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Our experienced Asia legal team regularly publishes articles and updates - the full list of publications appears below. With our broad regional network, we keep you abreast of recent reforms, regulatory changes and trends across the Asia Pacific. If you'd like to be notified when we add new publications to the site, please go to our subscription page to sign up for email alerts or, alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed.

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Asia Publications

  • Audio: Vietnam undertakes equitisation program

    11 December 2014

    The Vietnam Government is undertaking a widespread equitisation of more than 300 State-owned enterprises by the end of 2015. Partners Bill Magennis and Linh Bui spoke to BRR Media about the types of enterprises to be equitised and how foreign investors can get involved in the process.

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  • Audio: Vietnam makes significant reforms to investment laws

    3 December 2014

    The Vietnam Government has undertaken significant new steps to attract foreign investment to the country. Partner Linh Bui and Senior Associate Giang Nguyen speak to BRR Media about the implications stemming from the introduction of two new laws – Law of Investment and Law of Enterprise.

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  • Client Update: First phase of new PNG environmental regime may commence as early as next week

    28 November 2014

    The Papua New Guinea Government has indicated that the first phase of PNG's new environmental regime may commence as early as 1 December 2014. Senior Associate Ryan Warokra reports on the impact the new legislation will have.

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  • Focus: The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

    21 November 2014

    After almost 10 years of negotiations between the nations, on 17 November 2014, Prime Minister Abbott and President Xi announced the conclusion of negotiations on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). Once implemented, the ChAFTA is expected to significantly reduce import barriers for Australian food and dairy, resources and services sectors and create a more favourable environment for Chinese direct foreign investment in Australia. Partner Kate Axup, Managing Associate Emin Altiparmak, and Associates Tess Fitzgerald and Tracy Lu report.

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  • Linklaters Insights: Liberalising fund management in China

    20 November 2014

    Linklaters' China National Managing Partner, Fang Jian, Senior Counsel Bryan Chan and Associate Jack Sun contributed an article for China Law and Practice on the fund management industry in China and how it has been at the forefront of the broader liberalisation of China's capital markets.

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  • Linklaters Insights: China proposes to reform its catalogue of industries guiding foreign investment

    20 November 2014

    Linklaters' China National Managing Partner, Fang Jian, Senior Counsel Bryan Chan and Associate Jack Sun contributed an article for China Law and Practice on the fund management industry in China and how it has been at the forefront of the broader liberalisation of China's capital markets.

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  • Focus: Exemptions issued for new Regulation 70 regime in Indonesia's retail sector

    19 November 2014

    To introduce more competition into the Indonesian retail sector, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade Regulation No 70 of 2013 became effective in June this year. The Ministry of Trade has now issued a new Regulation amending certain provisions in Regulation 70 and introducing some exemptions to the Regulation 70 regime. Widyawan Partner Yolanda Hutapea and Senior Associate Indra Allen explain the impact of the amendments on retailers operating in Indonesia, some of which will come as a relief.

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  • Client Update: PNG Budget looks to improve compliance and strengthen revenue base

    19 November 2014

    The Papua New Guinea Government has delivered its 2015 National Budget, which contains a number of amendments to taxation legislation that are part of the Government's efforts to improve compliance and strengthen its revenue base. Senior Associate Ryan Warokra reports.

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  • Client Update: PNG personal property securities reform becomes law

    12 November 2014

    Papua New Guinea's personal property securities reform has passed into law but will not come into force until a security interest register is established. Senior Associate Sarah Kuman reports.

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  • Linklaters Insights: Investigations in the auto-parts sector

    29 October 2014

    As part of the global crackdown on auto parts makers, which started in 2010, when regulators in the United States, Europe and Japan, commenced their investigations into wire harnesses, China - the world's biggest car market - has recently started to clean its local market from two ends. During summer, the powerful National Development and Reform Commission ('NDRC') and local bureaus imposed record fines on automotive companies for allegedly over-priced spare parts and only a few days ago, ten Chinese ministries have published a new framework to remove global car makers' tight control over the supply and price of spare parts and the limited network of vendors operating in the Chinese market.

