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Maintaining Beneficial Ownership Register – Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Reading Time: 9 minutesIntroduction Following the Government of the Virgin Islands’ report on the public consultation of beneficial ownership of legal entities published in February 2015, the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Act 2017 was enacted and came into force on 30 June 2017, which requires certain BVI companies to obtain and maintain updated beneficial ownership information, by […]

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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”). […]

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 […]

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Can HR information in relation to hiring be shared? The Competition Commission Advisory Bulletin on anti-competitive conducts in the labour market

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhile the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) has been active in prosecuting anti-competitive conducts in the provision of goods and services markets as evidenced by the upcoming trials of the first two cases later this year, the city watchdog reveals that since the commencement of the operation of the Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) in December 2015, […]

An update on the regulatory regime of OTC derivatives markets in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) introduced 2 new regulated activities, namely type 11 regulated activities (“Type 11 RA”) and type 12 regulated activities (“Type 12 RA”), and collectively referred as the “new RAs”, to regulate persons who serve as dealers, advisers or clearing agents etc. in the OTC derivatives market. For definition of […]

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Consultation Conclusions of New Board Concept Paper (HK)

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe Background As addressed in our previous newsletters, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (the “HKEx”) has published a New Board Concept Paper (the “Concept Paper”) in response to the recent demands that the local stock market shall be refined in light of the rise of the innovative companies. In the Concept Paper, the HKEx has […]

Lawyers in the Pro Bono Movement: Nathan Colless, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service Ltd.

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this feature, we speak to Nathan Colless, a volunteer co-ordinator at the Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service Ltd (“the Centre”). Established in 2014, the Centre is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to assist and empower the impoverished, distressed or vulnerable in Hong Kong, who are marginalized or disadvantaged due to a lack […]

The new Significant Controllers Register – Revealing Beneficial Ownership of Companies

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction Following the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau’s (“FSTB”) consultation conclusion published in April 2017 regarding the enhancement of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation in Hong Kong, the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622 of the Laws of Hong Kong) is amended with effect from 1 March 2018 (the “New Requirements”), which requires companies incorporated […]

FAQ on Trademark Registration in Hong Kong
Protect Your Brand – FAQ on Trademark Registration in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutes#1 .  What counts as a trademark? A trademark usually takes the form of a logo that would serve as distinctive corporate identity. It may consist of text and numbers, as well as more intangible elements such as colour, sound, smell and shape. The full definition according to the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of Hong […]

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Lawyers in Hong Kong- Kristi Swartz from Bryan Cave LLP

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn this Lawyers in Hong Kong feature, we interview Kristi Swartz, Managing Partner of Bryan Cave LLP Hong Kong. Kristi concentrates her practice in corporate finance and securities. She has experience with SFC and HKEx Listing and compliance issues. She has acted for, and successfully defended, both companies and Directors (to include INEDS) on enquiries and investigations […]

Lawyers in Hong Kong- Dominic Wai from ONC Lawyers

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn this Lawyers in Hong Kong feature, we interview Dominic Wai, Partner of ONC Lawyers.  Dominic’s practice focuses on advising clients on matters relating to anti-corruption, white-collar crime, law enforcement, regulatory and compliance matters in Hong Kong, including advice on anti-money laundering. He also handles cases involving corporate litigation, shareholders’ disputes and insolvency matters, defamation cases, […]

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JC Legal Expands Practice in US and EU

Reading Time: 2 minutesJoining Forces with Rooney Nimmo 25 June 2018 – Hong Kong law firm JC Legal announces today its affiliation with Rooney Nimmo, an international corporate law firm based in New York, London, Edinburgh and San Francisco, to grow its practice in the United States and the European Union. The move enhances the cross-border capacities of […]