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Financial Times Lists Winners of Inaugural Innovative Lawyers Awards in Asia-Pacific

HONG KONG, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Financial Times today announces the winners of the inaugural FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers programme, in partnership with RSG Consulting, a specialist legal research and strategy agency, and sponsored by Integreon, a leading global provider of outsourced legal, document, research and business support. The event builds on the success of the long-running Innovative Lawyers awards in the U.S. and Europe which annually recognise the most entrepreneurial lawyers, law firms, and legal departments.

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The top honours were awarded to William Liu (Linklaters), named Most Innovative Lawyer; King & Wood Mallesons, named Most Innovative Asia-Pacific Law Firm; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, named Most Innovative International Law Firm; and Tencent, named Most Innovative In-House Legal Team. The ceremony was hosted in Hong Kong.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Programme is based on a rigorous research process that includes expert analysis, market surveys and hundreds of interviews with legal professionals. The awards cover legal professionals and departments across Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.

“Our congratulations to all of the 2014 winners and nominees from this year’s FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards,” said Robert Gogel, CEO of Integreon. “Innovation has long-been a focus of Integreon as we seek to delight our law firm and corporate clients by transforming how legal services are delivered. Our partnership with the FT and RSG aligns well with our focus on innovation by encouraging innovative practices among our colleagues, partners and others across the global legal community.”

“We’re delighted to introduce the FT’s well established Innovative Lawyers report to one of the most dynamic legal environments in the world,” said David Pilling, Asia managing editor of the FT. “As the region’s business practices change to adapt to a shifting landscape, the role of lawyers and legal frameworks must equally evolve. This report celebrates the best of these strategies.”

The complete list of 2014 award winners includes:

  • Legal Innovation in Finance (Real Estate): Kim & Chang
  • Innovation in Corporate Law (International): Slaughter and May
  • Innovation in Corporate Law (Asia-Pacific):
    Joint Winners: AZB & Partners; Bae, Kim and Lee
  • Legal Innovation in TMT: Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Innovation in Finance Law (Asia-Pacific): King & Wood Mallesons
  • Innovation in Finance Law (International):
    Joint Winners: Linklaters; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Legal Innovation in an IPO: Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Innovation in Corporate Strategy (Asia-Pacific): ZICOlaw
  • Innovation in International Strategy: Allen & Overy
  • Most Innovative ASEAN Law Firm: WongPartnership
  • Most Innovative Australian Law Firm: Gilbert + Tobin
  • Most Innovative Indian Law Firm: Nishith Desai Associates
  • Most Innovative Lawyer: William Liu, Linklaters
  • Most Innovative In-house Legal Team: Tencent
  • Most Innovative Law Firm (Asia-Pacific): King & Wood Mallesons
  • Most Innovative Law Firm (International): Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The themes and winners from this year’s programme are also summarized in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014 report. The FT’s U.S. and European reports and awards are scheduled for late 2014.

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 665,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1, 2014). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 60 per cent of subscriber consumption, 45 per cent of total traffic and 20 per cent of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.

About RSG Consulting:

RSG was founded in 2001 to give strategy and innovation consulting advice to the international legal profession. Its evidence-based approach includes creating unique thought-leadership projects for clients and independent studies into the future of law and emerging legal markets. The company specializes in rating and ranking lawyers, and its assessment methodologies have wide application particularly in helping law firms differentiate themselves. RSG also runs the Innovative GC Club, an independent forum for in-house lawyers to exchange ideas. It has partnered with the FT on the Innovative Lawyers programme since its inception in 2005.

About Integreon:

Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, research and business support solutions to leading law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. Around the globe, Integreon’s 2,200 Associates support more than 250 clients in areas such as market and competitive intelligence, discovery, legal process outsourcing (LPO), operating model transformation and back office redesign. Integreon also excels in business support services such as IT, document processing, finance and HR. With our unrivaled outsourcing experience and industry-leading onshore and offshore capabilities, clients increasingly rely on Integreon to provide value-added solutions and meet their needs in a demanding business environment. Integreon has won more than 40 industry awards over the past five years and supports its global client base from 12 delivery centres across the US, UK, India, Philippines, South Africa and China.

For more information about Integreon’s extensive range of services, please visit and follow Integreon on Twitter: @Integreon.

