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Common problems of trademark use in China

By Christy Chen, Corner Stone & Partners
Asia Business Law Survey 2021

Our law firm survey paints a brighter picture for 2022

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Find out which are the best law firms in the country

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IN-HOUSE AGENDA

APCCA elects leader

The Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) has elected Arlene Lapuz Ureta as its new secretary-general, succeeding Reza Topobroto

KICA celebrates 10th anniversary

The Korean In-house Counsel Association celebrated its 10th anniversary on 2 November and published a digital book to commemorate this milestone

HK justice secretary at ACC seminar

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong organised a lunchtime seminar at Justice Place with the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheng

ACC Australia holds virtual national conference

The 2021 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia held its In-house Legal National Conference from 8-9 November titled “Rethink limitations. Rethink possibilities. Rethink in-house.”

FICL supports Dispute Resolution webinar

The Federation of Indian Corporate Lawyers took part in a webinar titled “Dispute Solution or Alternative Dispute Resolution” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry

SCCA hosts CLO Awards

For the fifth year, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Associations has crowned the Singapore Chief Legal Officer (CLO) Awards winners on 15 December

JILA collaborates on in-house webinar

The Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA), Daini Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Association for Chief Legal Officers (JACLO) have organised a joint webinar to address how in-house legal departments and external legal resources

GCAI forges academic connection

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 27 September with Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab to boost the competence of young graduates

ACC’s virtual annual meeting a success

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) welcomed more than 2,000 in-house counsel to its virtual annual meeting, which featured a tailored content stream for the Asia-Pacific in-house community for the first time

FEATURES

Asia Business Law Survey 2021

Our regional survey of law firms finds the legal market has adapted well during the pandemic and is striking a positive note for 2022

One step ahead

As most Asian jurisdictions restrict firms from promoting their services, marketing expert Barbara Koenen-Geerdink shares the workaround through business development strategies

The A-List: Vietnam’s Top 100 Lawyers 2021 

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Vietnam's top lawyers

A-List: Bangladesh

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Bangladesh's top lawyers

Rise with the tide

Chen Yan, GC of KE Holdings, shares his experiences in adapting to China’s new personal data law

Down to brass tax

OECD tax expert reveals what is behind the sweeping overhaul of the international tax system

Asia renewed

Renewable energy projects have blossomed across Asia. What has led to the recent boom?

Korea Law Firm Awards 2021

Asia Business Law Journal presents the best law firm in South Korea for 2021 and four winners each in 27 practice areas

Hard talk

Our survey gets the candid opinions of regional in-house counsel when it comes to legal services from law firms, and they’re not pulling any punches

CORRESPONDENTS

Common problems of trademark use in China

By Christy Chen, Corner Stone & Partners
Trademark registrants are obliged to keep their registered trademarks in use but this could be a challenge for a good number of trademarks

Is invisible use of TM in Google AdWords infringement?

By Madhu Rewari, Anand and Anand
The Google AdWords program has invited the attention of trademark owners as the number of infringement cases rises with third-party trademarks were being used

Issues and challenges of group insolvency in India

By Anoop Rawat and Ahkam Khan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 incorporated the best practices across jurisdictions, and group insolvency was to be introduced in a phased manner
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Proposed provisional patent application in the Philippines

By Ramon Emil Olea, Federis & Associates

Lawmakers in the Philippines are pushing for the passage of a bill that seeks to modernise the country’s IP protection, called the “New Intellectual Property Act”

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Case study for sandbox approach on open finance

By Monique B Ang, ACCRALAW 

The central bank of the Philippines issued circular that sets out guidelines for the adoption of the open finance framework as a part of its digital payments transformation roadmap to promote financial inclusion

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Tech challenges in Singapore, Thailand shipping sector

By Murali Pany and Warinbhorn Benjasak, JTJB

Although there is wide recognition that the adoption of tech will bring benefits, there are still significant issues that need to be addressed

India digital lending

Is India ready for a digital lending overhaul?

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

The rapid growth of the digital lending industry increased credit accessibility in India, but also brought concerns on unregulated entities, illegal digital lending applications and coercive recovery tactics

Continuing obligations of Cayman Islands private funds

By Elizabeth Kenny, Loeb Smith Attorneys

The Private Funds Act (2021 Revision) requires Cayman Islands-domiciled, closed-ended investment funds to register with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as a private fund

EXPERT BRIEFINGS

Legal frontiers in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands has legal frameworks to offer Asian businesses bespoke approaches in capital raising opportunities

Digital banking and crypto regulations in Malaysia

By Rodney D'Cruz and Dato' AJ Surin, Adnan Sundra & Low
The growing use of technology has led to a seismic shift in traditional finance, and no country wants to be left behind

Offshore wind power generation in Japan

By Koji Fukatsu, TMI Associates
Nation steps up its game in renewable energy, but stringent regulation remains

Asia eyes Jersey digital asset funds

By Susan McKinstray, Carey Olsen
There has been a surge in Asia-based fund managers looking to establish digital asset funds and holding structures in Jersey

Bracing for SPAC impact

The explosive growth of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the US is coming to Asia. While the hype is immense, companies and investors need to do their homework before jumping into these new spaces

Foreign liquidator assistance and common law in Bermuda

By Keith Robinson and Emma Duffy, Carey Olsen
Foreign liquidators may apply for recognition in Bermuda pursuant to the common law by the application of the principles of comity

Evolution of fintech regulation in Indonesia

By Freddy Karyadi and Anastasia Irawati, ABNR
With the continued rapid growth of the financial technology sector, the government has been reforming its licensing regime to provide business opportunities while also protecting local interests

Compliance challenges for foreign investment in the US

By Jeffrey L Kessler, Eva W Cole and Heather P Lamberg, Winston & Strawn

Outbound investment strategies into the US

By I Bobby Majumder, Lynwood E Reinhardt and Brooke C Dorris, Reed Smith

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

A comparison of renewable energy regulations

Asian policy makers are shifting focus to prioritise renewable power in their energy mixes. With various green initiatives emerging, businesses should compare the regulations in jurisdictions before investing in sustainable power generation

A comparison of regulations surrounding NFTs

Blockchain technology has created ripples worldwide by turning art, music, videos and in-game items into digital assets, puzzling regulators into a cautious waiting game. But for how long? And where to from here?

A comparison of patent law developments

Patent legislation across Asian jurisdictions is constantly catching up with the pandemic’s demands, with stronger protection, foreign filing and higher compensation being common themes.

A comparison of updates on trademark law

Safeguarding trademarks presents real challenges amid the pandemic, with massive shifts to online trading, difficulties getting cases to court and physical enforcement challenges to name a few

A comparison of cryptocurrency regulation

Asian jurisdictions have been cautious in developing legal frameworks around virtual currencies, but the volatile market and relentless evolution of cryptos are pushing regulators to act

A comparison of data privacy laws

While the laws in the region share similar elements, gaps remain as privacy compliance culture is relatively new and jurisdictions vary in their approaches