INDIA REPORT: Sky’s the Limit

by Sachin Dave |

India today has the world’s third-largest and fastest-growing aviation market, one that is also a hotbed of dealmaking activity, as shown by Air India’s recent plan to purchase 470 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing for $70 billion. As a result, lawyers in the aviation space are finding themselves more in demand than ever.  


by Sarah Wong |

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. 

Q&A: Charting a New Course

by Sarah Wong |

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.

ALB Asia IP Rankings 2023

As the Asian region reopens after three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of intellectual property remains more important than ever. This is reflected in the approaches of the best law firms for IP work, which have gone above and beyond when it comes to servicing their clients in these times of transition. 

EXPLAINER: Will fines and an added compliance burden colour South Korea green?

by Sarah Wong |

South Korea has emerged as a regional pioneer in regulating corporate greenwashing as it becomes the first country in Asia to mull monetary punishment for deceptive environmental claims in advertising.

FORUM: Open House

by Sarah Wong |

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.

ALB Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyers 2023

In its third annual Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyers list, Asian Legal Business showcases the leading lawyers in the region’s technology, media, and telecommunications practices who have won wide acclaim from clients. The list is in alphabetical order, and certain lawyers have been profiled.

Hong Kong Arbitration: Bouncing Back

​​​​​​​The HKIAC’s arbitration caseload reached its highest level for more than a decade last year, underlining Hong Kong’s continuing international appeal as well as its unique strengths as a seat for China-related. Lawyers say that additional measures like third-party funding and success-based fee arrangements are set to cement the city’s reputation further.

Japan Roundtable: Rising From the East

by Sarah Wong |

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. 

DATA PROTECTION: Cyber Guardians

by Sachin Dave |

As digitisation and cyber threats rise, countries in Southeast Asia have enacted laws to protect personal data and prevent cyber-attacks. But with varying requirements across jurisdictions, the compliance burden for companies has only increased, and in-house counsel play a critical role in ensuring compliance with these laws by providing guidance on legal requirements and best practices.