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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.
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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. 
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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.
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With a most unique year winding to a close, law firm leaders in Singapore look back on some of the lessons they learnt, and also the ways they put both clients and employees in focus during a difficult time.
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Being next door to mainland China, Hong Kong was one of the first jurisdictions globally to experience the coronavirus outbreak. Leaders of the Hong Kong offices of three law firms look back on their experience so far this year, and also the lessons they learnt along the way.
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Like in other countries in Asia, Korean law firms found themselves affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but they moved swiftly to mitigate the impact, and ensure business continued as smoothly as possible. In this roundtable, leaders of three of the largest Korean firms talk about the year so far, and the lessons they will take from the experience.
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Earlier this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government submitted a draft bill to the country's parliament. The omnibus law, as it is widely known, is a comprehensive bill that would regulate many provisions in various industry sectors into one law. Lawyers say that when passed, it will strengthen the economy by increasing competitiveness, creating jobs and making it to easier to do business in Indonesia.
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Six months into the pandemic, law firms in Asia are still looking for ways to cope with COVID-19 and its impact. While firms are rolling out various initiatives to ensure smooth working and keep morale up, there is the realisation that things will never be the same.
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Indonesia recently ratified a long-anticipated bill amending the country’s 2009 Mining Law. Lawyers say that the large-scale revisions to the law could improve the feasibility of doing business in Indonesia's natural resources sector.
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Buffeted by the triple storms of protectionism, costly regulations and coronavirus, the shipping industry in Asia has been experiencing choppy waters of late. However, lawyers continue to see a steady flow of work, and they are hopeful that things will continue to improve soon.