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Role of intermediaries in protecting Indian IP

By Madhu Rewari and Madhurima Gadre, Anand and Anand

In-house counsel survey finds anger with law firms

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Find out which are the best law firms in the country

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IN-HOUSE AGENDA

JILA collaborates on in-house webinar

The Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA), Daini Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Association for Chief Legal Officers (JACLO) have organised a joint webinar to address how in-house legal departments and external legal resources

GCAI forges academic connection

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 27 September with Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab to boost the competence of young graduates

ACC’s virtual annual meeting a success

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) welcomed more than 2,000 in-house counsel to its virtual annual meeting, which featured a tailored content stream for the Asia-Pacific in-house community for the first time

ACC Australia holds conference, awards online

The 2021 ACC Australia In-House Legal National Conference is set to be the largest online gathering of in-house legal in the southern hemisphere

KICA, IHCF co-host social governance webinars

The two largest in-house counsel associations in Korea have joined forces to organise four webinars in September, which deal with ESG-related regulations and legal disputes, as well as countermeasures for companies

SCCA creates connectivity platform

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has created Peers.Online, a virtual platform that serves as a connectivity hub for corporate counsel around the world

FICL launches website

The Federation of Indian Corporate Lawyers (FICL) launched its official website, www.ficl.org.in, on 7 October

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

FEATURES

The A-List: Vietnam’s Top 100 Lawyers 2021 

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Vietnam's top lawyers

A-List: Bangladesh

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Bangladesh's top lawyers

Rise with the tide

Chen Yan, GC of KE Holdings, shares his experiences in adapting to China’s new personal data law

Down to brass tax

OECD tax expert reveals what is behind the sweeping overhaul of the international tax system

Asia renewed

Renewable energy projects have blossomed across Asia. What has led to the recent boom?

Korea Law Firm Awards 2021

Asia Business Law Journal presents the best law firm in South Korea for 2021 and four winners each in 27 practice areas

Hard talk

Our survey gets the candid opinions of regional in-house counsel when it comes to legal services from law firms, and they’re not pulling any punches

SPAC super league

SPACs have climbed into the big league of capital markets, so we crunched the stats on Asia-related SPAC listings to find the highest performing legal advisers

Thailand’s top 100 lawyers 2021

Asia Business Law Journal reveals Thailand's top 100 lawyers

CORRESPONDENTS

Will AAs revolutionise India’s financial services?

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
In accessing financial services or products, individuals are often required to share financial information stored with other entities. The lack of a centralised mechanism to access information makes the process time-consuming and often unreliable

Regulation of crypto exchanges and other crypto services in Cayman

By Santiago Carvajal, Loeb Smith Attorneys
The Virtual Asset (Service Providers) Act, 2020 (VASP Act) as amended, provides a legislative framework for the conduct of virtual assets business in the Cayman Islands, and the registration and licensing of persons providing virtual asset services

What to expect from India’s amendments to CIRP regulations

By Shardul Shroff and Shreya Prakash, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
On 30 September 2021, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) issued amendments to the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2021
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Settling disputes by mediation in Singapore and Thailand

By Naiyachon Tathong and John Sze, JTJB

Aside from arbitration or litigation, the only way for parties to attempt to resolve disputes is through constructive dialogue. Mediation involves the engagement of a qualified third party who may help parties bridge differences

Workers’ rights in the Philippine gig economy

By Martin Luigi Samson, ACCRALAW 

Most gig workers are engaged as independent contractors and are not legally entitled to the mandatory statutory benefits to which employees are entitled. Instead, they are compensated based on the contract between the independent contractor and the principal or hiring party

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Role of intermediaries in protecting Indian IP

By Madhu Rewari and Madhurima Gadre, Anand and Anand

In this digital age, where social media has become all the rage and sharing content on the internet has become possible with just a click of a button, businesses need to be more vigilant on the content available on social media platforms or intermediaries

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

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Copyright infringement and legal liability in China webcasts

By Fu Zhenkun and Gao Rongrong, Corner Stone & Partners

An interactive webcast includes live broadcasts of games, shows and pan-entertainment. Anchors often use unauthorised music works where they earn income by singing songs, flaunting talents and interacting with fans to get rewards, or by sharing advertising incomes

EXPERT BRIEFINGS

Digital banking and crypto regulations in Malaysia

By Rodney D'Cruz and Dato' AJ Surin, Adnan Sundra & Low
The growing use of technology has led to a seismic shift in traditional finance, and no country wants to be left behind

Offshore wind power generation in Japan

By Koji Fukatsu, TMI Associates
Nation steps up its game in renewable energy, but stringent regulation remains

Asia eyes Jersey digital asset funds

By Susan McKinstray, Carey Olsen
There has been a surge in Asia-based fund managers looking to establish digital asset funds and holding structures in Jersey

Bracing for SPAC impact

The explosive growth of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the US is coming to Asia. While the hype is immense, companies and investors need to do their homework before jumping into these new spaces

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

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

A comparison of renewable energy regulations

Asian policy makers are shifting focus to prioritise renewable power in their energy mixes. With various green initiatives emerging, businesses should compare the regulations in jurisdictions before investing in sustainable power generation

A comparison of regulations surrounding NFTs

Blockchain technology has created ripples worldwide by turning art, music, videos and in-game items into digital assets, puzzling regulators into a cautious waiting game. But for how long? And where to from here?

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

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