All posts by John Grimley

John Grimley edits and publishes Asia Law Portal. An independent writer & editor, he's the author of: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets (Ark Group 2014).

Who were the top 20 law firms in Asian M&A in 2015?

MergerMarket have just released  their Q4 2015 Global Legal Advisor Trend Report, which details how “Asia-Pacific (excl. Japan) M&A activity reached a peak [in 2015]. The reported details 3,797 deals worth US$ 927.8bn, the third consecutive annual increase by value, overtaking all yearly values on record. Too, […]

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Demand for legal services continues to globalize

The demand for legal services is continuing to globalize, according to a recent report published by Managing Partner Forum and coauthored by Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting. “The more global nature of legal work has particularly aided Am Law 50 firms”, the report concludes, “even […]

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Investment from China a focus of the 2015 Milken Institute California Summit

China’s investment into California was a focus of the 2015 Milken Institute California Summit, held today in Marina Del Rey, California. Curtis S. Chin, Asia Fellow at the Milken Institute and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, moderated a panel discussion on Strategies to Attract […]

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6 reasons why Southeast Asia is poised to become a major new destination for legal startups

A confluence of trends appears poised to make Southeast Asia a new major destination for legal startups.  Among those trends is a spike in funding for startups in the region, the continuing challenge to the traditional law firm business model in Asia, a growing number of […]

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Lawyers rush to win new work from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States are already gearing up to win new work seen resulting from a new trade agreement announced this week between 12 Pacific-Rim nations. As Misa Han (@misahan) outlined yesterday in the Australian Financial Review: “Legal and financial advisers said […]

Australian law firm LegalVision is generating 20 new customer leads per day from their blog

Australian online law firm LegalVision is generating 20 new customer leads per day from their inbound content strategy, according to their CEO and Founder Lachlan McKnight.  McKnight outlined the firm’s strategy in an interview this week with the Australasian Law Practice Management Association (ALPMA). The interview was […]

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Legal Innovation takes center-stage in Asia-Pacific

The months of July and August have seen a flurry of conferences and news coverage dedicated to legal innovation in the Asia-Pacific legal markets.  And this trend will continue into September.  Here’s a list of what’s happened so far and what’s coming next: On July 30th, […]

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For some foreign law firms, not being in Asia is an Asia strategy

Another foreign law firm has chosen to not maintain a physical presence in Asia – while instead focusing on foreign direct investment from Asia into the jurisdictions where they practice. This strategy is employed by firms primarily as a means to secure work around Asia’s growing […]

More law firms in Asia add consulting services

News last week that Singapore-based RHTLaw Taylor Wessing (@RHTLawTW) had bolstered its consulting practices underscores a trend that appears to be gaining significant pace in international legal markets.  The RHT Group of Companies, which are wholly owned companies of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP,  now have consulting divisions ranging from […]

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Law firms turn to strategy directors for competitive advantage

In recent months two international law firms with operations in the Asia-Pacific region have appointed directors of strategy with an aim to gaining competitive advantage in crowded and competitive legal markets. In May, global law firm Baker & McKenzie appointed Julia Hayhoe Global Director, Strategy Implementation. […]

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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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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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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 […]