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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

Will it work?

The government is working to implement newly codified labour laws, but how will they fare in a transformed working environment? Ragini Rastogi reports

Profit v losses

As an elusive covid-19 vaccine draws closer, big pharma is licking its lips at the monetary potential of what could be a virtually limitless ongoing global demand. But governments may use compulsory licensing regulation to tilt the scale towards affordability as the death toll escalates

IP profit v human loss

Big pharma is racing to find covid-19 vaccines in the hope of profiting from a virtually limitless global demand, but governments are likely to step in to tilt the scale

ACC Australia survey indicates in-house salary freeze

The Association of Corporate Counsel Australia partnered with Empsight International to produce the 2020 ACC Law Department Compensation and Policies Practices Report, drawing from a survey of corporate legal departments from 68 organizations in Australia

Financial rehabilitation as alternative mitigation against pandemic

By Zyra G Montefolca, ACCRALAW
In light of the implementation of various community quarantine measures brought by the covid-19 pandemic, many entrepreneurs incurred significant financial losses, forcing some business into closure

All rise

Advocates and court administrators are navigating the technology and direction of virtual courts like never before, but is enough being done to make these forums smooth and accessible?

Guarantors may be vulnerable to pandemic default risks

By Anush Raajan and Swastika Chakravarti, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

The courts fight back

In a very short span of time India’s courts have adapted to working during the pandemic, and the lessons learned during this time will be used to increase efficiency and productivity of the judicial system

Not so bitter medicine for covid blues

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

The epidemic of fake branded masks

By Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar, LexOrbis

Australia poll sees cautious optimism on job security pandemic

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia published its fifth member flash poll related to the covid-19 pandemic, with results showing in-house counsel in the country are feeling cautiously optimistic that they will not lose their jobs

Webinar talks GCs through new landscape

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Singapore recently hosted a webinar examining the role of general counsel in managing a covid-19 altered landscape amid unprecedented global economic and political uncertainty

ACC moves to digital platforms during pandemic

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) hosted an Asia-Pacific Digital Meeting to highlight the importance of gathering and sharing past experiences while exploring new ways of thinking during the current global uncertainty

Covid-19 impacts exit of PE and VC investors

By Ekta Bahl and Sanjana Shrivastava, Samvad Partners

Greener pastures

What is the best way for a law firm to manage the exit of a star partner? Six senior lawyers share their views

An opportunity lost for corporate law reforms

By Lalit Kumar, J. Sagar Associates

Expanding Indian manufacturing in EU, US

By Gautam Khurana, India Law Offices

Left without remedy

Creditors are in need of a credible mechanism for the resolution of covid-19-related distress until the suspension of the corporate insolvency resolution process is in place

Video evidence

What are the rules governing the giving of evidence by video link in civil proceedings

A comparison of developments in dispute resolution

A close look at the emerging trends in litigation and alternative dispute resolution around Asia

Can India’s post-covid-19 stimulus benefit Chinese companies?

By Santosh Pai and Vijay Sureka, Link Legal India Law Services
Adjusting business plans can ensure entrepreneurs navigate risks and profit from a new relief programme

E-courts to aid Japanese companies with disputes

By Manish Dembla and Pradyuman Singh Sewar, Kochhar & Co

Legal issues affecting PPP projects after lockdown

By Soumya Kanti De Mallik and Prithviraj Chauhan, HSA Advocates

Facilitating exits in a post-covid-19 world

By Nivedita Tiwari and Nandini Seth, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Japan’s top 100 lawyers

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

Charting a new course

As the region feels its way through the fog of the global pandemic, we enlisted some of Asia’s top general counsel for a virtual roundtable to plot a roadmap for recovery

ACC Australia poll flags in-house ‘burnout’

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia published its third member flash poll related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with results showing in-house counsel in the country are feeling considerable strain since the pandemic locked them down

SCCA embraces digital platforms

Amid the chaos of COVID-19, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has found its footing with the office adjusting to working from home

