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Claudia Salomon lays out ICC's strategic plan for Asia

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Philippines ponders NFTs in online gaming

By Juan Miguel Calimon Dela Cruz, ACCRALAW 
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ESG principles in Asia

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OECD’s Asean project seeks to foster competition in the region’s e-commerce sector

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IN-HOUSE AGENDA

ACC Annual Meeting tailored for APAC

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) will conduct its annual meeting virtually from 19-21 October, featuring a tailored content stream for the Asia-Pacific in-house community for the first time

ACC HK peels back pandemic for summer boat party

With the current pandemic situation and travel restrictions, the best way to enjoy the summer sunshine in Hong Kong is a cruise offshore. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong did just that

KICA teams up with SIAC 

The Korea In-House Counsel Association (KICA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution

MCCA hosts webinar on arbitration trends

The Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) recently held a panel discussion on trends and developments in dispute management in Asia

SCCA challenges students to make social media policy

Following last year’s inaugural success, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) invited students to act as fictional general counsel and advise a board of directors on social media policy

APCCA updates its charter 

The Asia-Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) has formed a working group to amend and update the charter it launched in 2009, in order to anticipate the further growth of the alliance

ACC HK appoints 4 new directors

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong has appointed four new directors to its board following the ACC HK Annual General Meeting on 24 June

ACC Asia-Pacific delivers virtual conference

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Asia-Pacific has held its annual meeting titled the 2021 Virtual Xchange on 16-17 June, attracting a diverse audience of 150 in-house professionals across the region

SCCA discusses workplace well-being

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) is holding its first series of discussions to promote better well-being in the workplace and tackle unnecessary sources of stress, especially when lawyers have to deal with long hours of work during deals and transactions

FEATURES

Ruben’s rules

The OECD’s Paris-based senior competition expert, Ruben Maximiano, shares how adopting an effective competition policy helps increase investor confidence

The Philippines’ top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the Philippines’ top 100 lawyers

Indonesia Law Firm Awards 2021

Asia Business Law Journal presents the best law firm in Indonesia for 2020 and four winners each in 22 practice areas

Looking to the East

The new president of the ICC Court, Claudia Salomon, discusses what changes she expects to see in the dispute resolution landscape in Asia

Spinning green into gold

ESG-focused fund inflows into Asia are growing, but investing is replete with risk given the region’s diversities and historical inequalities

Investment protection strategy post-FTAs in Vietnam

By Phung Anh Tuan, David Seungmok Oh and Nguyen Hai, VCI Legal

Regulatory overview for companies doing business in Thailand

By Warot Wanakankowit, Warot Advisory Services

Investment incentives and setting up business in Taiwan

By Robin Chang, Matt Lai and Lu Jialin, Lee and Li

CORRESPONDENTS

Challenges in implementing resolution plans in India

By Saurav Panda, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
In spite of the strong emphasis in IBC regarding time-bound implementation, there have been several challenges that have mired timely implementation of resolution plans

Philippines ponders NFTs in online gaming

By Juan Miguel Calimon Dela Cruz, ACCRALAW 
Popular games like Axie Infinity and My Defi Pet have recently gained traction for their unique selling proposition that one can earn money as they play

Mandating covid-19 vaccines in Singapore and Thailand

By Mary-Anne Chua, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Poonyawee Jitjameekorn, JTJB
A refusal of vaccination without reasonable grounds could lead to an infection that endan­gers the business, but it is unlawful for employers to make vaccinations compulsory
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Blockchain technology in Indian financial services

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Blockchain, a form of digital ledger technology (DLT), is a linearly linked information-containing block secured by cryptography and shared between participants

Welcoming the wave of offshore SPACs in Asia

Welcoming the wave of offshore SPACs in Asia

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys

Last year saw an explosion of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the US, largely driven by favourable economic returns to SPAC IPO sponsors, liquidity, and pricing certainty offered by SPACs to target companies and investors

AI’s right to legal identity in India

By Vaishali Mittal and Siddhant Chamola, Anand and Anand

Advocates of IP and economic growth have consistently propagated the cause of recognising AI inventions in law. However, this is different from the issue that debates granting legal recognition to AI as an independent entity

International recognition of Philippine IP strategies

By Ramon Emil Olea, Federis & Associates

As patent practitioners in Asia, the author is often asked whether or not our patent protection system provides legal protection to computer-implemented inventions

Design protection in China’s amended Patent Law

By Liu Zongjie, Corner Stone & Partners

The fourth amendment of the PRC Patent Law came into force on 1 June 2021. The amended law intensifies patent protection, promotes patent exploitation and employment, and improves the patent granting system

EXPERT BRIEFINGS

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 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

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

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

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