Digital Dispute Resolution Comes of Age

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The global pandemic has rapidly sped up technology adoption across even typically conservative industries and users, and the disputes hearing process is no exception. While for some, this has created a steep learning curve, cost efficiencies and time saved, are among the payoffs that ensure digital disputes are likely here to stay. 

COVID’s Offshore Impact

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

COVID-19 has derailed business plans both global and domestic, and cast a long shadow of uncertainty across businesses. For offshore law firms who typically work nimbly with their colleagues across jurisdictions, the impacts have been twofold — with both their clients, and their offices to consider.

All in One

BY Ranajit Dam |

Earlier this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government submitted a draft bill to the country's parliament. The omnibus law, as it is widely known, is a comprehensive bill that would regulate many provisions in various industry sectors into one law. Lawyers say that when passed, it will strengthen the economy by increasing competitiveness, creating jobs and making it to easier to do business in Indonesia.

‘The ability to evolve and adapt is now more important than ever’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Kyri Evagora has recently been appointed Reed Smith’s Asia-Pacific managing partner. Stepping into the role at a time when COVID-19 has turned the legal industry upside down, Evagora tells ALB the firm is looking ahead, while ensuring it innovates internally to meet the current challenges.

For Female Lawyers, WFH Adds Pressure, but Also Offers Opportunities for Family Time

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

COVID-19 has transformed homes into offices, removed commutes and turned the humble kitchen table into a place of business. The pandemic is drastically turning work culture on its head in almost every way possible.

Difficult Conversations

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As the pandemic drags on, redundancies as a result of COVID-19 have begun to rise in the region, with Zoom, Skype or email used at times to deliver the bad news. But employers must be careful to ensure they don’t cross the line or skip necessary steps during these extraordinary times. Lawyers around Asia weigh up the risks and considerations that firms should bear in mind.

‘We are looking at a higher growth trajectory’

BY Aparna Sai |

Sriram Panchu, founder of The Mediation Chambers and president of Mediators India, talks to ALB about how mediation has become a fast-growing dispute resolution method in the country.

Decoding the Amended FDI Rules

BY Aparna Sai |

April, the government amended the country’s FDI rules, which now state that FDI investments into India by an entity of a country that shares a land border with India, or when the beneficial owner of investment into India is in or is a citizen of such a country, can invest only under the government route. India also banned certain Chinese apps, including popular social media platforms TikTok and WeChat.

Managing Change: The Key To a GC Being an Effective Business Partner

BY Manjaree Chowdhary |

There has been a paradigm shift in the role of the new-age counsel. From being “just a lawyer,” the focus has shifted to “effectiveness” and “impact” as the differentiating factor. Today, the general counsel needs to be an effective business partner.

ALB India Super 50 Lawyers 2020

BY Aparna Sai |

In the first India Super 50 Lawyers list, ALB puts the spotlight on standout private practitioners in the country when it comes to client service. These lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB.

A New Era of Mining

BY Ranajit Dam |

Indonesia recently ratified a long-anticipated bill amending the country’s 2009 Mining Law. Lawyers say that the large-scale revisions to the law could improve the feasibility of doing business in Indonesia's natural resources sector.

Malaysia Rising Stars 2020

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

Young lawyers are making great strides in Malaysia’s legal industry as they work on various complex matters. ALB profiles six such lawyers from the Malaysian legal market who have made an impact in the industry.