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Facilitating investment in Japan – an interview with Tokyo-based lawyer Hiroaki Tsuda

As the Japan Times reported last year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration developed an updated growth strategy calling for a doubling of the “outstanding amount of foreign direct investment in Japan to ¥35 trillion by 2020, with the government taking necessary policy steps and the […]

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Tokyo Legal Startups find support and inspiration from “StartEd”

As Disrupting Japan blog author Tim Romero has outlined: “The startup scene in Japan is laying the seeds for [the country’s] next economic miracle.”  And a part of that miracle may very well be Tokyo-based legal startups.  Few would know more about this subject than Dublin-based lawyer Naoise Gaffney. […]

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How Axiom is transforming the business of law in Asia

In September of 2013, Eric Chin of Australia’s Beaton Capital explained why by 2018 — Axiom may become the world’s largest legal services firm.  Founded in 2000, Axiom is among a new breed of private equity-backed alternative providers of legal services commonly referred to as “NewLaw”.  These “NewLaw” firms […]

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Facilitating China-Canada cross-border investment: A Q&A with Stephen D. Wortley of McMillan

Think Asia, Thing Hong Kong, a conference focused on facilitating trade and investment with China via Hong Kong, took place in Toronto June 8.  Key among the participants was Stephen D. Wortley, Chair, Hong Kong Office and Co-Chair, China Practice Group at McMillan LLP.  In conjunction […]

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From lawyer to Tokyo startup entrepreneur: An interview with Nikola Pavesic of Justa

Elise Hu (@elisewho), reporting for NPR earlier this month, outlined how the startup scene in Japan is now beginning to gain momentum in an economy still centered around traditional companies that made it big in the latter part of the last century.  The Japanese government, however, […]

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The Current State of the Malaysian Legal Market: A Q&A with Eddie Law, Founder of eLawyer.com.my

The Malaysian legal market is currently undergoing structural reform while competition is increasing.  Here’s an update on the market in the second quarter of 2015 from Eddie Law, Founder of  eLawyer.com.my: How would you describe the overall current state of the Malaysian legal market? In general, […]

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Business expansion in Asia via Hong Kong the focus of June events in Toronto and Chicago

Introduction The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will stage its large-scale promotion, “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” in Toronto, Canada, and Chicago, the United States in June 2015. What is “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” all about and how does it benefit companies in Hong […]

Legal Leaders Asia Forum: A preview Q&A with Nick Seddon of Beaton Capital

The 2nd Legal Leaders Asia Forum is set to take place March 24-25, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.  The event will provide an opportunity for both international and independent law firms already established in Asia or with an eye towards the path to […]

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Asia-Pacific Region Legal Startups: A Q&A with LawPath Co-Founder Damien Andreasen

As Angus Kidman (@gusworldau) outlined in a 2013 profile in Australia’s Lifehacker, “LawPath is Australia’s largest and fastest growing legal platform…connect[ing] people and businesses that are in need of legal assistance to the right lawyer who specialises in their area of need.”  LawPath (@LawPath) is among a […]

Asia’s Legal Leaders to gather in Hong Kong, March 24-25, 2015

The 2nd Legal Leaders Asia Forum is set to take place March 24-25, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.  The event will provide an opportunity for both international and independent law firms already established in Asia or with an eye towards the path to […]

A Q&A with the American Bar Association (ABA) leadership on the upcoming 2015 ABA Asia Forum in Tokyo

The International Law Section of the American Bar Association (@ABAInternatl) will gather March 2-3, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan for the 2015 Asia Forum. The conference will focus on Recent Trends and Developments in the Regulatory Environment, Transactional Practice and Dispute Resolution.  As a follow-up to that original […]

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Hong Kong Legal Startups: A Q&A with Chris Sykes, Client Services Director, Dragon Law

As Iris Leung (@irismtleung), Editor at StartupsHK and Contributor at Forbes Asia wrote just last week: “The limelight has long been shed on Hong Kong as a startup-friendly destination. Besides efficient business setup, a robust legal system, easygoing regulatory environment and a simple tax system – one of […]

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30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015

As 2015 begins – below is a list of 30 key people to watch for commentary and new initiatives in the business of law in the Asia-Pacific legal markets during the course of the coming year: Chris Devonshire-Ellis (@cde_asia) — Founder of Dezan Shira & Associates (@DezanShira) and […]

Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong: Making law readily accessible on one online platform with PrimeLaw

The idea that “The law should be readily accessible” lies “at the heart of the development” of PrimeLaw — Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong’s major product in the making for the past year — according to Chloe Lau, Head of Publishing and Product Development for the company.  Here’s […]

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Hong Kong-based Custom Legal seeks to make legal services accessible to all people

Earlier this year, Janice Chew co-founded Custom Legal Solutions with a firm belief in universal access to professional services.  Malaysian by nationality, she was admitted to the High Court of Hong Kong as a Solicitor as well as the High Court of Malaya as Advocate and Solicitor.  […]

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Hong Kong-based LawTranslate eyes the global legal translation market: A Q&A with Founder and Director Barry Wong

Recently Asia Law Portal had the opportunity to sit down with Barry Wong, Founder and Director of Hong Kong-based LawTranslate (@lawtranslatecom) – to discuss the company and its core services offer and plans for the future. LawTranslate focuses on translation services to the legal services sector […]

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New book provides “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets”

A new book entitled A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets has just been published.  Authored by this writer and published by London-based Ark Group, the book begins with an introduction analyzing whether projections for dramatic growth in the region are realistic.  Some of the […]

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The state of free-trade in Asia-Pacific: An interview with Eric Emerson, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Free trade in the Asia-Pacific region has received much attention in recent years.   Two major proposed trade agreements are currently center-stage in the region, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed expansion of the […]