Category: Singapore Legal News and Analysis

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 […]

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 legal tech company CodeLex aims to streamline the practice of law

Legal technology company CodeLex is a developer of legaltech projects as part of the Irbis Ventures (formerly ‘M Lab’​) ecosystem. Incorporated in Mongolia and Singapore, and with a core team based in Ulaanbaatar, Singapore and Tokyo, CodeLex projects aim to streamline and add value to the […]

Time to embrace co-working

What are the key ingredients for a great co-working space? Trendy, young hipsters making steaming coffee with cacti and succulents abound, prosecco on tap and Scandi style interior design? Maybe, yet these spaces can benefit all types of workers with a creative and comfortable place to […]

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 […]

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 […]

ASEAN Insiders Series 2019 – Foreign Direct Investment

ASEAN – Open for business Since its formation in 1967, ASEAN has grown from an underdeveloped region into one of the globe’s most diverse and dynamic economic drivers. Located at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and strategically nested across several major trade routes, ASEAN is […]

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 […]

Law business structures – challenges in ASEAN

In 2014, the IBA commissioned a mammoth report on Global Cross Border Legal Services that comprehensively covers information about over 90 countries and 160 jurisdictions on the regulation of domestic and cross-border legal practice.   What the report confirms is the transformation of legal practice, and thus […]

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, […]

A Year of Big Changes: Latest Employment Trends in Singapore and Japan

2018 saw the biggest changes in the employment law regimes of both Singapore and Japan. Both jurisdictions have recently gone through a fundamental change to the key legislation concerning employees’ rights. This includes a wider coverage of employees who are entitled to statutory benefits, and the […]

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Cryptocurrencies, Exchanges, and Initial Coin Offerings: An Insight Into ASEAN’S Regulatory Environment

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are gaining further momentum as an alternative form of crowdfunding globally. Yap Lian Seng, Managing Partner of ZICO Insights Law LLC (a member of ZICO Law) together with Senior Associate, Heng Jun Meng, share their views on the emergence of cryptocurrencies, exchanges, […]

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Third Annual Law Firm Management Forum Oct 19, 2018 Singapore: A Preview

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) along with the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group will hold the third annual Regional Law Firm Management Forum on October 19, 2018 in Singapore at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Singapore Academy of Law is the event Knowledge Partner […]

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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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Third Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, Oct 19, 2018

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) along with the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group will hold the third annual Regional Law Firm Management Forum on October 19, 2018 in Singapore at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Singapore Academy of Law is the event […]

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Singapore – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Singapore is a thriving multicultural home to some of the world’s most stunning architecture and landscapes, exquisite gardens, no traffic jams, lack of corruption, and a great history. It is a land of modern wonders, known for its rapid development and an attractive destination for business […]

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How has NewLaw developed in Asia over the last 10 years? An interview with Oliver Mould of LOD – Lawyers On Demand

As NewLaw firm LOD – Lawyers on Demand (LOD) approaches its’ 10th anniversary, Asia Law Portal interviewed Oliver Mould, the firms’ Head of Asia about the state of NewLaw in Asia and what he sees ahead for the next 10 years: LOD is approaching its 10th […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Today’s Lawyers Need Technology Training

Introduction Back in November, a group of people gathered in Hong Kong to brainstorm on using block chain technology in legal transactions. They discussed ethereum and cybersecurity, before debating the benefits and dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI). These weren’t computer programmers looking to create a new […]