Industry Insights

In TNB Fuel Services SDN BHD v. China National Coal Group Corporation [2017] HKCFI 1016, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (the “Court”) has granted a charging order against shares...
July 2017
On 2 May 2017, the CAC issued the Provisions on the Administration of Internet News Information Services, which will take effect 1 June 2017. The CAC circulated a draft of the provisions in...
July 2017
Given the similarities with regard to the laws of maintenance and champerty in Ireland and Hong Kong, and the “sisterhood” of the common law, the recent judgment of the Irish Supreme Court in ...
July 2017
The last time the District Court’s monetary jurisdiction increased was in 2003. In summary, that increase was to the current level of HK$1 million for general civil claims and HK$3 million for land-...
July 2017
The High Court in London recently decided for the first time on the availability of litigation privilege in criminal investigations conducted by the UK Serious Fraud Office (the “SFO”). The decision...
July 2017
On 9 May 2017, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (“SPP”) jointly released the Interpretation on Several Issues on the Application of Law to the Adjudication of...
July 2017
Recent headlines in the local press that convictions for money laundering were on the decrease and this was apparently cause for concern need to be given some context. First, there is no offence...
July 2017
With the passage of the Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Bill 2016 through the Legislative Council of Hong Kong ("Legco") in near record time, we asked the...
June 2017
As noted in previous Industry Insights (April 2017 – "Lawyers and Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions") ("DNFBPs") the government is proposing to legislate to bring lawyers within the...
June 2017
At the time of writing, the Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Bill 2016 is making good progress through Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (“Legco”), with its...
June 2017
After the implementation of a pilot programme in ten locations (including Beijing and Shanghai) for six months, the China State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (“SAFEA”) has recently issued...
June 2017
On 1 April 2017, the CPC Central Commission and State Council announced to establish a new national economic zone (Xiong’an New Area) based in north China’s Hebei province. Located in and around...
June 2017
Professional Accountants Ordinance (Cap. 50), Section 34 – Disciplinary Provisions “(1) A complaint that – (a) a certified public accountant … (vi) failed or neglected to observe, maintain...
June 2017
On 11 April 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) circulated for public comment the Measures on Security Assessments for the Export of Personal Information and Important Data (...
June 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
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
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