Legal Roles & Opportunities Across Asia in 2019

As global growth rates look sluggish in 2019 with the well-documented slowdown in growth brought about by the Sino-US trade war, leading executive search business Aquis Search has announced in its latest set of salary survey & guides published in January this year, that despite some […]

Manila – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Known as the “pearl of the orient” during Spanish rule, the City of Manila withstood many natural disasters, colonial occupations and war, is now a thriving metropolis. While it may still be a stopover for most tourists before heading to the islands, Manila has become a […]

Latest Employment Law Trends in Australia

2018 was a busy time period for proposed reform to the employment law regime in Australia, as multiple bills are currently being discussed at both federal and state parliaments. This article will summarise the progress made in the reform process over the past year in Australia. […]

Your Business Personality – and why it matters

When people think of personality types in relation to business, many think of the Myers-Briggs test – a self-report questionnaire which was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers during World War II, primarily to help women entering the workforce for the […]

Infrastructure Development and the Legal Services Sector in Asia: An interview with Gerard Sanders, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Gerard Sanders, General Counsel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), is working to deepen ties between AIIB and Asia-Pacific regional arbitral hubs and other legal institutions to help facilitate coordination to promote infrastructure development.  In anticipation of his upcoming visit to the Hong Kong International […]

Latest Employment Trends in Mainland China: More Foreigners May Need to Pay Individual Income Tax in China?

2018 was an eventful year for reform in Chinese employment law, as it seeks to open its labour market to foreigners and residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Some of the changes have significant ramifications to foreign enterprises operating in Mainland China. This article shall […]

Lawyers are from Mars: Marketing People are from Mercury OR the importance of cognitive diversity in law firms

“We always did feel the same we just saw it from a different point of view. Tangled up in blue.” Bob Dylan In preparation for taking on a new marketing and business development role at an international law firm (this was after I accepted the position […]

Cambodia Legal & Tax Alert: Fortnightly Payments in Effect

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) introduced “Prakas 442 – On the Payment of Wages” (Prakas 442) in September 2018. Prakas 442 provides that from January 2019 all enterprises and establishments covered by the provisions of the Labour Law shall prepare their payroll to […]

Barriers to funding arbitration in Hong Kong dismantled

Hong Kong’s lawmakers kicked off the process of permitting the third-party funding of arbitration as far back as 2013, even then recognising the anachronistic nature of the prohibition. It has taken nearly six years for us to reach this point, but from February 1st the funding […]

High Growth Forecast for India Amidst Some Concerns

India continued to receive high economic growth forecast, as per reports issued by the International Monetary Fund and United Nations (UN). However, the UN reported highlighted some concerns and worrisome factors. Government of India recently amended the external commercial borrowings rules to further enable ease of […]

A Year of Big Changes: Latest Employment Trends in Singapore and Japan

2018 saw the biggest changes in the employment law regimes of both Singapore and Japan. Both jurisdictions have recently gone through a fundamental change to the key legislation concerning employees’ rights. This includes a wider coverage of employees who are entitled to statutory benefits, and the […]

Elevate Acquires Cognatio Law, Launching Operations in Hong Kong

Flexible lawyering provider Cognatio extends Elevate’s global capabilities in Asia Pacific market. Law company Elevate today announced it has acquired Cognatio Law, a Hong Kong-based flexible lawyering and legal consulting business serving in-house legal and compliance teams as well as law firms across Asia Pacific. Cognatio […]

Yangon – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Services Professionals

Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is the largest city as well as the cultural and commercial center of Myanmar. With the recent reforms, there has been a massive influx of foreign investment in the city. The city is still developing and has huge potential. A […]

Latest Employment Trends in Hong Kong: More Burden for Employers?

2018 witnessed the proposed introduction of a number of changes to the employment law regime in Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong Government taking the charge in implementing changes to gradually improve employee protections and employee benefits. This article shall revisit some of the key events […]

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Participated in the Pre-Series A Funding of Justika.com

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (AHP), one of the biggest law firms in Indonesia, recently participated in the Pre-Series A funding of Justika.com (Justika), the pioneer of legal services marketplace start-up in Indonesia. AHP’s Managing Partner, Bono Daru Adji, remarked that AHP’s participation in Justika is part […]

Tanner De Witt enhances its litigation practice with appointment of Kevin Bowers as Consultant

Tanner De Witt announces with great pleasure the appointment of Kevin Bowers as a Consultant in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Kevin is a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Hong Kong and has practiced as a commercial disputes lawyer and partner with three leading […]

Seyfarth Shaw promotes first Australian partner

We are excited to announce that Erin Hawthorne has been promoted to partner. Although we have grown through lateral partner appointments over the past few years, Erin is the first promotion to partner from within the team since the Australian offices of Seyfarth Shaw opened in […]

Ho Chi Minh City – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city with a rich culture and history. War relics from the devastating Vietnam War that lasted 20 years, and left a profound impact on the country’s economy, can still be found in the city. From a […]

M&A: Three easily mitigated but commonly overlooked pitfalls

New Delhi lawyers LexCounsel explore three of the most common mistakes made when it comes to Mergers & Acquisitions and their straight-forward solutions. Author Dimpy Mohanty Firm LexCounsel Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) are an incredibly popular way to grow business inorganically. However, a failed M&A can have far-reaching consequences for […]

Litigation Funding Agreements – do the Courts approve? Find out in Raafat Imam v. Life (China) Company Limited and Others [2018] HKCFI 1852

By Clifford Smith SC, Sabrina Ho and Tommy Cheung Litigating in Hong Kong to enforce one’s rights and entitlements can be expensive. Against this backdrop, can a plaintiff of limited financial means enter into a third party civil action funding agreement to fund his civil case? […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.4

DFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, […]

30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2019

The Asia-Pacific legal markets in 2018 were characterized by trends including the exponential growth of technology deployment and innovation; the growing efforts of elite regional and local firms to adapt, innovate and compete; the potential limitations (and growth) in market access for foreign law firms; the […]