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Vietnam Legal Update: New Competition Law Will be Effective Soon
Business,Competition Law,Regional Law,Vietnam

Reading Time: 6 minutesOn July 1, 2019, the new Law on Competition (“2018 Law”) will take effect and it has some significant differences from the existing Law on Competition (“2014 Law”).  While certain details are yet to be determined, below we will outline some of the significant differences that businesses should note between the two laws.  In addition, […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.4
Employment,Legal Updates

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 […]

SMU Lexicon: Bridging the Divide between Married and Unwed Mothers
Legal Updates

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 […]

Who is a “friend”? – Court of Final Appeal clarified the meaning of “friend” in relation to persons providing prison visiting services in Hong Kong
Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction ONC Lawyers successfully quashed a conviction in a Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) case for an appellant charged with conspiracy to defraud for providing prison visiting services. The CFA interpreted the meaning of “friend” in a broad approach in the context of visitors of prisoners on remand awaiting trial (“PATs”) and considered that the […]

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

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 […]

Divorce Mediation in Singapore
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 7 minutesWe’ve all seen movies or heard stories about bad divorces where the divorcing parties are enraged with each other, arguing furiously over the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance and child custody amongst many things. Going through a divorce can be a very painful and sometimes, cruel process for all parties involved. There can also be […]

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
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

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 […]

Further on the First Conduct Rule – Is Hong Kong falling behind on the rules governing anti-competitive conduct?
Business,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 9 April 2018 the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Advisory Bulletin (the “Bulletin”) addressing competition concerns regarding practices in relation to hiring and employment terms and conditions in the employment marketplace (see, our newsletter published in May 2018). The Bulletin is intended to be read alongside with the Commission’s Guideline on the First […]

Hong Kong Update: Supervising clients’ investments – Can“high-level supervisory role” of trustees be limited?
Business,Business Advice,Hong Kong,Investments,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn certain banking arrangements in which investments are made in relation to a trust, a fiduciary relationship may arise when the bank or its affiliates act as a corporate trustee of a trust or a director of a company customer. A party may be regarded as a fiduciary if it owes an obligation to act […]

The Court of Appeal clarifies the nature and standard of proof of Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings in Hong Kong
Business,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn Securities and Futures Commission v Cheng Chak Ngok and Another (CACV 95/2017, 10 September 2018), the Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) appealed against the decision of the Market Misconduct Tribunal (the “MMT”) that Mr Cheng Chak Ngok (“Mr Cheng”) had not engaged in insider dealing in the shares of China Gas Holdings Limited (“China Gas”). […]

SMU Lexicon: Reservations about the Value of Reserved Elections
Legal Updates

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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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 […]

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