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The History of Cap. 481 In 1971, a wave of reforming legislation was introduced to regulate family and inheritance laws in Hong Kong in a bid to diminish the application of customary Chinese law...
January 2020
Each year, the Recreation and Sports Committee (“RSC”) invites nominations and applications from members for the Outstanding Performance Award (the “Award”) to commend those members under the Law...
December 2019
The parent of a child born out of wedlock may make a claim for child maintenance pursuant to s. 10 of the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance (Cap. 13) (“GMO”). There is no requirement in the GMO for...
December 2019
Third-Party Funding (TPF) is one of the popular topics in the international arbitration community in recent years. To date, TPF has been permitted in a number of jurisdictions, such as the United...
December 2019
There has been a heated debate over “shell creation” and backdoor listing (also known as “reverse takeover(s)”, “RTO(s)”) in recent years, which enables a potential buyer of the issuer to secure...
December 2019
In February 2019, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced that it had revamped its licensing forms and issued a new version of its Licensing Handbook. One of the changes...
November 2019
As in many current and former Commonwealth jurisdictions, Hong Kong’s insolvency legislation empowers the courts to wind up or bankrupt debtors on grounds of insolvency. Traditionally, the courts...
November 2019
Introduction Dispute resolution is big business. The leading financial centres of the world vie to attract both arbitration and litigation work. London has enjoyed a large volume of international...
November 2019
Introduction Last year, the highly publicised case of Owens v Owens [2018] AC 899 generated considerable attention on the legal framework for divorce in England and Wales. In brief,...
October 2019
1 Introduction Computers are increasingly becoming a part of the furniture of not only the modern courtroom but also the judicial functions, one of which is sentencing. Over the last 30 years,...
October 2019
On 6 June 2019, the Court of Final Appeal handed down a historic judgment in Leung Chun Kwong v the Secretary for the Civil Service and others (“the Angus Leung Case”). In addition to...
October 2019
2 April 2019 marked an important milestone for the arbitration regime in Hong Kong – on this day the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Supreme People’s Court of the...
September 2019
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“Exchange”) published a consultation paper on delisting in September 2017 (“Consultation Paper”). After feedback from the market, the Exchange issued its...
September 2019
It is common to find financial investors forming joint ventures with business operators. The financial investor provides the capital, and the operator provides the industry expertise to manage the...
September 2019
Since the time of Banks v Goodfellow (1870) LR 5 QB, challenges concerning testamentary capacity have been a common issue arising before the courts. The Court of Final Appeal has recently...
August 2019
Statutory Underpin Section 86(2)(b) of the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) provides that our courts may refuse the enforcement of an arbitral award if “it would be contrary to public...
August 2019
Industry Snapshot More than 200 cryptoexchanges now operate internationally. While platforms that provide futures and options trading on Bitcoin and Ether are already subject to the oversight of...
August 2019
Introduction Victims without a voice: the problem of “which of you did it?” cases In family violence and other cases where the victims are children or vulnerable adults who cannot speak up for...
July 2019
On 6 May 2019, new Practice Direction 22.1 took effect creating an Intellectual Property (“IP”) Specialist List. The key feature of the new list is that all interlocutory applications and trials in...
July 2019
Introduction The Court of First Instance decision in Company A and Others v Company D and Others [2018] HKCFI 2240 confirmed the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Court to grant interim...
July 2019