Industry Insights

The Hong Kong Competition Tribunal, which hears all cases regarding violations of Hong Kong’s competition law, recently issued a decision addressing (1) the general contours of discovery in...
August 2018
In Chang Wa Shan v Esther Chan Pui Kwan [2018] HKCFA 29, the Court of Final Appeal (among other things) declined to extend the common law defence of absolute privilege in the law of...
August 2018
HCA 1980 of 2015 was in many ways the jurisdiction’s first cryptocurrency-based litigation. The action was commenced by the largest developer of bitcoin mining hardware in PRC. On the other-side was...
August 2018
Introduction A derivative action is an action commenced by one or more minority shareholders on behalf of a company in respect of loss or damage which that company itself has suffered. Such a...
August 2018
By a resolution of the Legislative Council, pursuant to s. 73A of the District Court Ordinance (Cap. 336) and published in the Government Gazette (29 June 2018 – L.N. 131 of 2018), increases to the...
August 2018
Valuations of “new economy” initial public offerings in Hong Kong are ringing alarm bells in China, with the securities regulator urging institutions to be “responsible” and professional in the book-...
July 2018
One only has to take a cursory perusal of the Competition Commission's resplendent website to see that it is one of the most socially active regulators in the village of Hong Kong, with frequent...
July 2018
At the heart of the appeal before the Court of Final Appeal in Astro Nusantara International B V v PT Ayunda Prima Mitra [2018] HKCFA 12 was the appellant's application for time (pursuant...
July 2018
It is commonly said that joint plaintiffs must be represented by the same solicitors. That is true to a point. However, the courts in Hong Kong have an inherent power to grant permission for separate...
July 2018
On 17th October 2017, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (‘UNCITRAL’) Secretariat acknowledged at the 2nd UNITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit that the Convention on Contracts...
July 2018
Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has begun proceedings against the former chairman and CEO of China Forestry for suspected false disclosure of information in the timber company’s IPO...
July 2018
After 10 years of protracted court battles, the Plaintiff in Chun Sang Plastics Company Limited v Commissioner of Police & Secretary for Justice [2018] HKCFI 661 was finally awarded...
July 2018
On 14 May 2018, the General Office of the State Council issued the Opinions on Further Reducing Enterprise Launch Time, with immediate effect. The opinions are aimed at reducing the time it takes...
July 2018
The four classical principles of sentencing enumerated by Lawton LJ in James Henry Sergeant (1974) 60 Cr App R 74 “retribution, deterrence, prevention and rehabilitation” are drawn upon once an...
July 2018
On 6 June 2018, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued the Measures on the Administration on Issuing and Transacting Chinese Depositary Receipts (Trial) together with eight...
July 2018
In Re A [2018] HKCA 272, the Court of Appeal has handed down a commendably fair judgment and, in doing so, has allowed an applicant's appeal against a first instance decision refusing his...
June 2018
On 28 March 2018, the Leading Group on Internet Finance Risk Remediation issued the Notice on Expanding the Rectification of Asset Management Business Carried out through the Internet and Launching...
June 2018
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in 2016, came into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR involves new provisions and enhanced rights. In the wake of technological developments and...
June 2018
On 10 April 2018, President Xi Jinping announced a series of economic measures during his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). The measures are designed to...
June 2018
Earlier this year, Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK) and Thomson Reuters co-hosted an event called "Let's Talk About: Harassment" where around 70 men and women attended a discussion on harassment with a...
June 2018