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A safe, friendly destination for investment

20:47 | 16/06/2014

VGP – Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh has confirmed that Viet Nam will make every effort to furtherimprove the investment environment, sharpen its competitiveness, and create possible favorable conditions for foreign investors.

As of May 2014, 16,323 projects invested by 101 countries and territories from around the world have been operating in Viet Nam with a total registered capital of US$237 billion.


Foreign invested projects have significantly contributed to developing the country’s infrastructure.


They have played a positive part in improving production capacity and speeding up technological renovation as well as stimulating economic growth.


In 2013, total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Viet Nam hit a record high of US$22.35 billion, up 36.7%, and the FDI disbursement also rose to US$11.5 billion, up 9.9%.


Apart from the goal of making profit, foreign investors are also interested in how to improve the quality of living standards of local people, said Liu Mei Teh, Chairwoman of the Council of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam.


She has expressed hope that investors, employees and the government of Viet Nam will find common voice for mutual benefit to be achieved.


Roman Kuebler, Director General of B. Brauns Viet Nam, which aims to raise its total investment in Viet Nam to US$270 million, said the multinational group has proposed Viet Nam making investment environment, particularly policies clear, transparent and efficient.


Simon AndrewsInternational Finance Corporation (IFC) Regional Manager for Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand hoped that Viet Nam will soon complete the signing of trade agreements in the future.


By Thuy Dung

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VN, Netherlands enhance agricultural cooperation

17:23 | 16/06/2014

VGP –Vietnamese and Dutch agricultural experts were brought together to a forum on vegetable, edible flowers and fruits held on June 16 in Ha Noi.

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The forum was co-chaired by Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat and Dutch Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma.

The Dutch side highly valued efforts of the Vietnamese Government and the MARD in creating favorable conditions for Dutch businesses to establish brands and successfully operate in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam is potential in producing vegetables, edible flowers and fruits for exports and serving agricultural production restructuring process as well as diversifying farm products.

In the future, the Netherlands will send professionals to help Vietnamese farmers improve their farming techniques.

At the forum, the two ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding on plant quarantine.

By Thuy Dung

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Mekong Delta’s rice export reaches US$1 bln

16:59 | 16/06/2014

VGP – The Mekong Delta has freshly exported 42,000 tons of rice, raising its total rice export by June 15 to 2.5 million tons, worth nearly US$1 billion.

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China was the largest importer of the region’s rice, accounting for 78% of the total and posting a year-on-year increase of 5%.  

Exports to the Philippines rose fourfold compared to the same period last year and to the Middle East up 126%.

These achievements were attributed to the enhanced marketing activities in Asia and the Middle East.

Regional rice exporters still maintained their good turnover from traditional markets such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Cuba, Russia, Timor Lester, Algeria, Hong Kong, Singapore, Haiti and Mexico.  

An Giang, Tien Giang, Soc Trang and Can Tho city have been expanding high-tech rice production models to raise the competitiveness of the grain.

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Singapore leads foreign investment in HCM City

20:46 | 15/06/2014

VGP – Singapore led foreign investors in Ho Chi Minh City in the first months of this year, according to a municipal official at a recent Vietnam-Singapore business forum.

In the three months of 2014, the country’s economic hub granted licences to 71 foreign-invested businesses with total investment capital of nearly US$750 million, 4.5-fold increase against the same time last year.

The total included nine Singaporean enterprises capitalised at over US$200 million, comprising 31 percent of the total foreign investment in the city, said Le Manh Ha, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee.

Singaporean companies have so far invested in over 667 projects capitalised at nearly US$7 billion.

Along with existing fields, Singapore investors are interested in technology, which is suitable to the city’s economic restructuring orientation as well as its capacity for skills and human resources, Ha said, adding the city is committed to creating favourable conditions for Singaporean businesses to carry out their long-term investment in the hub.

HCM City and Singapore are also seeing sound development in other areas such as trade, culture and education.

In 2013, Singapore was the city’s third biggest trade partner, with two-way trade of US$3 billion.

Norman Lim, Chairman of the Singaporean Businesses’ Association, said this year many Singaporean firms are eyeing on Viet Nam ’s agro-forestry products and seafood, so Singapore promotion agencies have boosted cooperation programmes with their Vietnamese partners in these sectors.

Leow Siu Lin, Consul General in HCM City, highlighted the relations between the two countries, saying the ties were being stepped up by both governments and peoples, including their respective business communities.

