Thomson Reuters recently launched Westlaw Asia, a legal research platform delivering resources such as cases, legislation, law journals, and legal commentary to legal professionals.

This is especially timely with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integration expected by the end of 2015. Businesses and legal practitioners in ASEAN will have a greater need to access laws, regulations, and judicial systems of their Southeast Asian neighbors, particularly relating to business and commercial law, as well as of major trade partners such as China, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Westlaw Asia platform currently covers the following jurisdictions: Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and the UK. In the future, the jurisdictions of Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will be covered. Westlaw Asia also integrates content from Westlaw UK and Westlaw Next, thereby offering users a comprehensive collection of regional as well as international resources which provide clarity on the legal environment, wherever they may be doing business.