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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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 […]

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SingaporeLegalAdvice.com: A one-stop platform for lawyers and legal consumers

The Asia-Pacific region has seen much legal innovation in recent years.  And Singapore has been among the leading jurisdictions providing a venue for this innovation.  One of those legal entrepreneurs is Yuk Lun Chan, Founder of SingaporeLegalAdvice.com.  Here’s our recent Q&A interview with him about what […]

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Mills Oakley launches Asia-Pacific’s first legal startup accelerator

In a move that highlights the rapid expansion of the legal startup ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, Australia’s Mills Oakley has launched the region’s first legal startup accelerator.  Central to this effort is Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker.  In our continuing coverage of the region’s legal startup scene – […]

AsiaLawNetwork.com launches online legal consultation service “Quick Consult” in Singapore

Singapore based legal startup AsiaLawNetwork.com has launched ‘Quick Consult’, a service which provides individuals and small businesses with easier and more affordable access to lawyers for S$49.  The service covers a broad range of legal issues both individuals and small businesses might encounter, including “divorce and commercial […]

Legal startup legistify seeks to make the law accessible in India

India’s legal market represents an enormous opportunity for legal startup entrepreneurs.  With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1.877 trillion USD (2013) it ranks as “the seventh-largest economy in the world measured by nominal GDP and the third-largest by purchasing power parity.” As in other economies in the […]

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Indonesia to be Asia’s next digital powerhouse: Implications for legal services

According to the recently released e-conomy SEA 2016 report conducted jointly by Google and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, Indonesia’s internet economy is growing at 26% annually.  And it “will be worth about US$81 billion in 10 years, or about 40% of the total Internet […]

The story of lexvoco: New Zealand’s first NewLaw firm

As Dr George Beaton of Australia’s Beaton Capital detailed recently: “lexvoco is the first NewLaw firm in New Zealand, entering by crossing the Tasman. While this might not necessarily be regarded as noteworthy, the speed with which lexvoco is spreading is truly remarkable.” In an effort to continue Asia […]

Australian Legal Startup Jurimetrics brings statistical big-data analysis to the legal system

Australia is among the leading jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region in the cultivation of startups focused on the legal services space.  And recently, a new Australian startup called Jurimetrics is bringing statistical big data to the legal system.  Here’s my recent interview with Managing Director Conrad […]

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NewLaw in Asia faces a hurdle in Malaysia

As the Star Online, Asian Legal Business and Marcus van Geyzel, lawyer and co-author of TheMalaysianLawyer.com — all detailed last month — Hong Kong-based legal startup Dragon Law is facing regulatory scrutiny by the Malaysian Bar after its recent entry into the local market. Dragon Law is […]