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Data privacy

Experts spell out how Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand have built their personal data frameworks

China intellectual property

Do the reforms go far enough?

data privacy

Overhauling Asia's data privacy regimes

IBC code

Unresolved riddle of the code and acknowledgement of debt

By Misha and Nikhil Mathur, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
BVI British Virgin Islands

Guide to reporting economic substance in BVI

By Michael Padarin and Daniel Moore, Carey Olsen

Takeaways from the first economic substance reporting period

Korea

The definitive A-List of the country’s legal profession

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Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

IN-HOUSE AGENDA

KICA holds virtual general assembly

The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) held its 2021 general assembly and new year’s meeting virtually on 20 January. The KICA president, Lee Wan-keun, told the meeting that the number of in-house counsel in Korea had reached about 4,000 in 20 years from just eight in 1999

SIMC shares mediation tips

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Singapore has collaborated with the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) for a lunchtime webinar on the challenges and potential pitfalls of managing business risk for in-house counsel and C-suite level executives

ACC survey pinpoints data privacy as top in-house concern

A key worldwide Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) survey of chief legal officers has found data and privacy issues are weighing the most on their minds

SCCA announces winners of the 4th Singapore CLO Awards

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has announced the winners of its 4th Singapore Chief Legal Officer Awards on 23 December via a “virtual gala” and interviews with all the top nominees and an overflowing virtual room of 250 audiences

JILA and KICA join forces

The Japan In-house Lawyers Association (JILA) and the Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) have launched a new co-operation to bolster research and knowledge sharing between the two organisations

ACC Singapore closes 2020 with magic, music

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Singapore ended the year with a sprinkle of magic and music at its virtual annual Festive Party

ACC updates legal maturity model

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has released its ACC Legal Operations Maturity Model 2.0, reflecting advancements in the maturity of legal departments around the globe across 14 legal operations functions

ACC Australia survey indicates in-house salary freeze

The Association of Corporate Counsel Australia partnered with Empsight International to produce the 2020 ACC Law Department Compensation and Policies Practices Report, drawing from a survey of corporate legal departments from 68 organizations in Australia

KICA moves office

The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) moved into a new office at 301-2 of the Lawyers’ Education and Culture Centre in Seocho-dong, Seoul, on 20 October

FEATURES

Korea’s top 100 lawyers

Following an extensive nomination process, Asia Business Law Journal reveals the A-List of the country’s legal profession

Trends in Japanese foreign direct investment

By Masako Takahata, Japan In-house Lawyers Association

China’s IP makeover

Top-down intellectual property reforms include major judicial and legislative change, solving problems that have affected enterprises for decades. But do the changes go far enough?

Devil in the data

Looking up to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation as a benchmark, Asian data privacy landscape evolves rapidly with its own unique approaches and challenges

Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the country's top 100 lawyers

Philippines Law Firm Awards

We present the top law firms in the country

Pathfinder

Gerard Sanders, the AIIB's general counsel, looks back at the bank's first five years, including its innovations through covid-19, as he prepares to leave the position

Asia Business Law Survey

Our regional survey of law firms examines the impact of the pandemic, how the legal market has persevered, and whether changes adopted by the sector will be permanent

CORRESPONDENTS

Offshore legal opinions on corporate and finance transactions

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
Offshore lawyers routinely issue legal opinions with respect to British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands companies in the context of corporate and finance transactions. In this context, there are certain relatively common issues that arise with respect to legal opinions

Advice for international marks with retail services in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners
It is well known that the China Trademark Office (CTMO) has refused to accept retail as a valid service in class 35 trademark applications over many years. In many other countries, however, retail service is acceptable for trademark registration in class 35

Pandemic relief measures in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia

By Murali Pany, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Iqbal Hadromi, JTJB
Countries around the world have implemented various relief measures to ease the impact of the covid-19 pandemic to their economies. This article provides a snapshot of the measures introduced in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia

Journey of payment regulations from nodals to licences

By Anu Tiwari and Rohan Banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

The the payment aggregator and gateway guidelines recognise the pivotal role played by intermediaries in post covid-19 digital payments economy

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Where does liability lie in domain name infringement?

By Saif Khan and Shobhit Agrawal, Anand and Anand

There exists an imminent need for all stakeholders to collaborate and come up with a domain name framework that ensures that private rights and public interests are secured

Philippines

Philippines strikes back against counterfeits and piracy

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates

In reports recently published on its official website, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) revealed that filings in 2020 for all types of intellectual property (IP) were down from 2019, while reports and complaints of IP violations went up dramatically compared to previous years

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Philippines’ proposed ITA shakes up online retail

By Michael Ryan Natividad, ACCRALAW

Online retail and other e-commerce services are now a mainstay of Philippine commerce. The exponential rise and consequent prevalence of online purchases are partly due to the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns that have constrained the consumer to stay at home

IBC code

Unresolved riddle of the code and acknowledgement of debt

By Misha and Nikhil Mathur, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

A crucial cog in the wheel for the purposeful implementation and working of the IBC code is the applicability of section 18 of the Limitation Act, 1963, on the provisions of the code.

EXPERT BRIEFINGS

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 perspective of Senegal and Ivory Coast

By Mouhamed Kebe, Mohamed A Dieng and Annick Kobenan, Geni & Kebe

IP, immigration and regulations for foreign innovators in Nigeria

By Afolasade Olowe, Yeye Nwidaa and Tolu Olaloye, Jackson Etti & Edu

Legislation, incentives to invest in Nigeria

By Fidelis Adewole and Marian Asuenimhen, G Elias & Co

Investment risks and opportunities in Angola

By Catarina Levy Osório, João Francisco Cunha and Frederico de Távora Pedro, ALC Advogados

Investment opportunities in the UAE

By Rohit Kochhar and Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan, Kochhar & Co

Strategies for Japanese businesses investing in Thailand

By Melisa Uremovic and Sui Lin Teoh, R&T Asia (Thailand)

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

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

IP licensing during the pandemic

Intellectual property lawyers in India and the Philippines, two of the region's most affected countries, explore how compulsory licensing regulations may assist in fighting the pandemic

Emerging trends in patent legislation

Patent laws are fast evolving across the world, and nowhere more so than Asia. Emerging case laws and new legislation are helping shape stronger intellectual property laws for regional players

A comparison of developments in dispute resolution

A close look at the emerging trends in litigation and alternative dispute resolution around Asia

Cybersecurity

Data protection and cybersecurity are evolving areas of regulation in Asia. Here, experts shed light on emerging jurisprudence in the region’s top jurisdictions

Cryptocurrencies

Governments across the region are being forced to clear the regulatory air on virtual currencies as they can no longer afford to ignore their popularity