Sitting in the legal driver’s seat at a renowned MNC in India has its rewards. However, as Shahana Basu Kanodia, Chief Legal Officer/Global General Counsel of Apollo Tyres Limited explains, one of the biggest challenges can be integrating the legal function between different offices in Asia, Europe and Africa to provide timely, consistent and pragmatic legal advice to business divisions in different time zones. Here she tells us more about her role.
Asia’s economic growth has relied heavily on power generated from fossil fuels. But environmental concerns, political volatility in oil producing nations and finite resources mean the race is on to find alternative ways of meeting huge energy demand. In our Special Report on Energy and Natural Resources find out how the region is increasingly investing in overseas power projects and technologies as it strives to diversify its energy mix. Meanwhile, senior industry lawyers tell us how high-profile offshore energy disasters have shaped insurance legislation and how Indonesia plans to exploit its geothermal resources to generate electricity.
Dr George Woodman, director of Teng Hoi Conservation Organization, presents the case for carbon trading as a way of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and explains how a simple game is helping spread the word.
This month’s tragic events in Japan, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, have shocked people around the world. The sheer scale of the catastrophe and loss of life cannot fail to have moved even the most hardened of observers, and countless organisations and individuals have been busy raising funds for the relief effort. Japanese officials have estimated it will cost as much as 25 trillion yen (US$309bn) to rebuild the country after the disaster.
As fears of a nuclear fallout from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant spread in the days following the quake, residents and workers fled Tokyo in their thousands, many expatriates returning to the safety of their home countries.
But as many international lawyers were fleeing the Japanese capital, one English barrister was heading into the danger zone on a mission to reach his family and get them out. Matthew Seligman, of London based Steel & Shamash Solicitors, didn’t hesitate to make the daunting journey to Tsunami-hit Sendai - the city closest to the earthquake’s epicentre - to be with his wife, Hiromi, nine year old daughter Daisy, and ‘Shark’ and ‘Dolphin’, their two cats.
Matthew, who is also an internationally acclaimed musician, kept his Facebook friends updated with his progress, and has kindly allowed ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL to share abridged highlights of his courageous journey with the in-house community.