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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

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

Establishing an investment fund in Israel

By Anat Shavit, Ron Lehmann and Ron Sitton, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Post-covid challenges for labour relations in Germany

By Burkard Göpfert, KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht

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?

Journey of payment regulations from nodals to licences

By Anu Tiwari and Rohan Banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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

Unresolved riddle of the code and acknowledgement of debt

By Misha and Nikhil Mathur, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

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

KICA holds virtual general assembly

The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) held its 2021 general assembly and new year’s meeting virtually on 20 January. The KICA president, Lee Wan-keun, told the meeting that the number of in-house counsel in Korea had reached about 4,000 in 20 years from just eight in 1999

SIMC shares mediation tips

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Singapore has collaborated with the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) for a lunchtime webinar on the challenges and potential pitfalls of managing business risk for in-house counsel and C-suite level executives

ACC survey pinpoints data privacy as top in-house concern

A key worldwide Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) survey of chief legal officers has found data and privacy issues are weighing the most on their minds

Pandemic relief measures in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia

By Murali Pany, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Iqbal Hadromi, JTJB
Countries around the world have implemented various relief measures to ease the impact of the covid-19 pandemic to their economies. This article provides a snapshot of the measures introduced in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia

Where does liability lie in domain name infringement?

By Saif Khan and Shobhit Agrawal, Anand and Anand
There exists an imminent need for all stakeholders to collaborate and come up with a domain name framework that ensures that private rights and public interests are secured

Philippines’ proposed ITA shakes up online retail

By Michael Ryan Natividad, ACCRALAW
Online retail and other e-commerce services are now a mainstay of Philippine commerce. The exponential rise and consequent prevalence of online purchases are partly due to the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns that have constrained the consumer to stay at home

Advice for international marks with retail services in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners
It is well known that the China Trademark Office (CTMO) has refused to accept retail as a valid service in class 35 trademark applications over many years. In many other countries, however, retail service is acceptable for trademark registration in class 35

Offshore legal opinions on corporate and finance transactions

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
Offshore lawyers routinely issue legal opinions with respect to British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands companies in the context of corporate and finance transactions. In this context, there are certain relatively common issues that arise with respect to legal opinions

IP licensing during the pandemic in India

C R Jacob and Shivani Shrivastava, LexOrbis

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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

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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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Ruben’s rules

The OECD’s Paris-based senior competition expert, Ruben Maximiano, shares how adopting an effective competition policy helps increase investor confidence

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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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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?

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