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Millennials, All Grown Up
TSMP Law Corporation, August 2021

Not yet in the driver’s seat but hungry for change, millennials are lobbying to shape the way the companies are run. What do North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, United States Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg have in common? They are all captains in their fields. And they are all millennials...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Updates July (2)
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2021

Financial ServicesRecovery Planning Policy DocumentFollowing feedback on its exposure draft, Bank Negara Malaysia has issued a revised policy document on recovery planning which are applicable to banks and investments banks licensed under the Financial Services Act 2013, Islamic banks licensed under the Islamic Financial Services Act 2013 and financial holding companies of the foregoing mentioned licensed entities (collectively, the “FIs”)...

Shearn Delamore & Co.: MyCC's Inquiry on P-Hailing Service Issues
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2021

On 26 July 2021, the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”) issued a statement (“the Press Release”) that it is looking into the pricing practices of food delivery platform companies including but not limited to the “imposition of exorbitant commission fees” by the said companies (“the Inquiry”). The Press Release is accessible here...

Guideline on Application for Authorisation to Carry on Special Purpose Business (GL 33)
Deacons, August 2021

The Insurance Authority has recently issued a Guideline on Application for Authorisation to carry on Special Purpose Business. This largely reflects the content of the amendments made to the Insurance Ordinance by the Insurance (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 and the Insurance (Special Purpose Business) Rules. In this regard, see our Client Alerts dated 27 May 2020 and 10 March 2021 by referring to the following links...

Tax Alert: Mergers Exempt from Stamp Duty
Deacons, July 2021

In a decision that will no doubt come as a great relief to the funds, banking, and asset management industries, the Court of Appeal ruled in Nomura Funds Plc v Collector of Stamp Revenue [2021] HKCA 1040 that a merger effected by way of the universal succession of the merged company (i.e., the surviving company) to the assets and liabilities of the merging company (i.e...

FMA Releases Report Covering Fire and General Insurers Conduct and Culture
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

The FMA has published its “Insurance conduct and culture: Fire and general insurers update”. The report covers the FMA’s findings from its evaluation of New Zealand fire and general insurers’ review of their operations to ensure a lack of conduct issues following the 2019 Life Insurer Conduct and Culture review. Links to the report and the FMA media release are available online...

Practical Tips on Private OFCs, Subsidy Grant Scheme and Re-Domiciliation
Deacons, July 2021

On 25 June 2021, Fiona Fong, one of our financial services partners, interviewed Elizabeth Wong, an Associate Director of Investment Products at Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)...

HKIAC Statistics
Deacons, July 2021

The HKIAC recently published its “Average Costs and Duration Report”, which reveals some interesting statistics about the average cost and duration of arbitrations administered by the HKIAC under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules (Rules). The statistics are derived from cases in which a final award was issued between 1 November 2013 and 31 May 2021 (Relevant Period)...

Court Refused to Restrain Payment Under Surety Bond
Deacons, July 2021

In JML-Craft Pty Ltd v China Ping An Insurance (Hong Kong) Company Ltd, HCCT 27/2021, the subcontractor (P) applied for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the main contractor (D2) from making any further demand under a surety bond (Advance Payment Bond) and receiving any payment under it pending disposal of the action, on the grounds that the demand was made fraudulently and/or in bad faith, knowing that it was not entitled to make the demand under the Advance Payment Agreement and/

Court Confirms Modern Approach to Construing Arbitration Clauses
Deacons, July 2021

In Houtai Investment Holdings Ltd v Leung Yat Tung & Ors, HCA 1725/2019, the Plaintiff’s claims were made as owner of vessels, said to have been leased to CAE under oral agreements...

Inconsistent and Conflicting Contractual Terms – What is the Court’s Approach?
Deacons, July 2021

In Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 718, the issue before England’s Court of Appeal was whether a quality certificate issued by an independent inspector at the load port was intended to be conclusive evidence of the quality of a consignment of fuel oil supplied under an international sale contract...

An Arbitrator’s Duty to Avoid Conflicts of Interest
Deacons, July 2021

In Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd v A Company [2021] EWCA Civ 6, England’s Court of Appeal held that, depending on the terms of the retainer, the relationship between a provider of litigation support services/expert and his or her client, may have one of the characteristics of a fiduciary relationship, namely a duty of loyalty or, to put it another way, a duty to avoid conflicts of interest...

An Expert’s Duty to Avoid Conflicts of Interest
Deacons, July 2021

In Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd v A Company [2021] EWCA Civ 6, England’s Court of Appeal held that, depending on the terms of the retainer, the relationship between a provider of litigation support services/expert and his or her client, may have one of the characteristics of a fiduciary relationship, namely a duty of loyalty or, to put it another way, a duty to avoid conflicts of interest...

