PHILIPPINES: Open Horizons

by Nimitt Dixit |

     

    The increased liberalisation of markets in the Philippines is driving more international business and law firms to its shores, as the legal market prepares for increased billing, growing in-house capabilities and a talent war.

     

    The Philippines, a closed, well-controlled market through most of its history, started…

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