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Japan outbound investment back on track

By Masako Takahata, Japan In-house Lawyers Association (JILA)

Legal updates for Japanese investors in the Philippines

By Nilo Divina, Ciselie Marie Gamo-Sisayan, and Shiela Esquivel, DivinaLaw

Duties of a company’s ‘responsible person’ in Taiwan

By Lee Li-pu, Chen Chiu-Hua, and Pan Yi-Chun, Formosan Brothers

Investment strategies in Vietnam for foreign businesses

By Anh Dang, Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF)

Practice and developments for investing in Taiwan

By Alex Jih-Ching Yeh and Mark J Harty, LCS & Partners

IP protection in India for Japanese businesses

By Joginder Singh and Rajeev Kumar, LexOrbis

Strategies for foreign companies investing in Bangladesh

By ABM Nasirud Doulah and Amina Khatoon, Doulah & Doulah in Dhaka

Guide for Japanese investment in Thailand

By Nuanporn Wechsuwanarux, Susumu Hanawa, and Kornkitti Sivamoke, Chandler MHM

Recent IP protection measures in Brazil

By Rana Gosain, Daniel Law

New era of labour dispute cases in Taiwan

By Samrong Hwang, Albert Kao and Pang-Heng Hung, Formosa Transnational

Strategic investment in India for Japanese investors

By Rishabh Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Arbitration issues for foreign investors in Bangladesh

By Sameer Sattar, Sattar&Co

Compliance challenges for foreign investment in the US

By Jeffrey L Kessler, Eva W Cole and Heather P Lamberg, Winston Strawn

PDLegal grows China practice

Singapore law firm PDLegal has hired Cathryn Neo as partner in its international arbitration and China practices

New horizons

By George W Russell
As Asia-Pacific companies increasingly look abroad for fresh opportunities, law firms are expanding their footprints in response.

A comparison of digital banking regulations

As technology revolutionises the banking sector, brick-and-mortar retail is increasingly becoming obsolete as regulators jump to set new standards for inclusive finance

A comparison of digital banking regulations: India

By Manisha Singh and Nisha Sharma, LexOrbis

A comparison of digital banking regulations: Philippines

By Mark S Gorriceta, Micaela Kristina V Galvez, and Liane Stella R Candelario, Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

A comparison of digital banking regulations: Thailand

By Troy Schooneman, Kongkoch Yongsavasdikul, and Koraphot Jirachocksubsin, Kudun and Partners

Offshore solutions in BVI

Corporate flexibility and ease of navigation can explain the increasing popularity of the British Virgin Islands among Asian fund managers, virtual asset businesses and special purpose acquisition companies

Hastening technology for Philippine smart cities

By Aris L. Gulapa, Charmaine Rose K. Haw-Lim, and Maria Isabelle J. Poblete, Gulapa Law
An ICT innovation that has gained traction across local government units and government agencies is the development of “smart cities”

Guide to BVI closed-ended investment funds

By Andrew Wood, Maples Group
In recent years the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has gained increasing popularity in the closed-ended sector of the industry.

The development of SPAC IPOs

By Rachael Pape and Christopher Smith, Conyers
Using Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) as an alternative to traditional IPOs has been a key feature of financial markets since 2020.

Challenges, opportunities with virtual asset regulation in BVI

By Michael Padarin and Daniel Moore, Carey Olsen
Regulators globally are wrestling with tough questions as to how virtual assets should be regulated

BVI still at forefront of cross-border business

By Elise Donovan, BVI Finance
Corporate flexibility and ease of navigation can explain the increasing popularity of the British Virgin Islands among Asian fund managers, virtual asset businesses and special purpose acquisition companies

Taxation, legality of cryptocurrency in India

By Abhishek Malhotra and Bagmisikha Puhan, TMT Law Practice
The Finance Bill, 2022 (as tabled during the Union Budget discussion of 2022-2023) marked a watershed moment in India’s journey towards regulating cryptocurrencies and fostering digital innovation and growth in the country.

