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The EU removed the Cayman Islands from its blacklist of tax havens in October, after the British overseas territory was named a non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes. Did the blacklist affect its business or reputation?

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

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

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

Dollars in the details?

China’s new Foreign Investment Law and its implementation regulations lay out a blueprint full of promise for international companies. But the lack of detail may present problems

HKIAC and arbitration in Asia: Japan, Singapore, India and Hong Kong

Battle for supremacy in arbitration

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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

SPACed-out

SPAC invaders

Asia is losing out to the US as its tech giants are wooed away by sponsors to list in the US. Can the region’s markets move quickly enough to repel the SPAC invasion and keep their unicorns?

Foreign liquidator assistance and common law in Bermuda, Keith Robinson and Emma Duffy, Carey Olsen

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

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

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