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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.

Siri Hal Jarvis & Associates

We peer into the undefined future of legal tech and explore how AI is already reshaping the business of law. Just how long will it be before Jarvis makes partner?

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

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

Japan A-List

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

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

Lawyering 2.0

Why have law firms been so sluggish to adopt technology? And where is the legal sector heading now it is on board?

Singapore’s secret recipe

SIAC's CEO talks about strategies for the centre's success and emerging trends in arbitration

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

Spinning your Zoom

Communications expert John Miers offers some practical advice for engaging and retaining your virtual audience

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

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

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?

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

Korea’s top 100 lawyers

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

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)

Designing a JV contract in Taiwan

By Lee Li-pu, Chen Chiu-hua and Teresa Pan, Formosan Brothers Attorneys-at-Law

Legal developments for investors in the Philippines

By Jerry S Coloma III, Rodolfo G Tuazon Jr and Keisha Trina M Guangko, MOSVELDTT

Investing in Indonesia post-Omnibus Law

By Freddy Karyadi and Anastasia Irawati, Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro Counsellors At Law (Abnr)

Trends in technology investment in India

By Abhishek Malhotra, TMT Law Practice

Patent protection for Japanese businesses in India

By Joginder Singh and Rajeev Kumar, LexOrbis

Investment strategies, regulations and policies in India

By Rishabh Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Roadmap for investing in Bangladesh

By ASA Bari and Shahrima Tanjin Arni, AS & Associates

Economic pacts key to Japanese dealmaking

By Yusuke Hatakeyama, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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

Guide to reporting economic substance in BVI

By Michael Padarin and Daniel Moore, Carey Olsen
Key takeaways from the first reporting period and practical pointers on economic substance compliance In The British Virgin Islands

Real estate-backed ICOs in Thailand

By Palawi Bunnag, ILCT Ltd
The country is seeking a concrete direction for the regulation of emerging assets as cryptocurrency trading heats up

Philippines Law Firm Awards

We present the top law firms in the country

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

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

Development of energy laws in Taiwan

By Shuai-Sheng Huang, Chen Peng-Kwang and Jane Wang, Formosa Transnational
Power generation and energy preservation have always been critical issues in Taiwan, and effective regulation has kept the evolution of renewable energy on the right track

Vietnam’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 lawyers practising in the country

Finding middle ground

Singapore Mediation Centre’s executive director, Ban Jiun Ean, discusses the art of mediation, the impact of the Singapore Convention on Mediation, emerging trends in the sector and the possibilities for online dispute resolution

Thailand’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Thailand's top 100 lawyers

Google Leegle

Google’s director of legal operations, technology and strategy Mary Shen O’Carroll talks about emerging trends in legal technology and the future of in-house legal teams

IP profit v human loss

Big pharma is racing to find covid-19 vaccines in the hope of profiting from a virtually limitless global demand, but governments are likely to step in to tilt the scale

Navigating the Channel Islands

Offshore jurisdictions are facing regulatory challenges and growing onshore competition, but the Channel Islands seems to be bucking the trend

Reimagining INTA

The CEO of the International Trademark Association, Etienne Sanz de Acedo, talks to Asia Business Law Journal about his reinvention of the global flagship INTA Annual Meeting event with a bold move to the virtual sphere in this pandemic year

Back off black

The EU removed the Cayman Islands from its blacklist of tax havens in October, after the British overseas territory was named a non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes. Did the blacklist affect its business or reputation?

