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Business expansion in Asia via Hong Kong the focus of June events in Toronto and Chicago

Introduction The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will stage its large-scale promotion, “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” in Toronto, Canada, and Chicago, the United States in June 2015. What is “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” all about and how does it benefit companies in Hong […]

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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 (IPBA) 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong.  After Dr […]

Asia-Pacific State Owned Enterprises amid the transformation of command economies

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s (IPBA) 25th Annual Meeting and Conference is being held this week from in Hong Kong ( 6 – 9 May 2015). This international legal conference is bringing together IPBA members, corporate lawyers, international business lawyers and colleagues from around the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. One […]

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“Changing the Future for Women in Law” a focus of this week’s Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference in Hong Kong, May 6-9, 2015

Olivia Kung (@oliviahykung), Associate Attorney at Hong Kong-based OLN law firm (@OldhamLiNie) and  Vice Chair of the Women Business Lawyers committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), will be a panel speaker representing Hong Kong at the organizations 25th Annual Meeting and Conference this week in Hong Kong, May 6-9. […]

Will US law firms lose work in Asia due to Washington’s opposition to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?

Some Background The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a new multilateral development lender, whose focus will be on providing financing for infrastructure projects in Asia.  Founded by China, the AIIB has been joined as founding members by most regional governments as well as the UK and […]

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India: Retrospective Tax on Foreign Investment a Step Backward

In the past month the Indian Government took action towards facilitating foreign investment as was promised in the annual Union budget. However, all the beneficial steps were overshadowed by the controversial levy of Minimum Alternate Tax on capital gains by Foreign Institutional Investors. There were welcome […]

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Why NewLaw should seek to define itself in Asia

In April of 2013, Richard Granat (@rgranat) asked: Is Axiom Law a Law Firm? in a blogpost which appeared on his widely-read eLawering Blog.  And Granat is well qualified to both ask and answer the question.  Granat is both a virtual lawyer and a CEO and investor […]

South Korea considers reversing course on legal market liberalization

In 2011 and 2012 respectively, the European Union (EU) and the United States entered into bilateral Free-Trade Agreements (FTA’s) with South Korea.  The aim of those agreements was to increase bilateral trade and investment between Korea, the EU and the US.  The agreements span a wide […]

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Regulatory Reforms Indicate India’s Commitment to Foreign Investment

The ‘Make In India’ campaign is going full throttle with the Government initiating key changes to its foreign direct investment policy and the finance budget providing further fillip with slew of regulatory reforms. Further, there is fresh hope for entry of foreign law firms. Foreign Direct […]

China’s Second Free Trade Zone to Open Next Week

China’s Second Free Trade Zone will Open Next Week.  Below is the text of an interview with Paul Kossof, an Associate at the Beijing office of TransAsia Lawyers, about this new development. John Grimley: There has been substantial interest from foreign investors and companies in Shanghai’s free […]

Legal Leaders Asia Forum: A preview Q&A with Nick Seddon of Beaton Capital

The 2nd Legal Leaders Asia Forum is set to take place March 24-25, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.  The event will provide an opportunity for both international and independent law firms already established in Asia or with an eye towards the path to […]

Are public listings a path to global success for Asia’s law firms?

Singapore-based law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has announced it plans to publicly list a company offering a suite of professional services on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in the first quarter of 2016, according to a recent report in Channel News Asia.  This planned […]

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Law Firm Sales Team vs ‘Salesy’ Fee Earners

Recently, I visited a law firm partner whose firm has great ambitions for 2015. Namely, this prominent Legal 500 firm plans to turn all or most of their fee earners into sales force. Naturally, this firm aims to continue to grow in the coming years. And […]

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Asia-Pacific Region Legal Startups: A Q&A with LawPath Co-Founder Damien Andreasen

As Angus Kidman (@gusworldau) outlined in a 2013 profile in Australia’s Lifehacker, “LawPath is Australia’s largest and fastest growing legal platform…connect[ing] people and businesses that are in need of legal assistance to the right lawyer who specialises in their area of need.”  LawPath (@LawPath) is among a […]

Asia’s Legal Leaders to gather in Hong Kong, March 24-25, 2015

The 2nd Legal Leaders Asia Forum is set to take place March 24-25, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.  The event will provide an opportunity for both international and independent law firms already established in Asia or with an eye towards the path to […]

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China’s manufacturing sector at a crossroads

Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Founder of Dezan Shira & Associates, a pan-Asia-Pacific accounting and management consulting firm serving foreign companies operating or seeking to operate within the region — convened an informal conversation over dinner in Hong Kong last week to discuss business trends in the region impacting […]

A Q&A with the American Bar Association (ABA) leadership on the upcoming 2015 ABA Asia Forum in Tokyo

The International Law Section of the American Bar Association (@ABAInternatl) will gather March 2-3, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan for the 2015 Asia Forum. The conference will focus on Recent Trends and Developments in the Regulatory Environment, Transactional Practice and Dispute Resolution.  As a follow-up to that original […]

Hong Kong legal market at epicenter of booming investment into China

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into China will double over the next six years, according to a new report from international law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) (@kwmlaw).  As the report outlines, foreign direct investment in China will reach 1.3 Trillion GBP by 2020.  And as […]