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Good morning,

Welcome back to Strait Up, our weekly newsletter that makes sense of what’s going on in Southeast Asia.

Singapore and US-headquartered gaming hardware firm Razer is being taken private. We explore what could happen post-delisting, and how its business has fared in 2021.

Meanwhile, Alibaba-owned e-commerce giant Lazada is expanding to…Europe. It sounds strange because it is. It sounds familiar because this is a path that its archrival Shopee took not too long ago.

In the Philippines, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte has made a drastic announcement to ban online cockfighting, or e-sabong, citing social impact on its citizens. But as with many things, there’s more to the move than meets the eye.

Let’s dive in.

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