Data-driven legaltech platform SeedLegals expands into Asia-Pacific to strengthen the flourishing startup ecosystem

Leading UK legaltech platform SeedLegals, today announced the launch of its platform and service in Asia-Pacific. SeedLegals brings their automated legal solutions to Singapore and Hong Kong-based startups and small businesses, enabling them to raise investment, provide ESOP share options to their team and grow their […]

Are existing environmental laws effective?

We have grown quite used to receiving news about bushfires and wildfires affecting various parts of the world. Time and again, we have been required to deal with pressing concerns such as wildlife extinction, severe droughts and the melting of icecaps in the Arctic. All of […]

Hugill & Ip deepens its pro-bono commitment and launches the #PathGuardiansHK campaign

The firm has kicked off a new corporate social responsibility initiative starting on Children’s Day (4th April) and lasting until  Mother’s Day. The campaign sees Hugill & Ip supporting PathFinders with a series of collaborative events throughout its duration which aim to increase legal awareness and […]

Doing business in the metaverse: legal risks and opportunities

So what, when the world is busy getting back into the post-pandemic groove; why should HR even be interested in this?  The Metaverse, and the proliferation of remote working arrangements are the two tectonic shifts that are reshaping the world we work in since the onset […]

India Sees Glimpses of Pre-Pandemic Times

India is feeling the impact of the ongoing war with lower economic forecasts as a fallout of the ongoing conflict. The situation relating to Covid 19 pandemic in India has seen significant improvement in the last month leading to lifting of restrictions across the country. We […]

Singapore announces sanctions against Russia

Singapore unveiled its sanctions against Russia on 5 March 2022. These focus on the control of exports of military and technological goods to Russia and financial measures against Russian banks, entities and activities. Authors: Hagen Rooke Leigh T. Hansson Calvin Chan Alexander Brandt Catriona Casha Michael J. Lowell Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian […]

Legal tech company Lawcadia unveils Native Document and Email Management and enriched Outlook Integration, enabling greater productivity

Native Document and Email Management and the Microsoft Outlook integration are the first of several releases slated in 2022 for leading Australian legal technology company Lawcadia. The enriched Outlook integration enables emails and attachments to be saved directly and securely into Lawcadia’s platform, without navigating away […]

SeedLegals on providing startups with automated legals and empowering legal talent: An interview with Hsiang Low, Head of Asia-Pacific, SeedLegals

SeedLegals is one of the hottest lawtech offerings – taking care of the legals for creating, running and funding startups. Hsiang Low, Head of Asia-Pacific at SeedLegals dives into the transformation of the legal sector, outlining how legaltech is paving new paths for legal services, building […]

How Oon and Bazul grew to become one of Singapore’s largest law firms.  An interview with Founding Partner Bazul Ashhab

Oon & Bazul has grown to become the largest conflict-free firm in Singapore. The firm is a large leading commercial practice and their lawyers are known for their ability to deliver high quality work as well as their commitment to helping clients achieve success. Given their […]

India Improves Internally as Conflict Rages Externally

The third wave of Covid 19 pandemic in India abated as quickly as it has engulfed the entire country in a very short span of time. All activities have resumed in the country as the situation improved in the last few weeks. The forecasts by global […]

Online Dispute Resolution platform Presolv360 raises $1.08 Million (INR 8.13 crores) in Seed Funding from MGA Ventures, Omidyar Network India, and others

The legaltech startup’s portfolio has grown 10X; and is one of the only ODR platforms to be enlisted by the Ministry of Law & Justice and empaneled by a High Court in the country

Setting Goals for Your Legal Career in 2022

We might overlook it sometimes, but setting and striving for aspirational goals can significantly improve your sense of happiness. The start of the year is a great time to take a fresh look at your career and professional goals: what you love doing, what you want […]

Omicron Drives in the Indian New Year

The new year was ushered in riding on the third wave of Covid 19 pandemic in India largely due to the spread of the Omicron variant across the country. The daily case load shot up in the first 3 weeks of the month and restrictions were […]

Ritika Ganju, Partner, Phoenix Legal, on India’s “Cosmetic Rules, 2020”

Cosmetics although a substantial industry has been regulated thus far alongside drugs under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940. With a huge range of international brands and booming domestic cosmetic production, it became inevitable for the regulator to streamline the regulatory process and […]

Remembering Christopher Hunter BA, 1964– 2021   

Christopher Hunter, publisher, journalist, scholar of Chinese, father of Jessica and son of Gillian and Frederic, passed away at home in Berkhamsted, England on Sunday, 21 November, 2021.  Chris, who lived in Hong Kong from 1987 to 2016, had been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for […]

India Closes the Year with Economic Optimism

India continued to maintain momentum on economic recovery as projected forecast for growth was reduced by some global agencies. This is linked to the Covid 19 related situation prevailing in India currently. There has been a marginal rise in daily reported cases since the Omicron variant […]

Making digital transformation accessible for the legal industry.  An interview with Evan Wong, CEO, Checkbox

Checkbox is an Australia-based no code platform making digital transformation accessible for the legal industry.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, CEO Evan Wong explains the inspiration for the founding of Checkbox, the importance of automation for legal services, and how Checkbox is helping legal […]

30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022

The 2022 installment of 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia is the 8th consecutive annual annual list in the series. 2022 will see more legal innovators from throughout the region gain more attention from alternative sources of legal information including legal […]

Shruti Ajitsaria on building a culture of digital innovation in the legal sector

Shruti Ajitsaria is Partner and Head of FUSE, A&O’s tech innovation space.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she outlines how technology is impacting the role of lawyers, how FUSE is serving as a catalyst for legal innovation in Asia, and the unique nature of […]

