Recruitment Rebound Shows Law Firm Hiring in Greater China Back on Track

BY Asian Legal Business |

It’s official: Law firm hiring has well and truly recovered from the pandemic. Lateral moves across Asia’s legal markets in the first quarter of this year have already surpassed the number from the entirety of 2020. In mainland China alone, ALB recorded more than 40 lateral hires in the first two months of 2021.

‘People are the driving force in digital transformation’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As law firms look ahead to a future when COVID-19 is contained, many in leadership positions have taken the past year to reevaluate the way they work and the role technology plays in their organisations. Rama Tiwari, who was appointed chief executive of the Singapore Academy of Law earlier this year, offers advice about planning for the future.

Bucking the Global Trend, Law Firm Demand for Office Space in Mainland China Is Actually Increasing

BY Kristen Liu 刘诗宇 |

The pandemic has likely permanently altered the legal industry globally in a number of significant ways.

As Asia Sees an ESG Push, Regulators Need To Play a Bigger Role

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Asian regulators should take a more active approach in the ESG matters of boards, advising them on how to better address environmental and social governance challenges, according to recommendations from the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), an independent, non-profit membership organisation based in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Seeks to Revitalise the REITs

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The Hong Kong government recently launched a HK$270 million ($35 million) plan to encourage property owners to put their assets under real estate investment trusts (REITs) to defray listing expenses.

Companies Seek to de-Risk Supply Chains

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

De-risking supply chains has become a significant focus for businesses in the Asia Pacific, with many looking to redirect these closer to home, according to a new report from Baker McKenzie.

Branding Your Business

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Making a favourable first impression is important for businesses, and law firms are no exception. Developing good branding is an important way to communicate identity and positioning to clients, but lawyers say that getting it right requires careful consideration.

Workplace Mental Health: A Priority for Legal Leaders

BY Jeffery Tan |

Even before COVID-19, workplaces have been changing rapidly. Organisations have increasingly been required to deal with mental health challenges such as stress, burnout, and executive loneliness.

Challenges Faced by in-House Counsel in Dealing With Disputes in Japan (EN/JA)

BY Akihiro Hironaka |

The Japanese are widely believed to be averse to conflict, preferring to avoid formal dispute resolution processes and resolve disputes through negotiation.

As Shareholder Activists Flex Their Muscles, What Lessons for Japan, INC? (EN/JA)

BY Ben Rowse |

Anyone who thought shareholder activism would never take root in Japan had a rude awakening at Toshiba’s extraordinary general meeting last month.

Enhancement of Corporate Governance Relating To Upcoming Tse Market Restructuring (EN/JA)

BY Yuichi Miyashita |

In April 2022, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (the “TSE”) will change its current existing market segments to “Standard”, “Prime” and “Growth” markets.

Japan Introduced Very Limited Attorney-Client Privilege for Antitrust Contexts – What in-House Counsel Should Know (EN/JA)

BY Masayuki Atsumi |

The Anti-Monopoly Act (“AMA”), Japan’s competition law, went through a major change which came into effect at the end of 2020.