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Alpha Femmes

Leading women lawyers in Asia share their stories

SPACed-out

Can the region’s markets move quickly enough to repel the SPAC invasion and keep their unicorns?

Fighting fund

Can third-party financing tip the scales for litigation?

Crypto regulation in Singapore and Thailand, Kay yong, JTJB (Singapore); Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Yukgrit Kantamanee, JTJB International Lawyers (Thailand)

Crypto regulation in Singapore and Thailand

By Kay yong, JTJB (Singapore); Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Yukgrit Kantamanee, JTJB International Lawyers (Thailand)
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Guide to reporting economic substance in BVI

By Michael Padarin and Daniel Moore, Carey Olsen

Takeaways from the first economic substance reporting period

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IN-HOUSE AGENDA

Registrations open for SCCA roundtable

The SCCA is bringing together leading lawyers from China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines to shed light on the challenges faced by in-house and external counsel today through its webinar, Cross-Border Conversation

India’s leading GCs launch new association

Senior general counsel of Indian companies gathered on 5 March in Gurugram to launch the General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI)

ACC Asia-Pacific annual meeting goes virtual 

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Asia-Pacific will conduct its virtual annual meeting under the theme of transforming the modern law department. The 2021 Virtual ACC Xchange takes place on 16-17 June.

SCCA continues GC competition for law students 

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) is holding its in-house counsel competition for law students, the SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge, again this year following last year’s inaugural success 

ACC HK launches AI-driven newsletter

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong members now have improved access to the ACC’s global resources and thought leadership following the Corporate Counsel Now electronic newsletter launch. The weekly newsletter will feature a range of content relating to in-house legal services in Asia, including legal leadership and ACC resources 

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

FEATURES

Indonesia’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal presents its A-List of the top 100 lawyers practising in Indonesia

Fighting fund

Litigation financing has found favour in developed markets, but Asian jurisdictions remain guarded. With Hong Kong and Singapore leading the way, will others follow?

Gender in justice

Twenty senior women lawyers across Asia share their personal stories of success, strategy and struggle for a more inclusive legal profession

SPAC invaders

Asia is losing out to the US as its tech giants are wooed away by sponsors to list in the US. Can the region’s markets move quickly enough to repel the SPAC invasion and keep their unicorns?

Korea’s top 100 lawyers

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

Global insights for Japanese companies

Once the world’s manufacturing hub, Japan is now a global financial powerhouse, and an investor of choice for countries across the world. Their technological prowess, manufacturing capabilities, long investment horizons and friendly terms make them sought-after investors

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

CORRESPONDENTS

Financing a Cayman Islands merger take-private

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
A privatisation by way of a Cayman Islands statutory merger is effected by merging two constituent companies – namely, a newly incorporated Cayman Islands company (merger sub) and the relevant listed Cayman Islands company (target)

Employee’s right to receive or refuse vaccine

By Clarence Darrow C Valdecantos, ACCRALAW
Metro Manila marked the first anniversary of its covid-19 quarantine on 15 March. And now, the national capital region and other nearby provinces (the NCR Plus) have been placed anew under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ)

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
India issues guidelines for digital media ads of influencers, Pravin Anand and Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Anand and Anand

India issues guidelines for digital media ads of influencers

By Pravin Anand and Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Anand and Anand

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) came out with guidelines for influencers advertising on digital media in February, which will come into effect on 15 April

China’s new Patent Law introduces open licence scheme, Qi Yongqiang, Partner and patent attorney, Corner Stone & Partners

China’s new Patent Law introduces open licence scheme

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners

A patent right is an exclusive right that no one may exploit without consent from the patentee. However, most patentees do not just want to monopolise their patented technologies, but hope to license their patents for profit from exploitation by others

RBI clears air around PA:PG guidelines, Anu Tiwari and Rohan banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

RBI clears air around PA/PG guidelines

By Anu Tiwari and Rohan banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

The authors shared key learnings from our experience with the payment aggregator and gateway guidelines (PA/PG guidelines) issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 17 March 2020, in our previous column

Time to learn, unlearn and relearn NBFC resolutions, Veena Sivaramakrishnan and Soummo Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Time to learn, unlearn and relearn NBFC resolutions

By Veena Sivaramakrishnan and Soummo Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) in India have been quite mysterious in their existence, and remain regulated with a comparatively soft touch

Crypto regulation in Singapore and Thailand, Kay yong, JTJB (Singapore); Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Yukgrit Kantamanee, JTJB International Lawyers (Thailand)

Crypto regulation in Singapore and Thailand

By Kay yong, JTJB (Singapore); Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Yukgrit Kantamanee, JTJB International Lawyers (Thailand)

In recent years, Singapore has become a global hub for cryptocurrencies, and Thailand is not far behind. Here the authors spell out the latest regulatory developments in both countries

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

Litigate or arbitrate? Flexibilities for foreign disputes in Thailand

By Pisut Attakamol, Baker McKenzie

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