Commentary: Employees and your business in Australia

Reading Time: 3 minutesA CHECKLIST TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE Employing people in your business is both an exciting milestone but can be burdensome given the robust employment law regime in place in Australia. Ensuing that you and your business are in line with the requirements of employment laws is important, both to the longevity of your company and your […]

Thailand Tax Alert: Thai Government Announces New International Business Center (“IBC”) Tax Incentive

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 28 December 2018, the Thai Revenue Department (“TRD”) announced a new program of tax incentives through the issuing of Royal Decree No.674 (“RD 674”). Key points of RD 674 Section 3: Definition of IBCs Section 4, 5 and 6: PIT at 15% for foreign nationals working for IBCs and their required qualifications Section 7: […]

Hong Kong Regional Update: How does the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 apportion liability in collisions?

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntroduction In a situation where vessels are dangerously approaching each other and the action of one vessel alone may not be enough to avoid a risk of collision (i.e. a close quarters situation), it is rather difficult to assess the respective blameworthiness and causative potency of the vessels involved. In Owners and/or Demise Charterers of “TS […]

Starting an Online Business in Australia

Reading Time: 3 minutesA QUICK LEGAL CHECKLIST You have a great idea for a product or service, you have your website up and running, and you’re getting ready to go to market online. It’s an exciting time and the last thing you want to think about is your company’s and your website’s legal compliance. But it’s an important […]

Cambodia Tax Alert: Double Tax Agreement Update

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Cambodia General Department of Taxation (GDT) has formally announced that the Double Tax Agreements (DTAs) which the Kingdom of Cambodia signed with Brunei Darussalam, The People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam officially come into effect on 1 January 2019for Cambodian tax residents. These developments represent major milestones in Cambodia’s ongoing tax […]

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Hong Kong Maritime Series: Will shipowners be protected by letters of indemnity for delivering cargoes to unnamed receivers?

Reading Time: 6 minutesBackground It is not uncommon for charterers or shipowners to be offered a letter of indemnity (“LOI”) for delivery of cargo to a named receiver without the presentation of original bills of lading. This situation arises when the bills of lading cannot be produced or released at the load port before the cargo arrives at […]

Lao PDR Legal Alert: Business Competition Authority Established

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Law on Business Competition (№ 60/NA, 14 July 2015) (“Competition Law”) was passed on 14 July 2015 and came into effect on 9 December 2015. In October 2018 an additional regulation was passed formalizing the establishment of the regulatory authority (the “Competition Authority”). With the establishment of the Competition Authority we expect to see […]

Regional Update: Thailand’s 2019 Power Development Plan: What to Expect

Reading Time: 3 minutesDFDL Thailand, Bangkok | Expected in early January, Thailand’s forthcoming amended Power Development Plan (PDP) will set the course for nationwide power system development and operation over the coming years. The amended document will represent the first major update to Thailand’s PDP since 2015’s version, which in turn came three years after its predecessor. Each version […]

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What do you need to know about Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s not rare to keep valuable, or even potentially embarrassing information under wraps. In fact, it should be the norm. In early 2017, as the South Korean technology company, Samsung, began to roll-out its new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, local online media outlet, Mothership, reported that a Singaporean man was asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement […]

Hong Kong Maritime Series: Is the arresting party entitled to stop the judicial sale of the vessel as of right?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In the recent case of The “Long Bright” [2018] SGHC 216, the Singaporean High Court had to decide on whether the arresting party who wishes to discontinue the action is entitled to release the arrested vessel and stop the judicial sale as of right even after bids from potential buyers have been received. The facts The […]