Category: Featured Lawyers

Dewi savitri reni

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 […]

Ian lim

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 […]

Adrian tan

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 […]

Kai niklas

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 […]

Barry and mohan

Reed Smith and Resource Law Managing Partners explain the strategy behind their Singapore alliance

Reed Smith formed an alliance with Singapore’s Resource Law in 2016 to strengthen its local expertise and client offering of a one-stop-shop service, and to help it stand out amid a highly competitive environment for both international and local firms in Singapore. The alliance has also allowed the firm […]

Stefanie yuen thio

Stefanie Yuen Thio of Singapore’s TSMP Law explains how to build a successful boutique legal practice

Stefanie Yuen Thio is Joint Managing Director of TSMP Law Corporation in Singapore, leads the firm’s M&A and corporate practice and co-manages the firm. TSMP is regarded as one of Singapore’s handful of “go to” independent firms for cutting edge Wall Street work and was named SE Asia’s […]

Lawyer

Innovating in-house legal in Asia Pacific

Peter Connor is Founder and CEO of AlternativelyLegal.  The Australia-based former in-house counsel conducts ‘Everything But The Law’TM innovation sessions for in house lawyers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  He recently delivered the keynote speech at the InHouse Community Annual Congress in Hong Kong to over 600 attendees on the evolution of the […]

Richard wee

What makes Sports Law unique? A Q&A with Richard Wee of Malaysia’s MahWengKwai

Richard Wee joined Kuala Lumpur-based MahWengKwai & Associates in 2016, where he  established and now heads the firms Sports Law Practice Group.  Recognized locally and regionally for pioneering this niche, in this Q&A with Asia Law Portal he describes what makes Sports Law unique, what motivated […]

Henderson brent

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What’s the view from Australia?

The numbers can be overwhelming.  The expected investment from China and other participants in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) infrastructure initiative between 2015 and 2025 could hit US$ 5.3 trillion, and in 10 years will represent approximately 60% of global infrastructure investment. Too, Asia will likely represent […]

Wong deon

In-house Associations HKCCA and ACC Form Alliance to Better Serve Hong Kong Legal Community

Though in-house lawyers may work across dozens of industries and for hundreds of different companies, their concerns, challenges, and goals share more similarities than differences. Peer-to-peer networking opportunities, education focused specifically on the needs of working in-house, and resources tailored to corporate practice are invaluable in […]

Kirsty dougan

What is Driving Change in Asia’s Legal Profession?

The famous American jurist Clarence Darrow once said, “The trouble with law is lawyers.” And, when it comes to changing the way lawyers and law firms operate, some of the speakers and panellists at the Legal Inno’ Tech Forum, which took place in Hong Kong in […]

Bambekar

Facilitating cross-border trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific: An interview with Babita Ambekar of Duane Morris & Selvam

Babita Ambekar is Head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s India and Japan Practice Groups. She advises multinationals on transactions involving India, Indian companies on their global expansion, in Singapore and abroad. She regularly advises Japanese companies on regional and international matters and is actively involved in the […]

Lawyer on demand

How LOD – Lawyers on Demand is changing the dynamics of NewLaw in Asia

In the first multi-continent merger of its kind, NewLaw leading firms LOD – Lawyers on Demand and AdventBalance joined together in October, 2016 under the joint name and brand LOD – Lawyers on Demand.  As LOD – Lawyers on Demand detailed at the time, “the deal…saw the creation […]

Law professional

Mills Oakley launches Asia-Pacific’s first legal startup accelerator

In a move that highlights the rapid expansion of the legal startup ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, Australia’s Mills Oakley has launched the region’s first legal startup accelerator.  Central to this effort is Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker.  In our continuing coverage of the region’s legal startup scene – […]

The story of lexvoco: New Zealand’s first NewLaw firm

As Dr George Beaton of Australia’s Beaton Capital detailed recently: “lexvoco is the first NewLaw firm in New Zealand, entering by crossing the Tasman. While this might not necessarily be regarded as noteworthy, the speed with which lexvoco is spreading is truly remarkable.” In an effort to continue Asia […]

NewLaw expands in Asia with the addition of Hong Kong’s Korum Legal

As Australian legal commentator and analyist Eric Chin recently detailed, NewLaw in the Asia-Pacific is growing and its’ definition expanding to include alternative business models utilizing technology as a prime focus – above and beyond the traditional NewLaw secondment offer.  Too, a number of large international […]

Chee hoe

Asia-Pacific Legal Startups: An interview with BurgieLaw.com Founder & CEO, Lai Chee Hoe

The Asia-Pacific legal startup ecosystem is growing rapidly.  And Asia Law Portal has and will  continue to seek to provide a window into this ecosystem by interviewing the founders and entrepreneurs behind this exciting trend.  In the most recent chapter of this effort, we interview Mr. […]

Prakash pillai

How can law help facilitate more efficient flow of Asia-Pacific trade? An interview with Prakash Pillai

The Singapore Academy of Law is organizing an international conference on January 21 and 22, 2016 in Singapore with a focus on the increasing homogenization of cross-border trade practices and regulatory mechanisms amid rising economic integration in Asia. As the event website outlines: “Among the business […]

Marcus van geyzel

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 , […]

Hiroaki tsuda

Facilitating investment in Japan – an interview 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 […]

Naoise gaffney

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. […]

Law professional

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 8.  Key among the participants was Stephen D. Wortley, Chair, Hong Kong Office and Co-Chair, China Practice Group at McMillan LLP.  In conjunction […]