Crunching the Numbers

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Data has become an increasingly critical part of the way law firms do business, with difficult decisions now being weighed using analytics and information. While lawyers are united on the fact that data is the way forward, firms take different approaches in how they get the best out of the information at hand.

Validity of Electronic Signatures in India

BY Amit K Das |

COVID-19 has taught us new ways of working remotely. However, while working remotely, one of the challenges we encounter is ensuring that legal agreements and other documents are signed properly. Though the practice of electronic signatures has been widely adopted and accepted by majority, however, there is always a question as to whether the electronic signing of legal agreements is duly recognised under Indian law.

New E-Commerce Rules Cause for Concern Among Marketplaces

BY Aparna Sai |

In June, India’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs proposed new e-commerce rules that are expected to have an impact on online marketplace operators such as Amazon and Flipkart. These rules include limiting flash sales, reining in a private label push, compelling e-commerce companies to appoint compliance officers, and impose a fallback liability.

‘We will definitely be more profitable than we are at L&L’

BY Aparna Sai |

Veteran corporate lawyer Mohit Saraf recently established his own firm after an acrimonious split from L&L Partners, a firm that he had been a part of since 1995. He tells ALB about why Saraf and Partners, with 21 partners and offices in three cities, will be a different experience for both lawyers and clients.

Virtual Realties

BY Aparna Sai |

With in-person hearings becoming untenable due to the pandemic, courts across India have moved to virtual hearings. Lawyers say that while the experience has been pleasant so far, virtual hearings still come with their disadvantages.

ALB India Super 50 Lawyers 2021

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

In its second annual list, ALB showcases outstanding private practitioners in India when it comes to client service. These lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB. The list is in alphabetical order, and some lawyers have been profiled.

ALB Asia's Top 15 Offshore Litigators

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

In its annual list of Asia’s Top Offshore Litigators, ALB highlights top disputes practitioners working with offshore law firms, who have successfully handled significant cases and exceeded client expectations in the process. The full list is in alphabetical order, and a few lawyers have been profiled here.

Hong Kong Hub

BY Ranajit Dam |

Hong Kong has long been renowned as a key international wealth management centre, but a number of recent developments – such as the GBA Wealth Management Connect – has solidified its status. And lawyers specialising in private wealth have found themselves very busy too.

ALB Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyers

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

In its inaugural Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyers list, Asian Legal Business puts the spotlight on standout lawyers in the technology, media and telecommunications space in the region, when it comes to client service. The list is in alphabetical order, and certain lawyers have been profiled.

Calling for Security

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With law firms handling large amounts of sensitive data online, and staff working remotely for prolonged periods, cybersecurity and data protection processes are more critical than ever.

ALB Asia’s Top 15 In-house Teams

BY Elizabeth Beattie, Asian Legal Business |

This inaugural ranking recognises the achievements of the top in-house legal teams around the region. For legal leaders, standing out during an especially tough year has required adaptability, empathy, and the ability to blaze a path ahead rather than just keep up. The evolution of the GC role also continues, as the job becomes increasingly demanding and exciting.

SG Tech-Hub Ambitions on Track, but Limitations Remain

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Over the past few years, Singapore has worked diligently to develop its reputation as a hub for technology businesses and a home of innovation. With government support and the infrastructure to underpin this ambition, the city-state is often dubbed “Asia’s Silicon Valley.” But lawyers say while the groundwork is all in place, there are still areas that demand close attention and further development.