All posts by John Grimley

John Grimley is an independent writer, editor, researcher and strategist to law firms and legal services sector companies operating in international markets. He's the author of A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets (Ark Group, 2014) and edits and publishes Asia Law Portal.

Stefanie Yuen Thio of Singapore’s TSMP Law explains how to build a successful boutique legal practice

Stefanie Yuen Thio is Joint Managing Director of TSMP Law Corporation in Singapore, leads the firm’s M&A and corporate practice and co-manages the firm. TSMP is regarded as one of Singapore’s handful of “go to” independent firms for cutting […]

Innovating in-house legal in Asia Pacific

Peter Connor is Founder and CEO of AlternativelyLegal.  The Australia-based former in-house counsel conducts ‘Everything But The Law’TM innovation sessions for in house lawyers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  He recently delivered the keynote speech at the InHouse Community Annual Congress in Hong Kong […]

A Guide to Asia-Pacific Region Arbitration Hubs

As Asian Legal Business recently detailed:  “Arbitration as an ADR mechanism has been steadily gaining traction across the Asia Pacific region. This is in particularly accelerated by the several recent legal developments and regulatory changes such as […]

30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2018

As we approach the beginning of 2018 — Asia Law Portal continues its’ tradition begun in 2015 and followed up in 2016 and 2017 — of naming 30 people to watch in the business of law in […]

What makes Sports Law unique? A Q&A with Richard Wee of Malaysia’s MahWengKwai

Richard Wee joined Kuala Lumpur-based MahWengKwai & Associates in 2016, where he  established and now heads the firms Sports Law Practice Group.  Recognized locally and regionally for pioneering this niche, in this Q&A with Asia Law Portal […]

Key takeaways from the 2nd Singapore Law Firm Management Forum

The Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum took place Friday November 3, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore.  This year’s Forum focused on how non-legal professional in law firms can become critical contributors to firm strategies. […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2018

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published the inaugural annual: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 and in 2016 published: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2016.  […]

Southeast Asia’s legal tech innovators to gather in Kuala Lumpur Nov 4-5, 2017

Kuala Lumpur is set to host an important South East Asia regional legal tech conference next month, hosted by Malaysian legal startup CanLaw.  We asked Lee Su Wen, CanLaw’s Event Director, to tell us more about the […]

What opportunities exist for foreign investors in the Maldives?

As the Maldives Mission to the European Union details on its’ website:  “Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) has always played a crucial role in the economic development of the Maldives. The Government acknowledges the importance of foreign investment […]

Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, Nov 3, 2017

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), along with the Law Council’s Australian Law Management Group, held its inaugural Regional Law Firm Management Forum in Singapore late last year.  The Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum is […]

Indian legal startup Lawyered.in: Helping people find lawyers in Asia’s 3rd largest economy

As the world’s sixth largest economy and Asia’s third largest economy, India represents a significant opportunity for any legal services sector entrepreneur.  In Asia Law Portal’s continuing coverage of the Asia-Pacific region’s NewLaw and legal startup economy, […]

US law firms face possible roll-back of South Korean legal market access

As the Washington Post reported last week, U.S. President Donald Trump is contemplating withdrawing the United States from the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).  As the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) details on its website, […]

International Bar Association (IBA) now offering Executive LLM on global legal issues

The International Bar Association (IBA) and King’s College London are now collaborating to offer an Executive LLM focused on preparing students to confront some of today’s most challenging global legal issues. In-house and private practice lawyers can […]

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What’s the view from Australia?

The numbers can be overwhelming.  The expected investment from China and other participants in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) infrastructure initiative between 2015 and 2025 could hit US$ 5.3 trillion, and in 10 years will represent approximately 60% […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI): A new-frontier in legal services competition in Asia

In a news release issued last week – leading international NewLaw firm Axiom announced “the market launch of AxiomAI – a program that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the efficiency and quality of contracts work. As […]

5 ways your law firm can win new work from the new Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement

Japan and the European Union have just announced what the Japan Times has called “a broad agreement…on free trade”.  As the European Commission detailed in a press release — “an agreement in principle on the main elements […]

Hong Kong is emerging as a Belt and Road legal and dealmaking hub

Hong Kong is emerging as a Belt and Road legal and dealmaking hub, as a series of recent reports reflects.   ABS-CBN News, for example, has reported that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking last week […]

12 questions to ask before joining an international law firm network

A recent study conducted by Stephen McGarry, President of the Association of International Law Firm Networks (AILFN), predicts that by 2020: “law firm networks will be recognized as the mainstream model for global legal services”.   Emma Ryan, […]

Legal Innovation and Tech Forum to take place in Hong Kong, June 8, 2017

Leaders in legal technology from around the world are poised to gather in Hong Kong for the Legal Inno’ Tech Forum.  The Forum will take place at ESPACE in Central Hong Kong on Thursday, June 8, 2017 between […]

The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia

The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia.  Notably, the conference takes place as the IBA celebrates its’ 70th anniversary. Widely regarded as the central event of the international legal […]

Big4 accounting firms emerge as Belt and Road thought leaders

Belt and Road growing in size and scope The growing impact and importance of China’s Belt and Road international infrastructure development initiative was on display last week in Beijing as leaders from 28 nations gathered to discuss […]

Second Annual Asia Private Equity-Venture Capital Summit set for Singapore, Sept 21-22, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Asia PE-VC Summit will be held in Singapore. The event is an unprecedented global meeting place for top investors to discover companies in Asia’s fast growing economies.  Set to […]