Cannabis is now legal in Thailand for medical use and research

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat do investors need to know about it? The latest amendment to the Narcotics Act, effective as of 18 February 2019, allows only the distribution and possession of cannabis for study and medical purposes and in limited quantities. The use or possession of cannabis for purposes other than the ones mentioned above is still prohibited […]

Australia: Value: am I getting it from my litigation lawyer?

Reading Time: 3 minutesEvery director or general counsel responsible for managing litigation is tasked with achieving better outcomes for less. In essence, the task is to achieve better value for your company’s litigation spend. However, you can’t achieve better value without an objective sense of what value looks like – how do I know when I am getting good value […]

5 Times when the Non-Compete Clauses in your Employment Contract Probably Aren’t Enforceable

Reading Time: 3 minutesNon-compete clauses are quite common in employment contracts for certain industries in Singapore. They typically seek to restrict an employee’s right to engage in a similar occupation with a competitor for a period of time after the termination of the employment contract. However, what many employers who include such clauses are not aware of is […]

Commentary: Deferred Prosecution Agreements in Singapore

Reading Time: 7 minutes(A) DPA in Singapore? In a 16 January 2018 Business Times article, it was reported that Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam announced that there is a possibility of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) being offered in Singapore to corporations if they abide by specific requirements. Mr Shanmugam said at the Modernising Criminal Justice: […]

Hong Kong: HKEx published its latest review of corporate governance practices and updated its guidance material on ESG reporting

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction On 16 November 2018, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Exchange”) published the findings of its latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices and updated its guidance material on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) reporting. Latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices Since the introduction of the Corporate Governance Code […]

Australia: It’s true – time really will kill all (M&A) deals

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s long been said that time will kill all deals. That has never been more true. The global uncertainties brought on by the Trump trade war with China and Brexit, coupled with tightening credit conditions in Australia, have started to really bite private business transactions. Often these risks don’t have a direct impact on a particular business. But, […]

Australia: Hiring casual employees – a warning issued to employers by the Federal Court

Reading Time: 5 minutesDetermining whether to classify employees as casual or permanent is a significant decision for any employer. When making such a determination, employers must give consideration to the nature and continuity of work to be undertaken by the employee and the viability of paying casual loading – an amount typically 25% higher than an employee’s base […]

Singapore Trade Marks – Intercontinental Exchange Holdings Loses Registration Of “BRENT” and “BRENT INDEX” Trade Marks After Successful Invalidation By Chicago Mercantile Exchange – Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. v Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. [2018] SGIPOS 20

Reading Time: 10 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”), it was held that the “BRENT” and “BRENT INDEX” trade marks registered by Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. is to be declared invalid as Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. successfully pleads all grounds of invalidity in their application. (A) Who are the parties involved in […]

Lao PDR Legal Alert: New Economic Dispute Resolution Law in Effect

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Amended Law on the Resolution of Economic Disputes (Nº 51/NA, 22 June 2018) (the “Amended Law”) came into effect on 6 December 2018 and replaced the previous Law on Economic Dispute Resolution (Nº 06/NA, 17 December 2010) (the “2010 Law”). A key highlight of the Amended Law is the inclusion of more detailed procedures […]

Intellectual Property Commentary: The Lost Beat

Reading Time: 3 minutesBeats Electronics, LLC lost its opposition in Singapore against the registration of LG’s mark for “QuadBeat” applied for in Class 9 for various goods, including “Audio Receivers; Headphones; Earphones; Headphones with microphone function; Headsets”. In the opposition, Beats Electronics, LLC relied on nine of its registered trademarks, including the word “BEATS” for a range of […]