Shruti Ajitsaria on building a culture of digital innovation in the legal sector

Shruti Ajitsaria is Partner and Head of FUSE, A&O’s tech innovation space.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she outlines how technology is impacting the role of lawyers, how FUSE is serving as a catalyst for legal innovation in Asia, and the unique nature of […]

India Stays Steady as Storm Looms in Horizon

Just as we thought that the pandemic was slowly receding in India with very low daily cases and festive season behind us now, a fresh threat looms on the horizon. The Omicron variant is being seen as a concern worldwide now. India was gearing up to […]

New book: Law firm profitability improved by good inter-generational communication

A new book focused on how law firms can increase profitability by improving inter-generational communication has just been published. Thriving in a Multi-Generational Law Firm: How to Increase Communication and Collaboration Among Lawyers by legal industry consultants Pamela DeNeuve and John Grimley – outlines how inter-generational […]

“I believe that representation is the key to making change”. Andrea Ng, Magic Circle finance lawyer, on Diversity and Inclusion in legal services

Recently relocated to Singapore, Andrea Ng specializes in leveraged acquisition finance at Allen & Overy.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she discusses the importance of Diversity & Inclusion in legal services from her perspective of working within a Magic Circle law firm during her time in London.  She also discusses how […]

2021 Taiwan LegalTech & Compliance Hackathon

The 2021 Taiwan Legal and Compliance Technology Hackathon Final Results have been announced: The biggest prize went to the team that worked on the Judgment Relationship Chart; National Judge Act, which was the spotlight of the contest.

Practicing corporate and commercial law in the Maldives.  An interview with Mariyam Shunana

Mariyam Shunana is Managing Partner of leading Maldives law firm Shunana & Co. LLP, where she specializes in litigating and negotiating complex business transactions. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Mariyam details her eleven years of legal experience in representing the Government of the Maldives, […]

How 4 law students in Myanmar founded a legal startup.  The story of JusWise

JusWise is a Myanmar-based legal startup founded by 4 law students.  JusWise has a vision to provide legal services in an easily accessible manner by using technology driven innovative solutions.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, the four founders of JusWise reflect on what inspired […]

‘The Thing About……Nishith Desai’  

Nishith Desai, founder of the eponymous firm Nishith Desai Associates, talks to Patrick Dransfield about strategy, technology and people management.

India: Should We Celebrate this Diwali

There has been cause for cheer as India scripted history by achieving administering 100 crore (one billion) Covid-19 vaccination doses in just about nine months of its rollout. The daily increase in new cases has remained on the lower all throughout the festive season. India is […]

‘The Thing About……John B Quinn’

Biography of John B Quinn For thirty years John B. Quinn continues to enjoy a unique, dual status in the legal profession.  Widely regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the world, he is equally well-known as the founder of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & […]

Legal technology company Lawcadia and legal operations consultancy LEx360 partner to reduce waste, risk, complexity, and uncertainty for corporate counsel

The modern legal department remains a function plagued by inefficient, manual and complex processes, further compounded by relentless demands, heightened regulatory compliance requirements and the pressure to ‘do more with less’. Whilst there is an appetite for change, General Counsels are unsure of where to start […]

Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen on Singapore’s present and future role as a legal innovation hub

Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen is among the most active legal innovators in the Asia-Pacific region. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Jennifer has worked at various leading law firms and was listed in Asia Law Portal’s Top 30 in the business of law to watch in 2019.  […]

DOJ Deal with Huawei CFO Highlights Tensions Between the Rule of Law and Geopolitical Realities

US Officials Decry China’s Use of Points of Leverage as “Geostrategic Weapons” But China Claims US Employs “Rule of Law” as Front for Transparent Bullying Tactics

India: Economy Shows Signs of Revival

There has been recovery of the Indian economy in the past month. The daily new Covid 19 cases have gone down some more to around 30,000 and even below on certain days. This is coupled with staggering coverage on vaccination across the country. Considering the vast […]

Why foreign shareholders should understand the corporate veil in China?

The corporate veil or the corporate personality is a legal term used to describe the separation of the corporate entity from the shareholder for the purpose of litigation. Usually, the court renders the shareholder personally liable for the debts, negligence, or mismanagement of the business, and […]

The Meng/Michaels Conflict and Beyond … Band Aids or Proactive Solutions for Trade Conflicts?

Introduction The protracted saga of the US Justice Department’s extradition request concerning Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO, is well known.[i]  This matter by far exceeds the scope of a normal fraud case – which it formally is, albeit within the framework of US sanctions – and has […]

Why good corporate governance is so important in China?

A major challenge for investors is maintaining proper governance of their Chinese foreign entity to generate a profitable business. Whilst there are significant improvements in the business environment, including regulatory reforms to streamline administrative procedures, investors, especially those residing abroad, face challenges in establishing the proper […]

In conversation with Horizons Corporate Advisory Regional Partner Roberto GILARDINO

Robert Gilardino is Regional Partner with Horizons Corporate Advisory, based in Shanghai.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Dr. Gilardino explains what makes Horizons unique, the unique challenges he faces in an increasingly competitive legal market, how his previous government experience is leveraged to help […]

Flexible legal services for businesses in Japan: An interview with Catherine O’Connell

A former in-house counsel in Japan, Catherine O’Connell is originally from New Zealand. In 2018, she founded her own law firm focused on providing flexible legal services to businesses in Japan.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, O’Connell details the inspiration that led her to […]

How Businesses Benefit from Subscription-Based Legal Services

Every business owner will be familiar with products or services priced on a subscription basis. For example, mobile phone plans, accounting software, and bookkeeping services are all invariably paid for on a subscription basis. Indeed, many businesses are leasing property on a subscription basis (WeWork and […]

