Category: Asia Legal News

India should support WTO discussions on investment facilitation, but negotiate a better deal to safeguard its interests

By Julien Chaisse & Arjun Solanki Introduction Recently the Union Minister of India said that India requires Rs 50-60 lakh crore in FDI to overcome the corona-hit economy.[1] Foreign Investors are facing many challenges by the Indian bureaucracy which makes the situation hard for them to […]

Comment: My educated mother had the audacity to work

Writing in the Financial Times in May 2019 the English novelist Jeanette Winterson reflected on 100 years of feminism. She wrote: “Exposing the craziness behind (sex) discrimination really matters because once any kind of discrimination is both accepted and acceptable every other kind gets the run of the road: […]

30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2020

As 60% of the world’s new internet users are now located in the Asia-Pacific region, the intersection of the internet and legal services in Asia is becoming more important every year. Notably, as Siam Legal Tech Center details on their website, the ASEAN region has in recent years seen […]

Growing a technology and startup focused corporate law firm in Malaysia: An interview with Izwan & Partners managing partner, Izwan Zakaria

Izwan Zakaria founded Izwan & Partners in 2019, where he made a bold decision to focus exclusively on providing legal advice to technology companies, startups, and investors. In this Q&A with Asia Law Portal, Izwan describes what makes dealing with technology companies and startups different from […]

Impact of the COVID19 Lockdown on M&A Deals – By Rashi Kapoor Mehta

Have you wondered how Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) deals have been affected by the COVID19 pandemic? LawWiser brings you Rashi Kapoor Mehta, Partner – Universal Legal. Want to get invited for a conversation? Visit us at www.lawwiser.com Email us on editorial@lawwiser.com Contact: +911126397160 Mention “Asia Law Portal” for discounted pricing

Astana poised to become Central Asia’s legal tech innovation hub

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) recently established the AIFC LawTech Advisory Council.  In cooperation with the World Economic Forum, the AIFC has a plan to develop the first Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre in Central Asia.  As a part of this effort, the Leadership of the […]

India’s Economy Locked Down

The grim fallout of India’s self-imposed lockdown of more than 2 months is coming to the fore now. The economic growth has now dipped to zero or even negative leading to a contraction. While continuing the lockdown, the Government has relaxed restrictions on certain business activities, […]

Chance Bridge Partners Becomes Alliott Group’s First Law Firm Member in China

Alliott Group, the world’s sixth largest multidisciplinary alliance of professional services firms, has expanded its reach to China’s legal market. The appointment of Top 25 law firm Chance Bridge Partners in Beijing continues the alliance’s recent growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region which has included […]

New Courts, New Perspectives: Hybrid International commercial courts

Julien Chaisse & Anushka Tanwar[1] The concept of hybrid international commercial courts is peculiar and intriguing. It is neither arbitration nor litigation before a national court. Rather, it is a combination of both.[2] It provides the parties with the best of both worlds; state court proceedings […]

LawWiser, a Knowledge Platform for Lawyers in India, forms Video Partnership with Asia Law Portal

LawWiser, a Knowledge Platform for Lawyers in India, was recently founded by Aman Abbas, a veteran marketing advisor to the legal services sector.  Asia Law Portal is now partnering with LawWiser to provide high-quality video services to lawyers. The platform is primarily video driven – and […]

60% of US companies in the Mekong region plan to expand operations

According to a recent study by the East-West Center in Washington and the Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program, more than 1,000 US Companies are active in the five Mekong countries and more than half are planning expansion in the region. The Mekong Region As the report […]

Executing your law firm business development plans during the coronavirus outbreak

Like a hurricane that swept across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lives. It is fair to say that most of our lives right now are different when compared to the start of 2020. Case in point: Most of you are probably reading […]

The unique value proposition of document automation platforms for law firms and the general counsel. An interview with Malik Anwar, Director of Asia operations, Clarilis

Legal technology business Clarilis recently opened an office in Singapore, appointing industry veteran Malik Anwar as Director of Asia operations. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Anwar outlines the value proposition of document automation platforms to law firms and the general counsel, Clarilis’ future plans […]

Lawyer-to-lawyer document marketplace launched: Lexub

New shared-economy legal document marketplace offers lawyers democratisation of precedents and monetisation of documents

Technology and IP partner Jonathan Kok hired as part of Withers tech’s expansion in Asia

Withers KhattarWong LLP, the Singapore office of international law firm Withers, has boosted its Technology and Intellectual Property (IP) capabilities in Singapore with the hire of partner Jonathan Kok. Jonathan joins Withers from RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, where he was the Head of its Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. […]

Reflections on over two decades in the business of law in Asia: An interview with Patrick Dransfield, Co-Director, In-House Community

Patrick Dransfield first came to Asia in 1986 where he lived in Beijing. He later went on to a career working in the business of law beginning in Hong Kong in 1996. Educated in Art History and East Asia Studies, Dransfield has worked in legal publishing […]

Cybersecurity Law in Thailand

Thailand has rapidly grown its digital economy, and has made a concerted push towards technological innovation. As technology has evolved within the country, however, so has the threat of cybersecurity issues.

Law firm MDS KhanLex launches Mongolia’s first ‘robot lawyer’

14 November 2019. Ulaanbaatar. MDS KhanLex launches Mongolia’s first ‘robot lawyer’ — profit-shares with staff — prepares for launch of legaltech research institute Top-tier Mongolian law firm MDS KhanLex has launched ‘iGeree’ – an online contract automation and AI chatbot platform focused initially on employment law, […]

Some law firms in Asia are now accepting virtual currency

As Wong Joon Ian has reported in The Business Times: “The future of money is built in Asia” — noting that in excess of $1.8 billion dollars in crypto currencies are traded on Asian exchanges ever day — representing almost 60% of the world’s daily crypto […]

How elite law firm Withers KhattarWong LLP is navigating Singapore’s highly competitive legal market: An interview with Managing Partner Deborah Barker

After a lengthy collaboration and formal alliance between Withers LLP and the former KhattarWong LLP, Withers KhattarWong LLP came into being in early 2019. The alliance has created the second largest law firm in Singapore, offering a full range of legal services to corporations, institutions and […]

Realising Indonesia’s new national capital city: HFW to host seminar in Jakarta

Realising Indonesia’s new national capital city: opportunities and challenges Following President Widodo’s recent announcement to move the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, we anticipate numerous opportunities and challenges for stakeholders in the construction industry. In light of these developments, Rahayu & Partners in association […]

A World of Difference: Cambridge Global Conversations

A Conversation with DVC’s Daniel Fung SC, QC, GBS, JP, FCIArb By Aparna Bundro, Practice Development Director, Des Voeux Chambers Many of today’s most fundamental conversations about global problems take place in an echo-chamber where only existing perceptions are reinforced. CGC, the newly set up education […]