Faure to keynote for ACC at APAC virtual event

The Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) virtual Asia-Pacific meeting in late July will feature a keynote speech from author and legal sector innovator Trevor Faure to kick off the event theme of “A New Blueprint: Legal Leadership and Transformation in Uncertain Times”

Singapore legal departments weigh up pandemic

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) and Dazychain Legal Operations Software jointly published a survey on the impact, challenges and post-pandemic future of in-house legal teams

KICA hosts webinar on COVID-19 legal issues

The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) has hosted a sponsored webinar on pandemic-related legal issues with White & Case, Kim & Chang, Jipyong and Yulchon participating. Topics discussed included US contract and domestic contract law issues (including force majeure), personnel labour issues related to COVID-19, and in-house data management compliance

Employee placement in early dissolution of enterprises

By Tracy Liu, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Pandemics

The contractual impact of pandemics on corporate and financial transactions

Managing a crisis

By Kai Bandilla, David Loszynski and Gao Sen, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Slowly recovering from lockdown measures, most German companies are more or less affected by the government’s strategy of preventing an uncontrolled spread of the virus, and subsequently an overload of the German health system

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?

Awkward regulatory tango over COVID-19 relief

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

COVID-19, IBC suspension and operational creditors

By Shweta Bharti and Sukrit Kapoor,Hammurabi & Solomon

COVID-19 moratorium package: An RBI safe haven

By Nishtha Arora and Anjuli Hora, SNG & Partners

A tool for financial trouble

Widely reported troubles at Yes Bank, IL&FS, DHFL and others have exposed inadequacies in the insolvency resolution regime for distressed banking and finance companies. Mohit Shukla, the legal head of Barclays India, argues that now is a perfect time to introduce a new composite code to address these shortcomings and rebuild public trust

Screening Chinese investments: What happens next?

By Santosh Pai and Anuj Trivedi, Link Legal India Law Services
Entities affected by India’s new policy may be able to take measures to obtain fast-tracked approvals

New challenges of medical sourcing in China

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

Management of legal compliance during a pandemic

By Zhang Ting, DOCVIT Law Firm

When probationary period encounters pandemic

By Shen Minquan, Jingtian & Gongcheng

New rules to socially distance non-resident investors

By Snigdhaneel Satpathy and Sanchita Kumari, L&L Partners

The point of return

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

Surviving a ‘new normal’

India Business Law Journal teamed up with prominent arbitrator Ashok Sharma and a stellar panel of GCs to debate how in-house legal teams should rise to the unprecedented challenges facing Indian companies in a post-lockdown environment

How to implement pre-packaged insolvency

By Charanya Lakshmikumaran and Puneeth Ganapathy, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Labour market collusion: New frontier for antitrust?

By Lagna Panda and Ruchi Khanna, Chandhiok & Mahajan

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

Adjusting to internet arbitration cases

The oral hearings of arbitration cases in mainland China were cancelled after the spring festival due to social distancing measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, arbitration institutions have been seeking an alternative to hear cases while complying with the epidemic prevention policy.

Pandemics, police power and private contracts

By Samantha Beatrice P King, ACCRALAW
Under the Bayanihan Act, the president is empowered to order private establishments to direct their operations towards COVID-19 efforts.

Will India’s suspension of insolvency proceedings work?

By Misha and Shreya Prakash, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
It remains to be seen if a modified version of the insolvency resolution process under the IBC will suffice in these vastly changed macro-economic conditions, or if the government will need to offer a new model for insolvency resolution

Managing outsourcing contracts

Outsourcing companies face severe operational challenges under the pandemic and understanding the impact of the force majeure clause and the doctrine of frustration is important in determining recourse for parties.

