2 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – AUGUST 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM Asian Legal Business is available by subscription. Please visit for details. Asian Legal Business has an audited average circulation of 11,402 as of 30 September 2016.Copyright is reserved throughout. No part of this publication can be reproduced in whole or part without the express permission of the editor. Contributions are invited, but copies of work should be kept, as Asian Legal Business can accept no responsibility for loss. MCI (P) 003/02/2023 issn 0219 – 6875 KDN PPS 1867/10/2015(025605) Thomson Reuters 18 Science Park Drive Singapore 118229 / T (65) 6775 5088 / F (65) 6333 0900 10/F, Cityplaza 3, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong / T (852) 3762 3269 Celebrating in-house counsel In this edition of ALB magazine, we shine a spotlight on the dynamic relationship between in-house counsel and law firms, delving into the strategies and trends that shape this everevolving landscape. Our cover story showcases the achievements of Asia’s Top 15 In-house Teams. These remarkable teams have demonstrated exceptional legal acumen, strategic thinking, and unwavering dedication. Join us in celebrating their achievements and exploring the pivotal role they play in shaping the region’s legal fabric. Digging deeper, our feature article probes into the minds of in-house counsel to uncover their preferences and pet peeves when selecting a legal services provider. Gain insights into what captivates their attention and what might leave them cold, providing a roadmap for law firms aiming to forge lasting partnerships. And in the Forum section at the start of the magazine, we invite law firms to share their insights on a crucial aspect of client communication: Staying abreast of the latest legal developments. As the legal landscape evolves at an unprecedented pace, it’s essential for law firms to keep clients well-informed. Discover innovative approaches that empower in-house teams to navigate this intricate terrain with confidence. As always, we remain committed to delivering authoritative and insightful content that informs, inspires, and ignites conversations within the legal community. We hope this issue sparks valuable discussions and fosters a deeper understanding of the intricate dynamics between in-house counsel and the legal firms that support them. RANAJIT DAM Managing Editor, Asian Legal Business, Thomson Reuters HEAD OF LEGAL MEDIA BUSINESS, ASIA & EMERGING MARKETS Amantha Chia MANAGING EDITOR Ranajit Dam ASIA JOURNALIST Sarah Wong ASIA WRITER Nimitt Dixit RANKINGS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR Wang Bingqing COPY & WEB EDITOR Rowena Muniz SENIOR DESIGNER John Agra TRAFFIC/CIRCULATION MANAGER Rozidah Jambari SALES MANAGERS Hiroshi Kaneko Japan (81) 3 4520 1192 Jonathan Yap Indonesia, Singapore (65) 6973 8914 Krupa Dalal India, Middle East, Singapore (91) 22 6189 7087 Romulus Tham Southeast Asia (65) 6973 8248 Steffi Yang South and West China (86) 010 5669 2041 Steven Zhao China Key Accounts (86) 10 6627 1360 Yvonne Cheung China Key Accounts, Hong Kong and Korea (852) 2847 2003 SENIOR EVENTS MANAGER Julian Chiew SENIOR EVENTS MANAGER, AWARDS Tracy Li