China passes national security law in turning point for Hong Kong

BY Reuters |

China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago.

Former Clyde APAC hospitality head sets up firm in SG, Thailand

BY Aparna Sai |

Benjamin Hirasawa, a former head of the Asia-Pacific hospitality practice at Clyde & Co., has launched a boutique firm with offices in Singapore and Bangkok.

SICC judge resigns following sexual harassment inquiry in Australia: reports

BY Aparna Sai |

Dyson Heydon, a judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), has resigned following an inquiry by the High Court of Australia that found that he had sexually harassed six staff members during his time on the bench.

Pride Month: To truly effect change, firms need to look beyond D&I initiatives

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and while the typically colourful celebrations have been muted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many law firms are still marking the month with various online initiatives and virtual events. Clifford Chance has hosted webinars spotlighting its LGBTQ+ pro bono work, while Pinsent Masons, Taylor Wessing and others have launched social media campaigns.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: ALB Asia 40 Under 40 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

Submissions are now open for ALB Asia’s annual 40 Under 40 list, which profiles the most accomplished lawyers in Asia under 40 years of age.

As Eversheds and Harry Elias split, alliances in SG are coming under scanner

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Eversheds Sutherland and Singapore’s Harry Elias Partnership recently announced that they were ending their three-year merger with a joint media release. The statement said the firms were parting on “good terms,” but those watching on the sidelines in Singapore have questioned why the arrangement didn’t work out, suggesting that the split is symbolic of changing expectations in the highly competitive market.

Restructuring as an Option for Indonesian Limited Liability Companies to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak [Brought to you by AZP]

BY AZP Legal Consultants |

The first case of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in Indonesia was confirmed in early March of 2020. Since then, due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 among the Indonesian people, the Government of Indonesia (“GoI”) has issued new regulations as part of its efforts to stop the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, inter alia, (i) the Presidential Decree No.11 of 2020 concerning the Determination of Public Health Emergency regarding COVID-19 on 31 March 2020; (ii) the Government Regulation No. 21 of 2020 concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions for Acceleration in the Handling of COVID-19 on 31 March 2020; and (iii) the Minister of Health Regulation No. 9 of 2020 concerning Guidelines on the Large-Scale Social Restrictions for Acceleration in the Handling of COVID-19 on 3 April 2020.

Eversheds, Singapore’s Harry Elias to go their separate ways

BY Aparna Sai |

The three-year-old merger between Eversheds Sutherlands and Singapore’s Harry Elias Partnership (HEP) is officially coming to an end at the end of this month, the two firms have announced.

One-fifth of M’sia lawyers mull ceasing practice due to COVID: survey

BY Aparna Sai |

Some 21 percent of Malaysia’s lawyers are contemplating ceasing practice or closing their law offices due to the impact of the national lockdown instituted as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SG’s Collyer Law collaborates with U.S. start-up Anduin on issue-tracking software

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore-based boutique Collyer Law, which focuses on emerging growth companies, has collaborated with U.S. technology company Anduin on an issue-tracking platform for the legal market.

COLUMN: Talent development for continued success

BY Ankur Gupta |

In 2019, Big Four professional services firm PWC published a report on how law firms were adapting to paradigm transformations in business models, utilising technology to boost productivity and support new ways of working, building innovation cultures, and enhancing agility to better serve their client needs and navigate the complexities in the operating environment.

Protecting Employers from COVID-19 – A Practical Guide [Brought to you by Jacque Law]

BY Jacqueline Chua |

While job-cutting may be effective in some cases, it can also severely damage company culture and staff morale and result in irreparable loss of know-how.