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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.
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When the pandemic hit, law firms went into a state of emergency as they looked to mitigate the worst of the impacts. Now, as the conditions begin to evolve and economies look to re-open, firms are carefully weighing up what the picture may look like in the longer term. Assisting them are legal networks, which are working hard to ensure their members can operate at their best.
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The past few months have been busy for Tan Boon Gin, CEO of Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo). Not only has he announced a flurry of regulatory guidelines and proposals, but he also has further areas of reform in mind. He recently spoke to ALB about what’s on the horizon for SGX, investors and business in Singapore.
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Designing a compliance programme that is robust and yet flexible enough to span multiple jurisdictions and industries is an increasingly common challenge for businesses as they expand their presence across Asia’s varied countries. And regardless of where businesses may be located, there are a few essential elements to include, experts say, warning there can be significant costs for overlooking these. 
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On Aug. 11, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed a decision to implement pilot measures that will allow Hong Kong lawyers to practice in nine cities in the Greater Bay Area. Lawyers in Hong Kong and on the mainland say the measures provide more room for the professional development of Hong Kong lawyers, and facilitate the growth of legal services on the mainland.
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When the U.S.-China trade war began, it triggered a sudden rush to rethink and diversify supply chains. Some in Hong Kong sought to deploy the first sale rule, while others looked to strengthen their footprint in other markets in a bid to round out their Asia presence.
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Legal insights firm Acritas has unveiled its Asia-Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2020, revealing the top 10 law firms in the region by brand value.
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The global pandemic has rapidly sped up technology adoption across even typically conservative industries and users, and the disputes hearing process is no exception. While for some, this has created a steep learning curve, cost efficiencies and time saved, are among the payoffs that ensure digital disputes are likely here to stay. 
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COVID-19 has derailed business plans both global and domestic, and cast a long shadow of uncertainty across businesses. For offshore law firms who typically work nimbly with their colleagues across jurisdictions, the impacts have been twofold — with both their clients, and their offices to consider.