In regards to social disturbances in May, she said the Singaporean Government and business community highly appreciate the timely measures taken by the Vietnamese Government, which showed the resolve to maintain a favourable, stable and safe investment environment for enterprises.

Edlyn Khoo, Director of International Enterprises (IE) at Singapore ‘s Ho Chi Minh Centre added that the city is a national leader in attracting investment from Singapore , followed by Ha Noi and Quang Ngai, Bac Ninh, Binh Duong and Ba Ria – Vung Tau provinces.

She emphasised that Singapore ’s future goal is to strengthen its partnership with HCM City as well as with and other provinces in Viet Nam . Singapore wishes to expand cooperation with Viet Nam in a host of areas, including trade, import-export, technology transfer and preservation of food and farm produce to increase the value of Viet Nam’s agricultural sector.

In addition, Singapore’s famous brand names are keen on the Vietnamese consumer market, and hope to cooperate in franchising opportunities in such fields as retail, food and services, Khoo concluded.-VNA

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China dispatches reconnaissance jet to oil rig

20:03 | 14/06/2014

VGP – The Vietnamese Fisheries Surveillance force on June 14 detected a Chinese reconnaissance aircraft flying at the height of 300-500m above the Haiyang Shiyou-981 rig which is standing illegally inside Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, according to the national news agency.

China maintained about 120 vessels of all kinds at the site on the day, and its fishing vessels, assisted by coastal guard ships, became more aggressive in disrupting regular fishing activities of Vietnamese boats, pushing them away 38-40 nautical miles from the rig.

Other Chinese ships operated in group to stop Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessels from approaching the rig, ready to ram or fire water cannons at Vietnamese ships any time to drive them away.

Viet Nam News Agency reporters on board Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessels said despite bad weather, rough sea and the Chinese ships’ violent acts, Viet Nam’s force maintained its communication activities to demand the withdrawal of the oil rig and Chinese ships from Viet Nam’s waters./.


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China uses high-speed ships to prevent Vietnamese vessels

19:47 | 13/06/2014

VGP – China used high-speed ships to prevent Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessels from approaching the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 which was illegally placed in Viet Nam’s waters since early May, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported Friday.

Chinese coast guard ships and tugboats were deployed some 8-10 nautical miles from the illicit rig and stood about 50-100 meters from the Vietnamese vessels.

Meanwhile, Chinese fishing boats brazenly stood about 35 nautical miles from the rig to disturb normal operations of the Vietnamese fishing boats.

The same day, China still maintained some 116 ships, including six military ones and 42 coast guard ships.

Although the weather condition was getting worse at Hoang Sa archipelago in general and the waters where the oil rig was illegally installed, the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessels and fishing boats persistently stayed at the area to protest China’s perverse actions and demand China immediately withdraw its oil rig as well as escorted ships from Viet Nam’s waters./.

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City leader welcomes Polish official

17:17 | 13/06/2014

VGP – Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao hosted a reception for Ms Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, who led a delegation of enterprises on a visit to Viet Nam. 

Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao (R)receives Ms Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland

Comprising over 50 enterprises in the fields of food processing, green technology, waste treatment, electricity production from waste, mining and mining equipment, the delegation aims to seek business partners and opportunities for investment in Viet Nam generally and Ha Noi particularly.
They took part in business forum on June 11 in Ha Noi with over 400 Vietnamese firms and attended an investment conference on June 13 in Ho Chi Minh city. 
Addressing the reception, Thao said during more than 20 years of renewal process, Viet Nam and Poland have obtained significant achievements in many fields.
Viet Nam has received great support from Poland in the past struggle for national independence and the current development process. More than 4,000 Vietnamese students and workers have been trained in Poland.
About China’s illegal operation of the oil drilling rig HD 981 in Viet Nam’s waters in the East Sea that has harmed peace and security in the region, Thao proposed the Polish government to support Viet Nam at international forums, as Viet Nam wishes to settle the disputes through peaceful, diplomatic means in line with international law.
Ms Katarzyna Kacperczyk expressed her sincere thanks to chairman Thao, confirming to strive for the aforementioned issues, hence promote friendship between Poland and Viet Nam in general and Ha Noi and Warszawa in particular.