India Stays Steady as Storm Looms in Horizon

Just as we thought that the pandemic was slowly receding in India with very low daily cases and festive season behind us now, a fresh threat looms on the horizon. The Omicron variant is being seen as a concern worldwide now. India was gearing up to […]

New book: Law firm profitability improved by good inter-generational communication

A new book focused on how law firms can increase profitability by improving inter-generational communication has just been published. Thriving in a Multi-Generational Law Firm: How to Increase Communication and Collaboration Among Lawyers by legal industry consultants Pamela DeNeuve and John Grimley – outlines how inter-generational […]

“I believe that representation is the key to making change”. Andrea Ng, Magic Circle finance lawyer, on Diversity and Inclusion in legal services

Recently relocated to Singapore, Andrea Ng specializes in leveraged acquisition finance at Allen & Overy.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she discusses the importance of Diversity & Inclusion in legal services from her perspective of working within a Magic Circle law firm during her time in London.  She also discusses how […]

2021 Taiwan LegalTech & Compliance Hackathon

The 2021 Taiwan Legal and Compliance Technology Hackathon Final Results have been announced: The biggest prize went to the team that worked on the Judgment Relationship Chart; National Judge Act, which was the spotlight of the contest.

Practicing corporate and commercial law in the Maldives.  An interview with Mariyam Shunana

Mariyam Shunana is Managing Partner of leading Maldives law firm Shunana & Co. LLP, where she specializes in litigating and negotiating complex business transactions. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Mariyam details her eleven years of legal experience in representing the Government of the Maldives, […]

How 4 law students in Myanmar founded a legal startup.  The story of JusWise

JusWise is a Myanmar-based legal startup founded by 4 law students.  JusWise has a vision to provide legal services in an easily accessible manner by using technology driven innovative solutions.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, the four founders of JusWise reflect on what inspired […]

‘The Thing About……Nishith Desai’  

Nishith Desai, founder of the eponymous firm Nishith Desai Associates, talks to Patrick Dransfield about strategy, technology and people management.

India: Should We Celebrate this Diwali

There has been cause for cheer as India scripted history by achieving administering 100 crore (one billion) Covid-19 vaccination doses in just about nine months of its rollout. The daily increase in new cases has remained on the lower all throughout the festive season. India is […]

‘The Thing About……John B Quinn’

Biography of John B Quinn For thirty years John B. Quinn continues to enjoy a unique, dual status in the legal profession.  Widely regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the world, he is equally well-known as the founder of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & […]

Legal technology company Lawcadia and legal operations consultancy LEx360 partner to reduce waste, risk, complexity, and uncertainty for corporate counsel

The modern legal department remains a function plagued by inefficient, manual and complex processes, further compounded by relentless demands, heightened regulatory compliance requirements and the pressure to ‘do more with less’. Whilst there is an appetite for change, General Counsels are unsure of where to start […]

Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen on Singapore’s present and future role as a legal innovation hub

Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen is among the most active legal innovators in the Asia-Pacific region. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Jennifer has worked at various leading law firms and was listed in Asia Law Portal’s Top 30 in the business of law to watch in 2019.  […]

DOJ Deal with Huawei CFO Highlights Tensions Between the Rule of Law and Geopolitical Realities

US Officials Decry China’s Use of Points of Leverage as “Geostrategic Weapons” But China Claims US Employs “Rule of Law” as Front for Transparent Bullying Tactics

India: Economy Shows Signs of Revival

There has been recovery of the Indian economy in the past month. The daily new Covid 19 cases have gone down some more to around 30,000 and even below on certain days. This is coupled with staggering coverage on vaccination across the country. Considering the vast […]

Why foreign shareholders should understand the corporate veil in China?

The corporate veil or the corporate personality is a legal term used to describe the separation of the corporate entity from the shareholder for the purpose of litigation. Usually, the court renders the shareholder personally liable for the debts, negligence, or mismanagement of the business, and […]

The Meng/Michaels Conflict and Beyond … Band Aids or Proactive Solutions for Trade Conflicts?

Introduction The protracted saga of the US Justice Department’s extradition request concerning Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO, is well known.[i]  This matter by far exceeds the scope of a normal fraud case – which it formally is, albeit within the framework of US sanctions – and has […]

Why good corporate governance is so important in China?

A major challenge for investors is maintaining proper governance of their Chinese foreign entity to generate a profitable business. Whilst there are significant improvements in the business environment, including regulatory reforms to streamline administrative procedures, investors, especially those residing abroad, face challenges in establishing the proper […]

In conversation with Horizons Corporate Advisory Regional Partner Roberto GILARDINO

Robert Gilardino is Regional Partner with Horizons Corporate Advisory, based in Shanghai.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Dr. Gilardino explains what makes Horizons unique, the unique challenges he faces in an increasingly competitive legal market, how his previous government experience is leveraged to help […]

Flexible legal services for businesses in Japan: An interview with Catherine O’Connell

A former in-house counsel in Japan, Catherine O’Connell is originally from New Zealand. In 2018, she founded her own law firm focused on providing flexible legal services to businesses in Japan.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, O’Connell details the inspiration that led her to […]

How Businesses Benefit from Subscription-Based Legal Services

Every business owner will be familiar with products or services priced on a subscription basis. For example, mobile phone plans, accounting software, and bookkeeping services are all invariably paid for on a subscription basis. Indeed, many businesses are leasing property on a subscription basis (WeWork and […]