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IN-HOUSE AGENDA

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

KICA explores patent law, case trends

Following the recent landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Korea on a patent litigation case, the Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) hosted a webinar with Yulchon law firm on new trends in patent law and cases

FICL supports webinar on rule of law

The Federation of Indian Corporate Lawyers (FICL) has supported a global webinar marathon of 24 hours organised by the American Bar Association – International Law Section (ABA ILS) with the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) on corporate social responsibility and the rule of law

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 

FEATURES

Singapore’s secret recipe

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

Spinning your Zoom

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

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

CORRESPONDENTS

Developments in bankruptcy and insolvency laws in Singapore and Malaysia

By Hariz Lee and Rahayu Abd Ghani, JTJB
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the global economy, and businesses hard hit by the uncertainty and disruptions have been pushed to consider becoming insolvent or bankrupt. This article explains the insolvency and bankruptcy laws

International recognition of Philippine IP strategies

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
For the eighth consecutive year, the Philippines remained off the Special 301 Report, an annual report published by the US Trade Representative on the state of IP rights protection and enforcement around the world

Challenges and future for India’s neo-banks

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Digitisation and the growing use of mobile technology have led to a seismic shift in the banking and payments industry
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Kolin decision brings final relief to Philippine trademark confusion

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

The recent decision in Kolin Electronics (KECI) v Kolin Philippines International (2021) came as a relief to erase the confusion by the court decision that allowed two unrelated companies to register one identical trademark for clearly related goods

Simple procedures for patent litigation in China, John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners

Simple procedures for patent litigation in China

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners

A patent protects the patentee’s technological advantages to obtain rewards, invest them in new R&D activities, and promote further developments. Since patents entail technological advantages, others often infringe patents, intentionally or unintentionally, in practice

Philippines tax reform for export-oriented enterprises, Eric Recalde, ACCRALAW 

Philippines tax reform for export-oriented enterprises

By Eric Recalde, ACCRALAW 

Value-added tax (VAT) is only imposed if the goods or services are “destined” for local consumption. There is no VAT when they are for consumption abroad

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The yes, no, maybe of 2021 intermediary rules

By Safir Anand, Anand and Anand

There has been an ongoing debate on the yays and nays of the 2021 intermediary rules, primarily because India is set to begin enforcing a new set of rules that fundamentally changes the way the internet will be experienced in the country

Regulatory regime for private funds in Cayman Islands

By Gary Smith, Loeb Smith Attorneys

The Private Funds Act, 2020, requires the registration of closed-ended funds with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA)

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 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

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