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Thailand’s Act on Digital Development for Economy and Society Comes into Force
Thailand / Thailand has finally enacted the Act on Digital Development for Economy and Society B.E. 2560 (A.D. 2017) (“Digital Development Act”). It was published in the Royal Gazette on 24th January 2017 and has been effective on and from 25th January 2017...
20-Year IP Roadmap for Thailand 4.0
Thailand / On 26th January 2017, the Department of Intellectual Property (“DIP”) finally released the 20-Year IP Roadmap to reform the Thai intellectual property system to be in line with the strategy of driving the country to “Thailand 4.0”, which focuses on an economy based on innovation and intelligence ...
Determining dominant position in the cinema industry
China (PRC) / Award-winning Chinese movie director Feng Xiaogang hit the headlines recently when he got into an online flame war with Wang Sicong, whose father owns Wanda Cinema. Feng argued that his latest film, I am not Madame Bovary ...
Investment conditions and restrictions for venture capital funds
India / Venture capital funds (VCFs) are contributing considerably to India’s economic growth. The amount of investment directed to venture capital has grown in recent years due to the pro-business environment and ...
Indonesia’s new construction bill
Indonesia / In December 2016, Indonesia’s Parliament passed the Construction Services Bill to replace existing legislation on construction services, Law No. 18 of 1999 on Construction Services ...
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Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke to merge
Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have agreed to a merger that will create a law firm with more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices and 32 countries.
China to trial ad hoc arbitration in FTZs
China (PRC) / China is experimenting with ad hoc arbitration in its free-trade zones, with the goal of creating a dispute resolution regime that is faster, cheaper and more flexible.
Han Kun hires White & Case China head
China (PRC) / Li Xiaoming, the head of White & Case's China practice for the past 12 years, has left to join Han Kun Law Offices.
Cadwalader Asia partners find new firms
China (PRC) / Several of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s former Asia team are starting the new year with new jobs after the US firm closed its offices in
Personal data protection: Dawn of a new era
Indonesia / After for more than a year in the pipeline, Indonesia has issued rules that mark the start of a new era for personal data protection in the country. ...
Streamlining insolvency in the UAE
United Arab Emirates / The United Arab Emirates’ much-awaited new bankruptcy law is a positive step forward for the country’s insolvency regime. If implemented constructively and embraced within ...
Does AI imply a future of legal wisdom foregone? The potential long-term implications of legal artificial intelligence
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly mentions what has become known as the “10,000-hour rule”, which states that to become world-class in any field you...
Smart doesn’t mean secure
Singapore / Imagine this. You are taking a quick nap after work in your self-driving car while it is bringing you home in the shortest time possible given real-time traffic
Investing in India’s digital future
India / The increased use of technology has paved its way into our daily lives causing consumers to rely on it for availing even the most unconventional goods and services. This accelerated ...
Raymond Goh
With experience at top-tier law firms and a global investment bank, Raymond Goh has a rounded legal background that has helped him to guide Anbang Insurance ...
Heba Ali
Described by one of her peers as being “everything you would need in a lawyer”, Heba Ali was hired by Lenovo in 2014 to establish the organisation’s legal ...
Credit where credit’s due- Christopher Stephens
Having worked as a lawyer in New York for 15 years and Asia for almost 20 before joining Asian Development Bank which focusses on developing jurisdictions, Christopher ...
Taking the plunge - Bob Santamaria
After twenty years in a partnership role at Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson, Bob Santamaria took the plunge and moved in-house in 2007, joining ANZ ...
Banking on change
Managing Director and Head, Group Legal and Secretariat at DBS Bank Sue Lynn Koo discusses her career trajectory, the importance of out-of-the-box thinking and how technology ...
What the doctor ordered
As well as highlighting the importance of teamwork within an in-house team and between the legal team and others within the business, Michele Kythe Lim, Group Head, Legal &...
The thing about … Sai Ree Yun
Recently in Seoul, Asian-mena Counsel’s Patrick Dransfield photographed Sai Ree Yun, one of the six founding partners of Yulchon, and also asked him ...
The world according to Joe Andrew
Joe Andrew, global chairman of Dentons, talked to In-House Community co-director Patrick Dransfield during a recent visit to Hong Kong about the challenges of ...
The zombie lives on!
The continuing half-life of the billable hour and how it has neutered necessary change for top tier international law firms
10th Annual Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey, including Firms of the Year, 2016
ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL is pleased to present the results of its 10th annual Representing Corporate Asia and Middle East Survey of members of our In-House Community of corporate legal and compliance ...
What we learned - In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards
On May 26, 2016, the In-House Community hosted its inaugural regional Counsels of the Year Awards in order to celebrate outstanding ...


The In-House Community hosts its inaugural Counsels of the Year Awards Ceremony
On May 26, 2016, the In-House Community hosted its inaugural regional Counsel of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Clubhouse. The ceremony brought together the cream ...