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A comparison of developments in dispute resolution

A close look at the emerging trends in litigation and alternative dispute resolution around Asia

Green shoots

Time to make hay?

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

ACC Australia poll flags in-house ‘burnout’

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia published its third member flash poll related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with results showing in-house counsel in the country are feeling considerable strain since the pandemic locked them down

SCCA embraces digital platforms

Amid the chaos of COVID-19, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has found its footing with the office adjusting to working from home

Faure to keynote for ACC at APAC virtual event

The Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) virtual Asia-Pacific meeting in late July will feature a keynote speech from author and legal sector innovator Trevor Faure to kick off the event theme of “A New Blueprint: Legal Leadership and Transformation in Uncertain Times”

Singapore legal departments weigh up pandemic

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) and Dazychain Legal Operations Software jointly published a survey on the impact, challenges and post-pandemic future of in-house legal teams

KICA hosts webinar on COVID-19 legal issues

The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) has hosted a sponsored webinar on pandemic-related legal issues with White & Case, Kim & Chang, Jipyong and Yulchon participating. Topics discussed included US contract and domestic contract law issues (including force majeure), personnel labour issues related to COVID-19, and in-house data management compliance

The necessity of India’s confidentiality clubs

By Vaishali Mittal and Siddhant Chamola, Anand and Anand
The IP litigation landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade with businesses becoming more technology-driven and technology-dependent than ever before.

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

Fame hard to attain in the Philippines

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
Over time, a trademark can achieve a level of public recognition and reputation that merits official acknowledgement. The key advantage of owning a famous mark is the expanded protection provided by article 6bis of the Paris Convention, which has been codified in sections 123(e) and (f) of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines

Will India’s suspension of insolvency proceedings work?

By Misha and Shreya Prakash, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
It remains to be seen if a modified version of the insolvency resolution process under the IBC will suffice in these vastly changed macro-economic conditions, or if the government will need to offer a new model for insolvency resolution

Don’t wait – register your design patent in China now

By Maggie Yang, Corner Stone & Partners
Registering your design patent first is the best way to avoid your design patent from being hijacked

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

Most Popular

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Japan A-List

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

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Indonesia’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal presents its A-List of the top 100 lawyers practising in Indonesia

Korea

Korea’s top 100 lawyers

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

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

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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.

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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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

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