Industry Insights

At the time of writing, the Irish Supreme Court judgment in Persona Digital Telephony & Anor v The Minister for Public Enterprise & Ors is awaited, the final appeal hearing having...
May 2017
The Market Misconduct Tribunal (“MMT”) recently disagreed with the Securities and Futures Commission, holding that an executive director and a number of non-executive directors did not commit the...
May 2017
China’s total overseas investment in commercial real estate has been increasing – there was a 49 percent increase in 2016 compared to 2015. This article explores whether we can expect this increase...
May 2017
Business folk about to travel the “Belt and Road“ might do well to compare certain privileges and immunities available in civil proceedings in Hong Kong with those available in a variety of other...
May 2017
The Hong Kong market is presently faced with an increase in mainland private enterprises listing on the local exchange, resulting in shell planting and volatility in stock prices in the Growth...
May 2017
As previously noted (Industry Insights, December 2016), overall 2016 was a tougher year for overseas applicants (English QCs) looking to obtain ad hoc admission to the Hong Kong Bar,...
May 2017
On 15 March 2017, the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) enacted the General Provisions of the Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China, which will take effect 1 October 2017. The...
May 2017
On 28 February 2017, the SPC published the Arrangement between the Courts in the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Mutually Entrusted Taking of Evidence in Civil and...
May 2017
Cornerstone investors have been playing an increasingly dominant role in Hong Kong IPOs. In fact, PRC institutional investors in particular have demonstrated their strong appetite for cornerstone...
April 2017
On 9 March 2017, the Hong Kong Law Society’s Academy of Law launched its inaugural Annual Insolvency Law and Practice Conference. The hugely popular event took place in a packed auditorium of the...
April 2017
There is a line in the famous song of the same title that goes something like: “The love we share, seems to go nowhere”. Not only is there an industry out there of such things as “Telephone Scams...
April 2017
On 26 January 2017, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) issued the Notice on Further Promoting Foreign Exchange Administration Reform and Perfecting Authenticity and Compliance...
April 2017
Section 49 (“Interest on judgments”) of the High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4) “(1) Judgment debts shall carry simple interest – (a) at such rate as the Court of First Instance may order; or (b)...
April 2017
On 10 January 2017, the Supreme People’s Court issued the Provisions on Several Issues Concerning the Adjudication of Administrative Cases on Granting and Affirming Trademark-related Rights, which...
April 2017
On 20 January 2017, the SFC and the HKEX issued a joint statement regarding the price volatility of GEM stocks and a guideline to sponsors, underwriters and placing agents...
April 2017
As reported in the February 2017 edition of the Hong Kong Lawyer (“DNFPBs”), the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (“FSTB”) has recently undertaken a consultation, proposing to extend client...
April 2017
On 26 January 2017, the Court of First Instance handed down a judgment on s.35G of Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) (“PDPO”) in HKSAR v Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited, HCMA 624/...
April 2017
In U v A (unrep., HCCT 34/2016, 23 February 2017 per Mimmie Chan J), the Court of First Instance dismissed an application to set aside an order granting leave to enforce an ICC arbitral...
April 2017
On 9 January 2017, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council jointly issued the Opinions on the Development of...
March 2017
As new and old Presidents move in and out of a “White House” and a “Blue House” respectively, to the tune of the song “My Way”, the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong is doing things its...
March 2017