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Starting a business? Here are some considerations!

Reading Time: 8 minutesYou have finally brought fruition to your business idea and decided to start your business. Most people at this juncture will be daunted with a maze of to-dos and must-dos; from being inundated with questions such as, “Which type of structure shall my business take?” to “How do I find out if my business requires […]

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How to start a tech startup in Singapore, according to a lawyer

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article is part of Asia Law Network’s partnership with Tech in Asia where we publish articles written by lawyers on their advice for startup founders. For a successful startup journey, it’s crucial to get the foundation right, especially in the ideation and seed stages. If you’re starting a startup in Singapore, here are some legal considerations to […]

3 ways to legally avoid co-founder conflicts

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article is part of Asia Law Network’s partnership with Tech in Asia where we publish articles written by lawyers on their advice for startup founders. At the start, things seem rosy. A few people come together with a brilliant idea to start a business that will change the world or, at the very least, […]

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Starting a restaurant or food & beverage (F&B) business in Singapore – licenses, agreements and other legal requirements

Reading Time: 7 minutesFood – a part of Singapore’s DNA Singaporeans have always had a love affair with food. One of the favourite pastimes of Singaporeans is seeking out and dining at new and exciting establishments. We are home to a plethora of cuisines, with authentic Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian and other South East Asian eateries aplenty. […]

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So you want to conduct an initial coin offering (ICO) or digital token sale?

Reading Time: 16 minutesIntroduction So you are a tech startup who want to raise funds. You figure that instead of incurring debt, issuing equity, entering into convertible loan agreements (CLA), you will conduct an initial coin offering (ICO) or digital token sale. Not least because the amounts of money which have been raised by recent ICOs are huge. […]

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What constitutes acceptance of a contract?

Reading Time: 5 minutesAn agreement isn’t valid until someone else agrees to it! A contract is needed to enforce the terms of an agreement between two or more parties, and to compel the other party to uphold their end of the bargain. In general, for a contract to be considered legally binding, four key elements should be present: […]

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Company Retrenchment Exercises: What Employers Ought to Do

Reading Time: 6 minutesRetrenchment is sadly unavoidable Retrenchment is sadly unavoidable in today’s modern world. Singapore’s economy is constantly in flux: workers are under tremendous pressure to increase productivity and improve their employability by learning useful future skills, while employers must continuously find ways to stay one step ahead of their competitors and/or technological disruption. Even when they […]

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Tips on drafting a great Shareholder’s Agreement

Reading Time: 6 minutesShareholder’s Agreement is an important starting point for many startups and SMEs Many people decide to go into business at some point in their lives. The number of startups continue to burgeon the world over. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 99% of all Singapore’s enterprises and account for about half of Singapore’s GDP. […]

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10 Frequently Asked Questions on the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA)

Reading Time: 5 minutesLawyer Lau Kah Mei shares 10 frequently asked questions on the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”). Question 1: Can I take a photograph of a specific person for my firm’s marketing purposes without getting his consent? No, because among other obligations, the data protection provisions in the PDPA would require the photographer to first obtain […]

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How to choose a mediator?

Reading Time: 6 minutesMediation – an alternative to Court litigation that is gaining traction When a serious dispute arises, the common response is to instruct lawyers immediately and to take the battle straightaway into the Courtroom. This may be the preference of many who have no faith that the dispute can be resolved. In recent times however, disputants […]

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Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Updates Guidance Notes on Setting up a Register of Controllers

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 18 September 2017, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (“ACRA”) issued revised versions of its written guidance in relation to the requirements on the register of controllers for Singapore companies, foreign companies registered in Singapore and limited liability partnerships (collectively known as “Corporate Entities”, and each a “Corporate Entity”) under Part XIA of the […]