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All About NFTs and Art. Universal Legal – LawWiser

Know all the Jazz about NFT and Art in #LawWiser‘s fireside chat. Watch the full feature on All about NFTs and Art with with renowned artist and sculptor @Arzan Khambatta and @Anuradha Chowdhary, Tech Lawyer, @Universal Legal. Anuradha very succinctly explains what NFT means and Arzan takes […]

5 Global best Practices Every GC Must Consider

Today as businesses expand, GCs are part of business development and strategies as well. Do you wonder what are the best practices that a General Counsel must follow to bring quality and seamless workflow to any organisation? Watch #LawWiser’s latest video on “5 Global Best Practices […]

ONC TMT Influencer Joshua Chu Leaves for Group Chief Risk Officer Role at a Publicly Listed Blockchain Technology Company

ONC TMT litigator and legal influencer Joshua Chu is leaving the firm to join Coinllectibles™, the first publicly traded blockchain Fusion DOTs™ technology company on the US OTC Markets as the Group’s Chief Risk Officer. A Personal Brand For nearly three years, Joshua Chu has built […]

Singapore updates media and telecoms competition rules

To ensure that Singapore’s regulatory framework remains up to date with today’s ever- evolving technology and business landscape, the infocommunications and media regulator (IMDA) has issued a revised code of practice (the code) to govern fair competition and consumer protection in the broadcasting, newspaper and telecoms […]

SeedLegals hits £1bn in startup funding

LegalTech platform SeedLegals has reached a significant funding milestone, announcing it has closed over £1bn (1.25bn USD) in investments for its portfolio of startup customers. Some of the most exciting disruptors including Qured, Oddbox and dating app Thursday have used SeedLegals to expedite their rapid growth. […]

30 women legal innovators in Asia to follow in 2022

The importance of legal innovation in the Asia-Pacific region is growing rapidly. And many women are leading legal startups, incubators, tech-enabled consultancies, and legal tech initiatives throughout the APAC region.  Asia Law Portal has reported on and interviewed many of these legal innovators.  With this in […]

The first 15 years in my life as a Hong Kong employment lawyer

As Adam Hugill, partner of Hong Kong firm Hugill & Ip, enters his 15th year working in Hong Kong we discuss with him his experience as an employment lawyer in United Kingdom and Hong Kong, what challenges he has faced over the past 15 years including […]

Singapore Monetary Authority to hold increased powers over technology risk management

The Singapore Financial Services and Markets Bill (FSM Bill) was moved for a second reading in Parliament on 4 April 2022. This follow-up alert focuses on the increased powers the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will have over technology risk management (TRM) under the FSM Bill.

Data-driven legaltech platform SeedLegals expands into Asia-Pacific to strengthen the flourishing startup ecosystem

Leading UK legaltech platform SeedLegals, today announced the launch of its platform and service in Asia-Pacific. SeedLegals brings their automated legal solutions to Singapore and Hong Kong-based startups and small businesses, enabling them to raise investment, provide ESOP share options to their team and grow their […]

Hugill & Ip deepens its pro-bono commitment and launches the #PathGuardiansHK campaign

The firm has kicked off a new corporate social responsibility initiative starting on Children’s Day (4th April) and lasting until  Mother’s Day. The campaign sees Hugill & Ip supporting PathFinders with a series of collaborative events throughout its duration which aim to increase legal awareness and […]

Singapore announces sanctions against Russia

Singapore unveiled its sanctions against Russia on 5 March 2022. These focus on the control of exports of military and technological goods to Russia and financial measures against Russian banks, entities and activities. Authors: Hagen Rooke Leigh T. Hansson Calvin Chan Alexander Brandt Catriona Casha Michael J. Lowell Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian […]

Legal tech company Lawcadia unveils Native Document and Email Management and enriched Outlook Integration, enabling greater productivity

