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India becomes World’s Fifth Largest Economy

India beat all forecasts to become the world’s fifth largest economy way ahead of the 2020 prediction. The growth of the economy is led by Government initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and surging foreign direct investment. Fifth Largest Economy – India was finally able to overpower […]

6th Annual Private Equity and Venture Forum set for Jakarta April 27, 2017

The 6th Annual Private Equity and Venture Forum set to take place April 27, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, Indonesia. For 6 years the AVCJ Indonesia Forum has been the premier meeting place for the leaders of the alternative investments industry in the region. From […]

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Legal Startup ai.Law set to deploy “an army of robotic lawyers” in China

Beijing-based legal startup ai.Law was established on China’s Youth Day, May 4, 2016.  To date — the new company has completed its angel round of investment.  Ms. Kathy Gong Xiaosi, the Founder & CEO of ai.Law, is a serial entrepreneur who was also once China’s youngest […]

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New book “Law for Startups” to introduce entrepreneurs to fundamental legal issues

The book “Law for Startups” is being released in the Malaysian market this month. Authored by experienced corporate lawyer Marcus van Geyzel (who was named as one of Asia Law Portal’s 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2016, and is […]

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How LOD – Lawyers on Demand is changing the dynamics of NewLaw in Asia

In the first multi-continent merger of its kind, NewLaw leading firms LOD – Lawyers on Demand and AdventBalance joined together in October, 2016 under the joint name and brand LOD – Lawyers on Demand.  As LOD – Lawyers on Demand detailed at the time, “the deal…saw the creation […]

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4 takeaways from the recent Singapore Law Firm Management Forum

The Regional Law Firm Management Forum took place September 29, 2016 in Singapore.  The Australasian Law Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group jointly conducted the conference themed: “Change: Technology Enables, People Deliver”.   As Andrew Barnes, President of ALPMA, […]

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What is the current state of the legal recruitment market in Asia? A Q&A with GRMSearch

GRM was recently named the Best Legal Recruitment Agency of the Year in Hong Kong.  What did the awarding agency see in GRM as a unique competitive advantage? (Rob Green, CEO, GRMSearch) We actually retained the title! 2015 and now 2016 saw GRM crowned Best Legal […]

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How US Law Firms in Asia may be impacted by American trade protectionism

As the American Lawyer detailed in a recent article, US President elect Donald J. Trump has said he would impose a 45% tariff on goods manufactured in China and declare China a currency manipulator.  He also threatened to withdraw America from the World Trade Organization (WTO). […]

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Meisterline launched in Hong Kong: Seeks to “decode how legal experts think”

Hong Kong-based Dr. Peter Macmillan is the Founder & CEO of Meisterline Analytics, developer of the Meisterline Index™, a unique, science-based lawyer rating service that uses cognitive analysis to measure the expertise of legal specialists.  He recently founded Mesterline with an aim to decode (and measure) […]

India: Government Withdraws Currency to Choke Parallel Economy

In a bold move, India’s Prime Minister demonetized certain currency notes earlier this month. This announcement sent shockwaves throughout the country and took everyone by surprise. However, despite the numerous hardships most citizens seem to be favouring the move in anticipation of long-term gains for the […]

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International lawyers of LexMundi briefed in Jakarta on how to grow their practices

This author briefed international lawyers of LexMundi law firm network in Jakarta on November 20th on how to grow their practices.  The briefing was attended by LexMundi member lawyers from around the world — and took place at LexMundi’s Asia-Pacific regional conference at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.   […]

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Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, November 29, 2016

The Regional Law Firm Management Forum is set to take place at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore, November 29, 2016. Conducted jointly by The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association and the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group, the event is entitled: Change: Technology […]

China poised to assume trans-Pacific trade leadership role

US Congressional leaders announced yesterday that they would not now consider ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty (TPP), effectively ending the accord.  The agreement, negotiated over a 7-year period between economies in Asia (not including China), Latin America, the United States and Canada — and which encompasses […]

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Why the future looks bright for online legal services in Asia

