All posts by John Grimley

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

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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 to over 600 attendees on the evolution of the […]

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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 Third Party Funding legislations and Investment Treaties. In addition, […]

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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 the coming year.  In retrospect — if 2017 were […]

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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 he describes what makes Sports Law unique, what motivated […]

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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.  In 2017: 30 people to watch in the business […]

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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 and continues to recognize its importance for economic development […]

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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, here’s our recent interview with Raghav Shekhar, Co-founder and […]

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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, KORUS entered into force on March 15, 2012, with […]

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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% of global infrastructure investment. Too, Asia will likely represent […]

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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 part of AxiomAI, Axiom will accelerate the use of […]

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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 at the Wharton Global Forum, outlined how the special […]

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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 enhancing cooperation on the initiative.   During the Summit […]

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NewLaw firm lexvoco enters the Japanese market

NewLaw firm lexvoco, which is based in Australia and which also operates in New Zealand, has begun operations in Japan.  Lexvoco is the first NewLaw secondment business to do so.   Japan has the world’s third largest economy with a GDP or 4.41 Trillion USD.  Law […]

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Asia’s NewLaw leaders explain their strategies for a more competitive 2017 market

International law firm Pinsent Masons is expanding its NewLaw secondment business Vario into Australia later this year, as The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland reported last month. As the article detailed, Vario has a pool of 300 professionals and revenue growth was more than […]

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Legal services disruption in India: Risks and opportunities

For those lawyers and legal services sector professionals about to gather in Mumbai for IDEX Legal’s Asia Law Firm Management Congress (ALFMC) April 20th – thoughts of legal market liberalization and change hastened by technology are taking center-stage. But what do these things mean?  And what […]

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Facilitating cross-border trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific: An interview with Babita Ambekar of Duane Morris & Selvam

Babita Ambekar is Head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s India and Japan Practice Groups. She advises multinationals on transactions involving India, Indian companies on their global expansion, in Singapore and abroad. She regularly advises Japanese companies on regional and international matters and is actively involved in the […]

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How legal startup CanLaw is helping the Malaysian public find lawyers

Founded in 2016, Malaysian legal startup CanLaw was established as “a FREE service that makes finding the right lawyer a quick walk in the park”, as the company website details.  As part of Asia Law Portal’s continuing coverage of the Asia-Pacific region’s legal startup ecosystem — […]

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New book “Big Law” “exposes the secrecy, deception, and machinations” underlining powerful mega law firms

A new novel entitled “Big Law” was published today by author Rob Liebman (@RonSLiebman) and publisher Penguin Random House.  Big Law, as the novel’s website details, “exposes the secrecy, deception, and machinations” underlining powerful mega law firms.  John Lescroart, in review of Big Law, described it […]

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30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2017

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

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Legal Startup ai.Law set to deploy “an army of robotic lawyers” in China

Beijing-based legal startup ai.Law was established on China’s Youth Day, May 4, 2016.  To date — the new company has completed its angel round of investment.  Ms. Kathy Gong Xiaosi, the Founder & CEO of ai.Law, is a serial entrepreneur who was also once China’s youngest […]

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New book “Law for Startups” to introduce entrepreneurs to fundamental legal issues

The book “Law for Startups” is being released in the Malaysian market this month. Authored by experienced corporate lawyer Marcus van Geyzel (who was named as one of Asia Law Portal’s 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2016, and is […]

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How LOD – Lawyers on Demand is changing the dynamics of NewLaw in Asia

In the first multi-continent merger of its kind, NewLaw leading firms LOD – Lawyers on Demand and AdventBalance joined together in October, 2016 under the joint name and brand LOD – Lawyers on Demand.  As LOD – Lawyers on Demand detailed at the time, “the deal…saw the creation […]