Myanmar Tax Pocket Guide 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutesDFDL Myanmar is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 edition of the Myanmar Tax Pocket Guide. Written by DFDL’s tax experts, this comprehensive guide offers a clear and detailed insight on taxation laws and practices in Myanmar. While tax law can be notoriously difficult to decipher in emerging markets, DFDL offers a simplified […]

Who pays the costs of implementing a website-blocking order in the context of trade mark infringement?

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs a follow up our previous articles, “Website Blocking Order – a Possible Remedy against Trade Mark Infringement on the Internet?“ and “English Court of Appeal Affirms Injunctions Against ISPs for Website Selling Counterfeits“, we now revisit the topic as the UK Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgement in Cartier International AG and others (Respondents) v British […]

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SMU Lexicon: Is that indemnity form valid?

Reading Time: 3 minutesDuring the school holidays, it is common for students to sign up for extra-curricular activities and it is equally common to be asked to sign an indemnity form. In a typical indemnity form, you agree to waive your right of legal action in the event of personal injury or death, arising from the negligence of […]

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Varying Spousal Maintenance Orders in Singapore

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou have an existing maintenance order against your spouse/ex-spouse. Your financial situation has changed. You would now like to change by increasing amount of money you receive. How do you go about doing this? Maintenance orders are orders made by the court to mandate the payment of maintenance between the married/divorced couple. Unlike the division […]

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SMU Lexicon: The demise of Bolam-Bolitho: Towards Patient Centricity

Reading Time: 9 minutes Introduction The recent Court of Appeal decision in Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien (“Hii Chii Kok”)[1] has been a long time coming. Affirming the demise of the antiquated Bolam-Bolitho[2] test in relation to pre-treatment advice,[3] this decision also adds Singapore to a growing list of countries which have embraced the concept […]

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Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat are the aims of the Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018? The Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018 which was passed in Parliament on 8 January 2018 (“the Bill”) has a three-pronged aim: to provide borrowers with better protection; to strengthen the regulation of moneylenders; and to professionalise the moneylending industry. The legislative amendments to the Moneylenders Act […]

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Would employer be liable when the employee who sustained injury is prohibited from being employed in Hong Kong?

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntroduction In a recent judgement of Tahir Kashif v Safdar Nasar Mahmud [2018] HKDC 600 (the “Tahir Case”), the applicant for employees’ compensation is an asylum seeker from Pakistan. Under the laws of Hong Kong, he is prohibited from engaging in any employment. The Court needs to consider whether (and if so, how) to exercise its power […]

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Thailand Tax Alert: The Thai Government Announces New International Business Center Incentives and the Cancellation of the IHQ Program

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 10 October 2018, the Thai government announced the cessation of the International Headquarters (“IHQs”) program (which also included Regional Operating Headquarters or “ROHs” and International Trading Centers or “ITCs”) and the creation of a replacement initiative; International Business Centers (“IBCs”). The move is part the OECD Inclusive Framework for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS“). […]

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Myanmar Legal Alert: Yangon Expressway, Land and Revenue Rights

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 7 September 2018, the Ministry of Construction of the Union Government of Myanmar (“MOC”) officially opened the Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) phase of the USD 400 Million Yangon Elevated Expressway Project (“the Project”). The Project is set to be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Myanmar and will take the form […]

Vietnam Legal Updates: Bankruptcy Settlement Procedures

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Ministry of Justice, the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Supreme People’s Court issued Joint Circular No. 07/2018/TTLT-BTP-VKSNDTC-TANDTC dated 12 June 2018, on cooperation in enforcement of court’s decisions on bankruptcy settlements (“Joint Circular 07”), which came into effect on 1 August 2018. Joint Circular 07 sets forth new guidelines on cooperation in the procedures […]

The Polo/Lauren Company, L.P. v Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Ltd

Reading Time: 9 minutesIn a decision rendered by an Assistant Registrar at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS held that an application for declaration of invalidity of Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Ltd’s trade mark failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? The Polo/Lauren Company, L.P. (Applicant) A limited […]