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Travel to India during COVID-19
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2021

This article has been updated based on the available information until 20th February 2021. As Government notifications are constantly revised, it is advisable to consult your attorney or visit the website of the relevant Government agency prior to travelling. Further, in additional to the guidelines published by the Central Government, passengers are also requested to refer to State specific official websites to be well informed about any additional requirements...

Administrative Step or Aggressive Movement? Revenue’s Announcement on Centralisation and Dispersal of Certain Categories of Corporate and Non-Corporate Taxpayers’ Files
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (Revenue)’s press release of 13 January 2021 announced the Revenue’s implementation of centralisation and dispersal of tax files for taxpayers of certain categories, with effect from 1 January 2021...

Legal Developments in the Philippines: Focus on Data Privacy, Digital Banks and FinTech
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

This bulletin is on recent Philippine legal developments in data privacy, fintech and digital banks. PRIVACY UPDATE Caring about Sharing: New Rules on Data Sharing Agreements On December 23, 2020, the Philippine data privacy regulator, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Circular No. 2020-03 on data sharing agreements (2020 DSA Circular).1 The circular supersedes NPC Circular No...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) – AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights
Deacons, February 2021

The HKMA published a report titled “AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights” highlighting the opportunities that Regtech offers to transform the effectiveness and efficiency of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (“AML/CFT”) efforts, and sharing end-to-end approaches which worked in real-life examples...

Financial Stability Institute (“FSI”) Publishes Bank for International Settlement (“BIS”) Research Paper on Fintech Regulation
Deacons, February 2021

The FSI has published the BIS’s research paper titled “Fintech regulation: how to achieve a level playing field” in February 2021 (the “Paper”). The Paper explores how regulation should evolve to encourage fair competition between traditional banks and new fintech and big tech players...

New Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“ASIFMA”) Report on Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in APAC
Deacons, February 2021

ASIFMA, together with the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance, published a paper entitled “Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in Asia Pacific” – a result of a year-long review of sustainability data challenges facing the industry in the Asia Pacific...

Lao PDR: New Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN”) for Individuals
DFDL, February 2021

On 10 February 2021, the Ministry of Finance has issued a Notification (? 0831/MoF) regarding the issuance of Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN“) for individuals...

Hong Kong SFC Licensing and Compliance Hints: Protecting Client Assets
Deacons, February 2021

As mentioned in our article published on 3 April 2020, the deadline for compliance with the Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC’s) circular of 8 July 2019 on new measures to protect client assets (Circular) was extended to 31 January 2021. With these new measures in place, intermediaries are now required to obtain confirmation from authorised institutions (AIs) (i.e...

SFC Guidance on the Appointment of Multiple Custodians and Custody Procedures for Open-Ended Fund Companies
Deacons, February 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to Open-ended Fund Companies (OFCs) on matters related to custodians and the custody of assets and records of the OFC. Appointment of multiple custodians Under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, all scheme property of an OFC must be entrusted to a custodian of the OFC for safekeeping...

Mainland China briefing: Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau sign MoU for the Greater Bay Area Wealth Management Connect Scheme
Deacons, February 2021

On 5 February 2021, financial authorities in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, including the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM), jointly signed a memorandum of understa

Welcome Home, Offshore Funds!
Deacons, February 2021

Hong Kong will soon allow re-domiciliation of existing offshore funds through amendments to the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) for open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and the Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (LPFO) for limited partnership funds (LPFs)...

China Finally Amends its Patent Law – Part 2: Design
Deacons, February 2021

Did you know? China’s new patent law, which comes into effect on 1 June 2021, will significantly change the design patent regime and will see the introduction of partial design protection, the extension of the design patent term from 10 years to 15 years and the acceptance of domestic Chinese design patent filings as a basis for priority...

WEBINAR - Online intellectual property threats and best practices amid Covid-19 in the Asia Pacific region
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and business partners, You are invited to join a remarkable panel of speakers who will discuss some of the latest trends in online infringement related to Covid-19 pandemic and best practices for developing a sound brand protection strategy for your intellectual property...

Electronic Certificates Regulation issued by the Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

On 12 January 2021, the Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency (“MOA”) issued Regulation No.1 of 2021 on Electronic Certificates (“MOA Reg. 1/2021”). This new regulation is intended to optimize the use of information and communication technology by implementing electronic-based land services and thus improve public services and the ease of doing business. Under MOA Reg...