“Legal services utilising the internet and online technologies are here to stay”, according to a recent article by Peter Frankl in Legal Practice Intelligence. Frankl explains how categories referred to as “Online Legal Services, Online Law Firms and Online Lawyers are still nascent” — and that […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2017

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.  As 2017 approaches, Asia Law Portal is welcoming […]

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Bar Council of India Stalls Entry of Foreign Lawyers

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has managed to throw a spanner into the Government’s steps to allow entry of foreign law firms. The Government continues its efforts to attract foreign investment with new and innovative initiatives and strategies. Entry of Foreign Lawyers – The Bar […]

Corporate Counsel Asia Summit: 24–25 Oct 2016, The Westin, Kuala Lumpur

Leading in-house Counsel will meet privately with Specialist International Law Firms and Legal Services Providers at the Corporate Counsel Asia Summit.  Taking place at the fabulous Westin Kuala Lumpur, 24-25 October 2016, Senior Legal Executives will benefit from Visionary Keynote Presentations, Real-Life Case Studies and Interactive Sessions! […]

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SingaporeLegalAdvice.com: A one-stop platform for lawyers and legal consumers

The Asia-Pacific region has seen much legal innovation in recent years.  And Singapore has been among the leading jurisdictions providing a venue for this innovation.  One of those legal entrepreneurs is Yuk Lun Chan, Founder of SingaporeLegalAdvice.com.  Here’s our recent Q&A interview with him about what […]

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Mills Oakley launches Asia-Pacific’s first legal startup accelerator

In a move that highlights the rapid expansion of the legal startup ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, Australia’s Mills Oakley has launched the region’s first legal startup accelerator.  Central to this effort is Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker.  In our continuing coverage of the region’s legal startup scene – […]

AsiaLawNetwork.com launches online legal consultation service “Quick Consult” in Singapore

Singapore based legal startup AsiaLawNetwork.com has launched ‘Quick Consult’, a service which provides individuals and small businesses with easier and more affordable access to lawyers for S$49.  The service covers a broad range of legal issues both individuals and small businesses might encounter, including “divorce and commercial […]

Asia Private Equity-Venture Capital Summit: Singapore, Sept 30, 2016

Leaders in Asia’s corporate, private equity and venture capital communities will gather for the Asia Private Equity-Venture Capital Summit 2016 at the Marina Mandarin in Singapore on Friday, September, 30th  — for an exclusive ideas exchange and networking opportunity. The event is organized by MintAsia — one of […]

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Indonesia to be Asia’s next digital powerhouse: Implications for legal services

According to the recently released e-conomy SEA 2016 report conducted jointly by Google and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, Indonesia’s internet economy is growing at 26% annually.  And it “will be worth about US$81 billion in 10 years, or about 40% of the total Internet […]

The story of lexvoco: New Zealand’s first NewLaw firm

As Dr George Beaton of Australia’s Beaton Capital detailed recently: “lexvoco is the first NewLaw firm in New Zealand, entering by crossing the Tasman. While this might not necessarily be regarded as noteworthy, the speed with which lexvoco is spreading is truly remarkable.” In an effort to continue Asia […]

Uniform Tax Rate To Finally Become Reality in India

The Indian Parliament has approved the long pending Goods and Services Tax Bill earlier this month, paving the way for a uniform tax regime. There were more tax reforms when the India Cyprus Double Tax Avoidance Treaty being amended. The Government also kept its promise to […]

CONSULEGIS conference: “Doing Business in Asia”, set for Shanghai Oct 20-23, 2016

International law firms network Consulegis will host their next autumn conference in Shanghai, China from October 20th -23rd 2016.  The main topic of the CONSULEGIS conference is “Doing Business in Asia”.  What better place to host the next conference than China’s fastest growing city? The meetings, […]

Australian Legal Startup Jurimetrics brings statistical big-data analysis to the legal system

Australia is among the leading jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region in the cultivation of startups focused on the legal services space.  And recently, a new Australian startup called Jurimetrics is bringing statistical big data to the legal system.  Here’s my recent interview with Managing Director Conrad […]

