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Clifford Chance's Associate Firm Adds Jakarta Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linda Widyati and Partners is bringing aboard former Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo partner Arisia Pusponegoro.

Kelvin Chia Opens in Mandalay

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean firm is believed to be the first foreign firm to launch a Myanmar office outside of Yangon.

K&L Gates Leads Indonesia’s First Euro Note Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Southeast Asian country sold the seven-year bonds on the Singapore and Frankfurt stock exchanges.

Myanmar's Moment?

By Tom Brennan |

With its rich natural resources and recent political and economic reforms, the country has become one of Asia's "it" destinations for law firms. But will the widely anticipated boom in foreign investment actually follow?

Yulchon Launches in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

The firm will advise Korean companies on their investments in the newly opened country.

ZICOlaw Hires New Yangon Head, Ties Up With Laos Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has tapped former Baker & McKenzie senior counsel Saw Yu Win to lead its Myanmar team, while also forming an alliance with Vientiane Law Co. Ltd.

Bird & Bird Forms Alliances in Indonesia

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm has signed nonexclusive agreements with intellectual property specialist K&K Advocates and corporate boutique Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners.

Bangkok, Thailand.

The Unlikely Centerpiece of Hunton's Asia Strategy

By Tom Brennan |

Why Hunton & Williams' biggest Asia office is in Bangkok.

WongPartnership Opens in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean firm has relocated an associate and a Myanmar paralegal to a newly launched office in Yangon.

Clifford Chance on PTTEP's $1 Billion Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Thai state-run oil and gas company is raising money for further exploration and production activities.

Milbank, Latham on Indonesia Plant Financing

By Anna Zhang |

A consortium led by two Japanese companies has borrowed $1.17 billion to develop a geothermal plant in northern Indonesia.

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo delivers a speech in Malang on March 30, 2014.

Lawyers Feeling Chill in Indonesia

By Tom Brennan |

Two years ago, Indonesia was one of the hottest markets in Asia for international law firms. But a drop in demand from China has hit Indonesia's resources sector hard, and the once investment-friendly political environment has shifted in a more nationalist direction. Firms say many foreign investors are holding off for now, waiting to see if things change after a presidential election in July.

Berwin Leighton Paisner Forms Indonesia Alliance

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has partnered with Mataram Partners, an eight-lawyer outfit that specializes in mining work.

Allen & Overy Opens in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

The British Magic Circle firm is the latest international law firm to set up shop in the newly opened country.

Herbert Smith Freehills Advises Thai SOE on Hess Buyout

By Tom Brennan |

PTT Exploration and Production Pcl. is paying $1 billion for Hess' interest in two natural gas projects in Thailand.

Robert Pe with Suu Kyi

The Lawyer and 'The Lady'

By Tom Brennan |

Since the fall of 2012, Robert Pé, a litigation and arbitration partner in the Hong Kong office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has served as senior legal adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament and leader of the political opposition in Myanmar. The assignment has been the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Pé, whose father left the country formerly known as Burma 50 years ago.

Sidley on $865 Million Indonesian Mobile Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The Indonesian subsidiary of Malaysian mobile telecommunications carrier Axiata Group Bhd. is buying local rival PT Axis Telekom Indonesia from Saudi Telecom Co.

Berwin Leighton Enters Myanmar Alliance

By Tom Brennan |

The firm is partnering with Yangon-based Legal Network Consultants.

Rajah & Tann Recruits Hunton & Williams Team in Bangkok

By Tom Brennan |

Surasak Vajasit, Melisa Uremovic and Pakpoom Suntornvipat will all join Singapore-based Rajah & Tann as partners, taking 11 lawyers with them.

Allen & Gledhill Opens in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean firm is the latest international law firm to open an office in the newly opened economy.

Singapore Firm Forms Vietnam Joint Venture

By Tom Brennan |

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has struck a deal with Vietnam's PBC Partners.

Rajah & Tann Merges with Vietnamese Firm

By Tom Brennan |

The Singapore firm is combining with LCT Lawyers, a 25-lawyer firm operating in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.

Baker & McKenzie Launches in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

Sydney partner Chris Hughes will lead the new Yangon office, the third opened in the country by a U.S. law firm.

Barristers' Chambers Opening in Malaysia

By Anna Zhang |

London's 39 Essex Street will open a new office in the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration later this year.

American Law Firm's Communications Spied On

By Marcia Coyle |

A February 15 New York Times story suggested that Mayer Brown’s communications with a client, the Indonesian government, had been monitored while the firm was assisting the foreign country in trade disputes with the United States. Those revelations may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.

A&O Advising on $1 Billion Lao Hydropower JV

By Tom Brennan |

Korean, Thai and Lao enterprises are building a 410-megawatt power plant in Laos’ Attapue and Champasak provinces.

Will Firms Head Into Malaysia?

By Tom Brennan |

Malaysia will soon open its legal market to foreign law firms, in the hopes that they can help turn Kuala Lumpur into the leading global center for Islamic finance. But with established global legal and financial hub Singapore virtually right next door, many lawyers wonder if a Malaysia office is really necessary.

Stephenson Harwood on $9 Billion VietJetAir Order

By Anna Zhang |

The Vietnamese low-cost carrier has placed an order for up to 92 Airbus A320 passenger jets.

Singapore Firm Enters Myanmar Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Ng & Partners has formed an alliance with a Yangon firm led by a former judge of Myanmar's supreme court.

Clifford Chance Enters Into Indonesian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm has signed a deal with newly-launched Jakarta firm Linda Widyati & Partners.

DLA Piper Adds Bangkok Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Corporate finance specialist Timothy Tan was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of O'Melveny & Myers.

Three Firms on Thai Telecom Fund's $1.8 Billion IPO

By Tom Brennan |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters all had roles in the creation and initial public offering of True Corp. Pcl.'s new telecom infrastructure fund.

Mayer Brown JSM Partner Moves to Vietnamese Firm

By Tom Brennan |

Kevin Hawkins is joining local firm Vilaf in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tilleke & Gibbins Opens Three Southeast Asian Offices

By Tom Brennan |

The Bangkok-based law firm has launched IP-focused offices in Myanmar, Indonesia and Laos.