Shearn Delamore Legal Update February 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

DISPUTE RESOLUTION Wide order of injunction sought against online marketplace operator refused in the High Court E-commerce has become an indispensable part of the country’s economy particularly with the Covid-19 pandemic. With its growing demand come legal challenges which are novel to Malaysia. Recently, our Dispute Resolution Partners K...

Litigation Forecast 2021
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, February 2021

It wasn’t that long ago that a surge of commercial litigation flowing from COVID-19 was anticipated. Contractual disputes relating to the performance or termination of contracts were expected to be litigated and there was a real risk for directors who failed to consider and respond to the risks arising from COVID-19.   But the surge in Covid-related litigation never (or has not yet) arrived...

Cambodia: Flow Meters on Beer Production to Encourage Tax Compliance
DFDL, February 2021

On 14 January 2021, the Ministry of Economy and Finance issued Prakas No. 010 on “the Local Manufacturers Obligation to place devices for measuring the volume of beer and non-alcoholic drinks” (“Prakas 010”). The purpose of Prakas 010 is to establish rules and procedures for managing the use of devices which measure the volume of beer, and/or non-alcoholic beverages that are produced locally...

PSE Issues Amendments to the Voluntary Delisting Rules
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) issued Memorandum CN-No. 2020-0104, 1 dated December 21, 2020, on the amendments to its Voluntary Delisting Rules. These amendments tighten the approval requirements for delisting and seek to ensure the fairness of the tender offer price...

Indonesia’s Newly Established Sovereign Wealth Fund: A New Chapter in Indonesia’s Economy
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

As a developing country, Indonesia is still considered to have limited Government fiscal capacity and limited state-owned enterprise (Badan Usaha Milik Negara – “BUMN”) and financial sector funding capacity indicating that domestic capacity is not sufficient to meet what is needed to finance development and support economic growth and opportunities...

Supreme Court Guidelines on the Conduct of Videoconferencing
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

The Supreme Court has issued Supreme Court Administrative Matter No. 20-12-01-SC (Re: Proposed Guidelines on the Conduct of Videoconferencing) dated December 9, 20201 (Court Videoconferencing Guidelines) to ensure that hearings via videoconferencing are conducted in an orderly manner and that the constitutional rights of the accused are protected...

New Regulation on Electronic System Organizers in the Private Sector
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

The Minister of Communication and Informatics (“MOCI”) has finally issued MOCI Regulation No. 5 of 2020 on Electronic System Organizers (“ESO”) in the Private Sector (“MOCI Regulation 5/2020”) that serves as the new implementing regulation of Government Regulation No...

The New Indonesian Umbrella Regulation on Payment Systems: Key Points that Foreign Investors Should be Aware of
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

On 30 December 2020, Bank Indonesia issued Bank Indonesia Regulation No. 22/23/PBI/2020 of 2020 on Payment Systems (“Payment Systems Regulation”). The Payment Systems Regulation is intended to serve as an “umbrella” regulation that provides a regulatory framework for the Indonesian payment systems industry. This regulation will come into force on 1 July 2021...

Indonesia’s Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement to Legalize Foreign Public Documents
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

On 4 January 2021, the President of Republic of Indonesia issued Regulation No. 2 of 2021 on the Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement to Legalize Foreign Public Documents (“PR 2/2021”) (the convention is hereinafter referred to as the “Apostille Convention”). The Apostille Convention was concluded on 5 October 1961 and is intended to simplify a series of formalities for documents signed overseas for the contracting states...

Cambodia: Flow Meters on Beer Production to Encourage Tax Compliance
DFDL, February 2021

On 14 January 2021, the Ministry of Economy and Finance issued Prakas No. 010 on “the Local Manufacturers Obligation to place devices for measuring the volume of beer and non-alcoholic drinks” (“Prakas 010”). The purpose of Prakas 010 is to establish rules and procedures for managing the use of devices which measure the volume of beer, and/or non-alcoholic beverages that are produced locally...

England’s Court of Appeal Restates Principles Applicable to “Subject to Contract” Negotiations
Deacons, February 2021

In Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd and Anor [2020] EWCA Civ 1541, England’s Court of Appeal had to decide whether the parties had entered into a binding contract of compromise contained in written communications passing between their respective solicitors. The Court below had held that a binding contract had been made, despite the fact that the correspondence in question had been marked “subject to contract”...

 

 

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