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  • Linklaters Insights: Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect: Further clarifications of the Stock Connect Rules

    29 October 2014

    On 26 September 2014, Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporations Limited promulgated detailed rules to implement stock trading under the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect. On the same day, the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited published a number of approved amendments to its rules and FAQs to clarify certain key aspects of the Stock Connect programme. Market participants would be pleased to know that welcome clarifications have been provided in a number of key areas. This bulletin helps you navigate the latest developments.

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  • Vietnam Legal Update: New rules for foreign investment accounts in Vietnam

    27 October 2014

    Various new foreign exchange regulations governing the use of all types of foreign currency accounts, including investment accounts, of Vietnamese enterprises and their investors have recently come into effect. The changes will affect current and potential foreign investors, as well as foreign-invested enterprises. Partner Robert Fish and Associates Cara Stevens and Vinh Dang report.

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  • Client Update: New developments in Mongolia - government restructure and new permitting regime

    21 October 2014

    The Mongolian Government has been particularly active in the first half of October, introducing changes to Ministerial responsibilities and a draft Law that, if enacted, would reform the nation's permitting regime. These developments will be of interest to existing and prospective investors in Mongolia. Partner Igor Bogdanich, Consultant Manduul Altangerel and Associate Tess Fitzgerald report.

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  • Client Update: Plantation Law 2014 - New foreign investment restrictions to come

    13 October 2014

    Given Indonesia's status as the world's top palm oil producer, investment in the plantation sector should be one of Indonesia's most attractive opportunities for foreign investors. This is supported by the most recent Negative Investment List, which became effective on 24 April 2014 and which permits foreign ownership in this sector of up to 95 per cent.

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  • Client Update: Indonesia passes new law affecting insurance businesses

    13 October 2014

    Investors in the insurance sector should take note of a number of important new or notable concepts that were introduced in a new law on insurance (the New Law) that was passed by the Indonesian Parliament on 23 September 2014. The New Law replaced the now outdated 1992 Insurance Law (the Old Law). As well as introducing these new concepts, the New Law also consolidated, to a significant extent, existing regulation and policy.

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  • Client Update: Law reform to improve conditions for investors in Mongolia

    29 September 2014

    Last week, the Mongolian Government released the agenda for the upcoming autumn sitting of parliament. The release of the agenda, twice annually, is always of interest to investors, and the autumn 2014 agenda is no exception. Partner Igor Bogdanich and Associate Tess Fitzgerald look at what may be of interest to foreign investors.

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  • Client Update: Indonesia mining update

    18 September 2014

    It has been a torrid few years for investors in the Indonesian mining sector. The mining sector was one of the key sectors bearing the brunt of the nationalistic sentiment that became a focal point of the political discourse during the recent parliamentary and presidential election campaigns. With these elections now out of the way, and the Jokowi-Kalla team emerging as victors in the presidential campaign, there is some cause for optimism going forward. However, much will depend on the machinations of the coalitions and allegiances that crystallise during the new parliament, including the extent to which the so-called permanent coalition formed by the losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto remains intact, and the consequent pressures that these parliamentary forces exert on government officials and policy formation in the Indonesian mining sector.

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  • Client Update: Amending Mongolia's Minerals Law

    29 July 2014

    The Mongolian Parliament has passed amendments to the country's Minerals Law which should be of interest to foreign investors and mining companies. Partners Igor Bogdanich and Kate Axup, and Senior Associate Steven Local, look at what certain of the amendments may mean for Mongolia's mining sector.

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  • Focus: Japan and Australia - a new era of opportunity

    11 July 2014

    This week's historic visit to Australia by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been widely lauded as the beginning of a new era in the relationship between the two countries. Japan Sector Leader and Partner Tim Lester and Senior Associate Penny Alexander report on the opportunities this new 'special relationship' will bring for both Australia and Japan.

