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The increasing number of French couples settling down in Hong Kong with children or having children in Hong Kong has led us many times in the past to deal with the issue of legal guardianship and how...
April 2020
The world is facing unprecedented impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 has wide-ranging implications for people, businesses, governments and institutions in every part of...
April 2020
There is a popular belief that “anyone can get divorced” in Hong Kong (HK) Special Administrative Region (SAR), but SAR is not a fly-in, fly-out divorce jurisdiction.  See B v A [2007] 4...
April 2020
Cutting-edge technology provides fraudsters with new twists on old schemes. Although it often takes years for legislation and case law to directly address novel technologies, two recent Hong Kong...
April 2020
INTRODUCTION Post-termination restrictions (“PTRs”) are commonly found in employee’s contracts to restrict the activities of a former employee following termination of his employment. Courts in...
April 2020
The unfolding coronavirus outbreak has devastated the economy of Hong Kong. It was reported that the average daily number of visiting tourists decreased to 3,000 in Mid February 2020 from 200,000 in...
March 2020
Just as China’s new Foreign Investment Law and its implementation rules (New FIE Law) took effect in January—for the first time promising a level playing field for foreign enterprises—COVID-19 struck...
March 2020
With the continuous spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) around the globe, it has had a significant impact on – and sparked uncertainty in – the global economy. With containment measures, including...
March 2020
Received an “official” email from the World Health Organisation and thinking of opening an attachment containing tips to avoid the coronavirus? Feeling tempted to click on a link that offers “free...
March 2020
Multinationals in Asia are deep into one of the most challenging business environments in decades as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the focus is shifting away from Asia, with China...
March 2020
Working from home has become increasingly popular in the wake of Covid-19 (coronavirus). This article examines the legal implications of working from home. PRELIMINARY ISSUES Entitlement to...
March 2020
When dealing with a cross-border probate case, it is important to understand what the foreign law involved provides. This is the reason why, with the increasing number of probate cases involving...
March 2020
We are acting for the Plaintiff in Cyberworks Audio Video Technology Limited v Mei Ah (HK) Company Limited & Ors [2020] HKCFI 347, a case where the High Court conducted an unprecedented hearing...
March 2020
Given the challenges that Hong Kong currently faces there was much expectation ahead of the recent budget speech of Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po. Whilst cash giveaways and tax...
March 2020
As we move into the year of the rat, Allen & Overy partners Matt Bower and Charlotte Robins consider some of the key areas of financial regulatory development that are expected this year in...
February 2020
INTRODUCTION Against the backdrop of the surging Wuhan coronavirus (aka COVID-19) that has been spreading across China and dozens of other countries around the world, a patent controversy has...
February 2020
INTRODUCTION China’s State Council just passed new Foreign Investment Law Implementing Regulations (2019 FILIR) that partially clarify how foreign investment is regulated in China. The Chinese...
February 2020
In our recent article, we discussed the legal ramifications of the force majeure clauses to “excuse” parties from performing onerous or impossible contracts in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak....
February 2020
The Labour and Welfare Bureau (the “Bureau”) has recently announced measures to extend the statutory maternity leave in Hong Kong from 10 weeks to 14 weeks. The Bureau will be publishing the...
February 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 novel coronavirus has brought about disruptions to both public life and international business of an unprecedented scale. Not surprisingly, there have already been instances...
February 2020