5 Ways A Lawyer Can Help You Start Your Business
5 things to consider when starting a business in Australia

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt’s incredibly exciting when you start your own business. You’ve finally done it, made that break away, and all you see are the positives and none of the negatives that lie ahead of you. That’s great. It’s important to be positive. But it’s also important to be realistic. All too often, we see business owners […]

Data Privacy: Obligations under the GDPR and ensuring compliance (Part 2 of 2)

Reading Time: 9 minutesWhat are the obligations under the GPDR? A company is required to comply with several conditions in order to lawfully process personal data pursuant to the GDPR provisions. The processing should be lawful and transparent, for a specified purpose, limited to the relevant data necessary in relation to this purpose, and appropriately secured. At a […]

Data Privacy: What is the GDPR and who does it apply to? (Part 1 of 2)

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction Less than 20 years ago, three quarters of all stored information was in non-digital form: names were itemized on municipal registers, identification numbers were held in national healthcare systems, and passport numbers were recorded on immigration forms. Today, more than 98% of the world’s stored information is in digitized form: our collective ‘data’ now […]

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A Guide to Affidavits

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat is an affidavit? If you’ve always been curious about this odd-looking, strange-sounding word, you’re probably in good company! After all, the word ‘affidavit’ would hardly be used outside of legal proceedings! To put it simply, an affidavit, or what is sometimes also called a witness statement, is a written statement of the facts in […]

Singapore Trade Marks-Starbucks Corporation v Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha 2017 SGIPOS 18

Reading Time: 13 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS held that Starbucks’ opposition against Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd’s trade mark application failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? (1) Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.) (Applicant)  Japanese manufacturer of dairy products […]

Lawyers in Business: Yeo Shi Yuan, Corporate Counsel and Vice President Legal, BCS Information Systems Pte. Ltd (BCSIS)

Reading Time: 7 minutesAsia Law Network has partnered with the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA), a professional body that connects the Singapore in-house community, to bring a series of interviews featuring prominent in-house counsel. In this interview, we feature Mr. Yeo Shi Yuan of BCS Information Systems Pte. Ltd (BCSIS). BCSIS was acquired by NETS in 2017 and they provide […]

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A Guide to Applying for a Grant of Probate

Reading Time: 6 minutesLosing a loved one is never easy, and the sheer volume of legal documents a next-of-kin has to deal with may seem overwhelming. In these cases, a difficult but inevitable situation that arises when dealing with the passing of a loved one is: how does one go about managing the deceased’s assets? Where the deceased […]

LLC vs LLP vs Sole Proprietorship – Guide to Business Structures in Singapore

Reading Time: 8 minutesChoosing a business structure that suits your enterprise is one of the most important decisions you will make in starting a business. The type of structures that business owners choose are varied. In Singapore, companies are the most popular form of business structure. In 2017, there were approximately 310,000 active foreign and local companies in […]

Security of Payment Act: How to Claim Progress Payment for Work Done

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn 2005, the government introduced the Security of Payment Act (SOPA), in a bid to improve cash flow in the construction industry and provide an efficient and low-cost dispute resolution mechanism for payment disputes. This has had significant impacts on construction companies, particularly small and medium-sized companies that need to maintain their cash flow, but […]

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What type of documents does the Competition Commission need to disclose to a respondent in an enforcement action and Competition Tribunal proceedings?

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction As set out in our October 2017 Newsletter, the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) had commenced proceedings in the Competition Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) against five Respondents, all of which are information technology companies. Last month, the Tribunal handed down its judgment on the 3rdRespondent’s application for orders of discovery against the Commission under CTEA 1/2017(the “Application”). […]

7 Tips To Get Your Business Idea Off The Ground

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt is such an exciting experience to start your own business. It is a huge step and there is so much involved. It is common to be completely focused on implementing your ideas to start making money. But there are also legal matters to consider. Here are our top tips to help you on your […]

New era for companies from emerging and innovative sectors (HK)

Reading Time: 12 minutesIntroduction Back in February 2018, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Exchange”) issued a consultation paper titled “A Listing Regime for Companies from Emerging and Innovative Sectors” (the “Consultation Paper”) to set out proposals to expand the existing listing regime to facilitate the listing of companies from emerging and innovative sectors, subject to […]