Singapore Articles and Reports Employment Special ReportThroughout Asia, 2007 may be remembered as a year of significant labour law reform. While amendments may be symptomatic of the strength of the region’s economy as a whole, the changes are unique to the realities of the nations who have enacted them. Finance Special Report 2008Off the back of an extraordinary year of growth, modest economic expectations in the year to come are the current trend. Asian-Counsel provides a regional overview in addition to special features on Islamic finance in Japan, recent developments in Malaysian securities law and regulations and Islamic banking and finance regulations in the United Arab Emirates. Life Sciences Special ReportOffering huge potential for expansion and returns, almost every active economy in Asia is making efforts to actively develop a niche in the life sciences industry. In ‘Asia’s winning formula’ Asian-Counsel discusses how countries are positioning themselves to carve out niches in this area of living jurisprudence. The report also features expert articles focussing on particular developments in China, Japan, India and Singapore. Alternative Dispute ResolutionThis month in Asian-Counsel, our most comprehensive survey of ADR across Asia to date, with contributions from leading practitioners in four jurisdictions. In the current economic climate, avoiding lengthy and costly legal proceedings is as important as ever . . . A SEA of change?In this month’s cover feature, we look at trends in the role and composition of in-house teams across South-East Asia (SEA). In addition, Dr Le Net and Chau Huy Quang of AGZI LCT Law Firm provide an overview of opportunities for PPP and infrastructure development and M&A in Vietnam. Restructuring & Insolvency Special ReportIn this month’s cover feature, we take a look at the reasons why in-house counsel need to stay alert to restructuring and insolvency trends, and talk to experts from around the region about the practical considerations which should be taken into account when advising clients in the current climate. Singapore In-House Insights Banking on changeManaging 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 is both a blessing and a curse for her role. She also gives advice to external counsel she wishes she'd heard when she was one, and reveals the best advice she's ever been given. Shooting the breezeAsian-Counsel sits down with Carlo van den Akker, General Counsel for Asia with NXP Semiconductors Singapore Pty Ltd, to discuss everything from hidden microphones and toasting moutai to why, when it comes to obtaining legal services, he would rather be a big fish in a smaller pond. Covering all basesA remarkable career has seen General Counsel Chua Lee Ming of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd spend time as a coroner, magistrate, public prosecutor, and private practitioner. We speak to him about his decision to move in-house twelve years ago. International aspirationsFrom London to Cyprus, New Delhi to Singapore. We speak to Evangelos Apostolou, Vice President and Chief Counsel with BT Global Services, about his path to the top and the realities on the in-house role in today’s climate.
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