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Cambodia Legal Alert: Cambodia’s Latest Draft Competition Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesEarlier this year, Cambodia issued an English version of its Competition Law entitled Version 5.7 stated to be “based on the Draft Khmer Version as of 13 FEB 2018” (“Law”).  Below we describe some of the key features of the Law.  We have been informed that this is a final version and that it is […]

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SMU Lexicon: Frustrating the No-Frustrating Rule – the Singapore Code on Takeovers and Mergers

Reading Time: 13 minutesIntroduction An increasing number of iconic home-grown listed companies are acquired by foreign firms such as Raffles Hotel, Robinsons department store, Asia Pacific Breweries, and Fraser & Neave.2 The trend has raised public concerns of whether the government, should do more to protect local brands in Singapore. This leads to the question of whether no-frustration […]

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Thailand Legal Alert: Summary of Changes to LPA

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe National Legislative Assembly approved a resolution for the new draft Labor Protection Act (Amendment) on 14 December 2018. The amendment to the LPA is expected to be published soon and will come into effect within 30 days from the publication date in the Royal Gazette. The law is expected to take effect in March […]

Singapore Trade Marks – Clarins Fragrance Group’s Opposition Against Benq Materials Corp’s Trade Mark Application Failed on All Pleaded Grounds – Clarins Fragrance Group F.K.A Thierry Mugler Parfums S.A.S. V Benq Materials Corp/ [2018] SGIPOS 2

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), it was held that Clarins Fragrance Group’s opposition against BenQ Materials Corp.’s trade mark application failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? BenQ Materials Corp. (Applicant) A company based in Taiwan and listed on the Taiwan Stock […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.4

Reading Time: 11 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

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SMU Lexicon: Bridging the Divide between Married and Unwed Mothers

Reading Time: 4 minutesA letter (“No extra perks if unwed mums adopt own children: Forum” on 25th May 2017)[1] by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (“MSF”) has raised pertinent views on how the Singaporean Government perceives marital status and motherhood. Recently, the MSF had granted Child Development Account (“CDA”) benefits[2] and Government-paid maternity leave to unwed […]

SMU Lexicon: A Glimpse into the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement

Reading Time: 11 minutesIntroduction After close to 4 years of negotiations,[1] the hugely anticipated ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) has finally been set in stone.[2] Along with the accompanying ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement (AHKIA), the two agreements were signed on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN summit in the Philippines. [3]Historical background and the rationale for a […]

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Singapore Patents – High Court Upholds Validity of Patent and Grants Declaration of Validity and Declaration of Infringement of Asserted Claims – Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings V Nexplanar Corp and Another [2017] SGHC 310

Reading Time: 18 minutesIn a decision rendered by George Wei J of the Singapore High Court dated 8 December 2017, the High Court upheld the validity of the Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings, Inc’s patent, granted a declaration of the said patent’s validity, as well as a declaration that the asserted claims of the patent were […]

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SMU Lexicon: Reservations about the Value of Reserved Elections

Reading Time: 19 minutesIntroduction At a press conference on 9 August 1965, moments after Singapore gained independence, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew proclaimed, “This is not a Malay nation; this is not a Chinese nation; this is not an Indian nation. Everybody will have his place.”[1] This statement set the stage for Singapore’s development as a multiracial […]

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SMU Lexicon: Recognising the duty to cooperate in international commercial contracts

Reading Time: 15 minutesIntroduction The duty of contracting parties to cooperate in the performance of commercial contracts is at once both intuitive and utterly foreign. On the one hand, all commercial relationships require a degree of trust, and a party may reasonably expect that the other is committed to working together to carry out their bargain.[1] This applies […]

Thailand Tax Alert: New Law on Transfer Pricing

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 22 November 2018, the Thai Revenue Department (TRD) took another significant step towards tightening its transfer pricing compliance and enforcement regime with the release of “the Additional Revision of the Thai Revenue Code No.47 (TRC47)”. Over the past five years, based on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) initiatives of the OECD, many jurisdictions […]

Grandparents’ Rights under the Family Law Act in Australia

Reading Time: 3 minutesGrandparents are playing a greater role in many families, often due to the high cost of childcare and increasing rates of divorce.  But what happens when a grandparent is refused time with their grandchild or wishes to assume full care of a child?  What are grandparents’ rights in these circumstances? What the law says The […]