MAS Announces Policy Posture on Securities-Based Crowdfunding

Reading Time: 7 minutesThis article comes courtesy of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. One of the leading and full-service commercial law firms in Singapore with a strong Asian presence and global reach. They have close to a century of rich legal heritage with a number of partners who are eminent lawyers in their respective areas of expertise. They […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership and Intellectual Property: 4 Things You Should Know

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article was originally published by our friends across the Causeway on TheMalaysianLawyer.com and is a guest post by Chua Sher Hann.   With our social media feed flooded with so much anti Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) literature attacking this contentious trade agreement in recent months, it can be extremely tempting to jump onto the anti-TPP bandwagon. The most […]

Offshore, OK

Reading Time: 3 minutes  This article comes courtesy of Savoir LLC. For the discerning client who values discretion and discernment, Savoir LLC is the single point for all your needs. They are a bespoke law practice specialising in solutions, strategy and structures for business leaders, entrepreneurs, families and start-ups. Their services converge with only one objective – You.   Offshore, […]

Share buybacks – secret weapon?

Reading Time: 5 minutes  This article comes courtesy of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. One of the leading and full-service commercial law firms in Singapore with a strong Asian presence and global reach. They have close to a century of rich legal heritage with a number of partners who are eminent lawyers in their respective areas of expertise. […]

Your Workplace Rights in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesBreach of Workplace Rights The majority of workplaces in Australia are covered by the Fair Work Act 2009. As a full- or part-time employee in Australia, you have rights that cannot be breached. As an employer in Australia, you have a duty to uphold the law and make sure you are providing a workplace that is in […]

Qualities That Make a Great Accountant

Reading Time: 3 minutesA good accountant might be excellent at crunching numbers but a great accountant has far wider range of skills. Of course, you want a person who will manage books, accounts, payroll and taxes efficiently but, when hiring a financial and business partner for your company, you also want someone that you can trust completely, can […]

A Primer on Double-entry Bookkeeping

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe idea of double-entry bookkeeping sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Many people are confused by the concept of double-entry accounting systems though it is one of the most standard of accounting practices. You might think that the easiest way of keeping track of your accounts is to simply make a single recording of every transaction made […]

How to Read a Financial Statement

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhether you are an investor, employee, board member or owner of your own SME, knowing how to read a financial statement is a skill you will need to call upon if you want to make informed decisions regarding spending, investing and more. Sure, you might rather leave the interpretation of financial documents to your accountant […]

Fraud Auditing, Investigation and Forensic Accounting

Reading Time: 4 minutesAnyone who has read the autobiography of Frank Abagnale, “Catch Me if You Can” (also adapted into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks) would be surprised by the ease conmen find weaknesses in controlled processes. By the tender age of 21, Frank Abagnale had already defrauded banks of 2.5 million via bad cheques […]

Curveball Series: Sudden Death of Key Man

Reading Time: 3 minutesImagine if your business suddenly lost its founder, CEO, CFO or top-grossing salesperson due to their sudden death. A sad and pretty devastating idea, isn’t it? The passing of an important figure within a small or medium enterprise (SME) can be especially debilitating. It might be the kind of thing that keeps you up at […]

Accountants and Early-stage Startups

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt is common for early-stage startups to put off hiring an accountant, either because they think they don’t need one or because they think they can’t afford one. In some cases, the idea of retaining an accountant is not even on the radar of early-stage founders yet. While it might seem too soon to some, […]

Curveball Series: Breach of Employment Contract – For Employers

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe do not like to think that our employees might divulge sensitive company information or make an exit en masse for a competing firm but the truth is, it happens. When it suddenly comes to light that an employee has breached their employment contract by sharing information with a competitor, been working towards their own […]