Editor's Letter

Welcome to fivehundred’s special edition, which focuses on ‘doing business in a post-Covid-19 world’. Here we look at the challenges and opportunities in-house counsel and law firms are facing when conducting business in 2021. Our Q&As and insights from managing partners and senior lawyers explore how governments reacted to protect businesses while also encouraging investment; the extent to which it is possible to mitigate risk; and the technology available to assist in-house team and directors in these times.

We’ve partnered with a number of leading firms in 18 jurisdictions across the Asia Pacific region, including, but not limited to, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Japan and South Korea. Our thanks to all firms that have supported us in this project.

Focus on… Doing Business In a Post-COVID-19 World, Luther

When it comes to starting a new business in Myanmar or expanding an existing one, what steps should be taken? It is important to note that despite the ongoing liberalization process, foreign investors may experience investment restrictions even in sectors which should be open to investments. Whether due to outdated laws, lack of clear regulations …

Focus on… The Effects of the Pandemic, with Tiruchelvam Associates

The Pandemic continues to have a mixed impact on Sri Lanka. The intermittent curfew has interfered with certain industries in the manufacturing sector and continuing restrictions on inbound travel have interrupted potential investor plans. The overwhelming effect on the global economy means our migrant labour, export oriented businesses and the tourism sector struggle to cope. …

Interview with… Ramani Muttettuwegama, managing partner, Tiruchelvam Associates

How has your role/involvement in client facing work changed since becoming a Managing Partner? My law firm is associated with our dynamic founding Partners, the late Dr. and Mrs. Tiruchelvam – both contributors to the legal system in Sri Lanka and globally. We have now grown to carry that name and carve out a niche …

Focus on… Doing business in a post-COVID-19 world, LC Lawyers LLP

How would law firms advise their clients to conduct business during the pandemic and post COVID-19? As COVID-19 continues to impact people and economies around the world, we anticipate a slow and uneven recovery, posing new challenges for most industries including law firms. However, it also presents new opportunities for lawyers to enhance resilience for …

Interview with… Ramon Quisumbing, managing partner, Quisumbing Torres

“We have a framework for working with our clients on how they can respond to the pandemic. We call it the 3R approach – Resilience, Recovery and Renewal. While most businesses will pass through all three phases of the model, the phases themselves are non-linear and may recur or overlap, particularly for those with global …

Focus on… How COVID-19 is affecting investments in the Philippine market, Quisumbing Torres

Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban Partner and Head, Corporate & Commercial / M&A Ina Alexandra Dominguez Partner, Corporate & Commercial / M&A Since the declaration of a state of public health emergency in the Philippines in March 2020 due to COVID-19, the Philippine government has enacted various laws and regulations that present opportunities for increased investment, provide …

Interview with… Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Nitin is the Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice and the Tax, SST & Customs Practice. Nitin’s main area of practice is in international arbitration, focusing on oil & gas, energy, construction and engineering, and infrastructure projects. Nitin also specialises in income tax and customs litigation and disputes. Nitin has more than 30 years’ …

Focus on… Doing Business in a Post-COVID-19 World, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage globally, numerous countries are still reeling from the economic turmoil, with sectors such as aviation, food and beverage, and oil and gas among the hardest hit. Amid the pandemic fallout, some serious challenges have arisen for lawyers and their clients. For instance, businesses that were already in financial …

Focus on… Challenges and Opportunities for In-House Doing Business in Indonesia Post-COVID-19, SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants

Indonesia is a resource-rich country with a dynamic and growing middle class and a relatively young population. This favourable demographic profile making it attractive for long-term investors. On a nominal basis, Indonesia’s gross domestic product is more than USD 1 trillion. Prior to COVID-19, the Indonesian economy was growing at a promising rate of 5%, …