Tag: Asia Pacific Legal News

A new model of international law firm. An interview with Vincent Birot, Co-Founder & CEO, Belaws

Online legal services provider Belaws was founded in 2017 in Bangkok before quickly expanding to neighbouring countries.  Belaws utilizes digital technologies to optimize the client-lawyer relationship. Clients enjoy fast, clear and transparent services while lawyers increase their productivity.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Vincent […]

How Australian startup Sprintlaw is making legal services affordable for small business. An interview with Co-founder Alex Solo

In 2017, lawyer and entrepreneur Alex Solo co-founded Sprintlaw, a tech-enabled legal startup based in Australia – whose focus is providing cost effective and efficient legal services to small businesses and startups.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Solo explains the inspiration for Sprintlaw’s founding […]

LawWiser, a Knowledge Platform for Lawyers in India, forms Video Partnership with Asia Law Portal

LawWiser, a Knowledge Platform for Lawyers in India, was recently founded by Aman Abbas, a veteran marketing advisor to the legal services sector.  Asia Law Portal is now partnering with LawWiser to provide high-quality video services to lawyers. The platform is primarily video driven – and […]

60% of US companies in the Mekong region plan to expand operations

According to a recent study by the East-West Center in Washington and the Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program, more than 1,000 US Companies are active in the five Mekong countries and more than half are planning expansion in the region. The Mekong Region As the report […]

India’s Economy Wilting Under Covid-19 Headwinds

India’s self-imposed near total lockdown of 21 days has been further extended to May 03, 2020. This 40-day shutdown has derailed the economy as per reports of global financial institutions. There has been marginal lifting of the restrictive measures in select areas for some essential services […]

The current state of legal innovation in New Zealand. An interview with Andrew King, Founder, LegalTechHub

Andrew King is one of the core connectors of the legal tech industry in New Zealand. The founder of LegalTechHub (a portal for legal tech in NZ), the founder of e-discovery and legal innovation consultancies, and the organizing force behind LawFest NZ.  In this interview with […]

The current state of legal innovation in Singapore. An interview with Josh Lee Kok Thong, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA)

Josh Lee Kok Thong is Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA). In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he provides his unique insights into the current state of legal innovation in Singapore and what’s in store for the future. Based in […]

Singapore’s first online personal legal services platform. An interview with Alvin T’ng, Founder, WillCraft

WillCraft (WillCraftNow.com) is Singapore’s first online personal legal services platform.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Founder Alvin T’ng explains what motivated WillCraft’s founding, its’ services offer, how it works with local law firms, how customers find the service, T’ng’s transition from legal practice to […]

Law firm marketing – Making sense of puzzling propositions

In the legal profession, traditionally a lot of business ‘walked-in’ based on the reputation of the Firm or due to equity created by some prominent lawyers in the firm. However, with intense competition among Firms that have similar kinds of talent pool and increased pricing pressure, […]

Cambodia’s Startup Scene: Young, Vibrant and Promising. An Interview with Sreypeou Chaing, Managing Partner, CSP & Associates

Sreypeou Chaing is Managing Partner of CSP & Associates and Legal Advisor with Cambodia Startup Advisers.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she details the current startup environment in Cambodia, including what venture capital investors should be thinking about when investing in Cambodian startups, the work of […]

Insights on Marketing a Hong Kong Barrister’s Chambers. An interview with Aparna Bundro, Director of Practice Development, DesVoeux Chambers

Aparna Bundro is Director of Practice Development for DesVoeux Chambers in Hong Kong. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she explains how her background as a lawyer helped her transition into legal marketing and business development, the difference between marketing for a barrister’s chambers versus […]

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The unique role of the legal startup CMO. An interview with Sacha Kirk, Co-Founder, Lawcadia

Sacha Kirk is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Australia-based legal startup Lawcadia.  Named to Asia Law Portal’s 12 legal tech startup founders to follow in the Asia-Pacific region in 2020 – Kirk explains in this interview with Asia Law Portal what inspired Lawcadia’s founding, […]

A book review of “The Real Deal: Law Firm Leadership That Works” by Paul Smith and Sally Dyson

Lawyers generally have an inbuilt scepticism regarding any form of coaching, which imposes a high bar on authors targeting an audience of busy managing partners. The Real Deal: Law Firm Leadership That Works by Paul Smith and Sally Dyson vaults over that bar with consummate ease […]

In conversation with Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque (Judge, the High Court of Kerala) on legal tech, space law and ADR in India

The Honorable Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque (Judge, the High Court of Kerala) has a vision. He’s the kind of leader India now needs to lead its legal tech innovation foreword. Already identified by some as an eminent jurist, he’s now heading the digital innovation of The Kerala […]

More pathways could be opened to Singapore Bar – what does this mean for NewLaw?

Last week, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon made an exciting announcement. An initiative that could revolutionise the legal profession in Singapore. CJ Menon called for there to be different routes into the Singapore Bar – whether that’s mid-career switchers from non-law backgrounds or students who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths […]

How legal business development and marketing is evolving in Asia. An interview with Roy Ang of Withers

Roy Ang is Head of Marketing and Business Development (Asia Pacific) at Withers. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he explains the unique opportunities and challenges of the role, the differences between legal marketing in the private and public sectors, how he helped quadruple the […]

How pro bono lawyers are helping make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a reality

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Shoichi Sugiyama explains how pro bono lawyers from the Tokyo 2020 pro bono lawyers services project are helping make the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a reality

Legal Experts Predict 2020 Trends in Asia Pacific Region Infrastructure Development

Leading infrastructure lawyers from Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Japan predict the most significant trends in Asia-Pacific region infrastructure development in 2020

Cybersecurity Law: Thailand

Thailand has rapidly grown its digital economy, and has made a concerted push towards technological innovation. As technology has evolved within the country, however, so has the threat of cybersecurity issues.

