Category: Interviews with Lawyers

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 […]

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 […]

What opportunities exist for foreign investors in the Maldives?

As the Maldives Mission to the European Union details on its’ website:  “Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) has always played a crucial role in the economic development of the Maldives. The Government acknowledges the importance of foreign investment […]

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% […]

Big4 accounting firms emerge as Belt and Road thought leaders

Belt and Road growing in size and scope The growing impact and importance of China’s Belt and Road international infrastructure development initiative was on display last week in Beijing as leaders from 28 nations gathered to discuss […]

NewLaw firm lexvoco enters the Japanese market

NewLaw firm lexvoco, which is based in Australia and which also operates in New Zealand, has begun operations in Japan.  Lexvoco is the first NewLaw secondment business to do so.   Japan has the world’s third largest […]

Asia’s NewLaw leaders explain their strategies for a more competitive 2017 market

International law firm Pinsent Masons is expanding its NewLaw secondment business Vario into Australia later this year, as The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland reported last month. As the article detailed, Vario has a pool […]

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 […]

How legal startup CanLaw is helping the Malaysian public find lawyers

Founded in 2016, Malaysian legal startup CanLaw was established as “a FREE service that makes finding the right lawyer a quick walk in the park”, as the company website details.  As part of Asia Law Portal’s continuing […]

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 […]

Meisterline launched in Hong Kong: Seeks to “decode how legal experts think”

Hong Kong-based Dr. Peter Macmillan is the Founder & CEO of Meisterline Analytics, developer of the Meisterline Index™, a unique, science-based lawyer rating service that uses cognitive analysis to measure the expertise of legal specialists.  He recently […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Facilitating investment in Japan – a Q&A 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, […]

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 […]

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 8th.  Key among the participants was Stephen D. Wortley, Chair, Hong Kong Office […]

From lawyer to Tokyo startup entrepreneur: An interview with Nikola Pavesic of Justa

Elise Hu (@elisewho), reporting for NPR earlier this month, outlined how the startup scene in Japan is now beginning to gain momentum in an economy still centered around traditional companies that made it big in the latter […]

The Current State of the Malaysian Legal Market: A Q&A with Eddie Law, Founder of eLawyer.com.my

The Malaysian legal market is currently undergoing structural reform while competition is increasing.  Here’s an update on the market in the second quarter of 2015 from Eddie Law, Founder of  eLawyer.com.my: How would you describe the overall […]

Opportunities for foreign investment in Vietnam state-owned enterprises

Dr Net Le, Partner at LNT & Partners in Vietnam and Head of the firm’s Arbitration and Financial Services Practices was among the panelists addressing the issue of state-owned enterprises amid the transformation of command economies on Saturday, May 9th at The Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s […]

The state of free-trade in Asia-Pacific: An interview with Eric Emerson, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Free trade in the Asia-Pacific region has received much attention in recent years.   Two major proposed trade agreements are currently center-stage in the region, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific […]