How the law firm associates of today can become the rainmaking partners of tomorrow

If you’re a new associate in a law firm, consider yourself exceptionally lucky. As the Huffington Post reported last year: “Within nine months of graduating, only 55 percent of the class of 2011 law students had full-time […]

Asia’s lawyers have much to gain from joining Twitter

According to a new report by Seth Fitzgerald which appeared in Top Tech News today:  “In 2014, the Asia-Pacific region will account for 32.8% of all Twitter users, compared with 23.7% in North America, eMarketer estimates, and by […]

Lawyers can connect internationally through blogging

As many lawyers are aware, the internet has changed the way in which lawyers and law firms connect with clients.  As more and more people are seeking news and information online – naturally lawyers need to adapt […]

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 […]

Constitutional awareness in Myanmar – Creating capacity to build competencies

I was October 14th, 2013. This was the day of our “Constitutional Awareness Workshop” in Yangon, Myanmar. There is a need for constitutional reform in Myanmar and I was there representing LexisNexis in support of this nation’s […]

Trademark law takes center stage in Asia

As Paul Kossof, author of Chinese Trademark Law: The New Chinese Trademark Law of 2014 recently outlined in a series of exclusive articles in Asia Law Portal: “On May 1, 2014, China’s new trademark law will come […]

India, Philippines legal process outsourcing (LPO’s) to experience rapid growth to 2020

The global market of Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) was estimated to be USD 1,085 million in 2012 — and is expected to reach USD 8,568.5 million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 29.6% from 2014 to […]

Asia business opportunities outlined at Los Angeles conference

US business leaders are gathered this week at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business for the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference (APBO)   The conference, co-presented with the United States Department of Commerce, is aimed […]

The Asian Legal Marketplace by 2025

Dear law or pre-law students in Asia, Many of you reading this post decided to enter the legal profession based on only the vaguest notions of what the practice of law is actually like; a notion perhaps formed […]

Asia-Pacific region foreign investment rules relaxed

A liberalization of foreign investment regulation is taking place across the Asia-Pacific region, according to a recent study conducted by international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.  The study, entitled Asia-Pacific M&A Review, “considers performance in 2013 and looks forward […]

India to lift restrictions on law firm websites

“The Bar Council of India has responded to widespread demands by announcing it is to lift restrictions on law firm websites”, according to a recent report by Melissa Lesh in The Global Legal Post. As Lesh outlined: […]

Japanese law firms continue Asia expansion drive

Japan’s top law firms are continuing an Asia expansion drive in an effort to assist Japanese companies in their expansion drive in the region – as well as to capture market share from high growth economies in […]

Global law firm Baker and McKenzie is building a sales force

“Over the past three years, Baker & McKenzie‘s North American business development operations have grown 20 percent, to more than 40 people, according to Louise Muldoon, the unit’s Chicago-based director.”  according to a report this week by […]

Five critical strategies for US law firms to succeed in Asia

Professional services providers around the world have much opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region – should they approach the market with 5 critical strategies, according to a new report by Eric Chin, Senior Analyst at Beaton Capital in […]

Report on NewLaw from the ReInvent Law Conference

Two significant and unrelated legal industry events made news among the 800+ delegates at the ReInvent Law conference in New York on February 7. The collapse on February 5 of Heenan Blaikie, an establishment Canadian BigLaw firm, and […]

When Will NewLaw Firms Be Relevant In Asia?

With the NewLaw business model gathering pace in many developed economies it’s time to ask ‘When will NewLaw firms be relevant in Asia? To date the spread of the many types of NewLaw firms has been mainly confined […]

US law firms likely to continue to follow clients to Asia

Anthony Lin, writing in The Asian Lawyer last week, outlined the prospects for American law firms in Asia for the foreseeable future.  The bottom line of Lin’s article comes down to Lin’s prediction that the Asian marketplace […]

Asia-Pacific M&A activity high, characterized by intra-regional deals

LegalWeek.com reported this week that “Dealflow and value in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, last year soared to its highest level since 2001, according to new data from Mergermarket.  The region saw 2,577 deal announcements in 2013 compared […]

US law firms in renewed focus on Asia market

DLA Piper and Duane Morris have in recent months both initiated new drives to capture more work out of the Asia-Pacific region. Last December, DLA Piper announced “the appointment of [a] new three-strong Asia advisory committee…designed to […]