Harbouring ambitions

With the new limited partnership fund legislation Hong Kong is showing its intent to lure asset managers away from their favoured offshore jurisdictions and anchor them in the city

Revisiting data privacy in a pandemic

By Rachelle M Diaz, PJS Law
A comprehensive overview of the five pillars of compliance within the Philippine Data Privacy Act

Election day fireworks

Renowned legal professor Lawrence Douglas discusses the possibility of a constitutional crisis if Donald Trump should lose the US presidential election, but refuse to go

Vanquishing viral enemies

Senior in-house counsel share their ideas and practical solutions on fighting cybersecurity and data privacy challenges

Foreign yet familiar

In an exclusive interview, Canadian Justice Beverley McLachlin talks about her role as an overseas judge in Hong Kong

Indonesia Law Firm Awards 2020

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

The Philippines’ top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the Philippines’ top 100 lawyers

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

Bermuda leads with ‘soft touch’

By Henry Tucker, Carey Olsen
Earlier regarded as a last resort, soft touch provisional liquidation is today a commonly deployed tool for restructuring offshore companies listed in Hong Kong and Singapore

Rising Stars: Thailand law firms

In the first of our new series that identifies movers and shakers making waves in regional legal markets, we showcase Thai law firms on the rise

The Cook Islands solution

This South pacific island country offers convenient, flexible and easy-to-administer options for setting up private trust companies

Japan’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 lawyers practising in Japan

Charting a new course

As the region feels its way through the fog of the global pandemic, we enlisted some of Asia’s top general counsel for a virtual roundtable to plot a roadmap for recovery

Structuring and financing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh economy continues to grow at an impressive scale, with a GDP growth rate of 8.1%, surpassing that of its neighbouring countries and making it one of Asia’s most remarkable success stories

Bangladesh: Ready for business

Often overshadowed in such a powerhouse neighbourhood, this populous nation has scripted an unlikely economic success story, creating lucrative opportunities for pioneering foreign investors

High stakes

The months leading up to the US presidential election in November will be crucial for the world, and especially for Asia. Dennis Unkovic explores the cards being dealt in political and legal terms, and warns the stakes could not be higher

Empowering women in law

Law firms should facilitate the growth of women in the legal fraternity, which will result in crafting a more progressive legal infrastructure

Levelling the field

The career growth of a female lawyer is often challenged by difficult work-life balance choices, leadership bias, a lack of opportunity for dialogue and debate, and stagnant workplace cultures

Are you being watched?

Governments adopting trace-and-track apps to prevent the spread of the pandemic have raised questions about the ‘right balance’ between pandemic response and privacy considerations

A contemporary IP regime

A lot of changes are underway to strengthen the intellectual property (IP) system in India. This article captures a snapshot of several initiatives made in this direction

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

Counterpunch!

With COVID-19 raging across the region, governments are trying to avoid knockout blows for their territories as they counter with life or death policy moves and decisions affecting business survival

First in line

A detailed analysis of Taiwan’s intellectual property regime: Trademark protection is obtained through registration and Taiwan follows the first-to-file system

Power & parity

Senior women lawyers across Asia share personal stories of successes and struggles for a more inclusive legal profession

The A-List 2020: Indonesia

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 lawyers practising in Indonesia

Home & safe?

With COVID-19 forcing companies to implement work-from-home policies, Jim Fitzsimmons helps us understand the cybersecurity risks posed by a remote workforce

Omnibus bill: Is it time to invest in Indonesia?

The Southeast Asian country’s plan to create a unified regulatory framework for taxation seeks to simplify doing business in the nation

C-suite sanction

The case of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is a timely reminder for multinational corporations to ensure their senior executives are prepared for all scenarios when relocating to Asia

Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers 2020

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Malaysia’s best private practice lawyers. The names and photographs of all 100 A-list lawyers are published here

A regional comparison of data privacy laws

Privacy regulation presents a conundrum for most governments as they try to balance the rights of citizens with national security and business needs

Receiverships in the BVI

Shining a light on the courts of British Virgin Islands’ approach to granting the appointment of receivers, and the state of the law in respect of this powerful interim remedy.

COVID-19: What’s your plan?

With the spread of novel coronavirus, businesses are taking unprecedented measures in order to stay operational and to protect their employees

Dollars in the details?

