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When worlds collide

By Edward Chin

Constant calibration

Top corporate legal minds explain how they are assessing and adjusting their annual development strategies in these uncertain times

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. Andrew Godwin examines its legal status and the future that it may shape from the contemporary discussions

Rising Stars 2022

80 young elite lawyers for China market

Needs of the many

What will common prosperity initiative mean for enterprises?

Hard talk

Asian in-house counsel speak their minds on law firms

Data crunch time

Sina Group’s GC unpacks core issues of data compliance

Deals of the year 2021

We look back at the most significant transactions and disputes of last year.

Between rocks and hard places

Managing conflicting cross-border data access requests

NFTs and the IP Conundrum

Digitally fluent GC shares NFT-related legal dilemmas

Refining the rescue

How far is China from completing its restructuring and insolvency regime?

The A-List 2021

We reveal our 200 elite lawyers from PRC and foreign law firms

Priced to please

By Luna Jin
Our annual billing rates survey reveals Chinese law firms’ fees

An inconvenient moment of truth

By Vandana Chatlani
How accountable should lawyers be for our climate woes?

Stepping up

By Avery Chen
Senior lawyers from local and national firms analyse service demand and competition in Guangzhou’s legal market

Burning ambition

By Luna Jin
Can China's desire to be a truly global dispute resolution centre be realised?

Creative defences

Legal director of Huayi Brothers shares IP protection tips under new law

Putting zip in your Zoom

By John Miers

Finding the finance

ABS market seeks alternative financing avenues

New frontiers

As Chinese financial markets become more sophisticated, companies are eyeing new possibilities to unlock value

Past the pit stop

Challenges to overcome in reinvigorating China’s outbound investment

Sea change

Regulatory wave heightens personal data compliance requirements for internet platforms

ICC clearly

ICC Court’s new president Claudia Salomon discusses her role and the future landscape of dispute resolution in Asia

Testing the wind

Law firms stress the importance of compliance and risk management for reshaping business

Ups & downs

Our annual legal market survey takes financial snapshot of Chinese law firms

By the numbers

ACC's global survey maps the changing roles of in-house counsel

Compliance anxiety

In-house leaders reveal how to keep up with tectonic regulatory shifts

Buckle up

CRRC’s top counsel explains how to ensure overseas compliance

Open sesame

China woos world with asset management riches

Gender in justice

Women lawyers across Asia share their personal stories of success, strategy and struggle for a more inclusive legal profession

Zhejiang in a nutshell

Breaking into Zhejiang’s hot legal market is a tough nut to crack for national law firms as the locals hold the advantage

Lawyering 2.0

Technology adoption among established law firms has for ages been a slow ascent, but things are different in China. Legal tech companies here are leading innovation and are taking a more direct and homegrown approach than their global peers

The taming of tech

The golden days of unfettered growth for China's homegrown tech companies could be coming to an end as regulators speed up data-oriented reforms. What are the legal pitfalls and the hefty consequences, and who will be most affected?

GC confidential

What qualities do effective general counsel need to be assets to their companies? We asked two prominent GCs for their candia personal views on where you need to be to have your legal department working at optimum for your company and its people

Star struck

Through rolling reforms including the stellar success of the Star Market, mainland capital markets are soaring skyward, even as the trend of US IPOs maintains momentum. So, what is the right listing location for your company?

Continual vigilance

Controlling legal risk goes beyond the legal department, and in-house counsel need a pragmatic approach, without letting perfection be the enemy of progress. Prominent counsel Peter Zhang offers advice from his decades of experience 

Market SPACulation

Will Asia offer alternative forums for China’s current SPAC boom as the US loses its appetite?