A new era in Chinese legislation: paving stronger stance in national sovereignty and interests

Deng Xiaoping initiated the Reform and Opening Up policy and opened the door to the world in 1978. As a result, China’s GDP rose from 367.9 billion yuan in 1978 to 15.45 trillion yuan in 2020 and lifted China from a third-world country to becoming a […]

Jennifer Parks, White and Case APAC COO, on how the firm is navigating the region

As APAC COO, Jennifer Parks oversees White & Case Asia-Pacific region operations.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Parks explains what inspired her to focus on managing the operations of a global law firm in Asia, how the firm is adapting to the ever-changing competitive […]

India: Economy Sees Green Shoots as Vaccination Coverage Increases

There have been some green shoots in economic activity as new Covid 19 cases seem to have stabilized around the 40,000 daily mark. The festive season has just commenced and there are apprehensions as well as expectations. The apprehension stems from gatherings and people coming together […]

Championing legal innovation for the region. An interview with Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong specializes in legal innovation initiatives for Dentons Rodyk. Based in Singapore, he sits on the steering committee of the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) and is an editor at LawTech.Asia. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he describes his legal innovation […]

Does the Meng Wanzhou case involve an abuse of process?

Should Ms. Meng Wanzhou be extradited from Canada to the US? The Canadian court overseeing her case and Canada’s Minister of Justice are responsible for determining this. If an abuse of process by either the requesting or requested state was committed during the extradition proceedings, it […]

Lawcadia announces new solutions for law firms to digitally transform client relationships and service delivery

Innovative legal technology company, Lawcadia, has released a new offering for law firms to help them attract new clients, win more work, and improve efficiencies. With corporate and Government clients facing downward budget pressures and increased legal and regulatory demands, just providing legal advice is no […]

On early career challenges for a young lawyer. Insights from Ghulam Nabi Abbasi, High Court Advocate, Karachi

Ghulam Nabi Abbasi is a vibrant and hardworking Karachi based lawyer who began his practice at Arshad h. Lodhi & Co., a small firm where he learned about the implementation of procedural laws in the criminal and civil courts of Pakistan. Helping clients – whether rich […]

Interpretation of Fiscal Statutes

Legal experts drafted Acts and Rules and it is expected from lawmakers that the words and language used in statutes have a little room for interpretation or construction. But the case of fiscal laws has been different. It is quite often that we find courts and […]

At the forefront of legal innovation in India. An interview with Shreya Vajpei

Shreya Vajpei is a legal innovator, legal technology writer and advisor, and practice development professional – having begun her career as a lawyer.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she details the journey that led her to her focus on legal innovation – and how […]

Khushbakht Shah Jillani, the Rising Star in the Pakistani legal sphere on her unprecedented career trajectory in litigation, womens advocacy and law student empowerment

Pakistan High Court Advocate Khushbakht Shah Jillani is the youngest lawyer in Pakistan to build a career independently in litigation pertaining to family laws, domestic violence, human rights and women’s rights advocacy.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she explains her practice, her involvement in Pro […]

Analysis of Legal Issues Involved in the Meng Wanzhou Case

Basic facts of the case On December 1, 2018, Canada arrested Ms. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, in Vancouver at the request of the US. On December 11, 2018, the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Canada ruled on and approved Ms. Meng’s bail application. […]

The Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association launches the region’s first community-based legal innovation and technology awards

Today, the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) launched the ALITA SOLIA Awards 2021, the Asia-Pacific’s first set of community-based legal innovation and technology awards. Powered by industry stalwarts such as Linklaters, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), Clifford Chance, the Singapore Academy of Law […]

How Naina Pachnanda achieved her dream of contributing to India’s innovation in her own innovative way

Naina Pachnanda’s study of law and legal career, combined with her love of her country, led her to pursue a career with Invest India, where she helps simplify India’s business environment through innovation and technology regulation. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Naina recounts her […]

India: Economic Impact of Second Wave

The second wave of Covid 19 seems to be continuing and the warning from health experts that the tail of the decline could be prolonged is coming true. India continues to record average of around 40,000 cases for the past 3 weeks with large numbers seen […]

Do Meng Wanzhou’s acts constitute fraud?

After arresting Ms. Meng Wanzhou at the request of the US, Canada still had to decide whether to extradite her to the US. The core question for consideration behind this decision is: During the meeting with the HSBC executive in 2013, did Ms. Meng misrepresent the […]

Amie Cheung appointed Deputy Chair of Alliott Global Alliance’s APAC region

Amie Cheung, Principal of Hong Kong accounting firm, Lawrence Cheung CPA (LCCPA) has been appointed the Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific region for Alliott Global Alliance (AGA), one of the world’s largest international alliances of law and accounting firms. The appointment is effective 1 July. […]

Practicing matrimonial and family law in Hong Kong. An interview with Jaerey Velasco, Partner, Payne Clermont Velasco

Payne Clermont Velasco is a litigation law firm, established in Hong Kong, with a local and international client base.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Jaerey Velasco, Partner at Payne Clermont Velasco, outlines her practice and explains how matrimonial and family law is unique in Hong […]

How remote work is impacting legal services in India. An interview with Bhagyashree Pancholy

Bhagyashree Pancholy founded All Remotely, where she helps co-located and office-based teams to transition to remote teams and helps remote teams understand their teams better with the help of her proprietary assessments. She is also General Counsel at Lano, where she helps clients expand internationally by […]

The current state of Corporate Social Responsibility in Hong Kong. An interview with Alfred Ip, Senior Partner, Hugill & Ip Solicitors

Corporate Social Responsibility has grown in importance in recent years.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Alfred Ip, Senior Partner, Hugill & Ip Solicitors details the current state of CSR in Hong Kong, its future in China and the greater APAC region, and how companies […]