Native Document and Email Management and the Microsoft Outlook integration are the first of several releases slated in 2022 for leading Australian legal technology company Lawcadia. The enriched Outlook integration enables emails and attachments to be saved directly and securely into Lawcadia’s platform, without navigating away […]

SeedLegals on providing startups with automated legals and empowering legal talent: An interview with Hsiang Low, Head of Asia-Pacific, SeedLegals

SeedLegals is one of the hottest lawtech offerings – taking care of the legals for creating, running and funding startups. Hsiang Low, Head of Asia-Pacific at SeedLegals dives into the transformation of the legal sector, outlining how legaltech is paving new paths for legal services, building […]

How Oon and Bazul grew to become one of Singapore’s largest law firms.  An interview with Founding Partner Bazul Ashhab

Oon & Bazul has grown to become the largest conflict-free firm in Singapore. The firm is a large leading commercial practice and their lawyers are known for their ability to deliver high quality work as well as their commitment to helping clients achieve success. Given their […]

Online Dispute Resolution platform Presolv360 raises $1.08 Million (INR 8.13 crores) in Seed Funding from MGA Ventures, Omidyar Network India, and others

The legaltech startup’s portfolio has grown 10X; and is one of the only ODR platforms to be enlisted by the Ministry of Law & Justice and empaneled by a High Court in the country

Setting Goals for Your Legal Career in 2022

We might overlook it sometimes, but setting and striving for aspirational goals can significantly improve your sense of happiness. The start of the year is a great time to take a fresh look at your career and professional goals: what you love doing, what you want […]

Ritika Ganju, Partner, Phoenix Legal, on India’s “Cosmetic Rules, 2020”

Cosmetics although a substantial industry has been regulated thus far alongside drugs under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940. With a huge range of international brands and booming domestic cosmetic production, it became inevitable for the regulator to streamline the regulatory process and […]

Making digital transformation accessible for the legal industry.  An interview with Evan Wong, CEO, Checkbox

Checkbox is an Australia-based no code platform making digital transformation accessible for the legal industry.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, CEO Evan Wong explains the inspiration for the founding of Checkbox, the importance of automation for legal services, and how Checkbox is helping legal […]

30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022

The 2022 installment of 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia is the 8th consecutive annual annual list in the series. 2022 will see more legal innovators from throughout the region gain more attention from alternative sources of legal information including legal […]

Shruti Ajitsaria on building a culture of digital innovation in the legal sector

Shruti Ajitsaria is Partner and Head of FUSE, A&O’s tech innovation space.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she outlines how technology is impacting the role of lawyers, how FUSE is serving as a catalyst for legal innovation in Asia, and the unique nature of […]

New book: Law firm profitability improved by good inter-generational communication

A new book focused on how law firms can increase profitability by improving inter-generational communication has just been published. Thriving in a Multi-Generational Law Firm: How to Increase Communication and Collaboration Among Lawyers by legal industry consultants Pamela DeNeuve and John Grimley – outlines how inter-generational […]

“I believe that representation is the key to making change”. Andrea Ng, Magic Circle finance lawyer, on Diversity and Inclusion in legal services

Recently relocated to Singapore, Andrea Ng specializes in leveraged acquisition finance at Allen & Overy.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she discusses the importance of Diversity & Inclusion in legal services from her perspective of working within a Magic Circle law firm during her time in London.  She also discusses how […]

2021 Taiwan LegalTech & Compliance Hackathon

The 2021 Taiwan Legal and Compliance Technology Hackathon Final Results have been announced: The biggest prize went to the team that worked on the Judgment Relationship Chart; National Judge Act, which was the spotlight of the contest.

