Staying the Course

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has prioritised infrastructure as one of his key development goals, but given the severity of which COVID-19 has hit Indonesia, this focus has been put on the back…

Arrest of Prominent Lawyers in Hong Kong Casts Uncertainty

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Last month’s mass arrests are the latest blow to Hong Kong’s autonomy, say legal bodies and human rights groups in the city and beyond. But the arrests haven’t been the only development concerning…

‘HKEX as a whole has risen to the challenge’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Seasoned capital markets expert Bonnie Y Chan recently rejoined Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), the parent company of the Hong Kong stock exchange, as head of listing. Chan, who spent…

Forward Planning

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Remote and flexible working arrangements have become a necessity for many businesses as COVID-19 continues to cast a shadow. Now, as such measures become more normal, firms are refining the formula…

Hope on the Horizon

BY Ranajit Dam |

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…

Safer Havens

BY Asian Legal Business |

With 2020 looking shaky, offshore jurisdictions can provide much-needed shelter and support for international deals, listings, incorporations and restructurings. The year 2019 was an eventful one:…

A Smoother Road

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As the mammoth Belt and Road initiative touches some 70 countries, complex commercial disputes cannot be avoided. But while the opportunities may come with risks, lawyers in Asia say there are a…

‘We've underlined our commitment to Hong Kong’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

In December, Herbert Smith Freehills named Hong Kong-based Asia managing partner Justin D’Agostino as its next chief executive officer. After the holiday break, D’Agostino sat down with ALB to talk…

ALB 2020 Asia In-House Survey: Would You Like Some Innovation With That?

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The ALB 2020 Asia In-house Survey results are in – and while the numbers may map conservative change, the emerging picture is far from mundane. As the in-house role continues to evolve, lawyers are…

Singapore to Get Digital Banks

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Last year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore announced that it would be issuing digital bank licenses, as the city-state seeks to liberalise its banking sector. Applications for the licenses closed…