Law firm MDS KhanLex launches Mongolia’s first ‘robot lawyer’

14 November 2019. Ulaanbaatar. MDS KhanLex launches Mongolia’s first ‘robot lawyer’ — profit-shares with staff — prepares for launch of legaltech research institute Top-tier Mongolian law firm MDS KhanLex has launched ‘iGeree’ – an online contract automation and AI chatbot platform focused initially on employment law, […]

LawRato: India’s interactive online legal advice platform. An interview with Founder & CEO, Rohan Mahajan

LawRato.com is an interactive online platform that enables an individual to find experienced lawyers in any court or city in India.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LawRato.com’s Founder & CEO Rohan Mahajan explains what inspired the company’s founding, its’ geographical reach and plans for […]

LexpertEase: Nepal’s first and only legal tech platform: An interview with Founder Kailash Panday

LexpertEase is Nepal’s first and only legaltech platform. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LexpertaEase Founder Kailash Panday explains the firm’s focus and what inspired its’ founding, how technology is impacting Nepal’s legal market, LexpertEase’s local and international services offer and its’ goals for the […]

Some law firms in Asia are now accepting virtual currency

As Wong Joon Ian has reported in The Business Times: “The future of money is built in Asia” — noting that in excess of $1.8 billion dollars in crypto currencies are traded on Asian exchanges ever day — representing almost 60% of the world’s daily crypto […]

The current state of legal recruitment in Hong Kong. An interview with Rob Green, CEO of GRM

Hong Kong is a key conduit of foreign direct investment into and out of mainland China, and increasingly – a vital locale for Belt and Road infrastructure related legal work.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, provides his in-depth insights […]

Importance of financing for Vietnam’s BOT ventures

With the Ministry of Transport recently cancelling the international bidding process and replacing it with domestic bidding for the North-South Expressway project, the feasibility for bank loans is put on the top shelf of concerns. Lawyers Le Net, Le Thanh Hieu, and Vo Phuong Thao from […]

How Reed Smith is globalizing innovation initiatives. An interview with Adam Curphey

Global law firm Reed Smith recently appointed Adam Curphey Innovation Engagement Manager.  Curphey’s focus is working “with the firm’s lawyers, Practice Innovation and IT development teams to implement ideas to drive internal efficiencies, as well as identify collaboration opportunities with Reed Smith’s clients to deliver new […]

India: Doing Business Ranking the only Face-Saver

India’s improvement in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking is the only bright spot in a lackluster economy that desperately needs reassurance of a revival. It’s akin to the Diwali sparkle which lights up India around this time but belies the darkness for the rest of […]

How elite law firm Withers KhattarWong LLP is navigating Singapore’s highly competitive legal market: An interview with Managing Partner Deborah Barker

After a lengthy collaboration and formal alliance between Withers LLP and the former KhattarWong LLP, Withers KhattarWong LLP came into being in early 2019. The alliance has created the second largest law firm in Singapore, offering a full range of legal services to corporations, institutions and […]

Tricky tactics and quirky questions: how to find a lawyer that’s the right fit

Should we be adopting the mindgaming exploits of Meryl Streep’s character Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada”, to find out if your candidate is the best fit for your team? The menacing fashion editor’s interrogatory questions renders Anne Hathaway’s character almost speechless in the famous […]

Private equity invests in NewLaw firm Axiom: Commentary from Axiom’s CEO and APAC-region legal industry leaders

Axiom Law, one of NewLaw’s pioneering companies, both internationally and in Asia, has announced a new private equity investment from Permira, a major investor in LegalZoom.  The new investment comes after a recent planned initial public offering (IPO) was cancelled. As Thomas Allen details in Legal […]

Realising Indonesia’s new national capital city: HFW to host seminar in Jakarta

Realising Indonesia’s new national capital city: opportunities and challenges Following President Widodo’s recent announcement to move the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, we anticipate numerous opportunities and challenges for stakeholders in the construction industry. In light of these developments, Rahayu & Partners in association […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2020

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published the inaugural annual 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia.  Ever since then we’ve published a new edition each year: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 30 people […]

Pros of sandbox regulation for fintech

With the development of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the application of digital technologies for providing financial services has become the key driver in promoting financial inclusion. However, the industry’s growth will not only depend on investments, new technologies, or smartphone penetration, but will also require a […]

India: Will Corporate Tax Cut Revive Growth or Widen Fiscal Deficit

The mounting pressure of a sagging economy and sharp economic growth forecast reductions by global institutions, the Government of India announced significant tax relief to corporates. However, while this seemed to cheer the industry and may be a stimulus in the short term, experts have warned […]

A World of Difference: Cambridge Global Conversations

A Conversation with DVC’s Daniel Fung SC, QC, GBS, JP, FCIArb By Aparna Bundro, Practice Development Director, Des Voeux Chambers Many of today’s most fundamental conversations about global problems take place in an echo-chamber where only existing perceptions are reinforced. CGC, the newly set up education […]

Funding boost and award win for Australian legal tech company

Brisbane-based legal technology company Lawcadia announces that it has recently raised $1.3 million in a pre-Series A round from a number of private investors and Artesian, a leading Australian alternative investments and venture capital firm.

Implications of the New China Foreign Investment Law

A discussion of the new China Foreign Investment Law and the creation of an Expert Committee to produce template documents for in-house counsel. By Robert Lewis of docQbot, with an introduction by Patrick Dransfield of the In-House Community.

Dispute Resolution in Thailand: An Overview

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Pisut Rakwong and David Lawrence of Pisut & Partners explain the dispute resolution system in Thailand and how companies and foreign investors might effectively navigate it. What is the current institutional architecture for commercial arbitration in Thailand? Commercial arbitration is handled by two main organisations, […]

New Anti-Corruption Regime for Commercial Organisations in Malaysia

The MACC Amendment Act introduces a new Section 17A, which provides that a commercial organisation is deemed to commit an offence if any person associated with the commercial organisation corruptly gives, agrees to give, promises or offers to any person any gratification to obtain or retain business or advantage for the organisation. Subsection 17A(6) stipulates that a ‘person associated’ with a ‘commercial organisation’ may include directors, partners, and employees of the commercial organisation, as well as any person ‘who performs services for or on behalf of the commercial organisation’.

Strategic Alliance on Corporate Advisory and Services between Haeme Hashim & Co, Kuala Lumpur and Loggerhead Partners, Dubai.

In July 2019, Haeme Hashim & Co. has entered into a strategic alliance with Loggerhead Partners (“Loggerhead”), a corporate advisory and management consulting services firm based in Dubai, UAE. Currently, Loggerhead also has two other operating offices in Cyprus and Switzerland.

India: Stimulus to Slow the Slowdown

The Government finally took some recourse to revise the slowing India economy by introducing a stimulus economic package. The foreign direct investment limits were further liberalized to add possibly as part of the stimulus. The slowdown was now reported by Moody’s as well. The Personal Data […]