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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 at helping US exporters and investors target Asian markets. The […]

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 by TV shows or, more likely, the views of your […]

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 to prospects for 2014 across Australia, China, Hong Kong, […]

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: “The bar is planning to amend the regulation dealing […]

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 China and the ASEAN region. In January, The Global […]

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 Australia. Chin first outlines 5 key opportunities for professional […]

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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 the announcement on February 7 of British Telecom’s appointment of […]

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 to north America, the UK and Australia. When will […]

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 will continue to grow, continue to attract US business, […]

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

LegalWeek.com reported this week that “Dealflow and value in the 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 with 2,297 in 2012, marking a year-on-year rise […]

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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 create more synergies between the firm’s US and Asia […]

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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 investment projects and US $261.000 million reached with China´s […]

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 real point by not looking over the horizon. What […]

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 financial advisors who work closely with Myanmar firms say […]

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 attract more international high net worth individuals who are […]

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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 such as Chongqing and Chengdu experience increased demand for […]

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 reveals several insightful trends.  This post is the first […]

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 down its three-partner office to consolidate its China practice […]

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How to find clients for your new law practice

If you are just about to start your first law firm / practice, one of the first questions probably is how to approach potential clients and get them onboard.  The principles laid out bellow, proven and borrowed from the start-up world, are also applicable if you […]

The state of private equity in Asia in 2013

According to Ms. Julia Leong, Hong Kong’s Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, who spoke at the 12th HKVCA China Private Equity Summit on June 11 of this year, “the private equity industry is now a key player in Asia’s evolving financing landscape.” Ms. […]