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Co-Chair
Hideaki Roy
Umetsu

Asia Pacific Regional Forum

The Asia Pacific Forum offers fantastic opportunities to establish contact with legal experts in and outside of the region, practising in many different areas of law, and to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region.

About the Forum

In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to establish contact among lawyers within and outside the region, and with acknowledged experts on different areas of law, specialist Forum activities provide an unparalleled opportunity to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region. Members also benefit from excellent working relations with national Bars, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and LAWASIA.

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Asia Pacific Regional Forum Co-Chair's note

Welcome to our final e-Bulletin for 2021. While this year did not allow us the freedom of movement we were perhaps hoping for, it has nonetheless been eventful and productive.

Released on Dec 14, 2021

India's Securities and Exchange Board amends norms to boost IPO market

This article provides an overview of the key changes introduced in the Amendment. Certain additional changes, which were proposed under the Consultation Paper and approved by SEBI in its board meeting held on 6 August 2021 (‘Board Meeting’) but which have not yet been notified, are also discussed below.

Released on Nov 25, 2021

Pegasus project – a conspectus of laws of surveillance and the concerns over privacy

The Pegasus Project investigation was brought to light by the Paris-based, non-profit media group, Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International. The reports have revealed a widespread misuse of NSO Group Technologies’ spyware, Pegasus. As per NSO, Pegasus was developed to be sold exclusively to vetted governments to aid law enforcement agencies and intelligence departments to fight crime and avoid terrorism. Yet, according to the leaked data, the spyware was being used as hacking software instead of its conventional use as a surveillance tool.

Released on Nov 25, 2021

Sandoz and the journey thereafter: a re-examination of the status of sales promotion employees under the industrial relations regime in India

India has a strong labour-centric protectionist regime under the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 (‘ID Act’), which applies to the ‘workman’ category of workforce. The issue of coverage of sales promotion employees within the purview of ‘workman’ has been inadequately addressed, notwithstanding the legislative developments intended to cover such employees directly under the ID Act. This article discusses the issue and the relevant legal developments, while also highlighting the limited role played by the judiciary in addressing the question.

Released on Nov 25, 2021

Thailand’s attempt to extend its reach to overseas e-service providers

The borderless nature of the digital economy and electronic transactions has always been a challenge for law makers and enforcement bodies where their authority is generally limited to a jurisdictional territory. In this article, we discuss three recent developments of the Thai governmental authorities trying to tackle these challenges: VAT on overseas e-service providers; criminal complaints against an overseas cryptocurrency trading platform; and a draft royal decree regulating e-commerce platforms.

Released on Nov 15, 2021

Doing Business in Asia Pacific

September 2020: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum presents a comprehensive, innovative guide to doing business in the Asia Pacific, covering 11 jurisdictions and focusing on the common pitfalls and cultural differences of doing business throughout the region. This guide is an important tool for both investors and the legal profession when approaching certain critical aspects in Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

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Subcommittees and other groups

The Asia Pacific Regional Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

Film and media

China's economic future

Chief Economist at Deloitte China, Sitao Xu, on how China is transforming into a manufacturing and trading powerhouse to rival the United States.

US-China trade

President Obama's Trade Representative Michael Froman assesses America’s world trade priorities and the growing influence of China.