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As COVID-19 continues to sweep around the globe, Indonesia has found itself weathering an economic slump. For businesses, more than ever, this has emphasized the need for trusted expertise and savvy counsel. The firms featured have proven themselves as stand out operations for their commitment to clients, knowledge of the market and resourcefulness in the face of adversity.
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Last year, Singapore’s landmark Convention on Mediation formalised the city-state’s well-earned reputation as an attractive arbitration hub, with legal muscle and global recognition to back up its standing. But as the government continues to fine-tune the law and COVID-19 continues to cast a shadow, the market still has work to do. 
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What will law firms of the future look like? For new graduates and students looking to enter the industry, the answer to this question will have a serious impact on their future. For educators too, the pandemic has led to changes in teaching with a greater emphasis on agility and continuous learning.
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly taken centre stage around the world over the past few months, in the UK, Brexit is still very much going ahead, whether businesses are truly prepared or not.
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Singapore’s Harry Elias Partnership (HEP) has had a more eventful year than most – from the end of its merger with Eversheds Sutherland to the recent loss of the firm’s founder, and then, of course, the COVID crisis is still present. Philip Fong, managing partner of the firm, talks about the past few months, and offers his thoughts on what’s next.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic rendering offices empty (for the large part), and triggering new remote working policies and protocols, the future of the traditional office remains uncertain. And this has come at a time when virtual law firms – such as Rimon Law, which recently opened an office in Shenzhen – grow in prominence. However, some in the industry feel that working virtually may not be for everyone just yet.
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For nearly every business, venturing into a new market comes with unforeseen complexities and uncertainty. For social media companies, which manage information flows and news, and can be somewhat broadly defined, the risks and challenges are continuing to evolve. In jurisdictions where market rules aren’t so clear cut, such challenges can trigger a variety of operational risks, making the situation incredibly complex.
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With populations largely grounded and demand for flights disappearing almost overnight, the aviation industry has taken a battering. However, new areas of opportunity are emerging, partly as a result of regulatory flexibility, but also due to advancements in technology. 
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With traditional ways of working turned upside down by the global coronavirus pandemic, and meetings largely being moved online, Thailand’s government has issued an emergency decree outlining electronic meeting regulations. While the response so far has been positive, there are a few areas where businesses are awaiting further clarity. 
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As trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to flare up, Chinese technology companies operating on American soil have become the latest targets of the Trump administration. And Trump’s recent targeting of Chinese-owned social media app TikTok is being seen as something of a harbinger for future sanctions.