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An interview with New Law pioneer Kirsty Dougan as she joins Vario as Asia Managing Director

Dougan is NewLaw’s pioneer in Asia Kirsty Dougan co-founded  NewLaw in Asia in late 2009 and last month, after almost a decade in the sector, she joined Pinsent Masons flexible NewLaw unit Vario as Managing Director for Asia.  Dougan will be based in a new office […]

Hong Kong and Mainland authorities sign new arrangement on interim measures in aid of arbitration

This article was co-authored by José-Antonio Maurellet SC and Ellen Pang of Des Voeux Chambers and Yanhua Lin of Fangda Partners On 2 April 2019, the Hong Kong Government and the Supreme People’s Court of China signed the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the […]

Vietnam: Proposed New Solar Feed-In-Tariff

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam publicized a draft Decision that will replace Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam dated 11 April 2017 on mechanisms to encourage the development of solar power projects in Vietnam. The Draft Decision is expected […]

Mixed Forecast for India’s Economic Growth

There were mixed forecasts for India’s growth in reports issued by Fitch and Moody’s. While one showed a continuous decline the other one appeared stable. There is a proposal to liberalise foreign direct investment in foreign portfolio investments. India and South Korea came together to create […]

Book Review: “SMARTER Law: Transforming busy lawyers into business leaders” – by Trevor Faure

“I cannot say this too strongly: Do not compare yourself to others. Be true to who you are, and continue to learn with all your might.”  Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, as quoted by Trevor Faure. Trevor Faure, self-defined as ‘part-translator-part-interlocutor’ between the legal and performance improvement […]

CTL Strategies to host Seminar on Recent Developments in BPT and WHT, 13 April 2019 in Male’, Maldives

CTL Strategies is conducting a full day seminar on Recent Developments in BPT and WHT. The seven-hour seminar is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of the BPT and WHT regimes, including the recent updates to those regimes via Tax Rulings and other decisions made […]

Mah Weng Kwai Lunch Talk: Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions 21 March, 2019. Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

OVERVIEW Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continue to redefine Malaysian businesses, both public listed companies and small-medium enterprises (SME’s). There are various corporate structures and transactions that may be used for the consolidation and transfer of corporate interests. Hence it is important for business owners and corporate […]

Hong Kong Dispute Resolution: What’s Ahead in 2019 and Beyond?

Here, we take a look at market trends and emerging best practices in the dispute resolution space to offer a guide as to what could be top of mind for practitioners in 2019 and beyond Arbitration What’s on the horizon? We’ve seen key changes in the […]

Insolvency Laws in Myanmar

This article has been published in IBA Banking Law Committee Publications. Insolvency laws in Myanmar Myanmar insolvency legislation is interspersed with and revolves around the Rangoon Insolvency Act 1910 (‘Rangoon Act’), the Burma Insolvency Act 1920 (‘Burma Act’) and the Myanmar Companies Law 2017 (MCL). Like […]

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 […]

Infrastructure Development and the Legal Services Sector in Asia: An interview with Gerard Sanders, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Gerard Sanders, General Counsel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), is working to deepen ties between AIIB and Asia-Pacific regional arbitral hubs and other legal institutions to help facilitate coordination to promote infrastructure development.  In anticipation of his upcoming visit to the Hong Kong International […]

Latest Employment Trends in Mainland China: More Foreigners May Need to Pay Individual Income Tax in China?

2018 was an eventful year for reform in Chinese employment law, as it seeks to open its labour market to foreigners and residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Some of the changes have significant ramifications to foreign enterprises operating in Mainland China. This article shall […]

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 […]

Barriers to funding arbitration in Hong Kong dismantled

Hong Kong’s lawmakers kicked off the process of permitting the third-party funding of arbitration as far back as 2013, even then recognising the anachronistic nature of the prohibition. It has taken nearly six years for us to reach this point, but from February 1st the funding […]

High Growth Forecast for India Amidst Some Concerns

India continued to receive high economic growth forecast, as per reports issued by the International Monetary Fund and United Nations (UN). However, the UN reported highlighted some concerns and worrisome factors. Government of India recently amended the external commercial borrowings rules to further enable ease of […]

A Year of Big Changes: Latest Employment Trends in Singapore and Japan

2018 saw the biggest changes in the employment law regimes of both Singapore and Japan. Both jurisdictions have recently gone through a fundamental change to the key legislation concerning employees’ rights. This includes a wider coverage of employees who are entitled to statutory benefits, and the […]

Elevate Acquires Cognatio Law, Launching Operations in Hong Kong

Flexible lawyering provider Cognatio extends Elevate’s global capabilities in Asia Pacific market. Law company Elevate today announced it has acquired Cognatio Law, a Hong Kong-based flexible lawyering and legal consulting business serving in-house legal and compliance teams as well as law firms across Asia Pacific. Cognatio […]

Yangon – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Services Professionals

Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is the largest city as well as the cultural and commercial center of Myanmar. With the recent reforms, there has been a massive influx of foreign investment in the city. The city is still developing and has huge potential. A […]

Latest Employment Trends in Hong Kong: More Burden for Employers?