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  • Client Update: Foreign investment changes in Indonesia

    27 May 2014

    Some Indonesian business sectors are closed to foreign investment, while others are subject to foreign ownership limits. There have been some changes to these foreign investment restrictions under Indonesia's widely anticipated revised Negative Investment List, which became effective on 24 April. The revisions reflect the intention of the Indonesian Government to prepare for a more open economy whilst preserving certain sectors for domestic investment. Overall, there has been a liberalising trend, with a number of sectors becoming more open for foreign investment. However, there are now some business sectors that are subject to foreign investment limits for the first time, some that have become subject to increased foreign ownership limits and some that have become closed to foreign investment altogether.

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  • Client Update: PNG's ownership of minerals and hydrocarbons

    29 April 2014

    The Papua New Guinea Constitution will be amended to reflect the state's ownership of hydrocarbons and minerals, under proposals to be put before the PNG Parliament. Partner Vaughan Mills and Senior Associate Sarah Kuman report on the implications of these amendments.

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  • Focus: Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement: strengthening cross-border investment

    23 April 2014

    The landmark Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement is expected to further strengthen the established complementary economic relationship between the two countries, and to provide new opportunities for cross-border investment and trade. Partner David Wenger and Senior Associate John Koshy from Allens and Partner Stephen Le Vesconte and Managing Associate Joo Hee Lee from Linklaters report on the Agreement and its implications for both Australian and Korean industry sectors.

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  • Focus: Recent anti-corruption developments in Papua New Guinea

    8 April 2014

    The Papua New Guinean Government has continued to take significant steps in progressing its anti-corruption agenda in the first quarter of 2014. Partner Allan Mana, Senior Associates Sarah Kuman and Michael Gomm and Lawyer Anthony Graham report on recent developments in Papua New Guinea and their implications.

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  • Audio: Japan & Australia set to sign FTA

    8 April 2014

    Australia and Japan have announced that they have agreed on terms for a free trade agreement between the two countries. Partner and Japan Sector Head Tim Lester spoke to BRR Media about the terms of the agreement and which Australian sectors will benefit the most.

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  • Focus: China's business regulatory approval reforms - further steps to market liberalisation

    1 April 2014

    The PRC Government is reforming its corporate regulatory approval processes at an unprecedented rate. The changes are aimed at facilitating private sector investment (including foreign direct investment) in order to move towards a more market-driven economy. Over the past four months, new regulations have reduced and, in certain cases, removed, corporate regulatory approval requirements for a range of business activities and investments. As part of these reforms, changes have also been made to the PRC Company Law and associated regulations. Partner Kate Axup, Senior Associate Wayne Wang and Lawyer Shona Shang look at the key changes.

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  • Linklaters Insights: Credit supernova - ISDA publishes 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions

    29 March 2014

    If 2009 saw the 'big bang' and 'small bang' of the credit derivatives market, then 2014 sees the 'supernova' – the biggest overhaul of the Credit Derivatives Definitions in over a decade.

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  • Linklaters Insights: China: New categorisation and ratio requirements for investments of insurance proceeds

    25 March 2014

    CIRC has introduced a new categorisation regime to re-classify investments of insurance proceeds by PRC insurance companies.

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  • Focus: Investment agreements in Mongolia: new regulations issued

    21 March 2014

    The availability of an investment agreement with the host government is fundamentally important for a foreign investor considering the development of a large-scale project in a developing country. In its continued efforts to recapture inbound direct foreign investment, the Government of Mongolia has released regulations that govern the execution of an investment agreement between an investor and the Government. Partners Igor Bogdanich and Kate Axup report.

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  • Focus: An overview of the Indonesia insurance industry for foreign investors

    28 February 2014

    The Indonesian insurance market has attracted significant interest from international investors in recent years, both in terms of its M&A and bancassurance opportunities. While still a relatively small market by overall size, it is forecast to grow rapidly, driven by an expanding middle class and current low penetration rates.

