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How to choose a mediator?

Reading Time: 6 minutesMediation – an alternative to Court litigation that is gaining traction When a serious dispute arises, the common response is to instruct lawyers immediately and to take the battle straightaway into the Courtroom. This may be the preference of many who have no faith that the dispute can be resolved. In recent times however, disputants […]

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MAS Consultation Paper on Changes to the Notification Requirement in relation to Representatives Serving Only Non-Retail Customers

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 25 September 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) issued a consultation paper proposing certain changes to streamline the Representative Notification Framework (“RNF”) for financial institutions (“FIs”) whose representatives serve only non-retail customers. For the purposes of this present consultation, a non-retail customer would be a customer who falls within the statutory definitions of […]

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What are Distribution Agreements in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe nature of distribution Distribution is an arrangement through which the distributor buys goods from a manufacturer or wholesaler and resells them on its own behalf. This is a common relationship in business and warrants some examination if you are either a distributor, manufacturer or wholesaler. Distribution differs from a mere re-sale In a mere […]

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5 Tips when Considering Dispute Resolution Clauses

Reading Time: 4 minutesLike newlyweds, disputes are typically far from the minds of commercial parties at the time of brokering a deal. Excitement about the commercial possibilities typically overshadow any concerns that disputes might arise in the future. Inexperienced commercial parties often leave dispute resolution clauses to the last minute when negotiating a contract and accept without thought […]

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Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Updates Guidance Notes on Setting up a Register of Controllers

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 18 September 2017, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (“ACRA”) issued revised versions of its written guidance in relation to the requirements on the register of controllers for Singapore companies, foreign companies registered in Singapore and limited liability partnerships (collectively known as “Corporate Entities”, and each a “Corporate Entity”) under Part XIA of the […]

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The Truth You Never Knew About Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Clauses

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs an employer, you would not be unfamiliar with non-compete and non-solicitation clauses. Collectively known as restraint of trade (ROT) clauses, employers or their lawyers have probably drafted one form or another of ROT clauses into your standard employment contracts so as to restrain employees from engaging in certain activities. Nevertheless, despite your employee’s signature […]

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The House of Cards That Came Tumbling Down: Singapore Court of Appeal Sets Aside Order Sanctioning Schemes of Arrangement

Reading Time: 7 minutesSK Engineering & Construction Co Ltd v Conchubar Aromatics Ltd and another appeal [2017] SGCA 51 In a recent landmark decision, the Singapore Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s Order sanctioning two schemes of arrangement. Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s Partner Debby Lim acted as Singapore counsel for the successful appellant, who was the […]

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How to draft your terms and conditions for your website

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat are the terms and conditions of your website? If your website is designed to invite visitors to buy the available services and products you provide online, you should have the terms and conditions appear on your website.  Visitors will be interested to consider the terms and conditions first before deciding to use your services […]

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The Employment Act in Singapore Simplified – What You Need to Know as an Employer

Reading Time: 10 minutesWhat is the Employment Act?  The Employment Act (Cap 91, Rev Ed. 2016) (“the Employment Act”) authoritatively prescribes the minimum standard of employment terms for applicable employees in Singapore. In order to avoid prosecution, employers must know whether the Employment Act applies to their employees, and if applicable, how the Employment Act applies exactly. While […]

A visual guide to the type of work passes in Singapore

Reading Time: 4 minutesEmployers rely on foreign workers for various reasons – whether to answer the shortage of local workers or to fill specialised roles. The Ministry of Manpower reports 1.393 million foreign workers in Singapore as of December 2016. Employers who want to tap into foreign talent must apply for work passes. It can be a complicated […]

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Singapore Smart Nation – How the law is changing with big plans for Big Data

Reading Time: 4 minutesSingapore has set course towards building a Smart Nation that is driven by big data, and changes in the law and regulations are pertinent to that end. Singapore’s Prime Minister first announced the government’s vision to become the world’s first Smart Nation in November 2014. Since then, Singapore has been revising its legal and regulatory […]