2018 witnessed the proposed introduction of a number of changes to the employment law regime in Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong Government taking the charge in implementing changes to gradually improve employee protections and employee benefits. This article shall revisit some of the key events […]

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Participated in the Pre-Series A Funding of Justika.com

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (AHP), one of the biggest law firms in Indonesia, recently participated in the Pre-Series A funding of Justika.com (Justika), the pioneer of legal services marketplace start-up in Indonesia. AHP’s Managing Partner, Bono Daru Adji, remarked that AHP’s participation in Justika is part […]

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 […]

Ho Chi Minh City – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city with a rich culture and history. War relics from the devastating Vietnam War that lasted 20 years, and left a profound impact on the country’s economy, can still be found in the city. From a […]

M&A: Three easily mitigated but commonly overlooked pitfalls

New Delhi lawyers LexCounsel explore three of the most common mistakes made when it comes to Mergers & Acquisitions and their straight-forward solutions. Author Dimpy Mohanty Firm LexCounsel Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) are an incredibly popular way to grow business inorganically. However, a failed M&A can have far-reaching consequences for […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.4

DFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, […]

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 […]

Shanghai – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Shanghai, China’s largest and most populated city is also its largest commercial and financial hub. Also known as as the New York of the east, this dynamic and cosmopolitan city is a bustling hive of activity. The city has had phenomenal growth and development in past […]

Axiom Appoints Yolanda Chan as General Manager of Asia Pacific

Axiom, a leading global alternative legal services provider, announced today a strategic hire to its Asia leadership team. Yolanda Chan joins as General Manager of the Asia Pacific region. Chan will play a critical role in Axiom’s ability to transform the legal industry through talent and technology […]

The 2019 US landscape for Japan’s corporate investors: An interview with Frank Aquila, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

“Japanese companies have embarked on the biggest overseas acquisition spree in more than 20 years, echoing the deal boom of the 1980s,” as Lina Saigol detailed in the Financial News yesterday.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Frank Aquila, Partner with Sullivan & Cromwell, explains what […]

Mumbai – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Mumbai is the financial and commercial capital of India and home to the largest entertainment industry activity in the country. Originally a group of seven islands, Mumbai has grown into a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that never sleeps. Also known as a city of extremes, Mumbai […]

The Competition Tribunal Exercising Firm Grip On Case Management Powers

The Competition Tribunal in the recent case of  Competition Commission v. W. Hing Construction Company Limited & Ors [2018] HKCT 6 exercised robust case management power. It dismissed the 4th Respondent’s last minute application at the PTR for what was “virtually a wholesale substitution” of the original […]

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and the Asia-Pacific Legal Industry

The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report for the Asia-Pacific region substantiates a “sense of growing maturity among the region’s law firms”. It goes without saying that major projects in the corporate world, particularly projects including parties external to the Asia-Pacific, call for legal expertise. As a […]

Regulating E-Hailing In Malaysia. Is There Over-Regulation?

Since the launch of Uber, the e-hailing industry continued to grow and has become an undeniable force to be reckoned with. This has triggered major disruptions in the transportation industry, especially in the ride-hailing market which was traditionally monopolised by the taxi industry. In response, several […]

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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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India Jumps in Doing Business Ranking

India shot up in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking this year, marking a consistent rise in its performance in the last 4 years. The Government introduced a new initiative to keep the momentum going. India’s was also recognized as the second fastest innovater among major […]

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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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Bangkok – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Bangkok, the capital and commercial hub of Thailand is an enigmatic city. From ancient temples, palaces, a floating market, a unique cultural experience to huge shopping malls, skyscrapers and a bustling nightlife — this city of contrasts has something to offer everyone. It also is the […]

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Opportunities for Foreign Investors in Indonesia: An interview with Denny Rahmansyah, Managing Partner of SSEK Legal Consultants in Jakarta

As the Gulf Times reported this week, Indonesia is set to open more sectors to foreign investors.  In this Q&A interview with Asia Law Portal, Denny Rahmansyah, Managing Partner of SSEK Legal Consultants in Jakarta, provides a detailed analysis of current opportunities and challenges for foreign […]

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Getting ahead of the Competition (Conduct Rules): 7 landscape changing findings from Taching Petroleum Co Ltd v. Meyer Aluminium Ltd [2018] 2 HKLRD 1284

By Richard Leung JP, John Hui and Jonathan Chan The recent case of Taching Petroleum Co Ltd v. Meyer Aluminium Ltd creates new precedent. This decision is at the vanguard of raising contravention of conduct rules as a defence in civil proceedings. A shield not a […]