All posts by John Grimley

John Grimley edits and publishes Asia Law Portal. An indepedent writer, editor & consultant 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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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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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 […]

China’s legal market in 2014: An overview

A recent book by this author entitled:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets – provides in-depth analysis of the prime legal markets in the Asia-Pacific region.  Among the most important of course, is China.  Here are some of the highlights of that analysis: AS […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

K&L Gates Asia-Pacific Strategy: An Exclusive Report

An exclusive report by US-based international law firm K&L Gates on its Asia-Pacific Strategy are among the highlights of a new book by this author entitled “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets“.  Integral to the book was the participation of the regions lawyers and […]

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“Dynamic forces” seen changing China’s legal market

“Dynamic forces” changing China’s legal market are one highlight of a new book by this author which provides “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets“.  Integral to the the book was the participation of the regions lawyers and legal services sector professionals — who provide […]

How change is transforming Singapore’s legal market

Key changes transforming Singapore’s legal market are one highlight of a new book by this author which provides “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets“.  Integral to the the book was the participation of the regions lawyers and legal services sector professionals — who provide […]

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China’s investment into Los Angeles doubles between 2009-2014

“Investment into Los Angeles County from China has doubled over the past five years” according to two new reports issued by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (@LAEDC], as Kevin Smith (@SGVNBiz) reported in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune yesterday.  “’International Trade Outlook for the […]