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Hong Kong: HKEx published its latest review of corporate governance practices and updated its guidance material on ESG reporting
Business,Business Advice,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction On 16 November 2018, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Exchange”) published the findings of its latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices and updated its guidance material on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) reporting. Latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices Since the introduction of the Corporate Governance Code […]

Australia: It’s true – time really will kill all (M&A) deals
Australia,Business,Business Advice,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s long been said that time will kill all deals. That has never been more true. The global uncertainties brought on by the Trump trade war with China and Brexit, coupled with tightening credit conditions in Australia, have started to really bite private business transactions. Often these risks don’t have a direct impact on a particular business. But, […]

SMU Lexicon: Getting to the Root of the Problem: Written Representations to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods
Legal Updates

Reading Time: 24 minutesIntroduction It is acknowledged that deliberate online falsehoods present a real and pressing danger in today’s world. As set out in the Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Law’s Green Paper on “Deliberate Online Falsehoods: Challenges and Implications” (“Green Paper”), the impact of online falsehoods can be significant.[1] However, the motivations that drive […]

Australia: Hiring casual employees – a warning issued to employers by the Federal Court
Australia,Business,Employment,Regional Law

Reading Time: 5 minutesDetermining whether to classify employees as casual or permanent is a significant decision for any employer. When making such a determination, employers must give consideration to the nature and continuity of work to be undertaken by the employee and the viability of paying casual loading – an amount typically 25% higher than an employee’s base […]

Singapore Trade Marks – Intercontinental Exchange Holdings Loses Registration Of “BRENT” and “BRENT INDEX” Trade Marks After Successful Invalidation By Chicago Mercantile Exchange – Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. v Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. [2018] SGIPOS 20
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property

Reading Time: 10 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”), it was held that the “BRENT” and “BRENT INDEX” trade marks registered by Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. is to be declared invalid as Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. successfully pleads all grounds of invalidity in their application. (A) Who are the parties involved in […]

香港:我可以追讨非法活动的收入损失吗?
Hong Kong,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 1 minutes此案的申索人以非法摆卖为生,但在香港,无牌摆卖属违法行为。有人认为,若容许无牌小贩追讨非法摆卖的收入损失,某程度上会使香港的街道秩序更加混乱,且变相认同违反小贩规例的行为。在Chung Man Yau一案中,前上诉法庭副庭长马天敏法官确立了非法行为无碍追讨收入损失的原则。

Lao PDR Legal Alert: New Economic Dispute Resolution Law in Effect
Business,Business Advice,Laos,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Amended Law on the Resolution of Economic Disputes (Nº 51/NA, 22 June 2018) (the “Amended Law”) came into effect on 6 December 2018 and replaced the previous Law on Economic Dispute Resolution (Nº 06/NA, 17 December 2010) (the “2010 Law”). A key highlight of the Amended Law is the inclusion of more detailed procedures […]

Myanmar Tax Alert: Recent Updates on Myanmar Commercial Tax Rules
Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesOver the past few months, the Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) has issued several Interpretation Statements and a Notice Statement clarifying certain provisions of the Commercial Tax (“CT”) Laws. These Interpretation Statements address a number of common issues encountered by taxpayers and to provide clearer guidance with respect to the CT treatment of service charges, […]

Australia: Dividing Marital Assets in a Divorce – how it works
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 6 minutesCouples who have been in a genuine de facto relationship for at least 2 years, or couples who have been married, can apply to the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court to have financial matters between them decided following the breakdown of their marriage. Couples who separate and who are unable to agree on […]

Intellectual Property Commentary: The Lost Beat
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property,Legal Everyday

Reading Time: 3 minutesBeats Electronics, LLC lost its opposition in Singapore against the registration of LG’s mark for “QuadBeat” applied for in Class 9 for various goods, including “Audio Receivers; Headphones; Earphones; Headphones with microphone function; Headsets”. In the opposition, Beats Electronics, LLC relied on nine of its registered trademarks, including the word “BEATS” for a range of […]

Personal

Social Media and Your Business: Formidable Weapon or Uncontrollable Scourge?

Reading Time: 5 minutesA Double Whammy of Suspensions and Fines In a media release dated 24 January 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it had issued a warning to a company which breached securities laws pertaining to an offer of digital securities tokens[1]. Following the warning, the proposed offering has been indefinitely suspended. Interestingly, the […]

Business

Cambodia Tax Alert: Interest Rate Update/Transfer Pricing

Reading Time: 3 minutesMarket rates On 13 March 2019, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) released Notification 4630, which provides the “market rates” for determining the caps on interest rate deductions for loans that had been entered into using Khmer Riel (“KHR”) and United States Dollars (“USD”) in the 2018 financial year. The “market rates” for 2018 are as […]

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