Category: Asia Legal News

Will discretion abide as long as the rules provide?

What you need to know about reopening a receiver’s fees after assessmentas confirmed in the novel case of Ho Chor Ming & Ors v Hong Kong ChiuChow Po Hing Buddhism Association Ltd [2018] 3 HKLRD 270 This Case Report was authored by Douglas Lam SC and […]

ASEAN Insiders Series 2019 – Personal Data Protection

DATA PROTECTION IN ASEAN Technology and the rise of the digital economy has transformed our lives for the better in many ways. However, data breaches and data security threats loom over us. The incident involving Cambridge Analytica in 2018 where millions of Facebook users’ data were […]

Asia and Europe are now each other’s leading trade partners

Asia and Europe are now each other’s leading trade partners, with $1.5 trillion in merchandise trade , overtaking their respective trade relationships with the United States, according to a study produced at the initiative of the European Union, as the World Economic Forum (WEF) reported.  As […]

Helping law firms create intuitive knowledge platforms:  The story of Singapore’s INTELLLEX

INTELLLEX was founded in 2015 in Singapore with the aim of helping law firms create intuitive knowledge platforms.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, INTELLLEX Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer Ellery Sutanto explains how the company began, it’s vision for the future of legal […]

Asia’s economy remains the world’s growth engine, accounting for 62% of global GDP growth

According to a recent interview with BNP Paribas Economist Christine Peltier, “although confronting new challenges, Asia’s economy is still the world’s growth engine, accounting for 62% of global GDP growth.” Peltier highlighted the following developments: Emerging Asia (excluding Japan) grew by 6.2% in 2018, unchanged from the previous […]

Going Public in the ASEAN-5: Snapshot of IPO and Listing Requirements

The key economic purpose of the capital markets is to give companies access to different sources of financing to grow their businesses. An initial public offering (IPO) is one of the main ways for a company to raise equity capital by using the primary public equity […]

Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and The City of London – A legal and business conference – at The Law Society, 3 June, 2019

The legal and business conference “Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and The City of London”, will take place 3 June, 2019, at The Law Society of England & Wales Head Quarters in the City of London.  “Bringing It All Back Home”, supported by the Law […]

Blockchain – Legal implications, questions, opportunities and risks

Blockchain is increasingly in the news, but still primarily as the underlying software used for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Many businesses have yet to realize its potential and the extensive ways in which blockchain can be used to make processes more efficient or to develop new […]

An interview with New Law pioneer Kirsty Dougan as she joins Vario as Asia Managing Director

Dougan is NewLaw’s pioneer in Asia Kirsty Dougan co-founded  NewLaw in Asia in late 2009 and last month, after almost a decade in the sector, she joined Pinsent Masons flexible NewLaw unit Vario as Managing Director for Asia.  Dougan will be based in a new office […]

Mixed Forecast for India’s Economic Growth

There were mixed forecasts for India’s growth in reports issued by Fitch and Moody’s. While one showed a continuous decline the other one appeared stable. There is a proposal to liberalise foreign direct investment in foreign portfolio investments. India and South Korea came together to create […]

Dip in India’s FDI While It Climbs Highest in IP Index

India reported reduction in its foreign direct investments. The draft national e-commerce policy has been introduced and currently available for submission of comments by stakeholders. The news to cheer was India’s climb in global intellectual property index. The RBI’s forecast on India’s GDP growth was announced […]

Infrastructure Development and the Legal Services Sector in Asia: An interview with Gerard Sanders, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Gerard Sanders, General Counsel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), is working to deepen ties between AIIB and Asia-Pacific regional arbitral hubs and other legal institutions to help facilitate coordination to promote infrastructure development.  In anticipation of his upcoming visit to the Hong Kong International […]

Seyfarth Shaw promotes first Australian partner

We are excited to announce that Erin Hawthorne has been promoted to partner. Although we have grown through lateral partner appointments over the past few years, Erin is the first promotion to partner from within the team since the Australian offices of Seyfarth Shaw opened in […]

30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2019

The Asia-Pacific legal markets in 2018 were characterized by trends including the exponential growth of technology deployment and innovation; the growing efforts of elite regional and local firms to adapt, innovate and compete; the potential limitations (and growth) in market access for foreign law firms; the […]

Axiom Appoints Yolanda Chan as General Manager of Asia Pacific

Axiom, a leading global alternative legal services provider, announced today a strategic hire to its Asia leadership team. Yolanda Chan joins as General Manager of the Asia Pacific region. Chan will play a critical role in Axiom’s ability to transform the legal industry through talent and technology […]

The 2019 US landscape for Japan’s corporate investors: An interview with Frank Aquila, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

“Japanese companies have embarked on the biggest overseas acquisition spree in more than 20 years, echoing the deal boom of the 1980s,” as Lina Saigol detailed in the Financial News yesterday.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Frank Aquila, Partner with Sullivan & Cromwell, explains what […]

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and the Asia-Pacific Legal Industry

The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report for the Asia-Pacific region substantiates a “sense of growing maturity among the region’s law firms”. It goes without saying that major projects in the corporate world, particularly projects including parties external to the Asia-Pacific, call for legal expertise. As a […]

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India Jumps in Doing Business Ranking

India shot up in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking this year, marking a consistent rise in its performance in the last 4 years. The Government introduced a new initiative to keep the momentum going. India’s was also recognized as the second fastest innovater among major […]

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Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2019

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.  In 2017: 30 people to watch in the business of […]

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Promoting women’s progress in law from the UK to Singapore

Next year the UK will celebrate 100 years since women were allowed to become solicitors. In 1919 the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was enforced meaning women were no longer prevented from training for and joining professions such as veterinary and accountancy, as well as law. Amongst […]

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Energy Security and Climate Change in East Asia-Trilateral Cooperation towards a Sustainable Future

China, Japan and South Korea are undergoing rapid and comprehensive transformations in developing the intelligent and sustainable use of energy and other natural resources. These changes are driven by new strategies towards energy security and climate change mitigation. Given that future China-Japan-South Korea energy cooperation will […]

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India Attracts Largest E-Commerce Deal

India’s potential for high growth in retail came to the forefront with the acquisition of its biggest homegrown online retail company. The high economic growth prospects were reaffirmed by the IMF. There will be a new system for monitoring of foreign investment in listed entities. The […]