Category: Asia Legal News

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 […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2020

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published the inaugural annual 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia.  Ever since then we’ve published a new edition each year: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 30 people […]

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 […]

Funding boost and award win for Australian legal tech company

Brisbane-based legal technology company Lawcadia announces that it has recently raised $1.3 million in a pre-Series A round from a number of private investors and Artesian, a leading Australian alternative investments and venture capital firm.

New Anti-Corruption Regime for Commercial Organisations in Malaysia

The MACC Amendment Act introduces a new Section 17A, which provides that a commercial organisation is deemed to commit an offence if any person associated with the commercial organisation corruptly gives, agrees to give, promises or offers to any person any gratification to obtain or retain business or advantage for the organisation. Subsection 17A(6) stipulates that a ‘person associated’ with a ‘commercial organisation’ may include directors, partners, and employees of the commercial organisation, as well as any person ‘who performs services for or on behalf of the commercial organisation’.

Strategic Alliance on Corporate Advisory and Services between Haeme Hashim & Co, Kuala Lumpur and Loggerhead Partners, Dubai.

In July 2019, Haeme Hashim & Co. has entered into a strategic alliance with Loggerhead Partners (“Loggerhead”), a corporate advisory and management consulting services firm based in Dubai, UAE. Currently, Loggerhead also has two other operating offices in Cyprus and Switzerland.

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 […]