Category: Featured Lawyers

In Conversation – The Struggle of Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture (JV) is an arrangement between two or more business entities, often for the purpose of starting a new business activity. The aim is to bring the expertise of the parties involved and contribute to the growth of the business. Having consensus while starting […]

Insights into today’s practice of multijurisdictional family and divorce law: An interview with Samantha Gershon, Partner, Withers

Samantha Gershon is a Hong Kong-based Partner with Withers, specialized in multijurisdictional family and divorce law.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Gershon explains the depth of her experience and how it informs her practice, Withers’ competitive differentiators, how technology is helping support this practice […]

How one lawyer is “humanizing the litigation process”: An interview with Cassandra Lee

Cassandra Lee knew early on in life that not only did she want to be a lawyer – but that she wanted to specialize in litigation.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Lee describes what inspired her career in law, how her practice humanizes the […]

A platform for interactive online commercial/legal document training. An interview with Ben Winslade, Founder, HONE

Ben Winslade is a lawyer in New Zealand who recently established HONE, a platform for interactive online commercial/legal document training. He’s also chair of LegalTech NZ.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Winslade explains the inspiration for the founding of HONE, his background as a […]

Withers hires senior disputes lawyer Chenthil Kumarasingam on the back of increased demand in dispute resolution

Withers has further developed its litigation and arbitration strengths in Asia with the hire of new partner Chenthil Kumarasingam and his team in Singapore, on the back of increased demand for dispute resolution services. Chenthil and his team join from Oon and Bazul LLP. Chenthil offers […]

Know Your Law – Arbitration Adapting to The New Normal: A Quick Explainer On Initiating Arbitration Proceedings

Arbitration has been an emerging and much needed alternative needed in India. Now we are seeing the new normal during the unlockdown and we are adapting the digital means to run our court system. It is time we adopt Online Dispute Resolution Mechanism more than the […]

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 […]

“Beyond Black Swan: Positioning the law firm for the ‘New Normal’ – a dialogue with General Counsel” Webinar, June 30th, 2020

I am delighted to invite you to a vital webinar on law firm management that will provide you with crucial guidance for the present and immediate future of your law firm. Those firms that have leaders who are the quick to adjust are the most likely […]

Get to Know Sourish Mohan Mitra: New Delhi-based Corporate Lawyer and Asia Law Portal Contributing Writer

New Delhi based corporate lawyer Sourish Mohan Mitra is a long-standing Contributing Writer to Asia Law Portal.  In this interview, he details what motivated him to pursue a career in law, his passion for writing, his observations about India’s economic future and legal market liberalization – […]

Indonesia’s “One-Stop-Shop Legal Platform” for business: An interview with Irma Surya, CEO, PLATO

In 2018, Irma Surya founded PLATO, a “one-stop-shop legal platform” focused on helping small businesses navigate Indonesia’s legal landscape.  A lawyer with extensive experience assisting businesses expand in Indonesia, Surya details what inspired her to found PLATO and what’s in store for the company’s future in […]

IP Prosecution and considerations for foreign companies doing business in India. An interview with Yashvardhan Rana, Intellectual Property Lawyer, New Delhi, India

Yashvardhan Rana, Editor – The Trademark Reporter, INTA and a recent recipient of the Top 50 Emerging IP professional in the world award—found inspiration at a young age to become an Intellectual Property Lawyer. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, this highly decorated IP Lawyer […]

How Australia’s Hall & Wilcox has adapted to the changing legal services landscape. An interview with Managing Partner Tony Macvean

Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm that’s been in business for more than 100 years.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, the firm’s Managing Partner, Tony Macvean, outlines the unique ways the firm has adapted to the changing legal services landscape. […]

Webcast: Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes

On 31st March, 2020, In-House Community, together with LC Lawyers LLP (Hong Kong law firm member of the global EY network), hosted a webinar for over 270 in-house counsel. The webinar covered Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes, and was presented by Kareena Teh, Partner; […]

COVID-19 Legal Workflow to help legal teams manage pandemic-related issues

Australian law firm Gadens and legal-tech company Lawcadia are releasing the COVID-19 Legal Workflow in response to the deluge of legal issues corporate and government teams are now facing, and will continue to face, as a result of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The massive legal […]

Cambodia’s Startup Scene: Young, Vibrant and Promising. An Interview with Sreypeou Chaing, Managing Partner, CSP & Associates

Sreypeou Chaing is Managing Partner of CSP & Associates and Legal Advisor with Cambodia Startup Advisers.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she details the current startup environment in Cambodia, including what venture capital investors should be thinking about when investing in Cambodian startups, the work of […]

Opportunities for startups and venture capital investors in Vietnam: An interview with Hoang Minh Duc, Special Counsel, Duane Morris

Hoang Minh Duc advises clients in corporate & MA matters as special counsel with Duane Morris Vietnam, the Vietnamese subsidiary of Duane Morris LLP (US).  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he details the most important opportunities and challenges he sees for corporate clients in […]

The current state of legal innovation in South Korea. An interview with Narae Lee, General Counsel, Blockcrafters

Narae Lee is General Counsel of Seoul-based Blockchain Accelerator Blockcrafters, and Organizer of Seoul Legal Hackers. In this interview, she explains the work of Blockcrafters, her previous work as corporate legal counsel and as a lawyer both in government and in private practice; the current state […]

The Current State of Legal Tech and Innovation in Thailand. An Interview with Kert Stavorn, Founder, Siam Legal Tech Center

