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In this report

Asia-Pacific’s best and most innovative lawyers are those looking outwards and forwards, creating sophisticated deals and using the best that technology can offer, across the region from India and China to Singapore and Australia

How to breach the Great Firewall

Overlooking Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo. photo essay for Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers June 2016
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China’s tech sector is hard for foreign companies to crack

Direct access to China threatens Hong Kong

It has long been the gateway to China, but new systems and products are undermining its status

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo. photo essay for Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers June 2016
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There’s an app for that

Australian law firms are servicing their clients on smartphones and with hackathons

photo essay for Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers June 2016
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Disruption churns hopes and fears

A moment of optimism for the industry in Asia

Rankings

See the top Asia-Pacific law firms and an extensive breakdown of how they scored in each category
photo essay for Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers June 2016
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Success comes from overturning orthodoxy

Inward-looking firms will not prosper

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo. photo essay for Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers June 2016
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Firms use guile to expand in Asean

Strategic partnerships are helping international practices access Southeast Asia’s lucrative market

Wang Junfeng

And this year’s winners are . . .

We have chosen 10 outstanding lawyers from across Asia as the most forward-thinking

Tokyo Metropolitan government yard, across from Shinjuku Chuo Park. photo essay for Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers June 2016
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General counsel mix art and science

Once purely legal, their role now encompasses strategic and creative responsibilities

Shiba Kouen, Tokyo
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Bypassing the courtroom

Singapore has developed a growing menu of options for sorting disputes without litigation

Innovative Lawyers case studies

Useful information on how law firms went about their innovations

Methodology

Submissions are fully researched through client, lawyer and expert interviews

Green spaces

A photo essay on the parks of Tokyo

2015 report and ranking

Standing still is not an option

The report aims to highlight law firms that have developed the most original practices in this complex and dynamic part of the world

Forward-thinking firms explore new trade routes

Practitioners in established and emerging markets are bridging cultural differences and adapting structures that were created elsewhere

Research methodology

Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business

Local knowledge gives a lead over foreign rivals

Across the region, companies are using their local expertise to create international partnerships to advantage

Battle for market share hones bolder skills

While the region is full of opportunity, the lines of competition between international firms are being redrawn

Winners boast impressive skills

Novel ways are being discovered to deal with contrasting legal systems

Versatility helps drive success

Legal creativity is helping financial markets keep pace with global payment needs

Capital markets deliver big deals and challenges

From Alibaba’s $25bn IPO to Hong Kong’s debut Islamic bond sale, the past year has been a groundbreaking one

Partnerships develop their talent to adapt

The trend is to take common western structures and implement them in very different environments

Firms work hard to ‘engineer’ deals

It takes much effort behind the scenes to make negotiations work

Global reach calls for wide skills set

Regional professionals need to have a variety of talents, ranging from communications to business leadership

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