Japan’s Crypto Restrictions Remain Strict, but Innovative Products Offer Opportunities (EN/JA)

BY Mari Iwata |

Japan’s hostility towards crypto assets is unlikely to change anytime soon, as the new head of the financial industry watchdog recently reiterated the country’s tough regulatory stance.

Embracing the Future (EN/JA)

BY Mari Iwata |

The use of legal technology has been growing rapidly among both law firms and in-house teams in Japan, and the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have accelerated the process. While lawyers appreciate the efficiencies that legal tech brings, they also acknowledge its limitations.

Dentons Rodyk hires restructuring specialist from BlackOak

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore’s Dentons Rodyk & Davidson has hired Debby Lim as a partner from boutique firm BlackOak, where she was a director.

8th ALB Indonesia Law Awards: winners announced

BY Aparna Sai |

The eighth edition of the ALB Indonesia Law Awards, a virtual event held on Oct. 7, showcased the work of the finest lawyers, law firms, in-house teams, and legal work in the country.

SG now home to more than 1,000 law firms, 6,300 lawyers: report

BY Aparna Sai |

Despite the pandemic, Singapore has seen an increase in the number of law practices, according to a report in the Straits Times. The city-state had 1016 law firms as of Sept. 27, up from 998 on Dec. 31 last year.

Pinsent Masons HK head passes away

BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​Vincent Connor, head of Pinsent Masons’ Hong Kong office and a former head of Asia for the firm, passed away on Oct. 5 following a period of illness.

HK: Weil hires restructuring partner from Ropes

BY Aparna Sai |

U.S. firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges has hired insolvency expert Kathleen Aka as a partner in Hong Kong from Ropes & Gray.

Goodwin scores two funds partners in Hong Kong

BY Aparna Sai |

U.S. law firm Goodwin Procter has hired private investment funds specialists Phil Culhane and Elyn Xing as partners in Hong Kong. Culhane was most running his own practice, Culhane & Associates, while Xing joins from Debevoise & Plimpton.

Mumbai: IndusLaw adds corporate partner from CAM

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s IndusLaw has grown its corporate practice with the hire of Ravi Kumar as a partner in Mumbai from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM).

ZICO adds 2 senior tax lawyers in Singapore

BY Aparna Sai |

ZICO Insights Law, the ZICO Law network’s Singapore member firm, has hired Liu Hern Kuan and Vincent Ooi as the head and deputy head of its tax practice, respectively.

Dentons gets Asia real estate head from Paul Hastings

BY Aparna Sai |

Dentons has hired David Blumenfeld as the head of its Asia-Pacific real estate practice from Paul Hastings, where he held a similar role. He is based in Hong Kong.

Links gets new Asia energy leader from HSF

BY Aparna Sai |

Linklaters has hired Mark Veitch as the head of its Asia energy and infrastructure practice from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he led the front-end construction practice for Southeast Asia.