Features

Cayman Islands unit trusts have become an increasingly popular vehicle for structuring hedge funds.  These structures have traditionally been most popular among Japanese fund managers and...
October 2016
In May this year, the UK Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling on the protection of privacy under English law. The Supreme Court ruled that individuals may obtain injunctions against...
September 2016
Moving in-house has often been seen as the “holy grail” for many lawyers but is moving across to the other side really all it is made out to be? The competition for in-house legal positions has never...
September 2016
In recent years, deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”) have become a common tool for US prosecutors and regulatory bodies to reach an arrangement with financial institutions when wrongdoing is...
September 2016
In recent years, international arbitration has emerged as a high-growth area for the litigation funding industry. All the major funders now have international arbitration cases in their portfolios,...
September 2016
Whether it’s the kids’ day-care, the family holiday, or that gym membership we eagerly signed up for on the first of January, paying for goods and services before receiving them is the normal...
August 2016
With China emerging as a major maritime nation and following the announcement of the The Belt and Road Initiative, there has been much discussion on how Hong Kong can capitalise on its advantage as a...
August 2016
Domestic violence and child abuse have long been known to co-occur, but not necessarily to be more intricately linked than that. Over the last few years, however, several jurisdictions have begun to...
August 2016
On 11 July 2016, the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) handed down its judgment in two much anticipated decisions concerning money laundering (see FACC 5 & 6/2015 and FACC 1/2015, heard together)....
August 2016
“What keeps these patriarchs awake at night is succession to the next generation”, said Kevin Herbert, HSBC’s co-head for private banking in north Asia, as he spoke to the Financial Times in March...
July 2016
The decision in HKSAR v Chan Huandai highlighted the problems of running jury trials in the Internet age. In this article, Morley Chow Seto examines the decision and the possible solutions...
July 2016
When preparing to list a company with a previous Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) investigation record, lawyers, on the one hand, owe a duty to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“SEHK”) and...
July 2016
The Panama Papers showed Hong Kong to be a controlling node in the global network of offshore financial centres which allows individuals and companies to manage legitimate trade-flows and tax...
July 2016
What amounts to a guilty plea is obvious to the criminal practitioner: the defendant pleads guilty to a charge and admits the facts of the case with full understanding of what the elements of the...
June 2016
The Faculty of Law of Chinese University of Hong Kong organised an international conference in late March 2015, on the topic of “Managing the Globalisation of Sanitation Water Services: ‘Blue Gold’...
June 2016
The UK Insurance Act 2015 (the “UK Act”), which comes into force in the United Kingdom in August 2016, represents the most fundamental change to English insurance law for more than a century. As...
June 2016
With the use of British Virgin Islands ("BVI"), Bermuda and Cayman Islands entities continuing to grow in popularity in Asia, the ability of a party to freeze a party’s assets pending the outcome of...
May 2016
Following the Premier's earlier announcement of the nationwide pilot value added tax (“VAT”) reform program, under which service sectors historically subject to business tax (“BT”) would be subject...
May 2016
It’s important for leading law firms to closely observe market trends. As far as current trends go in China, few are as significant as the reform of state owned enterprises (“SOEs”). There are...
May 2016
“This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. The number of disputes in music and entertainment arising from agreements between musicians and their...
May 2016