Helping law firms create intuitive knowledge platforms:  The story of Singapore’s INTELLLEX

INTELLLEX was founded in 2015 in Singapore with the aim of helping law firms create intuitive knowledge platforms.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, INTELLLEX Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer Ellery Sutanto explains how the company began, it’s vision for the future of legal […]

ASEAN Insiders Series 2019 – Foreign Direct Investment

ASEAN – Open for business Since its formation in 1967, ASEAN has grown from an underdeveloped region into one of the globe’s most diverse and dynamic economic drivers. Located at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and strategically nested across several major trade routes, ASEAN is […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: New Gambling Law Permits Casinos to Operate in Myanmar

Following several discussions on significant changes being proposed in Myanmar in relation to the gambling landscape, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Myanmar parliament) finally enacted The Gambling Law (“GL”) on 7 May 2019. The enactment of the GL heralds positive news for investors looking to invest in the “casino” […]

Vietnam Legal Update: Draft Decision 3 and Vietnam’s Solar Future from July 2019

On 12 April 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (the “MOIT”) released a new draft Decision (the “Draft Decision 3”) that will replace Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam dated 11 April 2017 (“Decision 11”) on mechanisms to encourage […]

Modi Returns While India’s FDI Falls

The people of India voted the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi back to power with a thumping mandate in the general elections which concluded this month. The reforms and other initiatives of the current Government are expected to continue and pending legislations such as data privacy […]

View your sabbatical as a career booster and not a career break

It can be a scary prospect – the thought of stepping away from your deskbound duties and taking a sabbatical. You may question what your colleagues or management think or fear about this break in proceedings and how this will impact your career development. But having […]

Bend and Stretch: Make the most of your flexibility

So, you might have secured more flexibility in your working life, but what should you do with it? The benefits of a better work life balance have been espoused by many as the way to not only improve an individual’s life by allowing them more time […]

Asia’s economy remains the world’s growth engine, accounting for 62% of global GDP growth

According to a recent interview with BNP Paribas Economist Christine Peltier, “although confronting new challenges, Asia’s economy is still the world’s growth engine, accounting for 62% of global GDP growth.” Peltier highlighted the following developments: Emerging Asia (excluding Japan) grew by 6.2% in 2018, unchanged from the previous […]

Competition Bid-rigging in Hong Kong: tip of the iceberg?

What is the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal’s Approach in Dealing with Enforcement Actions Concerning Bid-Rigging and Market Sharing and Price Fixing? Find out in two landmark decisions handed down on 17.5.2019 under the new competition regime featuring 3 members from DVC including Catrina Lam, Connie Lee […]

Fast-Growing International Alliance of Law and Accounting Firms to Host Regional Conference in Shanghai

Themed ‘Together Towards Tomorrow’, Alliott Group’s APAC Regional Conference takes place from 17-18 June in Shanghai and will bring together senior and managing partners from some of the Asia Pacific region’s leading local law and accounting firms. Over two days, leaders from Alliott Group’s independent member […]

The Business of Law in India in 2019: Marketing, Innovation, Technology and Market Liberalization. An interview with Aman Abbas of Commwiser

Aman Abbas is Co-Founder & CEO, Commwiser, a Delhi-based consultancy focused on public relations and law firm marketing.  His two decades of experience in public relations and communications in professional services includes work with Amarchand Mangaldas, India’s largest Law firm and Big4 acccounting firm KPMG, as […]

Hourly billing, the Big4, NewLaw and technology. John Chisholm of Innovim Group analyzes the main competitive threats and opportunities for law firms

Australia-based John Chisholm is a widely recognized strategic advisor to law firms on pricing and strategy – based on his decades of experience as managing partner for both law and accounting firms. A Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a Distinguished Fellow of the […]

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) London bond issue solidifies the UK’s role in Asia’s development

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) raised 2.5 Billion (USD) from 90 bidders in 27 countries on a bond issue this week at the London Stock Exchange (LSE).  As Global Capital described it: “The AIIB placed itself among the very top supranational names in the capital […]

Going Public in the ASEAN-5: Snapshot of IPO and Listing Requirements

The key economic purpose of the capital markets is to give companies access to different sources of financing to grow their businesses. An initial public offering (IPO) is one of the main ways for a company to raise equity capital by using the primary public equity […]

Legal Technology Transformation

Going beyond Risk & Compliance – Legal Functions Embracing Digital The Deloitte Legal Management Consulting team has been working closely with in-house legal teams as they transform their operations. Forward-looking General Counsels (GCs) and their teams are developing or refining their strategies to align with the […]

Solutions to mitigate M&A pitfalls

Recently Vietnam has become a favourite merger and acquisition (M&A) destination among foreign investors, particularly from Japan, Korea  and Singapore. Popular sectors include real estate, food and beverages, retail, and to a lesser degree, manufacturing. However, one problem at present is that negotiations are often lengthy and […]

Legal Technology: The GC Conundrum

The General Counsel (GC) is changing from a legal expert and risk mitigator to a business enabler. The best of this new breed of GCs are agile, on the ground, close to the business, and engaged up-front with their organization’s design and technology teams, enabling them […]

Legal Update: New Amendment to Thailand’s Labor Protection Act Taking Effect on May 6, 2019

The Thai National Legislative Assembly approved a resolution to amend the existing Labor Protection Act (the “LPA”) on December 13, 2018. This amendment to the LPA has been published in the Government Gazette on April 5, 2019, and will come into effect on May 6, 2019. […]

Asia’s changing legal market and the strategies to adapt: An interview with Eric Chin of Alpha Creates

Asia’s legal market is changing and who better to know what strategies firms might deploy to adapt to these changes than Melbourne-based Eric Chin, who helped co-found Alpha Creates in January of 2019.  A long-time strategic advisor to the legal services sector, Eric also coined the term […]

Legal Entity Management – Beyond Compliance

Introduction Recently corporations, regulators and the public have been embroiled in fierce debates about CO² emissions, money laundering, and the OECD’s BEPS initiatives. All of these have involved risk to the reputations of hitherto highly respected organizations. Now entity management compliance is coming into the public […]

Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and The City of London – A legal and business conference – at The Law Society, 3 June, 2019

The legal and business conference “Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and The City of London”, will take place 3 June, 2019, at The Law Society of England & Wales Head Quarters in the City of London.  “Bringing It All Back Home”, supported by the Law […]

Australia’s raised bar in Whistle-Blower Protection – New Time-sensitive Requirement for Employers

Australia’s whistle-blowing laws and program launches on July 1st 2019. The expanded corporate whistle-blowing program provides Australian employees with potentially the highest level of disclosure protection globally.  Likewise, Australian employers will likely be setting a new standard. While companies will have until January 1st, 2020 to […]