s legal profession is opening the door for young professionals to reach the very pinnacle of the industry and emerge as true leaders.
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ALB 2020 Asia In-House Survey: Would You Like Some Innovation With That?
By Elizabeth Beattie | 05 Feb 20
The ALB 2020 Asia In-house Survey results are in – and while the numbers may map conservative change, the emerging picture is far from mundane. As the in-house role continues to evolve, lawyers are no longer tied to their desks 24/7.
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State of the Market: Hong Kong & Singapore
By Elizabeth Beattie | 12 Dec 19
In Hong Kong, a dim economic outlook coupled with uncertainty from the U.S.-China trade war has cast a shadow over the special administrative region, while protests – occasionally violent – have dented the city’s economy.
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