Latham, Khaitan, CAM advise on $453 mln Thailand-India power deal

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins and Khaitan & Co have advised Thailand’s Global Renewable Synergy Company (GRSC) on its $453 million acquisition of a stake in Indian solar power company Avaada Energy, which was counselled by Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

Delhi: Another L&L lawyer rejoins firm

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s L&L Partners has welcomed back intellectual property expert Subhash Bhutoria as a partner in Delhi. Bhutoria, who was at L&L between 2015 and 2017, was most recently running his own practice.

Japan's Miura ramps up expansion with Nagoya office, Asia initiative

BY Aparna Sai |

Japanese law firm Miura & Partners (M&P) is set to open an office in the city of Nagoya, which will be the firm’s fifth since it was established in 2019. The firm currently has three offices in Tokyo and one in Hiroshima.

Law firm diversity chiefs gain numbers - and influence

BY Reuters |

As protests against racism swept across the United States last summer, big law firms were forced to reckon with inequality and diversity in their own ranks. In the year since, many of them revamped their management to increase focus on diversity, including by adding a once-rare role in the industry: chief diversity officer.

SG: Stephenson Harwood welcomes arbitration partner from K&S

BY Aparna Sai |

Stephenson Harwood has hired international arbitration expert Chris Bailey as a partner from King & Spalding. Bailey will initially be based in the London office, and later relocate to Singapore.

India: Saraf exits L&L following spat, announces 21-partner firm

BY Aparna Sai |

Mohit Saraf, an erstwhile equity partner of India’s L&L Partners, has left the firm and launched his own outfit. With offices in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, Saraf & Partners will have more than 85 lawyers, including 21 partners.

VIDEO: Are SPAC structures suitable for Indian companies?

BY Aparna Sai |

In recent times, the concept of Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) has become popular in the Indian business environment. We talk to Akila Agrawal, partner & head, M&A at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas about whether SPAC listings are suitable for Indian companies, and the risks they need to be aware of.

Asia Appointments: Week of July 19

BY Rowena Muñiz |

Bakers nabs cap markets expert from Ropes & Gray, SG: Stephenson Harwood welcomes arbitration partner from K&S and much more in this week’s Asia Appointments table.

Dechert may face UK lawsuit over Indian hacking claim

BY Reuters |

An Iranian-American businessman wants to sue U.S. law firm Dechert over allegations of hacking, seeking a London court's approval to add it as a defendant in a long-simmering dispute with the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA).

HK: Mayer Brown grows cap markets with hires from K&L, EY

BY Aparna Sai |

Mayer Brown has hired eight capital markets lawyers in Hong Kong, including partners Guiping Lu, Philip Hyde, Bonnie Yung and Jason Wang. While Lu and Hyde join from K&L Gates, Yung and Wang were most recently with EY’s Hong Kong law firm, LC Lawyers.

PRC firm AllBright opens Singapore office as it eyes SE Asia growth

BY Hu Yangxiaoxiao 胡阳潇潇 |

Shanghai-headquartered AllBright Law Offices has opened an office in Singapore, the firm’s fourth overseas outpost after Hong Kong, London, and Seattle.

Shearn representing Malaysia, 1MDB on $5.6 bln lawsuit against KPMG partners

BY Asian Legal Business, Reuters |

Shearn Delamore is representing Malaysia's government and state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in a lawsuit seeking over $5.6 billion in damages from KPMG partners for alleged breaches and negligence linked to a corruption scandal at the fund.