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  • Focus: Balancing traditional markets versus modern shopping in Indonesia's retail sector

    28 February 2014

    During the process of introducing more competition into the retail sector, the Indonesian Government has issued a new regulation that attempts to balance the needs of traditional markets and small businesses against those of modern shopping developments. Widyawan Partner Yolanda Hutapea and Senior Associate Indra Allen look at the new regulation and its implications.

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  • Linklaters Insights: More stringent requirements on bancassurance business in the PRC

    19 February 2014

    2012 saw some small, but positive, steps in the area of intellectual property enforcement within China, according to the recently released 2012 annual report of China's Supreme People's Court.

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  • Client Update: Mongolia's new State Minerals Policy

    17 February 2014

    The Mongolian Parliament has adopted a new State Minerals Policy, which will serve as the basis for amendments to the existing Minerals Law and other laws relating to the mining sector. Partners Igor Bogdanich and David Wenger and Senior Associates John Koshy and Tserena Yumjav look at what the new Minerals Policy will mean.

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  • Client Update: Indonesia implements export ban on ore

    21 January 2014

    In a move intended to add value for Indonesia by requiring that the processing and refining of mineral commodities be conducted there, the Government has issued new regulations implementing in-country processing requirements for mineral commodities (excluding coal), including a ban on the export of unprocessed ore. Partner David Holme and Senior Associates Brooke Van Gils and Made Satwika report.

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  • Audio: New regulations for minerals: Indonesia

    20 January 2014

    The Indonesian Government has issued new regulations to implement in-country processing requirements for mineral commodities, including a ban on the export of unprocessed ore. Jakarta-based Partner David Holme, from the Energy, Resources & Infrastructure group at Allens, spoke to BRR Media about the new laws and how they'll affect international business in Indonesia.

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  • Client Update: New rules on foreign investment in Vietnamese credit institutions

    13 January 2014

    The long-anticipated changes to the rules on foreign investment in Vietnamese credit institutions, allowing greater levels of foreign investment (particularly in the case of 'weak' banks), will soon come into effect. Partner Robert Fish and Senior Associate Linh Bui report.

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  • Focus: Indonesia announces forward Public Private Partnership program

    18 December 2013

    Investors, lenders and contractors considering investing in Indonesia's PPP projects will find Indonesia's PPP Book 2013 a valuable resource, with 27 infrastructure projects worth US$47.3 billion listed. A range of sectors are covered, including rail, road, port, water and power generation, and some projects are likely to come forward for tender next year. Allens Partner Steve Pemberton and Partners Anhar Rivai and Yolanda Hutapea of Widyawan & Partners report.

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  • Focus: Beijing goes green

    2 December 2013

    The level of air pollution in its major cities illustrates the environmental price China has paid for its economic growth over the past 30 years. Recently, a number of administrative authorities at the Beijing municipal level have enacted policies and directives aimed at curbing pollution, and these are representative of the direction in which China is heading. Partner Kate Axup, Senior Associate Justin Chin and Lawyer Shona Shang look at these changes.

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  • Client Update: Mongolian President - 'mistakes made ... but willing to change'

    29 November 2013

    The President of Mongolia, His Excellency Mr Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and delegates, including the Governor of Mongolia's Central Bank Mr Zoljargal and Minister for Construction and Urban Development Mr Ts.Bayarsaikhan, presented to the business community of Hong Kong on Thursday, 28 November at the Hong Kong – Mongolia Business Forum 2013. Partner David Wenger and our Mongolia team attended the presentation and noted some highlights.

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  • Focus: China unveils Shanghai free trade zone

    13 November 2013

    Recently, as part of a broader process of trade liberalisation, the Chinese Government launched its first pilot free trade zone in Shanghai. Some commentators see the move as one of the most potentially significant economic developments in China during the past three decades. Partner Kate Axup and Senior Associate Wayne Wang look at the legal changes associated with the launch of the new zone that are relevant to foreign investors.