Pirate hunters

Cognex Asia in-house counsel reveal how they hunt the pirates of their high-quality software products

How to be a successful in-house counsel

In-house award winners share must-have skills for successful GCs

Jiangsu on song

How Jiangsu province is optimising its strengths and establishing a dominant position in east China’s legal market

Tight times

Chinese law firms reveal their fees in our exclusive billing rates survey, shedding light on how reduced corporate budgets have affected the cost of legal services

Learning on the fly

Minsheng Financial Leasing’s senior counsel, Fiona Sun, shares how business aviation has become a silver lining in the hard-hit sector

New to the crew? Here’s what to do

Dibyajyoti Das of London Stock Exchange Group points to the critical first steps that in-house counsel should take in a new job

Action plan

Five top in-house counsel share expectations for the new year, and reveal how they helped steady their company ships during the 2020 storm

In-house Counsel Awards 2020

China Business Law Journal reveals the country’s leading in-house lawyers and corporate legal teams

Solving the IP puzzle

The blueprint for China’s top-down intellectual property (IP) reforms includes piecing together major judicial and legislative change, solving problems that have affected enterprises for decades. But do the changes go far enough?

Rising Stars 2021

CBLJ presents a list of the country’s top up-and-coming legal talent

How to be a top lawyer

Top 10 habits of most successful lawyers in China

Pathfinder

Gerard Sanders moves on from his GC role at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and shares his formative work with the bank, and the past year’s challenges

Finding middle ground

Singapore Mediation Centre chief Ban Jiun Ean offers his insights

IP profit v human loss

With covid-19 vaccines rolling out, the question of compulsory licensing weighs up IPR profit and protection against public health and access

Peaking on tech

Southwest China’s high-tech bet draws national law firms

The A-List 2020

The A-List: Who are the elite lawyers being recognised by clients for China-related business?

Force for change

Irresistible forces of change are reforming the way dispute resolution is practised, but will this be enough to change the sector in China?

Out of the shadows

How are regional law firms in North China differentiating themselves from firms in the capital to secure business?

In crisis lies opportunity

INTA's CEO shares his bold plan to revive flagship event in virtual sphere

Gauging substantive similarity in software copyright disputes

By Chen Jing, Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Harbouring ambitions

Hong Kong's new limited partnership fund regime lures offshore clients

Future tense

In uncertain times, there are still plenty of opportunities for international law firms in China. The key is agility and adaptation.

The great outflow?

As China's economy recovers, what are the trends with its outbound investment around the globe, and what are the hurdles ahead?

Reviving a heartland

The once booming industrial and manufacturing hub of northeast China has been weathered by economic decline, but government revitalization plans are creating new opportunities for businesses. How should law firms prepare to tap the region’s full potential?

The long view

International General counsel shared their views with us on the changing role of in-house legal teams

Toil and trouble

China’s economy is recovering from the pandemic ahead of the rest of the world, but in-house counsel now face an increasingly tense international political theatre and an enormous uptick in regulatory and compliance-related work.

When the going gets tough

China’s legal services market is navigating a tumultuous period of change. Our annual survey looks at how firms are performing, and what strategies they have in place to see them through the storm

Forward motion

Despite the trials thrown up in 2020, China has never stopped moving forward with legal reforms. Frankie Wang explores areas that have confused some companies, and seeks clarity from the experts

Are you being watched?

Governments adopting trace-and-track apps to prevent the spread of this coronavirus have raised questions about the ‘right balance’ between crisis response and privacy considerations

Beyond the ‘mega’ era

What does the future hold for China’s asset management industry?

A wealth of advice

Acclaimed financial lawyer David Liu shares his career stories

Surfing boards

What is the best listing venue for homecoming Chinese stocks?

The homecoming

A wave of Chinese stocks is poised to exit the US and seek capital back in Shanghai or Hong Kong, following recent fraud allegations of Nasdaq-listed Luckin Coffee and intensifying political tensions

Over the peak?

Businesses restarting after the worst of the pandemic face supply-related legal headaches. How should in-house counsel manage these and other risks?

New challenges of medical sourcing in China

What are the risks for global buyers sourcing medical equipment in China?