AML/CFT Supervisors Release Updated Guideline for the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice 2013
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

On 16 July 2021, the Financial Markets Authority, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Supervisors), released the updatedExplanatory Note: Electronic Identity Verification Guideline(Guideline) on the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice 2013 (AIVCOP). The Guideline replaces the previousIdentity Verification Code of Practice – Explanatory Noteissued in December 2017 (Previous Explanatory Note)...

Major Rehaul in the Customs Exemption Notifications
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, July 2021

The Finance Minister of India in the 2021-22 Union Budget had announced that the Government proposes to review 400 exemption notifications.  The exemption on more than 150 items, currently exempted under Notifications Nos. 14/2006-Customs dated 01.03.2006, 26/2011-Customs dated 01.03.2011 and 50/2017-Customs dated 30.06.2017 could be axed.  The Telecom, Information Technology, Wind Power, Textiles and Pharmaceuticals are a few of the affected sectors...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Updates July (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2021

Financial ServicesRuling of Shariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia on QardAt its 213th meeting of the Shariah Advisory Council (“SAC”) of Bank Negara Malaysia, the SAC ruled that the method under Malaysian Financial Reporting Standard (“MFRS”) 17 Insurance Contracts and MFRS 9 Financial Instruments may be adopted to measure qard (interest free loan) for transactions between shareholders’ fund and takaful fund...

Traders of NZUs to Note MfE Consultation on Governance Framework and Industrial Allocation
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

On 8 July 2021, the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) launched two public consultations regarding reforms on two areas of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS): market governance; and industrial allocation. Submissions on the consultations are due by 5pm on Friday 17 September 2021...

Companies May be Prosecuted for Health and Safety Incidents Outside New Zealand
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

In a significant prosecution, a New Zealand employer has pleaded guilty and been sentenced, for the first time, in relation to a health and safety incident that occurred whilst its worker was outside of New Zealand...

FATF Releases Review of Virtual Asset and Virtual Asset Service Provider Standards
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

On 5 July the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released its Second 12-Month Review of the Revised FATF Standards on Virtual Assets (VAs) and Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) (Second Review). This looked primarily at the implementation of standards set by the FATF by members of both the FATF and FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs), as well as changes within the VA sector...

Blameless Employer Claiming Against the Wrongdoer – How Much Can the Employer Recover?
Deacons, July 2021

The Employees’ Compensation Ordinance Cap. 282 is a non-fault based system of compensation. Under this scheme, compulsorily-insured compensation is speedily paid to injured employees or their family members. A blameless employer who has paid the compensation upfront may find consolation in s.25(1)(b) of the Ordinance which confers the employer a right of recovery against the wrongdoer...

Data Export Compliance under China’s Data Security Law
Deacons, July 2021

On 10 June 2021, the Data Security Law (DSL), which will become effective as of 1 September 2021, was adopted in China. The enactment of the DSL marks the introduction of China’s first fundamental law in the field of data security, which, together with the Cybersecurity Law and the upcoming Personal Information Protection Law, will lay a legal foundation for safeguarding national data security, promoting data utilisation and mitigating the risks of data processing activities...

China’s New Guidelines – Good News for Software Patents
Deacons, July 2021

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently revised the Examination Guidelines for software patents including artificial intelligence (AI), big data and blockchain. Why does this matter to you? These new Examination Guidelines provide much needed clarity as to the boundaries of patentable subject matter in China...

Amendment Bills on Hong Kong Re-Domiciliation for Foreign Investment Funds
Deacons, July 2021

On 2 July 2021, the Government gazetted the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Limited Partnership Fund and Business Registration Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2021 (Bills). These new laws aim to open up new channels enabling foreign investment funds to be re-domiciled and registered in Hong Kong as open-ended fund companies (OFCs) or limited partnership funds (LPFs)...

Transitional Compliance Period for New AML/CFT Nominee CDD Obligations
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Department of Internal Affairs, and th eFinancial Markets Authority (together, the AML/CFT Supervisors), supported by the Ministry of Justice, released a statement providing a transitional compliance period (until 29 April 2022) for the new customer due diligence obligations in respect of nominee directors and nominee general partners...

New Tax Disclosures Under Revised Overseas Investment Regime Now in Effect
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

From 5 July 2021, overseas investors looking to acquire significant New Zealand business assets must make new tax disclosures as part of their application under the Overseas Investment Act 2005. As signalled in an earlier alert, these requirements are intended to provide Inland Revenue with the information it considers necessary or relevant to the administration or enforcement of the Income Tax Act 2007. We explain these requirements below...



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