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Kert Stavorn, Founder of Siam Legal Tech Center, explains the current state of legal tech and innovation in Thailand, including what inspired the founding of the Siam Legal Tech Center and its’ mission, what the Siam Legal Alliance Blockchain […]

How pro bono lawyers are helping make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a reality

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Shoichi Sugiyama explains how pro bono lawyers from the Tokyo 2020 pro bono lawyers services project are helping make the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a reality

Legal Experts Predict 2020 Trends in Asia Pacific Region Infrastructure Development

Leading infrastructure lawyers from Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Japan predict the most significant trends in Asia-Pacific region infrastructure development in 2020

The Philippine’s first on-demand online legal solutions platform. An interview with Marlon Valderama, President & CEO, LexMeet

LexMeet is the Philippine’s first on-demand online legal solutions platform.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LexMeet’s President & CEO, Marlon Valderama, explains what inspired the company’s founding, its services offer to lawyers and legal consumers, it’s geographic scope, market acceptance, future plans – as […]

LawRato: India’s interactive online legal advice platform. An interview with Founder & CEO, Rohan Mahajan

LawRato.com is an interactive online platform that enables an individual to find experienced lawyers in any court or city in India.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LawRato.com’s Founder & CEO Rohan Mahajan explains what inspired the company’s founding, its’ geographical reach and plans for […]

LexpertEase: Nepal’s first and only legal tech platform: An interview with Founder Kailash Panday

LexpertEase is Nepal’s first and only legaltech platform. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LexpertaEase Founder Kailash Panday explains the firm’s focus and what inspired its’ founding, how technology is impacting Nepal’s legal market, LexpertEase’s local and international services offer and its’ goals for the […]

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 […]

Creating sustainable infrastructure development in Asia. An interview with Jeremy Saw, Director, General Counsel, InfraCo Asia

Jeremy Saw is Director and General Counsel of InfraCo Asia.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he explains the organization’s work, the current state of infrastructure development in Asia, the development of his career and the unique nature of his work as an infrastructure lawyer, […]

Dispute Resolution a Key Theme of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) 2019 Annual Meeting in Luxembourg. An Interview with Peter Quayle, AIIB Chief Counsel, Corporate

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is currently hosting its’ first annual meeting outside Asia, in Luxembourg (July 12-13, 2019).  The theme of the meeting is “Cooperation and Connectivity” – “in recognition of the economic and social benefits to be realized through better connectivity within and […]

Opportunities for foreign investors in India. An interview with Zia Mody, Founder and Managing Director, AZB & Partners

Zia Mody is Founder and Managing Director of AZB & Partners, one of the most prominent law firms in India.  Founded less than 25 years ago with 12 lawyers, the firm has now grown to more than 450 lawyers practicing in offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, […]

Building a successful law practice in Malaysia. An interview with Grace C. G. Yeoh of Shearn Delamore & Co

Grace C. G. Yeoh is Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A and Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology practices at Shearn Delamore & Co., one of Malaysia’s oldest and most distinguished law firms.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she provides insight into how to build […]

An interview with HFW’s Shanghai office head Nicholas Poynder on China’s hyper-competitive legal market and the firm’s goals for Asia

International law firm HFW maintains one of the most significant Asia-Pacific presences for a foreign-headquartered firm – with a total of 7 offices in the region.  And not long ago, the firm launched a transactional practice in Shanghai.  In this Q&A interview with Asia Law Portal, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tanner De Witt enhances its litigation practice with appointment of Kevin Bowers as Consultant

Tanner De Witt announces with great pleasure the appointment of Kevin Bowers as a Consultant in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Kevin is a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Hong Kong and has practiced as a commercial disputes lawyer and partner with three leading […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Opportunities for Foreign Investors in Indonesia: An interview with Denny Rahmansyah, Managing Partner of SSEK Legal Consultants in Jakarta

As the Gulf Times reported this week, Indonesia is set to open more sectors to foreign investors.  In this Q&A interview with Asia Law Portal, Denny Rahmansyah, Managing Partner of SSEK Legal Consultants in Jakarta, provides a detailed analysis of current opportunities and challenges for foreign […]

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Diversity and intersectionality in the workplace within ASEAN

In this column, I highlight issues and solutions that arise within the legal context of ASEAN and which impact the diversity of the region’s social, economic, cultural and political life. Human rights are a contentious subject for many, presenting a number of challenges to companies and […]

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Indonesia Looks to Simplify Business Licensing With OSS System

As part of the push by the administration of President Joko Widodo to improve the ease of doing business in Indonesia and increase investment, the government has issued Government Regulation Number 24 of 2018 regarding Online Business Licensing Services (GR 24), which was signed and came […]

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Singapore’s new employment regime – a brave new world

By this time next year, Singapore will have a rather different employment regime from any it has had since independence. One aspect of this needs to be carefully thought through. About ten years ago, a distressed Norwegian client consulted me. His company’s Singapore office had a […]

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Privacy is Dead

But we never wanted it anyway, muses Adrian Tan. Over the past few weeks, our inboxes were bombarded by emails about privacy. Companies wrote to us, in a state of panic, because of the General Data Protection Regulation. That is a new European Union law that […]

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Driving innovation in the legal industry

Introduction Emerging technologies are creating significant waves of disruption impacting economies, industries and societies across the globe. Companies are struggling to keep pace with technological developments, whether maintaining agile business environments to leverage advanced technologies or creating the right risk and compliance strategies to plan and […]