Positive Outlook Amidst the Setbacks

2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year. When the Covid-19 virus broke in January in Asia, businesses learned that remote working was no longer an option but a necessity. Companies and employees in the region were adapting in Q1; thus, we monitored a quiet market. China became the first major economy to begin toContinue reading “Positive Outlook Amidst the Setbacks”

2020 Review: Asia Legal In-House Commerce

2020 has been the most challenging year in decades, the Covid-19 virus has wreaked chaos across the globe and all industries, and the Asian legal services sector is not immune. To combat Covid-19 with resilience, many companies were trying hard to adjust their operations to react to the fast-changing circumstances – revenue, budget, headcount, andContinue reading “2020 Review: Asia Legal In-House Commerce”

2020 signs off with a bang and a whimper

If 2020 was dominated by a global pandemic, it will be interesting to see if a particular theme will hold similar sway over 2021. We have observed firms adapting to new working conditions, client interaction, marketing enterprises and observers have traded views on how far these new practices will be adopted permanently. Assuming there isContinue reading “2020 signs off with a bang and a whimper”

HK Capital Markets resilient in challenging market

According to Reuters, a recent flurry of IPOs and secondary listings worth at least $4.5 billion due to launch in Hong Kong will put 2020 on track to be the second-busiest year for equity capital markets in the city. Against the backdrop of the turmoil created by the protests earlier in the year which ranContinue reading “HK Capital Markets resilient in challenging market”

Evolve from Visible to Recognizable

Decades ago, when corporations or individuals demanded legal services, word-of-mouth was probably the most common marketing approach for law firms and lawyers to build their brand and attract new business.  Then came the legal directories and associated press which heralded a new era in law firm advertising, but the advent of the internet and itContinue reading “Evolve from Visible to Recognizable”

Thinking of making a move to an offshore firm?

There are more offshore law firms in service than ever before to meet these increasing needs in Hong Kong. In parallel, we have observed a growing number of lawyers expressing interest in moving into the offshore environment. Considering the rapid growth of the offshore firms’ presence in the Hong Kong market, we  are happy toContinue reading “Thinking of making a move to an offshore firm?”

Working in Law: private practice or in-house?

For lawyers who have worked in private practice for several years, it is not uncommon for them to consider making a career change to an in-house position. Although working in private practice can be a rewarding experience for many lawyers (to gain deep knowledge and practical experience in a specific area of law and let’sContinue reading “Working in Law: private practice or in-house?”

Covid-19, cutbacks and closures

Covid-19 continues to hog the headlines as Hong Kong edges along in reducing social distancing rules and China moves more boldly towards returning its cities to normality. Every day seems to bring further news of international firms instigating cost-cutting measures and, officially or unofficially, freezing all hiring globally even as Asia looks to weather theContinue reading “Covid-19, cutbacks and closures”

Future Skills for Lawyers

For the 21st century, technology literacy is mandatory for many industries, including the legal profession. Lawyers must be technologically equipped to remain competitive in the quickly evolving legal sector. The digital transformation of firms has been boosted because of coronavirus; therefore, legal professionals with digital skills become even more important than they are now. ItContinue reading “Future Skills for Lawyers”

Interview with Adam Au, Former General Counsel pursuing an MBA

We are delighted to have Adam Au, former General Counsel of a Sino-American private equity fund, share his thoughts on pursuing an MBA as an experienced lawyer. A graduate of Brown University and Oxford law, Adam started off his career as a transactional lawyer at top-tier international law firms. In order to have a broaderContinue reading “Interview with Adam Au, Former General Counsel pursuing an MBA”

Growth amidst COVID-19 turmoil

It would be an understatement to say that the coronavirus pandemic has affected us all and the global economy. The hit on the macro economy makes belt tightening unavoidable for many businesses around the world. Financial markets have been erratic, the international supply chain has been disrupted, and companies across the globe are operating atContinue reading “Growth amidst COVID-19 turmoil”

IWD 2020: Celebrating Women in Law

#EachforEqual #IWD20 #GenerationEquality This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachforEqual, highlighting that “an equal world is an enabled word”. We take this opportunity to reflect on how far the legal industry has come to provide fair opportunities for women to progress in their careers. It’s encouraging to see many law firms focusing on questionsContinue reading “IWD 2020: Celebrating Women in Law”

2010-2020 – A Decade of Development

2010-2020 – A Decade of Development Closing out a decade is a fitting opportunity to stop and reflect on our paths, where we are and where we want to go. Ten years ago, we were emerging from a global financial crisis but who knew that we were headed into a new golden age of boomingContinue reading “2010-2020 – A Decade of Development”

How Hughes-Castell Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

2020s: A New Generation Of Leaders By Katherine Fan It was exactly January 4, 2010 when I first joined Hughes-Castell, initially as a Researcher and then promoted to Consultant. I had just moved to Hong Kong from Sydney a few months earlier, joining a number of my law school friends who had moved to HongContinue reading “How Hughes-Castell Can Help You Achieve Your Goals”

Insurance firms take different routes to growth in Asia

Kennedys has been quietly strengthening across Asia in recent times. A two-partner team hire in Singapore from Withers KhattarWong in November came a year after a similarly sized team arrived from Kelvin Chia Partnership in the city state. This itself came a year after the firm opened in Bangkok with a two-partner team hire fromContinue reading “Insurance firms take different routes to growth in Asia”