Industry Insights

As reported in Industry Insights for the September 2017 edition of the Hong Kong Lawyer (“Solicitor and Own Client Costs”), on a review of a taxing master’s certificate, pursuant...
April 2018
Public interest in the blockchain has spiked since the latter half of last year. As shown by Google Trends, web and news search of the term has grown exponentially since April 2017. The blockchain is...
April 2018
The former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen who was accused of accepting benefits from Wave Media was not convicted at the jury trial in 2018. The issue of social celebrities attending jury...
April 2018
Franchising, in its various forms, continues to present businesses with an excellent way of achieving profitable and successful international growth without the need for either substantial capital...
April 2018
In the latest chapter of the saga between Arjowiggins HKK2 Ltd (‘Arjowiggins’) and Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd (‘Shandong Chenming’), Justice Mimmie Chan in the Court of First Instance...
April 2018
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR‘) is fast approaching. After a two-year implementation phase, the new Regulation will be coming into force on 25 May 2018. It is Europe’s biggest...
April 2018
Both the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 and the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 were passed by the Legislative Council...
April 2018
Lasmos Ltd v Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 426, 2 March 2018, is another in a line of cases that demonstrate the pro-arbitration stance of the courts in Hong Kong. The case...
April 2018
The international growth of the #MeToo movement has drawn attention not only to sexual harassment but also to bullying in the workplace. Any kind of behaviour that humiliates, intimidates or...
April 2018
The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 (‘the Companies Amendment Ordinance’) To combat money laundering and terrorist financing, the Financial Action Task Force (‘FATF’) requires member...
April 2018
The mighty Dragon has changed direction. It has begun to breathe fire West, across an ancient route through the Taklimakan Desert, bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the South and the Pamir...
March 2018
Blockchain, the technology that underpins digital currencies such as Bitcoin, has the potential to drastically alter the global financial system. However, developers and market participants must...
March 2018
For many readers (particularly, “couples” travelling through the customs channel from Hong Kong to the Mainland), the Court of Final Appeal’s judgment in HKSAR v. Lam Tan Ching [2018] HKCFA 1,...
March 2018
The recent case of Fung Hing Chiu v. Henry Wai & Co [2018] HKCFI 31 confirms that the High Court’s power to order the taxation of a solicitor’s bill, pursuant to s. 67 of the Legal Practitioners...
March 2018
The Hong Kong Government is considering key changes to the existing anti-discrimination ordinances. The proposed changes have been brought forward following a consultation carried out by the Equal...
March 2018
On 14 December 2017, the HKSAR government and the National Development and Reform Commission signed “Advancing Hong Kong’s Full Participation in and Contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative” (the...
March 2018
Comes with the Bitcoin fever and its fall, believe it or not blockchain is the future. This 10-year-old technology allows digital information to be distributed but not copied; its application ranges...
March 2018
News towards the end of last year that the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands had approved a third party litigation funding agreement is a reminder of the pace of developments in different premier...
February 2018
Introduction The Cayman Islands Foundation Companies Law, 2017 (‘Foundation Law’) has now come into force. A Foundation Company has features and flexibility that have been designed to allow a...
February 2018
Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular option for families hoping to start a family in Hong Kong. The acceptance of non-traditional family structures, increased access to reproductive...
February 2018