Lunch With A Lawyer: Janna Wong, Associate At Heng, Leong and Srinivasan LLC

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen I reached out to Janna over email to request an interview, Janna suggested that we meet here, at The Malayan Council on Winstedt Road. When our meeting finally rolls around, I dig into a decadent slice of ondeh-ondeh cake, and start Janna off with the all-time favourite question of law school admissions panels everywhere: […]

A New Year, A New Set of Arbitral Rules: A Summary of the Key Changes Introduced in the 2021 ICC Arbitration Rules

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction 2021 has brought hope and new changes. Such new changes also extend into the international arbitration world. At the start of the new year, the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC“) implemented the 2021 Arbitration Rules (“2021 ICC Rules“), which applies to cases filed from 1 January 2021 onwards. The 2021 ICC Rules is a […]

Press Release: Withers appoints Joel Shen as Partner as part of Withers tech Asia expansion

Reading Time: 2 minutesInternational law firm Withers has further strengthened its Withers tech Asia and Singapore corporate practice with the promotion of technology and venture capital specialist Joel Shen to Partner in Singapore amidst growing momentum in fintech and venture capital investments across Southeast Asia. Joel specialises in advising technology companies, funds and private investors from set-up, funding, […]

From Jan 2023, GST To Be Imposed On All Imported Goods Purchased Online

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 16 February 2021, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced that from 1 Jan 2023, GST will be levied on “imported low-value goods and business-to-consumer (B2C) imported non-digital services”.  The announcement means that from Jan 2023, all goods imported via air or post will be subject to GST. This would […]

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From Bill to Law: Singapore’s Legislative Process

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn Monday (1 February 2021), the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill was tabled for a second reading in Parliament. The Bill aims to amend the Electronic Transactions Act to be more aligned to the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on 13 July 2017.  […]

ICYMI: This Divorced Couple Went To Court Over Whom Their Son Should Have CNY Eve Reunion Dinner With

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt might sound like something out of The Onion, but according to Lianhe Wanbao, a divorced Singaporean couple actually spent one and a half years in a dispute over which parent their 13-year-old son should have reunion dinner with on the eve of Chinese New Year. What happened? The parents were initially granted joint custody […]

ICYMI: Why Is Everyone Saying That The Police Can Use My TraceTogether Data?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhy is everyone suddenly buzzing about TraceTogether? Last Monday, Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan stated in parliament that the police can access data gathered by TraceTogether tokens for criminal investigations. This was in response to a question posed by Member of Parliament (MP) for Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Mr Christoper […]

Finding Clarity Through Different Lenses

Reading Time: 4 minutesLate last week, I had some contemplative thoughts as I went to my optometrist for my usual eye checkup. As I was asked to recite the alphabets in front of me, I was thinking – 20/20 vision is often an optometrist’s medal conferred on the eye that has normal visual clarity. However, for most humans […]

New Foreign Investment Law to Take Effect in China in 2020 Foreign-invested Enterprises Under Same Corporate Governance Regime as Chinese Companies

Reading Time: 6 minutesOn 15 March 2019, the National People’s Congress of China adopted the new Foreign Investment Law (the “Law”). It aimed to unify and streamline the framework of foreign investment in China, and build a market environment with stability, transparency, predictability and fair competition. The Law will take effect on 1 January 2020. How will the […]

Leveraging Government Incentives to Grow Your Manufacturing Business in Malaysia

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe global manufacturing industry has been developing rapidly in recent years, entering an era of “Industry 4.0” where digital transformation dominates production lines. Malaysia, ranking 17th in the Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index 2016, is surely a significant player in the game. Since the manufacturing industry is a crucial drive of the country’s economy, the government has launched various incentives to draw and retain foreign investors. The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is the statutory body in charge of foreign direct investment and […]

The Practical Guide to Starting a Business in Malaysia

Reading Time: 3 minutesMalaysia, as one of the most open economies in the world, emerges to be an ideal location for setting up a business. Strategically located in Asia, Malaysia has lower start-up costs compared to other Asia-Pacific countries, thus attracting increasingly more entrepreneurs to form their companies there. This article will outline some procedures for setting up […]