Practicing corporate and commercial law in the Maldives.  An interview with Mariyam Shunana

Mariyam Shunana is Managing Partner of leading Maldives law firm Shunana & Co. LLP, where she specializes in litigating and negotiating complex business transactions. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Mariyam details her eleven years of legal experience in representing the Government of the Maldives, […]

How 4 law students in Myanmar founded a legal startup.  The story of JusWise

JusWise is a Myanmar-based legal startup founded by 4 law students.  JusWise has a vision to provide legal services in an easily accessible manner by using technology driven innovative solutions.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, the four founders of JusWise reflect on what inspired […]

Legal technology company Lawcadia and legal operations consultancy LEx360 partner to reduce waste, risk, complexity, and uncertainty for corporate counsel

The modern legal department remains a function plagued by inefficient, manual and complex processes, further compounded by relentless demands, heightened regulatory compliance requirements and the pressure to ‘do more with less’. Whilst there is an appetite for change, General Counsels are unsure of where to start […]

Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen on Singapore’s present and future role as a legal innovation hub

Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen is among the most active legal innovators in the Asia-Pacific region. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Jennifer has worked at various leading law firms and was listed in Asia Law Portal’s Top 30 in the business of law to watch in 2019.  […]

In conversation with Horizons Corporate Advisory Regional Partner Roberto GILARDINO

Robert Gilardino is Regional Partner with Horizons Corporate Advisory, based in Shanghai.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Dr. Gilardino explains what makes Horizons unique, the unique challenges he faces in an increasingly competitive legal market, how his previous government experience is leveraged to help […]

Flexible legal services for businesses in Japan: An interview with Catherine O’Connell

A former in-house counsel in Japan, Catherine O’Connell is originally from New Zealand. In 2018, she founded her own law firm focused on providing flexible legal services to businesses in Japan.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, O’Connell details the inspiration that led her to […]

Jennifer Parks, White and Case APAC COO, on how the firm is navigating the region

As APAC COO, Jennifer Parks oversees White & Case Asia-Pacific region operations.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Parks explains what inspired her to focus on managing the operations of a global law firm in Asia, how the firm is adapting to the ever-changing competitive […]

Championing legal innovation for the region. An interview with Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong specializes in legal innovation initiatives for Dentons Rodyk. Based in Singapore, he sits on the steering committee of the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) and is an editor at LawTech.Asia. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he describes his legal innovation […]

Lawcadia announces new solutions for law firms to digitally transform client relationships and service delivery

Innovative legal technology company, Lawcadia, has released a new offering for law firms to help them attract new clients, win more work, and improve efficiencies. With corporate and Government clients facing downward budget pressures and increased legal and regulatory demands, just providing legal advice is no […]

On early career challenges for a young lawyer. Insights from Ghulam Nabi Abbasi, High Court Advocate, Karachi

Ghulam Nabi Abbasi is a vibrant and hardworking Karachi based lawyer who began his practice at Arshad h. Lodhi & Co., a small firm where he learned about the implementation of procedural laws in the criminal and civil courts of Pakistan. Helping clients – whether rich […]

At the forefront of legal innovation in India. An interview with Shreya Vajpei

Shreya Vajpei is a legal innovator, legal technology writer and advisor, and practice development professional – having begun her career as a lawyer.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she details the journey that led her to her focus on legal innovation – and how […]

Khushbakht Shah Jillani, the Rising Star in the Pakistani legal sphere on her unprecedented career trajectory in litigation, womens advocacy and law student empowerment

Pakistan High Court Advocate Khushbakht Shah Jillani is the youngest lawyer in Pakistan to build a career independently in litigation pertaining to family laws, domestic violence, human rights and women’s rights advocacy.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she explains her practice, her involvement in Pro […]

The Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association launches the region’s first community-based legal innovation and technology awards

Today, the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) launched the ALITA SOLIA Awards 2021, the Asia-Pacific’s first set of community-based legal innovation and technology awards. Powered by industry stalwarts such as Linklaters, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), Clifford Chance, the Singapore Academy of Law […]

How Naina Pachnanda achieved her dream of contributing to India’s innovation in her own innovative way

Naina Pachnanda’s study of law and legal career, combined with her love of her country, led her to pursue a career with Invest India, where she helps simplify India’s business environment through innovation and technology regulation. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Naina recounts her […]