The point of return

If legal tools of bankruptcy are properly applied, there are chances for companies to survive and start again

Firm response

Law firms and companies take the lead in fulfilling social responsibilities during China’s COVID-19 crisis

Interview with Jiang Wenlu, general manager, legal department of Sinochem International

Jiang Wenlu, general manager, legal department of Sinochem International shared his insight with us on team management

Interview with Max Zhang, assistant general counsel of Becton Dickinson Medical Devices China

Max Zhang, assistant general counsel of Becton Dickinson Medical Devices China shared his insight with us on team management

Interview with Tonell Liu, legal director of Suning Sports

Tonell Liu, legal director of Suning Sports shares his insight with us on team management

Wisdom in management

Six GCs from different industries shared their insights with us on team management, and gave their take on the impact of the pandemic on their work

Tipping Point

Intellectual property protection faces new challenges as the world readjusts to a post-pandemic reality and its associated trade tensions

Home and safe?

Are companies facing higher cybersecurity risks with most employees working from home?

Interview with Chris Zhao, chief regional counsel for APAC of DuPont

Chris Zhao, chief regional counsel for APAC, safety and construction of DuPont shared her insight with us on team management

Interview with Jiang Ying, legal director of the LEGO Group China

Jiang Ying, legal director of the LEGO Group, China shared her insight with us on team management

Interview with Feng Xiaoju, APAC general counsel of Saint-Gobain (China)

Feng Xiaoju, Asia-Pacific general counsel of Saint-Gobain (China) Investment shared his insight with us on team management

Remote controls

With the deadly COVID-19 virus forcing businesses into shutdown mode, PRC labour laws are scrambling to regulate a new norm for work conditions and payment standards.

Three big views

ere we glean the opinions of three elite GCs from different industries, who share their observations and strategies on team management and communication

China Business Law Awards 2020

We launched the “Golden League” award this year to reflect the market situation, and to encourage the firms on the list, and their peers, to improve their overall quality and level of service

Flight of the black swan

We ask senior in-house counsel and lawyers about the dangers, and the silver linings, that lie ahead in 2020

Rising stars: China’s young elite lawyers 2020

After extensive editorial research, China Business Law Journal has compiled a list of China's young elite lawyers. Charlie Wu reports

A secret war

New legal regimes mean an increase in trade secret litigation in both China and the US, but what measures are needed to protect trade secrets?

10 years

A decade of covering China's legal market

Dollars in the details?

The lack of details on the new Foreign Investment Law may present problems

Deals of the year 2019

CBLJ selects outstanding China-related deals and cases in 2019

In-depth coverage of CBLJ Forum in Shanghai

Hundreds of in-house counsel and other business leaders attend CBLJ Forum

The winners are…

Results of our inaugural awards for outstanding in-house counsel

In the hot seat

Interview with Milton Cheng, Baker McKenzie’s new global chair

The A-List 2019: China’s elite lawyers

CBLJ presents a list of top private practice lawyers for China-related business

Meltdown?

As competition heats up, how will law firms avoid low-cost chaos?

Arbitration: Six shades of wisdom

Interviews with leaders of six arbitration centres

Tech transition

How law firms tailor services for Hangzhou’s fast development

More than half the sky

Senior women lawyers share personal stories of challenges and success

A legal legacy

Exclusive interview with Chris Stephens, ADB's outgoing general counsel

Outbound hard ground

Geopolitical risks impact Chinese investment

Arbitration evolution

Internationalizing China's dispute resolution system

The gameplan

China deploys reforms to buoy its economy

Grand design

What legal services will Greater Bay Area require?

Metamorphosis

Law firms in China are evolving and transforming

A new SOE-ra

Changing of the guard for newly compliant SOEs

Connecting the dots

How legaltech can help in-house counsel

Legal eagles

What are the qualities required for a capable in-house counsel?

Fair prey

Regulators will step up their regulation of monopolistic behaviour

The draft amendment to patent examination guidelines

By Duan Xiaoling and Sun Zhanhua, Wanhuida Peksung IP Group

The long game

Chinese investors need far-sighted overseas IP strategy

Legal challenges in the internet age

Talking tech with Anna Xue, the IP director at Perfect World

Crossing the divide

Su Yanan, the legal director of Chinalife Capital, talks about her in-house role

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