Allen & Gledhill disputes quartet break away to set up Singapore boutique
Four disputes lawyers have left Singapore Big Four firm Allen & Gledhill to set up a new boutique firm called Chua & Partners. They are led by Chua Kee Loon, former co-deputy head of international arbitration at Allen & Gledhill.
ROUNDTABLE: Come To Play
Emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence have not only reshaped the interface of videogames but also given rise to novel legal issues by calling into question traditional legal concepts while raising risks of online safety and data privacy. General counsel at videogame companies discuss the opportunities and challenges these shifting consumer behaviours and regulatory hurdles pose.
Q&A: Charting a New Course
After spending 15 years or more at Singapore’s domestic legal giant Rajah & Tann, disputes specialists Danny Ong and Wern-Jhien Yam decided to break away to blaze their own trail. The duo founded Setia Law, which prides itself as innovative and solutions-driven while boasting expertise in crypto disputes and restructuring.
THAILAND REPORT: Bright Spot
Thailand’s IPO market has shown robust growth in recent years. In 2022, a total of $3.6 billion was raised on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) – the highest level of funds in Southeast Asia. With an even better 2023 on the cards, lawyers share with ALB what‘s in store for capital markets work this year and what clients should look out for.
FORUM: Open House
Big tech companies are famously fond of open-plan offices believed to show flattening hierarchy and workplace camaraderie. In recent years, law firms have also been increasingly embracing this trend to promote a more inclusive culture and enhance collaboration. Leaders of those firms share with ALB what inspires their decision to go open and what difference it makes for talent and clients.
FORUM: Midas Touch
As companies across Asia navigate global macroeconomic complexities fuelled by high inflation and slowing growth, they are growing more prudent over budgets control while still aiming to hit business goals. As such, corporate legal departments are tasked with maximising value to companies with fewer resources at their disposal. General counsel share with ALB how they harness the power of innovation to achieve this Herculean task.
Japan Roundtable: Rising From the East
A number of major Japanese firms recently announced overseas expansion plans. While some were bolstering their existing presence in the ASEAN region, others were looking further afield - in Europe and the United States, for example – with the aim of becoming global players. ALB speaks to some of the firms about the strategic considerations underpinning their decisions, and their game plans going forward.