Date Published: 30 November 2015
CNPLaw LLP, formerly known as Colin Ng & Partners, advised Nikkei Inc on Singapore’s laws, regulations and media sector rules in relation to its intended acquisition of the Financial Times newspaper business from Pearson plc.
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