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Defeatist data security cultures no more
Organisations need to recognise that information security is a question of risk and step up defences now ..
Paper planes: the financing of aircraft pre-delivery payments
If executed right, aircraft pre-delivery payment financing can actually be less risky than traditional aircraft finance.
Avoiding data breaches and managing them if they happen
As the risk of a data breach has rapidly increased with constantly changing technology, businesses have to address the issue now.
Cabotage Reforms in Australia
Almost three years after the enactment of the Coastal Trading Act, it has failed to revitalise the Australian shipping industry.
The G20 Global Infrastructure Hub – First steps
The G20 has given the Sydney-based Global Infrastructure Hub only a four year mandate to realise its goal of closing the global infrastructure gap.
The $110,000 fine for unauthorised payments for home building work
Significant changes made to the laws in New South Wales regarding home building work are worthy of close scrutiny.
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When disaster strikes – seven lessons in handling a cyber attack
Proper preparation and planning can help organisations set out a clear path for responding to a cyber breach ...
Defeatist data security cultures no more
Organisations need to recognise that information security is a question of risk and step up defences now ..
CLOC holds its first gathering in Australia
The role of legal operations manager is an emerging one in Australia...
Hot Topics
We discuss Brexit with insight from various private practice lawyers; Richard Bell of Clyde & Co writes about his Journey along the Silk Road; JunHe delve into issues regarding provisions to China's network publishing services; and Trowers inform us about Doing business in Iran in this Hot Topics Special Feature.
What Brexit might mean for the In-House Community
Aided by thoughts from lawyers throughout Asia and Australia, we delve into what Brexit may mean for In-House Community members, giving insight on employment, taxation, insurance, finance, investment and more.
Driving value
Rebecca Lim, Group General Counsel of Westpac Banking Corporation speaks to ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL about the challenges and opportunities she has encountered in her role at the Australian headquartered bank. Here, she explains how her and her team manage to stay ahead of the curve.
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 as Group General Counsel. The GFC hit a mere few months later, rocking the banking world to its core. For Santamaria, it was a case of sink or swim, and despite the inevitable challenges that ensued, he explains to Rebecca Brookes why he has never looked back.
A shift in direction
Once viewed as the poor cousin to private practice, attitudes towards in-house lawyers have shifted markedly in Australia in recent years, according to Group General Counsel Will Irving of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services provider. He tells us why the winds of change continue to blow in respect of the in-house role.
The thing about … David K Y Tang
In our inaugural Managing Partner Q&A, ASIAN MENA COUNSEL’s Patrick Dransfield tracked down the ever busy David K Y Tang, Managing Partner, Asia, of K&L Gates immediately following the firm’s merger with Australian law firm Middletons (1st January 2013) and put to him a series of questions on behalf of the In-House Community.
With eyes wide open
ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL spoke to former General Counsel for an Australian University, Sascha Hindmarch, about her recent transition back into private practice with US/UK boutique law firm Hausfeld & Co LLP. Here, Sascha tells us about the factors that triggered her decision to move back to private practice, some of the perceived barriers to entry as well as the challenges she has encountered along the way.
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