Restructuring strategies

By Mark Fairbairn and Carolyn Dong, DLA Piper
This article examines options to improve liquidity and effect restructurings at a time when COVID-19 is causing economic pain on an unprecedented scale

Moving past the pandemic

The pandemic has thrown up challenges for maintaining productivity, honouring contracts and keeping workers employed

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

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

Compliance, data issues relating to telemedicine services

By Ramon Huang, Li Tianhang, Hui Ye Law Firm
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, international co-operation in areas such as pandemic prevention and control, new drug development and medical treatment have become crucial

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

Slowing the free fall

With the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has introduced a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus among the population, while introducing a raft of measures to protect businesses

Home and safe?

With COVID-19 forcing companies to implement work-from-home policies, Jim Fitzsimmons helps us understand the cybersecurity risks posed by a remote workforce

Counterpunch!

With COVID-19 raging across the region, governments are trying to avoid knockout blows for their territories as they counter with life or death policy moves and decisions affecting business survival

Keeping in step with the times

Patent offices and courts have introduced proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 lockdown

Pandemics unforeseen

How will the courts respond to an anticipated deluge of disputes relating to frustration of contracts in a post-COVID-19 world?

COVID-19: Business as usual

Despite the disruption created by the lockdown, Remfry & Sagar has been providing real-time updates on IP matters to clients

Home and safe?

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

We can suffer corona or embrace coexistence

By Poonam Verma and Adishree Chakraborty, J. Sagar Associates

Powering up government efforts under lockdown

By Abhishek Tripathi and Mani Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

COVID-19 and obligations under lease agreements

By Gautam Khurana and Chandra Shekhar, India Law Offices

Contracts and force majeure during a pandemic

By Chandrasekhar Tampi and Ankur Khandelwal, Kochhar & Co

What’s in store for M&As in a post COVID-19 economy

By Raghubir Menon and Aditya Parolia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

RBI provides COVID-19 relief; others yet to catch up

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

Home & safe?

With COVID-19 forcing companies to implement work-from-home policies, Jim Fitzsimmons helps us understand the cybersecurity risks posed by a remote workforce

Competition and COVID-19: Compliance for businesses

By Deeksha Manchanda and Shruthi Rao, Chandhiok & Mahajan

COVID-19: Conundrum for borrowers and lenders

By Aniket Sawant and Shreenath Pandeya, SNG & Partners

‘E’ sign of the times

With COVID-19, the silver lining for the legal community will be a greater adoption of e-contracts

Investment, M&A boost tipped for healthcare

By Cindy Hu and Guo Da, East & Concord Partners

COVID-19’s impact on international trade contracts

Under PRC law, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contract performance involves two regimes: force majeure and rebus sic stantibus (change of circumstances).

ACC develops COVID-19 resource hub

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has developed a range of resources to assist the global in-house community in guiding their organizations through the crisis

Impact of COVID-19 on bankruptcy code

By Misha and Vaijayant Paliwal, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a crushing blow to the world economy, and has placed businesses in almost all jurisdictions under severe financial strain

Can video links in arbitration hearings help in a pandemic?

Many arbitration cases have been paused due to social distancing measures, which are widely regarded as the key to fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Patent applications on inventions for pharmaceutical use

By Wu Xiaoping and Zhang Mengqian, Wanhuida Intellectual Property
If a Chinese medical research institute applies for the patent of a US brand-name drug that might cure COVID-19, as a ‘secondary use’ invention does it constitute squatting?

Issuing bonds abroad during the pandemic

By Jason Cheng and Mao Shengdi, Dentons

COVID-19 may power down the energy sector

By Abhishek Tripathi and Mani Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

2 tips for businesses managing COVID-19 legal risks

By Li Weiming, Tiantai Law Firm

How COVID-19 affects personal health data

By Deeksha Manchanda, Chandhiok & Mahajan

Legal and financial plans beyond COVID-19

By Gautam Khurana, India Law Offices

Dealing with delays at the IPO

The Patent Office making exceptions for delays to applications due to COVID-19 is welcome, but it should adopt more applicant-friendly policies for other cases too

A new dawn

As employers wake up to the reality of COVID-19, how can they minimize risks for employees and ensure business continuity?

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