The Virus Crisis

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across countries and industries, and the region’s legal services sector is not immune. Here’s how lawyers are currently weathering the storm, and what they…

Recruiters See Firms Still Hiring, but Cautiously

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With redundancies, pay cuts and the odd firm closing shop in Asia, lawyers in private practice face prolonged uncertainty. But while many firms are playing it safe and avoiding any additional costs,…

‘This time, I want to do it the right way and on my terms’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Hong Kong legal industry veteran Kevin Bowers has recently established a new firm called bowers.law. The firm, which takes a non-traditional approach to billing, may be something of a game-changer for…

EXPLAINER: Easing the Economic Impact

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a devastating economic impact across the region, with businesses shuttered and markets crashing. To mitigate the impact locally, Singapore has responded by introducing a…

Navigating the New Normal

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As COVID-19 disrupts business and leaves lawyers working from home, one big impact has been on the mental health of legal professionals. Law firms say they are looking to bolster their existing…

Political Turmoil and a Pandemic: Could More Firms Exit Hong Kong?

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Two international firms have announced their departures from Hong Kong— UK law firm Osborne Clarke will wind down its operations this month and U.S. law firm Orrick, Herrington…

Privacy First

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

In May 2019, Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) officially became law. Echoing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) somewhat, the PDPA regulates personal data collection, storage and…

ALB Offshore Client Choice List 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

As in other years, Asian Legal Business continues its annual tradition of picking Asia’s standout lawyers from offshore law firms. These are legal professionals who have not only met but also…

Three Become One

BY Hu Yangxiaoxiao 胡阳潇潇 |

On January 1, 2020, the new Foreign Investment Law (FIL) of the People’s Republic of China and its Implementing Regulations came into force, formally replacing the so-called Three Foreign Investment…

The Failure of India’s Yes Bank Poses Uncomfortable Questions

BY Aparna Sai |

Yes Bank, which was established in 2004, was once considered a rising star in India’s banking industry. However, saddled with bad debts and experiencing a corporate governance failure, the private…