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  • Focus: Mongolia's new investment law

    21 October 2013

    The Mongolian Government has introduced a number of laws in the past 18 months which regulate foreign investment. Previous laws focused on certain sectors of the economy – referred to as 'sectors of strategic importance' – but those laws were broadly considered to be overly restrictive and to have contributed to weakened investor confidence. In response, the Parliament has passed a new Law on Investment to recapture investor interest. Partner Igor Bogdanich looks at what the new law will mean.

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  • Focus: Draft decision providing extra legroom for foreign investors flying into the Vietnamese securities market

    9 October 2013

    A new decision on foreign ownership limits in the Vietnamese securities market is expected to be issued shortly to encourage further foreign capital into Vietnam. The changes proposed in the draft decision, if implemented, will have the potential to significantly transform the capital market for foreign investors, although they may not be felt evenly across all market sectors or have immediate impact. Partner Robert Fish and Lawyer Chi Ha report on what the new law may mean for foreign investors looking at opportunities in the securities market of Vietnam.

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  • Focus: Myanmar accedes to the New York Convention

    18 July 2013

    In what will be seen as a positive move to attract inbound capital, Myanmar has formally acceded to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. Allens Special Counsel Nicola Nygh and Linklaters Associate Steven Pettigrove report.

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  • Linklaters Insights: China's highest judicial body identifies positive steps in the enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights in China

    4 July 2013

    2012 saw some small, but positive, steps in the area of intellectual property enforcement within China, according to the recently released 2012 annual report of China's Supreme People's Court.

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  • Client Update: Changes to Vietnamese production sharing contract

    17 May 2013

    A new standard form of production sharing contract containing significant changes has been issued by the Government of Vietnam for use in Vietnam's upstream oil and gas sector. Partner Marae Ciantar, Senior Associate Theresa Tayabali and Associate Ngoc Anh Tran report.

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  • Focus: Vietnamese retail industry reform offers greater foreign investment opportunities

    15 May 2013

    Major reform of the Vietnamese retail industry will likely provide greater opportunities for foreign investment in one of the most attractive investment destinations for global retailers. Partner Robert Fish, Senior Associate Linh Bui and Lawyers Chi Ha and Mai Loan Nguyen report.

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  • Focus: China encourages foreign involvement in green energy

    23 April 2013

    Although still light on specifics, a policy articulating China's plans for the development of its coalbed methane reserves has signalled the PRC Government's intention to encourage foreign investment as a way of dealing with the national demand for clean energy. Partner Kate Axup, Senior Associate Wayne Wang and Trainee Solicitor Alice Mok look at the policy's changes that are relevant to international oil and gas companies.

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  • Client Update: EU set to lift Myanmar sanctions

    19 April 2013

    Media reports have indicated that the European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Myanmar next week, with the exception of the embargo on arms, in recognition of the 'remarkable process of reform' in the country. The Allens and Linklaters Myanmar team report on this important development.

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  • Audio: Recent developments in Myanmar

    9 April 2013

    The fast pace of reform continues in Myanmar, creating significant opportunities for foreign investors. Partner Marae Ciantar spoke to BRR Media about the recent and upcoming developments in the oil & gas and telecommunications sectors, and what investors can do to prepare.

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  • Client Update: Providing greater investor certainty in Mongolia

    21 March 2013

    There are reports that the Mongolian Government is considering amending its controversial Law on Regulation of Foreign Investment in Business Entities Operating in Sectors of Strategic Importance (colloquially known as the Strategic Entities Foreign Investment Law) to make Mongolia a more attractive destination for private inbound investment. Partners David Wenger and Igor Bogdanich, Senior Associate John Koshy and Lawyer Manduul Altangerel report.

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  • Linklaters Insights: Withdrawal of benefit upon a breach of a settlement agreement

    14 March 2013

    The High Court of England & Wales recently confirmed that where an employer and employee had signed a compromise agreement to oversee the employee's departure, the employer was entitled to withhold a conditional benefit where the employee breached the conditions of the agreement.

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