                                                                                                                By Ngoc Van

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Press Releases: Remarks With Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. It really is a pleasure for me to welcome the Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott here to the State Department for the first time as prime minister and my first time to visit with him here. But we had the great pleasure of sitting down together very shortly after he became prime minister when were in Bali at the conference, the ASEAN conference there. And we shared a lot of different thoughts at that time.

This morning, we had a chance to meet with the President and I think both of us would agree it was a very extensive, comprehensive meeting and a very positive one. Bottom line, the United States of America has no better friend than Australia. And it has been proven time and time again through the years. I personally remember when I was in the Navy and stationed in Vietnam, Australia was there at our side, as Australia has always been.

And whether it is support for democracy, rule of law, standing up for human rights, speaking out across the planet, Australia is at our side. They have been voicing strong concerns about Ukraine, about what is happening there, about Syria, about the humanitarian catastrophe.

And in recent days, the prime minister has carried out very successful trips both to China and to Japan, which advance our interests as well, because we are deeply engaged in our negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. We both have high hopes of being able to advance that, because it raises the standards of doing business and ultimately creates a race to the top, not the bottom, and we all benefit from that.

So we have a lot to talk about. Obviously there is a world full of challenges at this moment for all of us. But with respect to the obligations of the United States to try to meet those challenges, we could not have a better ally, a better partner, a better friend. And I’m very grateful to welcome the prime minister here today.

PRIME MINISTER ABBOTT: Well, thank you, Secretary Kerry. It is terrific to be here in the State Department, my second visit to the State Department, but my first visit as prime minister to speak with the Secretary about a whole range of issues. We’ll have the chance to speak more extensively on some of the topics that were covered with the President earlier today.

But I am particularly grateful for America’s continuing, deep, and strong involvement in Southeast Asia – continuing, deep, and strong involvement in Southeast Asia. Because while there is so much that is good in our region, there are, nevertheless, security challenges. And there is the importance of ensuring that we are all good international citizens. Because the lesson of history is that we will all advance together or none of us will advance at all. The lesson of history is that if we want prosperity, we must have peace, because if you’re not a peaceful region you can’t be a prosperous region. We all want prosperity, and because we all want prosperity we’ve got to have peace.

And this is, between Australia and the United States, a great partnership for peace. We have been partners, allies, friends for a hundred years now. And as time goes by, this partnership just gets stronger and stronger. As far as I’m concerned, the United States is family to Australia, and that’s why it’s important to be here to talk to our family and to deepen and broaden our understanding across a whole range of international issues.

So I’m really looking forward to the – this time with Secretary Kerry, just as I cherished the time earlier today with the President. I’m looking forward to discussions tomorrow with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, and some of the leaders of the United States security agencies, because this is a very important trip for my country and I believe it is quite a significant trip for the wider world as well.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much.

PRIME MINISTER ABBOTT: Thanks very much.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, Iraq —

SECRETARY KERRY: And by the way, we look forward to being in Australia for the G20 very, very much.

I’ll just take one question real quick. Somebody was asking something.

QUESTION: On – yes, on Iraq, Iraq seems to be coming apart. Doesn’t the U.S. have to provide air support?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, let me just affirm very, very clearly we are deeply concerned about what is happening in Iraq, and we are not concerned and waiting. We are providing assistance. We are in direct touch with Prime Minister Maliki, with the leaders at the top level. I’ve just completed phone calls now with people in Iraq.

And I know the President of the United States is prepared to make key decisions in short order. And as he made clear earlier, options are on the table right now and at the appropriate time I’m sure you’ll hear from the President. Thank you.

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China continues tricks to slander VN

20:45 | 12/06/2014

VGP – China, a member of the UN Security Council, on Thursday continued circling and cutting off Vietnamese vessels and then retreating in order photograph and film misleading footage.

The move aims to make it look like Chinese ships were being rammed by the Vietnamese vessels, according to the Fisheries Surveillance Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Chinese ships continued to form groups about 7-10 nautical miles around the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 illegally placed in Viet Nam’s waters and stood ready to fiercely prevent, ram and fire water cannons at the Vietnamese vessels, the Department reported.

Besides, some 35 Chinese fishing boats, supported by two coast guards ships, aggressively blocked and disturbed Vietnamese fishing boats right in Viet Nam’s waters.

Despite China’s aggression, the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance and fishing boats persistently stayed at the area to continue their duties and normal activities./.

By Hai Minh


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