China’s new Foreign Investment Law and its implementation regulations lay out a blueprint full of promise for international companies. But the lack of detail may present problems

Juggling act

The evolution of India’s personal data protection bill is influenced by the need to protect the interests of businesses, the government and the individual, writes Yukti Sharma

A case of intervention?

Has a recent Malaysian federal court decision watered down the non-interventionist policy enshrined within its arbitration regime?

Caymans: Investing through exempted limited partnership

This article examines the extent of the rights of limited partners to the information in the investment vehicles in which they often entrust their money with another person for a long period of time

Caymans: Key trends in Asian fund finance

In this series, top law firms from the region explore emerging trends and provide insights into the regulatory framework in the islands

Jump start

One-and-a-half years into the Mahathir administration, Malaysian law firms are highlighting major legislative developments, pitfalls and trends that need immediate attention to electrify the nation’s business environment

Regaining momentum: Outlook for Indian M&A in UK, Europe

While geopolitical events are slowing deal activity, the country remains an attractive and growing economy with strong long-term prospects

In the hot seat

Milton Cheng was recently elected Baker McKenzie’s new global chair. His four-year tenure began in October, and here he talks to Asia Business Law Journal about his thoughts and strategies for the firm

Taiwan’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Taiwan's top 100 lawyers in 2019

The Philippines Law Firm Awards

Asia Business Law Journal presents the best law firm in the Philippines for 2019 and four winners each in 22 practice areas

A regional comparison of energy regulations

As the region gears up to meet ambitious economic goals, supplying energy needs is putting strains on resources, the environment and regulatory mechanisms

The A-List 2019: China’s elite lawyers

CBLJ presents a list of top private practice lawyers for China-related business

The era of in-house counsel

Legal academic Professor Eunice Kim heralds a new era for in-house counsel

Trading trove

A foreign trade war, a collection of new trade alliances and a raft of pending legislation have placed Vietnam in a fortunate position for a major windfall. Can it capitalize?

Thailand’s top 100 lawyers 2019

Thailand remains attractive to international investors for its openness to trade. The country has been a regional hub for many sectors. Asia Business Law Journal reveals Thailand’s top 100 lawyers in 2019

Getting the deal done: Outlook for Thailand M&A

The Southeast Asian nation expects multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects to drive M&A, but care is needed with foreign ownership restrictions

Impact of Vietnam’s new Competition Law on mergers

This article aims to explore the new law’s impact on “economic concentration” activity, which includes mergers, acquisitions, consolidations and joint ventures

Guernsey, Jersey toolkit for UK and Europe

The mature and stable regimes of the Channel Island states can be efficient hubs to manage capital flows across the world

Indonesian Law Firm Awards 2019

Indonesia saw an uptick in M&A in the first half of this year, growing 88% year-on-year with a total deal value of US$17.1 billion. Asia Business Law Journal names the top firms in Indonesia for 2019

Thailand beacons

By Troy Schooneman and Mayuree Sapsutthiporn, Kudun & Partners

A legal legacy

Asian Development Bank's general counsel moves on

Singapore’s top 100 lawyers 2019

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 lawyers practising in Singapore

Bay watch

How will China's greater bay project work for lawyers?

HK protest protection

What employers need to cover during the city’s prolonged period of protests and unrest

A regional comparison in patent law

Some of Asia’s major jurisdictions are witnessing key developments in patent law, from enforcement to embracing new technology. Our comparisons shed some light

Keeping up with latest technologies in Indonesia

By Enrico Iskandar and Debu Batara Lubis, Bagus Enrico & Partners

Indonesia’s innovative approaches to cross-border M&A

By Luky I Walalangi, Miriam Andreta and Hans Adiputra Kurniawan,Walalangi & Partners

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CORRESPONDENTS

NFTs

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

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

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

IN-HOUSE AGENDA

ACC Annual Meeting

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

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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

FEATURES

Indonesia Law Firm Awards

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

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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.

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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

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

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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

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