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 […]

Ecuador and Latin America offer much to Asia’s investors

Latin America has become the most attractive and lucrative growing market and business opportunity in the world, and the second most important trade partner with China and Asia. A $4.8 trillion economy, US $26 Billion in China’s […]

How can your law firm succeed in 2014?

As 2014 approaches, law firms in the Asia-Pacific Region are faced with much opportunity as a result of regional economic growth – but they also face growing competition to attract and retain clients. That’s why it’s worth […]

It’s Time for Large Firms to Look Over the Horizon

A recent London-based publication carried a range of opinions about the shape and destiny of large law firms in 2018. For partners in these firms articles such as these can’t make comfortable reading. But I think they miss the […]

Singapore poised to become capital-raising hub for Myanmar companies

Singapore is playing an emerging “role as a magnet for Myanmar companies eager to grow as their country emerges from decades of isolation but frustrated by its crippled banking system and barely existing financial markets.  Lawyers and […]

NSW proves to be attractive to overseas investors

The New South Wales Government has been attracting overseas investment under the Significant Investor Visa (SIV). The SIV is a new category of visa introduced by the Commonwealth Government in November last year to help the country […]

Western China’s Financial Centers: Regulations Affecting Foreign Law Firms and Clients

Western China will experience a substantial influx of foreign investment as manufacturers gradually move inland away from the relatively developed and expensive east coast. Foreign goods and services are soon to follow, as Western China’s financial centers […]

Pointers to change and opportunity for law firms in Hong Kong

This post is based on recent research that provides pointers to change and opportunity for law firms in Hong Kong. Much is changing in the Hong Kong legal profession. Our research amongst law firms and their clients […]

U.S. Law Firms Facing Competitive Challenges in China

As Yun Kriegler outlined recently in The Lawyer, after spending ten years in Asia, U.S. law firm Vinson & Elkins decided to close its Shanghai office. In July 2013, the Houston-based firm announced that it will shut […]