Tag: Asia Legal News

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, […]

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Tokyo – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Tokyo, the capital of Japan is one of the largest, busiest and most populated metropolises in the world. This vibrant city is also called city of cities. You may think of it as several cities interlinked through an excellent public transport system. It also is a […]

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20th D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, 2019

It is our pleasure to announce the 20th edition of the D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition (“DMH”), hosted by Government Law College, Mumbai, India, in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation. DMH is India’s first International Moot Court Competition and started […]

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India’s High Trade Potential in South Asia

The World Bank released a report with startling study on how limited transport connectivity, onerous logistics and regulatory impediments, and lack of trust, it costs more to trade within South Asia than between South Asia and world’s other regions. To give an example – Its 20% […]

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Cross-Border Scheme of Arrangement for Secured Noteholders: Re Mongolian Mining Corporation

Re Mongolian Mining Corporation [2018] HKCFI 2035 – the latest case on restructuring foreign companies’ foreign law-governed debts involving DVC’s José-Antonio Maurellet SC, Yang-Wahn Hew and Jason Yu. Read on to find out whether there was sufficient connection between the Scheme and Hong Kong. In Re Mongolian Mining Corporation [2018] HKCFI 2035, the […]

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India’s Growth Forecast High Amidst Dollar Woes

India’s economic growth forecast remained stable with Moody’s predicting growth of 7.5%. This was close to the forecast of 7.6% by Reuters. The Government is aiming for further jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report. Finally, the demonitisation report card […]

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Tax Issues & Strategies For Successful Investments in Cambodia

VAT Refund process? Audits? Tax incentives? Profit repatriation? Transfer Pricing? Cambodia/China double tax agreement?  You want to understand more about these terms? Watch our latest video where our tax expert, Clint O’Connell, discusses tax issues and strategies for successful investments in Cambodia. DFDL, in collaboration with […]

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Diversity and intersectionality in the workplace within ASEAN

In this column, I highlight issues and solutions that arise within the legal context of ASEAN and which impact the diversity of the region’s social, economic, cultural and political life. Human rights are a contentious subject for many, presenting a number of challenges to companies and […]

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Law, Technology and Access to Justice in Asia-Pacific and the USA

There is a growing conversation within the legal profession globally about how technology can help people access justice. Legal assistance is often seen as too costly for many people, and the legal system can be difficult to navigate for people who try to represent themselves.  All […]

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Third Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, Oct 19, 2018

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) along with the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group will hold the third annual Regional Law Firm Management Forum on October 19, 2018 in Singapore at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Singapore Academy of Law is the event […]

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Singapore – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Singapore is a thriving multicultural home to some of the world’s most stunning architecture and landscapes, exquisite gardens, no traffic jams, lack of corruption, and a great history. It is a land of modern wonders, known for its rapid development and an attractive destination for business […]

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Hong Kong Provisional Liquidation Meets Singapore Moratorium: Re CW Advanced Technologies Limited

In a ground-breaking decision, the Hong Kong Court in Re CW Advanced Technologies Limited [2018] HKCFI 1705 explains: (a)  the interface between the Hong Kong provisional liquidation regime and Singapore’s new insolvency regime;  and (b) how both regimes could work in tandem to help restructure a Singapore-based pan-Asian […]

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NewLaw reaches the Asian legal market – out of the Startup Nation

The Alternate Legal Services Provider (ALSP) sector, more colorfully known as ‘NewLaw’, has in the space of a few short years emerged from relative obscurity to become a leading force in the global legal market by challenging well-entrenched norms. The ALSP sector, despite having roots stretching […]

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The Duty To Report Suspicious Transactions Under Anti Money Laundering Laws In Relation to 1MDB and other scandals in Malaysia

As we usher in the new Malaysia and the revival of Rule of Law, we hear of scandal after scandal being disclosed as the new government assume the reins of power. The new cabinet ministers are no doubt working hard with rolled sleeves to manage the […]

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India World’s Sixth Largest Economy

India became the world’s sixth largest economy recently. However, its economic outlook forecast was marginally reduced. In its continued effort to improve ease of doing business, India announced results of States and Union Territories’ performance in Ease of Doing Rankings. India also became home to the […]

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Indonesia Looks to Simplify Business Licensing With OSS System

As part of the push by the administration of President Joko Widodo to improve the ease of doing business in Indonesia and increase investment, the government has issued Government Regulation Number 24 of 2018 regarding Online Business Licensing Services (GR 24), which was signed and came […]

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Common Reporting Standards – Impact in Malaysia and ASEAN

The Common Reporting Standards (“CRS”) aims to enable tax authorities to tackle offshore tax evasion by providing a greater level of information on their residents’ wealth held abroad. As a party to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, Malaysia already has laws in […]

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Legal Procurement Conference APAC 2018 set for Sydney on 24 July 2018

Hosted by the Buying Legal Council and Lawcadia, the event is a powerful platform for buyers and sellers of legal services to network and learn, share best practices, launch new initiatives, get motivated, and inspire the legal industry as a whole. The conference encourages dialogue, discussion and formal and […]

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LexTech18 regional legal tech conference set for Kuala Lumpur, Oct 25-26, 2018

LexTech18 regional legal tech conference is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 25-26, 2018. LexTech brings together private, public and regulatory organizations to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to compete in Asia’s ever-changing legal landscape. In […]

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Trust, Confidence & Anti-Avoidance – Will Hong Kong Decisions Impact Australia?

Hong Kong and Australia have always enjoyed something of a shared history. Both former British colonies. Both legal systems based on the English common law. Australian judges are invited to sit as non-permanent members of the Hong Kong senior courts. And although not binding, the Hong […]

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KorumLegal Expands People, Process and Technology Capabilities in Hong Kong, Singapore and London

Addition of Danh Nguyen, Bill Novomisle and Tanya Rolfe demonstrates growing demand for broader legal solutions offerings across APAC region. The landscape for legal solutions is shifting in Asia with KorumLegal recently adding three significant hires.  KorumLegal bills itself as “a boutique legal solutions firm providing […]

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Provisional Liquidators’ Restructuring Powers Clarified: China Solar

The Court of Appeal decision in Re Legend International Resorts [2006] 2 HKLRD 192 had caused many to doubt if provisional liquidators appointed in Hong Kong could play a restructuring role at all. Twelve years later, in Re China Solar Energy Holdings [2018] HKCFI 555, Harris […]

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India’s Economic Growth Scores Highest in World Bank Report

India’s economic growth prospects received a major boost from the World Bank and the Government of India reports. The Government also simplified the reporting of the foreign investment by Indian entities. The Government’s increasing focus on intellectual property rights and its awareness resulted in creation of […]

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Reed Smith and Resource Law Managing Partners explain the strategy behind their Singapore alliance

Reed Smith formed an alliance with Singapore’s Resource Law in 2016 to strengthen its local expertise and client offering of a one-stop-shop service, and to help it stand out amid a highly competitive environment for both international and local firms in Singapore. The alliance has also allowed the firm […]

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India Attracts Largest E-Commerce Deal

India’s potential for high growth in retail came to the forefront with the acquisition of its biggest homegrown online retail company. The high economic growth prospects were reaffirmed by the IMF. There will be a new system for monitoring of foreign investment in listed entities. The […]