Industry Insights

“Business as usual, cash flow is the king.” This is especially true for the Hong Kong construction industry, when the success of any project counts on a chain of interdependent parties starting...
March 2019
In Poben Consultants Ltd v Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club [2019] HKCA 107, the Court of Appeal considered the test for determining whether a communication is made "without prejudice...
March 2019
The last twelve months have seen significant developments with regard to the local legislative regime to combat money laundering. These developments took place against the background of the Financial...
March 2019
The judgment of the Companies Court in Re China Fishery Group Ltd [2019] HKCFI 174 comes on the back of its judgment in Re CW Advanced Techonologies Ltd [2018] HKCFI 1705. Both...
March 2019
From 9 July 2018, derivative actions commenced in Bermuda may not be continued without leave of the Supreme Court. The requirement comes by way of amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court 1985...
March 2019
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has for many years examined some acquisitions of U.S. industries for their impact on national security. Following a recommendation...
March 2019
The Property Management Services Authority's recent Consultation Paper on a "Proposed Licensing Regime for Property Management Companies and Property Management Practitioners" will be impenetrable to...
February 2019
An important appeal judgment in a failed judicial review challenge in Interush Ltd v Commissioner of Police has been handed down ([2019] HKCA 70, CACV 230/2015). The background to the case is...
February 2019
To further develop Hong Kong into a full-service asset management hub, the open-ended fund company (OFC) structure was introduced on 30 July 2018. The OFC regime aims to compete with other asset...
February 2019
Extract from Speech of The President of Law Society at Opening of Legal Year 2019: "… What triggered an overall review of the foreign lawyers’ regulatory regime in 2016 were the strong concerns...
February 2019
The United States is a major destination for the people of Hong Kong. The US Consulate in Hong Kong issues around 69,000 non-immigrant visas (for temporary stays in the United States) and around 3,...
January 2019
As previously noted in Industry Insights (August 2017 and June 2018), Re A is a rare example of a contested application for admission to the Bar pursuant to s. 27(1) of the...
January 2019
The Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Ordinance was enacted on 14 June 2017 and came into operation on 23 June 2017. Certain key provisions were not...
January 2019
Just when some dispute resolution lawyers or their clients in Hong Kong thought that it might be safe to visit England, the English Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in WH Holding Ltd...
January 2019
The Competition Commission has recently published its first decision on the exclusion of the competition rules under the Competition Ordinance. The Commission found that the Code of Banking Practice...
January 2019
Despite the widespread popularity of initial coin offering (ICO), the volatility of the cryptocurrency market earlier this year has however highlighted the murky status of ICOs, particularly when it...
January 2019
In the second part of this article which explains why more companies should consider the ITC for their trade secret disputes, and how the process works, we will focus on discussing cross-border...
December 2018
With the rise of blockchain technology in recent years and the surge in prices of cryptocurrencies in 2017, initial coin offerings (ICOs) have taken investors (both institutional and private)...
December 2018
"Hong Kong residents shall have the right to confidential legal advice, access to the courts, choice of lawyers for timely protection of their lawful rights and interests or for representation...
December 2018
With headlines in the news of regulated entities "self-reporting" or delaying in doing so, it is timely to consider some basic considerations. Regulators like self-reports by regulated entities and...
December 2018