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Social Media and Your Business: Formidable Weapon or Uncontrollable Scourge?
Business,Business Advice,Competition Law,Employment

Reading Time: 5 minutesA Double Whammy of Suspensions and Fines In a media release dated 24 January 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it had issued a warning to a company which breached securities laws pertaining to an offer of digital securities tokens[1]. Following the warning, the proposed offering has been indefinitely suspended. Interestingly, the […]

Vietnam Legal Update: Proposed New Solar Feed-In-Tariff
Alternative Energy,Business,Business Advice,Legal Updates,Regional Law,Vietnam

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 22 February 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (the “MOIT”) publicized a draft Decision (the “Draft Decision”) that will replace Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam dated 11 April 2017 ( “Decision 11”) on mechanisms to encourage the development of solar power projects in Vietnam. The Draft […]

Intellectual Property News: Cicada Cube Pte Ltd V National University Hospital (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by Singapore’s Court of Appeal, the highest court in Singapore clarified the position for joint ownership in contested patents. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? (a) Cicada Cube Pte Ltd (“Appellant”, also referred to as Cicada) Cicada is a Singapore-incorporated software engineering company and is the registered proprietor of the […]

Hong Kong: Amendments to an employment contract – whether there is “real benefit” to an employer
Business,Business Advice,Employment,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our previous newsletter “Amendments to an Employment Contract Must Be Supported by Fresh Consideration” (September 2017), we discussed the ruling of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Wu Kit Man v Dragonway Group Holdings Limited HCLA 15/2016, where the CFI held that amendments to an existing employment contract were unenforceable due to lack of […]

Hong Kong: The Competition Tribunal refuses last-minute application to amend pleadings two months before trial
Business,Competition Law,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In Competition Commission v Wing Hing Construction Co Ltd [2018] HKCT 6, the Competition Tribunal refuses a respondent’s application to amend its Response and file new witness statements in substitution for a statement already filed. Factual background In these proceedings, the respondents were contractors appointed from a reference list of the Hong Kong Housing Authority to […]

What do you need to know when registering your domain name?
Business,Business Advice

Reading Time: 5 minutesDomain names are an extremely important opportunity for companies to reserve rights to their name beyond the physical retail space. As the importance of physical retail is wanes in place of ecommerce, domain names are crucial to any business’ visibility, given their ability to direct anyone in the world to their website. Owning a domain […]

Indonesia Legal Alert: A Regulatory Pole Vault for the Indonesian Crypto-Industry
Business,Business Advice,Cryptocurrency,Indonesia,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesFebruary 2019 was a tumultuous month for the Indonesian crypto-industry with the introduction of regulations that impose staggering thresholds for minimum capital and closing balance requirements among other stringent qualifying criteria for Crypto Asset Exchanges, Custodians, Clearing Agencies and Traders. The regulatory rationale advanced by Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Supervisory Authority, “Bappebti” is that in […]

What are some of the common issues faced by landlords and tenants?
Personal,Properties and Real Estate,Tenants and Landlords

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt is the last month of tenancy – can the Tenant request that the Landlord deduct the rent from the Security Deposit? It is a common request that the Landlord may receive towards the end of the tenancy.  The Landlord must bear in mind that there are a variety of reasons for the collection of […]

Hong Kong: Navigating the money laundering minefield – the Court of Appeal dismissed the constitutional challenge against the “no consent” regime
Business,Business Advice,Money Laundering

Reading Time: 10 minutesIntroduction In Interush Ltd v Commissioner of Police [2019] HKCA 70, the Court of Appeal (“CA”) has rejected an argument that two money laundering offences, namely sections 25 and 25A of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 455) (“OSCO”) under the so called “no consent regime” or “informal freezing” of assets, infringe the property rights and […]

Sham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties
Marriage,Personal

Reading Time: 3 minutesSham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties What does a sham marriage mean? Between March and July 2017, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) uncovered one of the largest sham marriages to date. Some 17 syndicate members were arrested and 12 of which were convicted. A sham marriage, which is legally referred […]

Cannabis is now legal in Thailand for medical use and research
Business,Business Advice,Legal Everyday,Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat do investors need to know about it? The latest amendment to the Narcotics Act, effective as of 18 February 2019, allows only the distribution and possession of cannabis for study and medical purposes and in limited quantities. The use or possession of cannabis for purposes other than the ones mentioned above is still prohibited […]

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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions answered by a Personal Injury Lawyer

Reading Time: 5 minutesWould the employer be liable for the employee’s injuries if the employee is prohibited from being employed in Singapore? If an employee is prohibited from being employed in Singapore but sustains injuries, then the employer would still be liable for the employee’s injuries since Singapore’s public policy is to protect workers at the workplace. This […]

Business

AUSTRALIA: Do you have a loan from your company?

Reading Time: 3 minutesDivision 7A of the Tax Assessment Act 1936 aims to prevent companies from avoiding tax by distributing tax-free profits to shareholders and associates through payments, loans and forgiven debts. A division 7A loan can include an advance of money, a provision of credit, a payment made by a company for a person, on their behalf or at […]

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