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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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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

Malaysia-A-List 2021

Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the country's top 100 lawyers

vietnam top 100 lawyers

Vietnam’s top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 lawyers practising in the country

CORRESPONDENTS

intermediary rules

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

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

Time to learn, unlearn and relearn NBFC resolutions, Veena Sivaramakrishnan and Soummo Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Time to learn, unlearn and relearn NBFC resolutions

By Veena Sivaramakrishnan and Soummo Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

IN-HOUSE AGENDA

ACC

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 Exchange

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 well-being

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

FEATURES

fintech digital bank

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

A comparison of Cryptocurrency regulation

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

Fighting fund

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?

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

A comparison of Cryptocurrency regulation

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

Data privacy

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