Magazine - January 2001

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  • The challenges of cross-border offerings: part one

    A panel of securities lawyers from a number of Asia Pacific countries consider a hypothetical multi-jurisdictional offering of debt securities via the internet. The fictional issuer,, seeks advice on conflicting disclosure requirements and the responses of securities exchanges and national and international securities depositories and clearing systems


  • In-house interview: Dirk Tirez, Easdaq

    The formation of Easdaq in 1996 was the first successful attempt to create a pan-European securities exchange. This month, Rufus Jones talks to Easdaq’s general counsel, Dirk Tirez, about the exchange’s pioneering approach, his use of law firms and his thoughts on the potential for a single European stock exchange

  • How best to set up a joint venture in Germany

    Benedikt Burger of Hölters & Elsing, Frankfurt, examines the legislative framework governing joint ventures in Germany at a time when they are becoming increasingly popular

  • Argentina unveils new law on leasing

    Argentina has introduced a law which sweeps away many of the previous restrictions on leasing activities. Javier Errecondo of Bruchou, Fernandez Madero, Lombardo & Mitrani, Buenos Aires, discusses the main points of the new legislation and how they will help promote the leasing market

  • China prepares for WTO by opening insurance sector

    After 14 years of negotiations, China has reached the final stage of its admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). As a result China has promised to lift many, but not all, restrictions imposed on foreign investment in its insurance industry. Andreas Lauffs and Andrew Ning of Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong analyze the scope of China’s concessions

  • China’s telecoms industry paves the way to WTO accession

    China’s first comprehensive attempt to regulate its telecoms industry represents another firm step towards World Trade Organization (WTO) accession. Xiangmin Xu and Chlorophyll Yip of Clifford Chance, Hong Kong, explain the new framework for operational licensing, interconnection, the setting of telecoms charges and standards of telecoms services

  • South Australian electricity privatization sparks interest in capital markets

    ETSA Utilities, the recently privatized entity that acquired South Australia’s electricity distribution network, has led the way in Australia in the use of the public debt markets for non-recourse financing. David Olsson, a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, discusses the challenges in financing long-term infrastructure leases in the capital markets

  • Antipodean firms look for a way out of isolation

    Australia and New Zealand are no longer as isolated as their far-flung locations would suggest, but their lawyers are still struggling to stay in the race for globalization. Nick Ferguson reports from Sydney and Auckland on how being big and being good may not be enough if firms’ strategies are not clear

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