And just like that, 2020 is almost over. For many months, it felt like this year would go on forever, but here we are in December, with the festive season ahead of us and multiple vaccines on the horizon. Suddenly, it feels like we are able to look forward again, and with some optimism.
But when we look back on 2020, it is important that we focus less on the struggles we all underwent to adapt to the so-called “new normal,” and instead take heart from the resilience we showed during the course of a most unusual year. We should take pride in the fact that instead of letting a pandemic slow us down, we instead moved seamlessly to working from home, adeptly juggled domestic and professional priorities, and kept ourselves laser-focused on helping our clients. The pandemic will pass, but the realisation that we are far more resilient than some of us had given ourselves credit for will hold us in good stead for many years to come.
On to the year’s last issue of the Hong Kong Lawyer, then. In 2020, Hong Kong’s Intellectual Property Department (IPD) celebrates 30 years of service, and our cover story features David Wong, a veteran public servant and director of the IPD. In this interview, Mr. Wong tells us about how the IPD has evolved in the three decades since its founding, recent developments in Hong Kong’s IP landscape, and where he sees the IPD going from here.
Our feature articles are no less illuminating. In one, we discuss the great potential for Hong Kong to widely apply mediation in resolving wealth management disputes. Then there are two features focused on capital markets. The first one analyses the application of the standby letter of credit for Chinese issuers’ offshore U.S. dollar bond issuance. The other looks at how changes to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong rules have made it much more attractive to Greater China issuers.
Let me also take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. May 2021 bring renewed hope and joy to all.
Acting Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer