Content ‘Cut-Through’ One of Legal Industry’s Biggest Challenges

BY Robert John Tasker |

Given the challenges that business has faced the world over in the past year has revolved around an obscure virus that has ravaged most aspects of daily life, it is unsurprising that many firms in the legal industry are looking at their communications effort in 2021 for the type of “cut-through” that will elevate key messaging related to their service offering and brand identity across a multiple of practices.

ALB India Rising Stars 2021

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

The Indian legal industry has seen young lawyers making their mark in the market by setting high standards and achieving results for their clients. ALB has listed 50 lawyers who are making an impact in the Indian legal scene. The list is in alphabetical order and certain lawyers have been profiled.

NCLAT’s Imagination – Laudable or Unpalatable?

BY Aradhana Ohri |

India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), introduced in 2016, has certainly provided a lifeline to struggling companies. However, while its effectiveness is undeniable, one can see that the IBC does not distinguish between businesses, or adapt its remit to the unique needs of certain sectors. Is this equal treatment acceptable, or must the IBC trans-form into a sector-specific law, consider the ground realities and concerns of all stakeholders?

Raising the Game

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s arbitration scene has been evolving of late but a large chunk of India-related disputes involving international companies are still being resolved overseas, including recently high-profiles ones featuring Amazon, Vodafone and Cairn Energy. For example, data shows that India is top of the list of countries using the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Lawyers feel that there are certain obstacles that domestic arbitration centres need to overcome before they can challenge their overseas counterparts. 

Spreading the Word

BY Aparna Sai |

The legal industry has been gradually waking up to the need for marketing and branding, and as India recovers from the effects of the pandemic, getting the word out has become even more urgent. Lawyers talk about their approaches for 2021.

Asia's Top 15 Litigators

BY Ranajit Dam, Asian Legal Business |

Litigation plays an important role in a law firm’s suite of services, and in this first-ever ranking, we are celebrating Asia’s top 15 litigators. The lawyers named in the list have stood out based on several factors, including profiles of cases handled, client recommendations, the use of technology to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

ALB MENA Super 50 Lawyers

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

In its first MENA Super 50 Lawyers list, ALB spotlights standout lawyers in the Middle East and North Africa region who have excelled in client service. The lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB via an electronic survey, which was open from November 2020 to January 2021. More than 300 in-house counsel voted, from across the Middle East region and beyond. The list is in alphabetical order, and certain lawyers have been profiled.

Refinement and Clarity

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

In November last year, China’s Supreme People’s Court and the Hong Kong Government signed the Supplemental Arrangement Concerning the Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between the Mainland and Hong Kong SAR. The agreement is widely expected to enhance the enforcement process and serve as an expansion of the 2000 Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between the Mainland and the HKSAR.

Turning Tide

BY Ranajit Dam |

Although the COVID-19 pandemic ensured Indonesia’s GDP is expected to contract by 1 percent in 2020, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is set to bounce back strongly this year. Lawyers in the country talk about how the pandemic impacted their work, and also some of the important lessons they have taken away from this period.

Fund Times

BY Ranajit Dam |

The U.S.-China trade war, the U.S. elections, and of course COVID-19. Last year saw unprecedented challenges for the investment fund industry in the Asia-Pacific region. But as funds adapted through innovation and technology, they expected their lawyers to do so as well, and offshore firms certainly stepped up to meet the challenges brought by a very unique year. 

Renewable Energy Shining

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

India’s historic rise in renewable energy M&A deals in 2020 has emerged as a bright spot during the coronavirus pandemic. But lawyers are not surprised by the growth, which they say is supported by a range of factors. 

‘The nature of the profession will change’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Yihan Goh, dean of the Singapore Management University School of Law, was recently appointed as a senior counsel. He spoke to ALB about how the pandemic is impacting legal education, and what he and his team are doing to build the ‘law school of the future.’