Planning to start a business or startup? Your Legal Questions Answered

Reading Time: 13 minutesSo you have a unique and innovative business idea that you’d like to fully invest your time and energy in. But before realizing your entrepreneurship dreams, there’s still the legal aspects to take care of such as incorporating and preparing the legal documentation for your business. To help aspiring entrepreneurs, Samuel Ng (Director, BlackOak LLC) […]

Incorporating a Company under the Malaysian Companies Act 2016

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Companies Act 2016 and Companies Regulations 2017 (“new Act”) have mostly come into force as of 31 January 2017. The new Act aims to reduce the cost of doing business in Malaysia while increasing protection for stakeholders of a company. As part of this objective, the incorporation process for Malaysian companies has been simplified […]

Top 5 misconceptions start-ups have about patents in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesContinuing from the previous IP article, patent attorney Chan Wai Yeng from Taylor Vinters Via LLC  talks about the top five misconceptions about patenting which startups should be aware of.  Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most start-ups. The exclusive monopoly that comes with patents can help start-ups carve a niche in a crowded marketplace. […]

What freelancers and self-employed need to know about the law in Singapore

Reading Time: 11 minutesWhat must freelancers know about the legal implications of working in a gig economy? And from the perspective of employers, what do they have to consider when employing freelancers? Lau Kah Hee (Partner, Derrick Wong & Lim BC LLP) and Kang Yixian (Partner, Donaldson and Burkinshaw LLP) shared tips about freelance work during ‘Legal for […]

Pursuing Legal Action on Behalf of a Company

Reading Time: 11 minutesWhat can a shareholder or company member do if the company has a claim against a third party but the directors of the company fail, neglect or refuse to commence action to pursue that claim? What if the claim is against the company’s directors for breach of directors’ or fiduciary duties? Or what if the […]

Patent 101: Things you need to know before patenting

Reading Time: 9 minutesEureka! You have just created a great new product, UX, or developed an improved manufacturing process with significant reduction in production time. You know your invention has tremendous commercial value, and you are keen to share your idea with a potential business partner. But hold on for a minute. Before you disclose your invention to […]

9 Key Steps to Setting Up Business in Malaysia

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhether you are a local or a foreigner who has decided to set up a new business in or expand an existing business into Malaysia, here is a checklist of 9 key action steps that one can take to plan and execute the process smoothly. These steps are not strictly sequential but a list of […]

10 Common Causes of Conflicts Within Small Businesses (And How to Fix Them)

Reading Time: 7 minutesHarsh truth When people extend their familiar or friendly relationship to a business environment, corporate trouble beckons, sometimes even disaster. A common scenario is that of family members, friends or fellow students starting a business with great ideas but without great (or any) legal agreements. As something turns sour, having insufficient (or no) contracts in […]

Competition Law (Part 1: Anti-Competitive Agreements)

Reading Time: 8 minutesContinuing from the previous article, lawyer Jeremiah Chew from Ascendant Legal LLC talks about the first prohibited conduct of the 3-part series: anti-competitive agreements.  This guide is divided into the following 10 sections: What is the law on anti-competitive agreements? What is the purpose of this law? Examples of anti-competitive agreements in Singapore How does it affect […]

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7 legal issues drone users need to know

Reading Time: 15 minutesDrones are increasingly popular in Singapore –professional and even hobby photographers are using them to achieve camera angles never thought possible before. But while some may think the sky’s the limit for their new toys, there are laws regulating their use. This article is written by Ronald JJ Wong and originally published in Law Gazette. The […]

Why digital marketing matters to lawyers and how to get started

Reading Time: 5 minutesOn 27th February 2017, the Singapore government announced the Tech Start for Law programme, a new S$2.8m scheme aimed at encouraging Singapore law firms, especially boutique practices to adopt technology solutions in digital marketing, practice management and online research. This first-of-its-kind initiative for the industry is an indication that Singapore law firms and lawyers must […]