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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TheMalaysianLawyer.com is launched: An interview with co-founder Marcus van Geyzel

As Office Parrots blog outlined last month, two “seasoned Malaysian legal professionals with more than ten years’ experience [recently came] together to launch TheMalaysianLawyer.com.  Founded by Lee Shih, Partner with Skrine, and Marcus van Geyzel, Partner with Peter Ling & van Geyzel, who’s also founder of the widely-read Malaysian law blog LoyarBurok.com , […]

Nominations open for who to follow in the business of law in Asia in 2016

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015.  As 2016 approaches, Asia Law Portal is welcoming nominations for people to follow in the business of law in Asia in 2016.  Asia Law Portal will publish […]

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From Lawyers to Malaysia startup entrepreneurs: An interview with the founders of Kaodim.com

Jeff Cheong and Fui Choong both left careers as lawyers to launch Kaodim in November of 2014.  Malaysia-based Kaodim is a web/mobile application allowing people to hire and compare professionals providing home services and repairs.The platform grows many small and medium businesses along the way. Kaodim is backed by […]

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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, […]

Acritas publishes second annual Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index

UK-based market research firm Acritas has just published the second annual Asia-Pacific Law Firm Brand Index, with Baker & McKenzie placing first – and King & Wood Mallesons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fullbright, and Kim & Chang rounding out the top 5. As Acritas outlined […]

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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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Facilitating investment in Japan – a Q&A with Tokyo-based lawyer Hiroaki Tsuda

As the Japan Times reported last year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration developed an updated growth strategy calling for a doubling of the “outstanding amount of foreign direct investment in Japan to ¥35 trillion by 2020, with the government taking necessary policy steps and the […]

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Tokyo Legal Startups find support and inspiration from “StartEd”

As Disrupting Japan blog author Tim Romero has outlined: “The startup scene in Japan is laying the seeds for [the country’s] next economic miracle.”  And a part of that miracle may very well be Tokyo-based legal startups.  Few would know more about this subject than Dublin-based lawyer Naoise Gaffney. […]

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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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Facilitating China-Canada cross-border investment: A Q&A with Stephen D. Wortley of McMillan

Think Asia, Thing Hong Kong, a conference focused on facilitating trade and investment with China via Hong Kong – took place in Toronto June 8th.  Key among the participants was Stephen D. Wortley, Chair, Hong Kong Office and Co-Chair, China Practice Group at McMillan LLP.  In […]

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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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Business expansion in Asia via Hong Kong the focus of June events in Toronto and Chicago

Introduction The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will stage its large-scale promotion, “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” in Toronto, Canada, and Chicago, the United States in June 2015. What is “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” all about and how does it benefit companies in Hong […]

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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 […]