Tag: Asia Legal News

How Reed Smith is globalizing innovation initiatives. An interview with Adam Curphey

Global law firm Reed Smith recently appointed Adam Curphey Innovation Engagement Manager.  Curphey’s focus is working “with the firm’s lawyers, Practice Innovation and IT development teams to implement ideas to drive internal efficiencies, as well as identify collaboration opportunities with Reed Smith’s clients to deliver new […]

India: Doing Business Ranking the only Face-Saver

India’s improvement in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking is the only bright spot in a lackluster economy that desperately needs reassurance of a revival. It’s akin to the Diwali sparkle which lights up India around this time but belies the darkness for the rest of […]

How elite law firm Withers KhattarWong LLP is navigating Singapore’s highly competitive legal market: An interview with Managing Partner Deborah Barker

After a lengthy collaboration and formal alliance between Withers LLP and the former KhattarWong LLP, Withers KhattarWong LLP came into being in early 2019. The alliance has created the second largest law firm in Singapore, offering a full range of legal services to corporations, institutions and […]

Tricky tactics and quirky questions: how to find a lawyer that’s the right fit

Should we be adopting the mindgaming exploits of Meryl Streep’s character Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada”, to find out if your candidate is the best fit for your team? The menacing fashion editor’s interrogatory questions renders Anne Hathaway’s character almost speechless in the famous […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2020

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published the inaugural annual 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia.  Ever since then we’ve published a new edition each year: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 30 people […]

India: Will Corporate Tax Cut Revive Growth or Widen Fiscal Deficit

The mounting pressure of a sagging economy and sharp economic growth forecast reductions by global institutions, the Government of India announced significant tax relief to corporates. However, while this seemed to cheer the industry and may be a stimulus in the short term, experts have warned […]

Lawyers and Accountants from Across APAC Region Gather in Shanghai to Discuss Growth and Collaboration

Lawyers and accountants from 11 countries were represented at Alliott Group’s APAC Regional Conference in Shanghai from 17-18 June 2019 The annual APAC Regional Conference for Alliott Group, an international alliance of 160 independent law and accounting firms in 65 countries, took place at the Mandarin […]

Slowdown Forecast for India’s Economic Growth

The five year term of the current Indian Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to an end as the electoral process commenced in the world’s largest democracy. The elections are being carried out phase-wise across the country and results are scheduled to be […]

The official charity for the In-House Community Awards in Hong Kong, May 30, 2019, is the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute

The official charity for the In-House Community Awards is the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI). The mission of the cc-TDI is to translate scientific discovery into clinical trials by understanding and proving new disease-specific treatment options for children with cancer. Based in Portland, Oregon, but providing cures […]

Dip in India’s FDI While It Climbs Highest in IP Index

India reported reduction in its foreign direct investments. The draft national e-commerce policy has been introduced and currently available for submission of comments by stakeholders. The news to cheer was India’s climb in global intellectual property index. The RBI’s forecast on India’s GDP growth was announced […]

Legal Roles & Opportunities Across Asia in 2019

As global growth rates look sluggish in 2019 with the well-documented slowdown in growth brought about by the Sino-US trade war, leading executive search business Aquis Search has announced in its latest set of salary survey & guides published in January this year, that despite some […]

Lawyers are from Mars: Marketing People are from Mercury OR the importance of cognitive diversity in law firms

“We always did feel the same we just saw it from a different point of view. Tangled up in blue.” Bob Dylan In preparation for taking on a new marketing and business development role at an international law firm (this was after I accepted the position […]

Cambodia Legal & Tax Alert: Fortnightly Payments in Effect

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) introduced “Prakas 442 – On the Payment of Wages” (Prakas 442) in September 2018. Prakas 442 provides that from January 2019 all enterprises and establishments covered by the provisions of the Labour Law shall prepare their payroll to […]

Seyfarth Shaw promotes first Australian partner

We are excited to announce that Erin Hawthorne has been promoted to partner. Although we have grown through lateral partner appointments over the past few years, Erin is the first promotion to partner from within the team since the Australian offices of Seyfarth Shaw opened in […]

India Changes E-commerce FDI Rules

Government of India recently amended the FDI rules in the e-commerce sector. The amendment, though mentioned as a clarification, has made substantial changes to the regulations. Foreign portfolio investors’ registration has increased sharply during the year. The data protection bill appears to have been finalized. Fitch […]

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Thailand Tax Alert: New Law on Transfer Pricing

On 22 November 2018, the Thai Revenue Department (TRD) took another significant step towards tightening its transfer pricing compliance and enforcement regime with the release of “the Additional Revision of the Thai Revenue Code No.47 (TRC47)”. Over the past five years, based on the Base Erosion […]

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Jakarta – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Jakarta, the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia is a major commercial and financial hub of the country. Once a seaport district, Jakarta is now a vibrant and fast growing metropolis. This bustling multicultural city is home to over 10 million people and the number […]

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Technology, NewLaw and Careers in the General Counsel’s Office: A View From Indonesia

Ario Rachman is Legal Counsel of deugro Indonesia, a highly specialized freight forwarder with a strong focus on turnkey logistics solutions for industrial projects.  In this Q&A interview with Asia Law Portal, Ario provides his perspective on NewLaw and Legal Technology and their impact on the […]

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Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2019

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published the inaugural annual: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 and in 2016 published: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2016.  In 2017: 30 people to watch in the business of […]

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The significance of Artificial Intelligence in unlocking innovation for legal practice

Almost all over the world, scholars believe that future business growth will happen only if data is being used intelligently.  The handling of significant volumes of data, the requirement of extra resources and the need of speed to conduct business has all helped increased the demand […]

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Seoul – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Home to large international companies like Samsung, LG and Hyundai, the South Korean capital city of Seoul has transformed economically in just a few years.  Indeed, South Korea has risen rapidly to become one of Asia’s most advanced economies. Seoul is a fashion forward city with […]

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Litigation Funding in Asia – Where are we now?

Last year saw a swathe of reforms and proposed reforms in Asia in relation to litigation and arbitration funding.  In January 2017, Singapore’s parliament passed the Civil Law Amendment Act and the Civil Law (Third Party Funding) Regulations 2017.  Hot on Singapore’s heels, in June 2017, […]