SMU Lexicon: Reversing a Bankrupt’s Transfer

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction Let’s say you are an investor. You enter a joint investment with a friend and lend him $100,000. Sadly, the joint venture fails, and to make matters worse, your friend has gone bankrupt and transferred half of your money to his wife. Can you get your money back? Unfortunately, once he is declared bankrupt, […]

SMU Lexicon: Love gone cold – What does it mean for a marriage to be voidable and When does it happen?

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction “Newly-wed man lied to court about not sleeping with wife to save money on divorce proceedings” – this was the headline of a local news article where a man, Daryl, claimed that his marriage was voidable and should be annulled since his wife refused to consummate it.[1] One who is unaware of the law […]

SMU Lexicon: Consent and Personal Data – Charting the Differences between the PDPA and GDPR

Reading Time: 10 minutesIntroduction Over the past few years, techniques to refine and process data have been developed and honed. Whether it is developments in machine learning or the internet-of-things, the invention of these technologies has made data a valuable and strategic commodity.[1] Given the importance and value of data to commercial operations, this has led to the […]

SMU Lexicon: Breaking the Cycle of At-Risk Behaviour in Youths – Singapore’s 2020 Family Guidance Order

Reading Time: 12 minutesIntroduction It is no secret that children and youths are often rowdy and mischievous. The real problem arises when mischief turns into criminal activity. Faced with extreme troublemakers who may have stepped foot into illegality, what can parents do? Children and young persons (“CYPs”) who engage in behaviour that puts them at risk of committing […]

The Evolution of Banks in Singapore: Things you need to know about the Regulation of Digital Banks

Reading Time: 12 minutesOn 28 June 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS“) announced that it will issue up to five digital banking licenses[1]. This was a revolutionary move by the MAS as digital bank licenses were extended to non-bank players and allowed banks to operate in Singapore with minimal physical presence. The MAS recognises that the banking […]

SMU Lexicon: Benefits of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2020 to the Consumer

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction This article explains how the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2020[1] (the “Amendment”) benefits the user in three areas: customer experience, safeguards, and transparency. Firstly, the Amendment improves the customer experience in two ways: (1) deemed consent by contractual necessity eliminates the hassle of clicking multiple checkboxes to express the user’s consent to the […]

When A Home Is Not A Home

Reading Time: 9 minutesThe matrimonial home occupies a very special place in the family. During the marriage, it is the cradle of the family. It is where the family starts its day, and where it ends its day. It is where the family breaks bread, and it is where bonds are made. Accordingly, the matrimonial home also occupies […]

Wang Lee Hom’s divorce – 6 ways it differs from usual divorce proceedings and key takeaways.

Reading Time: 8 minutesOn 15 December 2021, celebrity Mandopop singer Wang Lee Hom announced on social media that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Lee Jinglei, were getting divorced. This began a war of words between Wang and Lee, and even between their respective friends and family, that lasted about a week before Wang apologised publicly to Lee and […]

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Parliament amends Women’s Charter to introduce divorce by mutual agreement option

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Singapore Parliament amended the Women’s Charter on 10 January 2022, introducing a new Divorce by Mutual Agreement (DMA) reason in divorce proceedings. The change is meant to provide a more amicable option for couples to split up legally. The DMA reason adds a new route for couples to mutually agree that their marriage has broken […]

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Levelling the Playing Field between the Prosecution and the Defence: Steps in the Right Direction

Reading Time: 8 minutesDeveloped by Herbert Packer, the Crime Control Model and Due Process Model espouse different ideologies in criminal justice. The former prioritises efficient crime suppression in the interests of public order, while the latter emphasises the primacy of individual rights in relation to the state. While Singapore’s criminal justice regime incorporates characteristics of both, historically, experts […]

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S’pore to introduce new gambling laws that cover arcade games & claw machines

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be amending the gambling legislation later this year to ensure that the laws and regulations remain effective in the face of evolving gambling products and business models. Amendments will be made to areas including the definition of gambling, social gambling, arcade games and claw machines, and online games. […]

A Guide to Listing a SPAC on the SGX (Part 2)

Reading Time: 4 minutesSpecial Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs“) are companies, at the point of their proposed listing on the Singapore Exchange (“SGX“), without an operating history, business or assets generating revenues. The listing is undertaken primarily to raise capital to acquire a business or businesses, as the case may be, and complete a business combination. In this article, […]