Battling Burnout

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With another pandemic-impacted year drawing to a close, and lawyers globally reconsidering their career plans, firm leaders know that they must make burnout and employee support an urgent priority.

ALB Asia Korea Super 30 Lawyers 2021

BY Asian Legal Business, Aparna Sai |

In its first Korea Super 30 Lawyers list, ALB spotlights standout private practitioners in the country when it comes to client service. These lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB. Some of the lawyers have been profiled.

Fast 30: Asia’s Fastest Growing Firms 2021

BY Asian Legal Business, Mari Iwata |

The COVID-19 pandemic might have posed challenges for the legal industry, but across the Asian region there are firms that have successfully overcome these challenges and continued to grow, either through headcount, or through revenue, or by continuing to add clients. The inaugural ALB Fast 30 list celebrates the tenacity and ambition of these firms. The list is in alphabetical order, and a few firms have been profiled.

ALB Asia Top 50 2021

BY Asian Legal Business, Elizabeth Beattie |

The year 2021 was undoubtedly tough for law firms, but with vaccinations on the rise and border restrictions loosening, there is hope on the horizon. As firms attempt a return to normalcy, they find the needle has shifted when it comes to the expectations of lawyers. As a result, firms are increasingly looking inward, carefully considering their needs, and how to ensure they can retain the talent they seek.

ALB Indonesia’s Firms to Watch

BY Asian Legal Business, Aparna Sai |

Despite the challenging times witnessed by the Indonesian legal industry since the outbreak of the pandemic, smaller law firms have punched above their weight in terms of work handled and services delivered. In its annual list, ALB is spotlighting 10 such firms which have overcome obstacles and continue to make an impact on the market.

ALB Asia’s Top 15 Female Lawyers

BY Asian Legal Business, Elizabeth Beattie |

In this inaugural ranking, ALB honours leading women lawyers in Asia who have continuously made their mark in the market despite the disruptions by the COVID-19 pandemic. This list highlights 15 women who have consistently delivered high-quality work and set high standards in their respective legal space, while earning accolades from their colleagues, superiors and clients.

ALB Asia 40 Under 40 2021

BY Asian Legal Business, Aparna Sai |

This year, the ALB Asia 40 Under 40 had entries from over 400 lawyers and picking the top 40 was no easy task. The lawyers on this list span a range of countries and practice, and were selected based on quality of work, recommendations from clients and colleagues, and potential for future growth. The list is in alphabetical order and some lawyers have been profiled.

Right Time, Right Convention

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Mediation had already been growing in prominence as a dispute resolution method in the past years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has placed it firmly in the spotlight. And with the Singapore Convention on Mediation having been adopted two years ago, the city-state is now clearly at the forefront when it comes to mediation regionally, if not globally. 

‘Law firms have to really lead by example’

BY Charlie Wu 吴卓言 |

Hong Kong-based ESG-focused law firm Ben McQuhae & Co recently became the first buyer of China's carbon emissions offset credits.  ALB talks to the firm’s founder, Ben McQuhae, about the message he is sending behind this bold move, and how law firms can bolster their ESG credentials.

Singapore Outlines SPAC Listing Rules

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

In September, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced it would allow the listing of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), as the city-state looks to attract more IPO listings. SGX, which has introduced a new framework, is hopeful the changes will create new opportunities.

India’s Runaway IPO Boom Sparks Hiring Spree

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The world is seeing an IPO frenzy at the moment, and India is no exception. According to Bloomberg, companies globally have raised a record $476 billion as of the third week of September, and India’ share is $10.2 billion. At least 64 Indian businesses have hit the equity capital markets in 2021, taking the S&P BSE Sensex to a record, Bloomberg added.

Jumping-off Point

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Singapore’s already competitive legal market has seen multiple new entrants this year, including India’s Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Khaitan & Co, China’s Allbright, Korea’s Bae Kim & Lee, and the U.S. firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and McDermott Will & Emery. While the city-state’s pandemic resilience has certainly been a draw, the firm’s see it as a hub for the fast-emerging Southeast Asian region.