HONG KONG: CFA clarifies the proper approach for interpreting “Red Flag” Reports

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction In Moody’s Investors Service Hong Kong Ltd v Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) [2018] HKCFA 42, the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) dismissed an appeal brought by Moody’s Investors Service Hong Kong Ltd (“Moody’s”) in relation to SFC’s disciplinary action concerning a report entitled “Red Flags for Emerging-Market Companies: A Focus on China” (the “Report”).  We […]

Vietnam Legal Update: Draft Public-Private Partnership Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesRecently, the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam published a draft of Law on Public-Private Partnership (the “Draft PPP Law”). The Draft PPP Law is expected to be submitted to the Government during the 8th Session of Legislature XIV for consideration, with potential passage during the 9th Session of Legislature XIV. The current public-private […]

Myanmar Tax Update: Annual Tax Compliance Reminder for FY 2018-2019

Reading Time: 2 minutesOur Tax Team wishes to remind you of the fast-approaching deadline for submission of your annual Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”) return, annual Commercial Tax (“CT”) return, and annual Personal Income Tax (“PIT”) Salary Statement. For Myanmar taxpayers who follow the financial year ending 31 March 2019 (“FY 18-19”), all annual tax returns must be submitted […]

Insider Guide to Legal in Singapore: Roundtable #3

Reading Time: 2 minutesAsia Law Network together with the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and our Australian Counterparts, AlphaCreates and ASEAN Legal Tech Association, co-hosted the 2-day event which saw lawyers from Singapore and within the region visiting some of Singapore‘s  companies and law firms to exchange ideas, share progress and fostered relationships between countries. The third roundtable […]

Media Law 101: Do you need permission to take photos?

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn today’s day and age, taking a photo is as easy as whipping out your mobile phone from your pocket and snapping a still image, or recording a moment. Increasingly, one’s personal data might not be so personal anymore. The Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (No. 26 of 2012) (“PDPA”) thus concretised a general data […]

香港:绿化工程必须符合法例

Reading Time: 1 minutes背景
2016年5月20日,香港城市大学(「城大」)陈大河综合会堂的大型屋顶在毫无先兆下突然倒塌,导致在场三人受伤。事件起因相信是面积达1,400平方米的天台覆盖了草皮,最终因不胜负荷而倒塌。

这宗意外显示,屋顶覆盖植物及泥土会造成超重风险,亦令人质疑天台绿化工程缺乏监管。由于城大承认有关工程事先并没有向屋宇署入则,亦惹人关注天台绿化工程的合法性。

Myanmar Legal Alert: The MOC Mandates Wholesale/Retail Registration for Previously Exempted Commodities

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn the most recent development in wholesale and retail, the Ministry of Commerce (“MoC”) issued Notification No. 23/2019 (“Notification”) in relation to the registration of companies involved in importing and trading the following commodities: Chemical Fertilizers, Seeds, Insecticides, Medical Instruments, Construction Materials and Agricultural Machinery (“Commodities”). In relation to wholesale and retail activities in Myanmar, […]

HONG KONG: Court of Final Appeal confirms “obtaining access to computer with a view to dishonest gain” should not apply to a person’s own devices

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction The wide interpretation of the charge of “obtaining access to computer with a view to dishonest gain for himself or another” under section 161(1)(c) of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200) (the “s.161(1)(c) Charge”) was considered in the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Secretary for Justice v Cheng Ka Yee and others[2018] HKCFI 1809, which was […]

Cybersquatting in 2019 Series : New Challenges for Business

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn this series, we will look at the everchanging world of cybersquatting and how companies should be approaching the issue in 2019. Cybersquatting has been a problem for businesses since the nineties but, following a number of recent events, companies (and their customers) are more vulnerable than ever before. Take, for example, the introduction of […]

Myanmar Tax Update: IRD Confirms Changes to the Financial Year for Cooperatives and Private Enterprises

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) recently issued a Letter confirming changes to the tax year of reporting for cooperatives and private enterprises that will take effect from 1 October 2019. This announcement brings the financial year into line with the State’s new budget year as mentioned in the 2018-2019 Union Taxation Law. Previously, only […]

Synergy between Blockchain Technology and Data Portability

Reading Time: 7 minutesSingapore’s Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”) is currently under review. In 2017, the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”) launched a public consultation on proposed amendments relating to the general concepts of collection, use and disclosure on personal data, and notifications of data breaches. Separately, the PDPC and Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) jointly […]