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).

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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 […]

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What is the current state of the legal recruitment market in Asia? A Q&A with GRMSearch

GRM was recently named the Best Legal Recruitment Agency of the Year in Hong Kong.  What did the awarding agency see in GRM as a unique competitive advantage? (Rob Green, CEO, GRMSearch) We actually retained the title! 2015 and now 2016 saw GRM crowned Best Legal […]

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How US Law Firms in Asia may be impacted by American trade protectionism

As the American Lawyer detailed in a recent article, US President elect Donald J. Trump has said he would impose a 45% tariff on goods manufactured in China and declare China a currency manipulator.  He also threatened to withdraw America from the World Trade Organization (WTO). […]

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Meisterline launched in Hong Kong: Seeks to “decode how legal experts think”

Hong Kong-based Dr. Peter Macmillan is the Founder & CEO of Meisterline Analytics, developer of the Meisterline Index™, a unique, science-based lawyer rating service that uses cognitive analysis to measure the expertise of legal specialists.  He recently founded Mesterline with an aim to decode (and measure) […]

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International lawyers of LexMundi briefed in Jakarta on how to grow their practices

This author briefed international lawyers of LexMundi law firm network in Jakarta on November 20th on how to grow their practices.  The briefing was attended by LexMundi member lawyers from around the world — and took place at LexMundi’s Asia-Pacific regional conference at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.   […]

China poised to assume trans-Pacific trade leadership role

US Congressional leaders announced yesterday that they would not now consider ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty (TPP), effectively ending the accord.  The agreement, negotiated over a 7-year period between economies in Asia (not including China), Latin America, the United States and Canada — and which encompasses […]

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Why the future looks bright for online legal services in Asia

“Legal services utilising the internet and online technologies are here to stay”, according to a recent article by Peter Frankl in Legal Practice Intelligence. Frankl explains how categories referred to as “Online Legal Services, Online Law Firms and Online Lawyers are still nascent” — and that […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2017

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.  As 2017 approaches, Asia Law Portal is welcoming […]