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The definitive list of the country’s leading private practice lawyers

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Reassessing copyright regulations for crypto art

Settling disputes by mediation in Singapore and Thailand

By Naiyachon Tathong and John Sze, JTJB
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How long will it be before AI makes partner?

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Asia SPAC legal advisory rankings and data analysis

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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

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

NFTs and the IP conundrum

Are existing copyrights laws redundant in the case of NFTs, as blockchain technology itself provides for the protection of proof of authenticity and ownership of underlying digital assets?

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

CORRESPONDENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

EXPERT BRIEFINGS

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

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

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

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

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