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Opportunities for foreign investment in Vietnam state-owned enterprises

Dr Net Le, Partner at LNT & Partners in Vietnam and Head of the firm’s Arbitration and Financial Services Practices was among the panelists addressing the issue of state-owned enterprises amid the transformation of command economies on Saturday, May 9th at The Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s (IPBA) 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong.  After Dr […]

Asia-Pacific State Owned Enterprises amid the transformation of command economies

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s (IPBA) 25th Annual Meeting and Conference is being held this week from in Hong Kong ( 6 – 9 May 2015). This international legal conference is bringing together IPBA members, corporate lawyers, international business lawyers and colleagues from around the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. One […]

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“Changing the Future for Women in Law” a focus of this week’s Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference in Hong Kong, May 6-9, 2015

Olivia Kung (@oliviahykung), Associate Attorney at Hong Kong-based OLN law firm (@OldhamLiNie) and  Vice Chair of the Women Business Lawyers committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), will be a panel speaker representing Hong Kong at the organizations 25th Annual Meeting and Conference this week in Hong Kong, May 6-9. […]

Will US law firms lose work in Asia due to Washington’s opposition to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?

Some Background The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a new multilateral development lender, whose focus will be on providing financing for infrastructure projects in Asia.  Founded by China, the AIIB has been joined as founding members by most regional governments as well as the UK and […]

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Why NewLaw should seek to define itself in Asia

In April of 2013, Richard Granat (@rgranat) asked: Is Axiom Law a Law Firm? in a blogpost which appeared on his widely-read eLawering Blog.  And Granat is well qualified to both ask and answer the question.  Granat is both a virtual lawyer and a CEO and investor […]

South Korea considers reversing course on legal market liberalization

In 2011 and 2012 respectively, the European Union (EU) and the United States entered into bilateral Free-Trade Agreements (FTA’s) with South Korea.  The aim of those agreements was to increase bilateral trade and investment between Korea, the EU and the US.  The agreements span a wide […]

China’s Second Free Trade Zone to Open Next Week

China’s Second Free Trade Zone will Open Next Week.  Below is the text of an interview with Paul Kossof, an Associate at the Beijing office of TransAsia Lawyers, about this new development. John Grimley: There has been substantial interest from foreign investors and companies in Shanghai’s free […]

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 […]

Are public listings a path to global success for Asia’s law firms?

Singapore-based law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has announced it plans to publicly list a company offering a suite of professional services on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in the first quarter of 2016, according to a recent report in Channel News Asia.  This planned […]

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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 […]

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China’s manufacturing sector at a crossroads

Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Founder of Dezan Shira & Associates, a pan-Asia-Pacific accounting and management consulting firm serving foreign companies operating or seeking to operate within the region — convened an informal conversation over dinner in Hong Kong last week to discuss business trends in the region impacting […]

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 […]

Hong Kong legal market at epicenter of booming investment into China

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into China will double over the next six years, according to a new report from international law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) (@kwmlaw).  As the report outlines, foreign direct investment in China will reach 1.3 Trillion GBP by 2020.  And as […]

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5 Trends to watch in the Asian legal market in 2015

5 key trends appear to be shaping the Asia-Pacific Region’s legal markets in 2015 and are worth paying close attention to as the year progresses.  Here they are: Increased M&A Activity — In an interview this week, Herbert Smith Freehills (@HSFlegal) Partner Rebecca Maslen-Stannage discussed the strength of […]

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Where are Asia’s Legal Startups?

The question posed by the title to this post came from a blogpost of last January by Jeffrey Ling (@lingdecklee), a Taipei-based Lawyer and Startup Evengelist. In that post, Ling outlined:  “Ever since I embarked on my very own legal web startup project in June 2012, I started […]

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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 […]

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Asia-Pacific remains Australia’s largest regional export market

The growing importance of the Asia-Pacific Region for international law firms has been confirmed again in a new study by the Law Council of Australia.  The study — entitled Fourth Legal and Related Services Export Survey‘ — and its’ results — were reported by Australia-based legal business development […]

Can the Big4 accounting firms defeat BigLaw in Asia?