India: Monsoon Cheers For Foreign Investment and Lawyers

The Government’s focus continues on improving various aspects of India’s overall outlook to foreign investors. This month there appeared to be increased focus on social development and various treaties were signed or made operational. Bar Council of India shared the draft rules for entry of foreign […]

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NewLaw in Asia faces a hurdle in Malaysia

As the Star Online, Asian Legal Business and Marcus van Geyzel, lawyer and co-author of TheMalaysianLawyer.com — all detailed last month — Hong Kong-based legal startup Dragon Law is facing regulatory scrutiny by the Malaysian Bar after its recent entry into the local market. Dragon Law is […]

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Janders Dean to stage unique #LegalServiceDesign Jam in Sydney on 27/28 July

Janders Dean will be running a #LegalServiceDesign Jam in parallel to the Janders Dean Legal Transformation Conference in Sydney this coming Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28.  First conducted in London last May, LegalServicesDesign Jam adds a new dimension to the Legal Transformation Conference by, […]

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Colombia-Korea Free-Trade Agreement provides opportunity for lawyers

Lawyers in both South Korea and Colombia could be significant beneficiaries of a just-ratified free-trade agreement between the two nations.  As the Korea Herald detailed today: “Over the next 10 years, the two sides will knock down tariffs on over 96 percent of goods and roughly […]

What are the prospects for legal startups in Japan? An interview with Tim Romero, author of DisruptingJapan.com

Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based innovator, author, and entrepreneur.  He’s started several companies since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago — and he’s deeply involved in Japan’s startup community as an investor, founder and mentor.  He is the author of the widely-read blog DisruptingJapan.com […]

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FDI Gifts for Silver Jubilee of India’s Economic Liberalisation

For 44 years after attaining independence, India was virtually a closed economy. And then in 1991 Manmohan Singh, the then Union Finance Minister, changed the face of business in India by taking the first steps to liberalise the economy. Looking back now, it appears to be […]

FlySpaces offers lawyers flexible office solutions in the Asia-Pacific region

As the legal services sector continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region, opportunities for lawyers to create their own career path by working in NewLaw or in flexible working arrangement with traditional law firms – is also increasing.   An important part of these changes includes opportunities […]

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India Declared A Top Destination for FDI

The Government’s efforts to make India a top destination for foreign investment received yet another boost when one of the world’s leading observer of global FDI gave it the top honours. The Government continued to open up more avenues for foreign investment. There are some fresh […]

Asia’s legal recruitment market grows as more foreign firms expand

“Legal recruitment in Singapore and throughout the Southeast Asia region is picking up, driven by a growing number of lawyers who are flocking from the West to the stable and quickly growing economies of the East”, as Singapore legal recruiter jlegal detailed recently on their blog. […]

Who are Asia’s leading legal recruiters?

The Asia-Pacific legal markets continue to see growth and change as we enter the second quarter of 2016. Legal Recruiters Integral to Legal Services Sector Dynamism Integral to legal services sector growth and dynamism are the region’s legal recruitment specialists.   Elite boutique law firms and […]

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Australian legal startup Bulletpoints disrupts legal education by centralising CPD in one online portal

The Asia-Pacific region legal startup ecosystem is rich with examples of entrepreneurial zeal applied to the legal services sector — with a number based in Australia — including LawPath, LegalVision and Crowd & Co.  That ecosystem also includes Bulletpoints — an online service for legal professionals to […]

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Asia-Pacific Legal Startups: An interview with BurgieLaw.com Founder & CEO, Lai Chee Hoe

The Asia-Pacific legal startup ecosystem is growing rapidly.  And Asia Law Portal has and will  continue to seek to provide a window into this ecosystem by interviewing the founders and entrepreneurs behind this exciting trend.  In the most recent chapter of this effort, we interview Mr. […]

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India Forges Ahead with Double FDI Inflows & Make in India Week

The first two months of 2016 have seen some significant developments for India’s foreign investment scenario. It received a boost from a global report declaring huge jump in foreign investment inflows. Going with the positive flow, the Government organized the ‘Make in India Week’ to boost […]