The Philippine’s first on-demand online legal solutions platform. An interview with Marlon Valderama, President & CEO, LexMeet

LexMeet is the Philippine’s first on-demand online legal solutions platform.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LexMeet’s President & CEO, Marlon Valderama, explains what inspired the company’s founding, its services offer to lawyers and legal consumers, it’s geographic scope, market acceptance, future plans – as […]

India’s mobile app for lawyers: An interview with Dr. Arvind Singhatiya, CEO, LegalKart

LegalKart is an India-based technology platform that helps lawyers manage their legal practices. The firm uses artificial intelligence to connect qualified clients to lawyers — thereby helping lawyers build and grow their practices In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LegalKart Founder and CEO – Dr. […]

LawRato: India’s interactive online legal advice platform. An interview with Founder & CEO, Rohan Mahajan

LawRato.com is an interactive online platform that enables an individual to find experienced lawyers in any court or city in India.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LawRato.com’s Founder & CEO Rohan Mahajan explains what inspired the company’s founding, its’ geographical reach and plans for […]

LexpertEase: Nepal’s first and only legal tech platform: An interview with Founder Kailash Panday

LexpertEase is Nepal’s first and only legaltech platform. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, LexpertaEase Founder Kailash Panday explains the firm’s focus and what inspired its’ founding, how technology is impacting Nepal’s legal market, LexpertEase’s local and international services offer and its’ goals for the […]

The current state of legal recruitment in Hong Kong. An interview with Rob Green, CEO of GRM

Hong Kong is a key conduit of foreign direct investment into and out of mainland China, and increasingly – a vital locale for Belt and Road infrastructure related legal work.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, provides his in-depth insights […]

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 […]

Private equity invests in NewLaw firm Axiom: Commentary from Axiom’s CEO and APAC-region legal industry leaders

Axiom Law, one of NewLaw’s pioneering companies, both internationally and in Asia, has announced a new private equity investment from Permira, a major investor in LegalZoom.  The new investment comes after a recent planned initial public offering (IPO) was cancelled. As Thomas Allen details in Legal […]

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 […]

India: Stimulus to Slow the Slowdown

The Government finally took some recourse to revise the slowing India economy by introducing a stimulus economic package. The foreign direct investment limits were further liberalized to add possibly as part of the stimulus. The slowdown was now reported by Moody’s as well. The Personal Data […]

Will discretion abide as long as the rules provide?

What you need to know about reopening a receiver’s fees after assessmentas confirmed in the novel case of Ho Chor Ming & Ors v Hong Kong ChiuChow Po Hing Buddhism Association Ltd [2018] 3 HKLRD 270 This Case Report was authored by Douglas Lam SC and […]

Appointment of Full Service, National Law Firm KSK Expands Alliott Group’s Presence in India

Full-service Pan India law firm King Stubb & Kasiva (‘KSK’) has agreed to join Alliott Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing alliances of law and accounting firms. The appointment enables KSK to offer a comprehensive range of legal services to the clients of Alliott Group member […]

Changes to the Thai Foreign Business Act

According to Thailand Foreign Business Act B.E. 2542 (FBA), there are three types of business activities that govern foreign participation in Thai commerce: List 1: Business Not Permitted to Foreigners List 2: Business Permitted to Foreigners under Conditions List 3: Business Not Yet Permitted to Foreigners […]

India: Renewed Interest in Entry of Foreign Law Firms

The discussion around entry of foreign law firms in India was resurrected recently. The economic slowdown is now even more glaring with ADB and IMF further lowering their respective April 2019 growth forecasts, which, together with the forecasts reported by World Bank and Fitch last month, […]

Creating sustainable infrastructure development in Asia. An interview with Jeremy Saw, Director, General Counsel, InfraCo Asia

Jeremy Saw is Director and General Counsel of InfraCo Asia.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he explains the organization’s work, the current state of infrastructure development in Asia, the development of his career and the unique nature of his work as an infrastructure lawyer, […]

Vietnam – Proposed Solar Feed-In-Tariffs

On 3 May 2019 the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (the “MOIT”) submitted to the Prime Minister a draft decision intended to replace Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister on mechanisms for the encouragement of development of solar power, dated 11 April 2017 […]

Dispute Resolution a Key Theme of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) 2019 Annual Meeting in Luxembourg. An Interview with Peter Quayle, AIIB Chief Counsel, Corporate

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is currently hosting its’ first annual meeting outside Asia, in Luxembourg (July 12-13, 2019).  The theme of the meeting is “Cooperation and Connectivity” – “in recognition of the economic and social benefits to be realized through better connectivity within and […]

Vietnam: Wind power barriers need removing

Vietnam’s latest and most comprehensive regulation on wind power development is expected to leave much room for improvement. Dr. Le Net (left), Le Thanh Hieu (middle), and Vo Phuong Thao (right), lawyers at LNT & Partners, provide their analysis of whether the changes will be sufficient […]

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 […]