Much has been written recently about the entry of the Big4 accounting firms into the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets.  The most recent move of note was PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC)  beginning to offer legal advice in Tokyo beginning last November.  Australia’s Beaton Capital traces the history of large accounting firms presence in […]

Asia-Pacific Region General Counsel: Their preferences when selecting outside counsel

Sydney-based legal business development professional Richard Smith (@RWS_01) has outlined in a blogpost this week — what Asia-Pacific Region In-House Lawyers are looking for from their outside counsel.  Smith based his post on an article by “Legal Week’s Elizabeth Broomhall (@ELBroomhall) [who] wrote up a very succinct account of […]

PwC poised for success in the Japanese legal market

“PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a legal services arm in Japan”  – as Elizabeth Broomhall (@ELBroomhall) reported last week in Legal Week. “The big four accounting firm began providing legal advice in Tokyo [in November] debuting with one partner offering local law advice and focusing on corporate and […]

Chinese law firms a focus of Israel’s 2nd Foreign Law Firms conference Dec 9th

Chinese law firms and China-Israel bi-lateral trade and investment will be a major focus of Israel’s 2nd Foreign Law Firms conference Dec 9th in Tel Aviv.  Organized by the Tel-Aviv District of the Israel Bar Association led by Adv. Efi Nave and Robus Legal Marketing — the conference […]

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Foreign law firms facing unique challenges in Asia

As has been widely reported, the Asia-Pacific region has become the new focus of attention for international law firms.  At the same time, international competition in the region is accelerating.  In the recently published book: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets — I outline […]

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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Current trends shaping Vietnam’s legal market in 2014

Current trends shaping Vietnam’s legal market in 2014 have been outlined by Kent Wong, Partner and Head of Banking, Insurance & Capital Markets at VCI Legal in a new book by this author entitled A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets.  Below are excerpts from Wong’ […]

John Appleby: My life as a practicing lawyer in Tonga

John Appleby, Barrister & Solicitor with Ladbrook Law in New Zealand provides a fascinating account of his life as a practicing lawyer in Tonga from 1993 to 1999  – in a new book by this author entitled A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets.  Here are […]

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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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The Asia-Pacific Legal Markets 2014: Opportunities and Challenges

Last Friday this author made a presentation to the Clyde & Co Asia-Pacific Conference in Hong Kong on the subject: The Asia-Pacific Legal Markets 2014: Opportunities and Challenges.  The presentation was based on excerpts from my new book entitled: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal […]

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Is Australia the world’s most competitive legal market?

“For many, the Australian legal marketplace presents something of a quandary. On the one hand, its close proximity to the fastest growing legal marketplace on Earth – Asia, makes it an extremely attractive jurisdiction to be located in. On the other hand, with a population of […]

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NewLaw in Asia: An exclusive look at the rise of AdventBalance

As prominent strategists to the legal services sector have outlined, the “NewLaw” business model is in increasing ascendance globally and is being utilized in greater frequency among legal services companies (including — but not limited to — law firms) seeking to provide lower overhead, highly-efficient legal […]

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New Report: “Rapid evolution facing Asia-Pacific’s law firms”

According to a new report authored by Dr George Beaton and Eric Chin of Australia’s Beaton Capital — which appears in the new book:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets — Asia-Pacific’s indigenous law firms face a rapidly evolving landscape requiring concerted action to […]

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Will India’s new government liberalize the country’s legal market?

Legal markets across the Asia-Pacific region have been liberalized in recent years.  Liberalization of the Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korean and Indian legal markets are all at various stages of development.  India, arguably, is the least liberalized among them.  Member states of the World Trade […]

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Change comes slowly to the South Korean legal market

While Korea has been transformed by a liberalized legal market and emerging technologies – change is slow for the country’s legal market — according to Ryan Russell – a corporate finance attorney with Kim & Chang in Seoul and noted author of Kimchi Law Blog.  Russell […]