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Opportunities for startups and venture capital investors in Vietnam: An interview with Hoang Minh Duc, Special Counsel, Duane Morris

Hoang Minh Duc advises clients in corporate & MA matters as special counsel with Duane Morris Vietnam, the Vietnamese subsidiary of Duane Morris LLP (US).  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he details the most important opportunities and challenges he sees for corporate clients in […]

The current state of legal innovation in South Korea. An interview with Narae Lee, General Counsel, Blockcrafters

Narae Lee is General Counsel of Seoul-based Blockchain Accelerator Blockcrafters, and Organizer of Seoul Legal Hackers. In this interview, she explains the work of Blockcrafters, her previous work as corporate legal counsel and as a lawyer both in government and in private practice; the current state […]

How legal business development and marketing is evolving in Asia. An interview with Roy Ang of Withers

Roy Ang is Head of Marketing and Business Development (Asia Pacific) at Withers. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he explains the unique opportunities and challenges of the role, the differences between legal marketing in the private and public sectors, how he helped quadruple the […]

The Current State of Legal Tech and Innovation in Thailand. An Interview with Kert Stavorn, Founder, Siam Legal Tech Center

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Kert Stavorn, Founder of Siam Legal Tech Center, explains the current state of legal tech and innovation in Thailand, including what inspired the founding of the Siam Legal Tech Center and its’ mission, what the Siam Legal Alliance Blockchain […]

12 Legal Tech Startup Founders in Asia to Follow in 2020

As Siam Legal Tech Center details on their website, the ASEAN region has seen “double digit growth in all digital segments including internet penetration, social media usage and mobile connectivity”. As a result, online legal services in the region have blossomed in this environment – with […]

Reflections on over two decades in the business of law in Asia: An interview with Patrick Dransfield, Co-Director, In-House Community

Patrick Dransfield first came to Asia in 1986 where he lived in Beijing. He later went on to a career working in the business of law beginning in Hong Kong in 1996. Educated in Art History and East Asia Studies, Dransfield has worked in legal publishing […]

How pro bono lawyers are helping make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a reality

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Shoichi Sugiyama explains how pro bono lawyers from the Tokyo 2020 pro bono lawyers services project are helping make the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a reality

Legal Experts Predict 2020 Trends in Asia Pacific Region Infrastructure Development

Leading infrastructure lawyers from Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Japan predict the most significant trends in Asia-Pacific region infrastructure development in 2020

The Philippine’s first on-demand online legal solutions platform. An interview with Marlon Valderama, President & CEO, LexMeet

LexMeet is the Philippine’s first on-demand online legal solutions platform.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LexMeet’s President & CEO, Marlon Valderama, explains what inspired the company’s founding, its services offer to lawyers and legal consumers, it’s geographic scope, market acceptance, future plans – as […]

India’s mobile app for lawyers: An interview with Dr. Arvind Singhatiya, CEO, LegalKart

LegalKart is an India-based technology platform that helps lawyers manage their legal practices. The firm uses artificial intelligence to connect qualified clients to lawyers — thereby helping lawyers build and grow their practices In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LegalKart Founder and CEO – Dr. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Creating sustainable infrastructure development in Asia. An interview with Jeremy Saw, Director, General Counsel, InfraCo Asia

Jeremy Saw is Director and General Counsel of InfraCo Asia.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he explains the organization’s work, the current state of infrastructure development in Asia, the development of his career and the unique nature of his work as an infrastructure lawyer, […]

Dispute Resolution a Key Theme of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) 2019 Annual Meeting in Luxembourg. An Interview with Peter Quayle, AIIB Chief Counsel, Corporate

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is currently hosting its’ first annual meeting outside Asia, in Luxembourg (July 12-13, 2019).  The theme of the meeting is “Cooperation and Connectivity” – “in recognition of the economic and social benefits to be realized through better connectivity within and […]

Opportunities for foreign investors in India. An interview with Zia Mody, Founder and Managing Director, AZB & Partners

Zia Mody is Founder and Managing Director of AZB & Partners, one of the most prominent law firms in India.  Founded less than 25 years ago with 12 lawyers, the firm has now grown to more than 450 lawyers practicing in offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, […]

Building a successful law practice in Malaysia. An interview with Grace C. G. Yeoh of Shearn Delamore & Co.

Grace C. G. Yeoh is Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A and Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology practices at Shearn Delamore & Co., one of Malaysia’s oldest and most distinguished law firms.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she provides insight into how to build […]