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 […]

Will discretion abide as long as the rules provide?

What you need to know about reopening a receiver’s fees after assessmentas confirmed in the novel case of Ho Chor Ming & Ors v Hong Kong ChiuChow Po Hing Buddhism Association Ltd [2018] 3 HKLRD 270 This Case Report was authored by Douglas Lam SC and […]

Appointment of Full Service, National Law Firm KSK Expands Alliott Group’s Presence in India

Full-service Pan India law firm King Stubb & Kasiva (‘KSK’) has agreed to join Alliott Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing alliances of law and accounting firms. The appointment enables KSK to offer a comprehensive range of legal services to the clients of Alliott Group member […]

Whither private practice?

Smarter Law: Transforming Busy Lawyers into Business Leaders by Trevor Faure Book Review (Part 2) Forgive me for starting on a negative note but the chances are that many of you are unlikely to get beyond the third paragraph of this article, less likely still to pull […]

New legal tech company CodeLex aims to streamline the practice of law

Legal technology company CodeLex is a developer of legaltech projects as part of the Irbis Ventures (formerly ‘M Lab’​) ecosystem. Incorporated in Mongolia and Singapore, and with a core team based in Ulaanbaatar, Singapore and Tokyo, CodeLex projects aim to streamline and add value to the […]

Melbourne to host the 2019 ALPMA Summit this September!

2019 ALPMA Summit Road Map to Transformation – Move Forward with Confidence The 2019 ALPMA Summit Road Map to Transformation – Move Forward with Confidence will provide delegates with a framework and a clear pathway forward to confidently lead their firms into the future. Operating within […]

Time to embrace co-working

What are the key ingredients for a great co-working space? Trendy, young hipsters making steaming coffee with cacti and succulents abound, prosecco on tap and Scandi style interior design? Maybe, yet these spaces can benefit all types of workers with a creative and comfortable place to […]

Changes to the Thai Foreign Business Act with Certain Business Types Open to Foreign Operation

John P. Formichella Naytiwut Jamallsawat According to Thailand Foreign Business Act B.E. 2542 (FBA), there are 3 types of business activities that govern foreign participation in Thai commerce: List 1: Business Not Permitted to Foreigners List 2: Business Permitted to Foreigners under Conditions List 3: Business […]

India: Renewed Interest in Entry of Foreign Law Firms

The discussion around entry of foreign law firms in India was resurrected recently. The economic slowdown is now even more glaring with ADB and IMF further lowering their respective April 2019 growth forecasts, which, together with the forecasts reported by World Bank and Fitch last month, […]

ASEAN Insiders Series 2019 – Personal Data Protection

DATA PROTECTION IN ASEAN Technology and the rise of the digital economy has transformed our lives for the better in many ways. However, data breaches and data security threats loom over us. The incident involving Cambridge Analytica in 2018 where millions of Facebook users’ data were […]