Taiwan’s top 100 lawyers 2022

Following an extensive nominations process, Asia Business Law Journal reveals the A-List of Taiwan's legal profession

Outside the box

Movement in the West towards greater diversity and inclusion is now reverberating in Asia via work directed to law firms that embrace these values. But just how proactive are our legal communities here?

Diversity and inclusion in Indian law firms

By Aprajita Nigam and Manisha Singh, LexOrbis
Mere cohabitation of a diverse population is not enough. What is required is cohabitation with equal opportunities

The future of digital asset taxes in Thailand

By Palawi Bunnag, Laeard Ketwat and Pipat Pipatpajong, ILCT
Digital assets have become rapidly popular among Thai investors in the past few years

Strategies for post-pandemic recovery in Thailand

By Saravut Krailadsiri, Somboon Sangrungjang and Pariyapol Kamolsilp, Kudun and Partners
The pandemic marks the end of one business era, but also the start of another

The A-List: Top offshore lawyers 2022

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the top offshore lawyers

Thailand Law Firm Awards 2022

Asia Business Law Journal presents the best law firm in Thailand for 2022 and four winners each in 22 practice areas

KICA elects new chairman

The Korea In-house Counsel Association held its annual general meeting on 19 January and elected Kim Sung-Han, head of management office at Golfzon Newdin Holdings, as its new chairman and president

JILA supports energy arbitration forum

Masako Takahata, vice president of the Japan In-House lawyers Association, lent her speaking expertise to the inaugural webinar of the Japan chapter of the Energy Related Arbitration Practitioners

ACC survey crunches key issues for in-house counsel

The 2022 Chief Legal Officers survey conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel found significant transactions, business-critical and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are the key focuses

In-house counsel month ‒ a new concept

ACC Australia continues to innovate in its programming by replacing individual in-house counsel days with a new concept: the in-house counsel month

ACC Australia appoints new president

The Association of Corporate Counsel Australia (ACC Australia) has elected Mei Ramsay as its new national president, succeeding Justin Coss

GCAI seeks more academic partnerships

Following a partnership agreement with Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai last December, the General Counsels’ Association of India is seeking more collaborations with academia

Fair winds for use of copyrighted material

By Shiela Marie Rabaya, ACCRALAW
The concept of fair use seems to be straightforward. But in the application, finding the balance between the original creator’s rights and fair use by the subsequent user has proven to be difficult

Bright prospects for Philippines IP filings, enforcement

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates

Advertisement of medical devices in India

By Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Anand and Anand

ESG in finance transactions: an offshore legal perspective

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
2021 saw an unprecedented surge in ESG debt issuance, arguably underpinned by growing investor appetite for sustainable and green-linked investment options.

Specified users under CICRA herald changing nature of lending

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has amended the Credit Information Companies Regulations, 2006 on 10 November 2021, through the Credit Information Companies (Amendment) Regulations, 2021.

Avoidance applications in jeopardy?

By Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
An interesting question has arisen under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) as to whether avoidance applications filed by a resolution professional to avoid vulnerable transactions can survive after the successful conclusion of the resolution process.

Future of Indian IP rights in the Metaverse

By Sujata Chaudhri, Urfee Roomi, and Alvin Antony, Sujata Chaudhri IP Attorneys
The convergence of human interaction in digital lives through the metaverse creates a harmonious virtual community, but how will this evolution cope with disputes and challenges brought by trademarks and patents from the real world?

DAOism: a new kind of faith

By Andrew Godwin
The idea for a decentralised autonomous organisation, where the rules are baked into its code with no management structure or board of directors, has emerged with the rise of blockchain technology

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Asia Business Law Journal identifies 50 up-and-coming lawyers in Indonesia who are poised for further success

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Japan outbound investment guide 2022

The pandemic has pushed Japan from its reign as the world’s largest investor

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Assessing inventiveness and ownership of AI-related inventions

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GIFT City showcases efforts to foster India’s fintech vision

By Anu Tiwari and Pallavi Rao, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Supreme Court’s Vidarbha ruling undermines India’s insolvency law

By Shardul Shroff and Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

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Overview of entry strategies for India market

By Ravi Singhania, Dipak Rao, and Gunjan Gupta, Singhania & Partners

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