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- Planning to develop land? - National Policy Statement for fresh water reforms - Decade of aquaculture roadblocks soon to be lifted - New Environmental Protection Authority established
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2011

The Government is continuing to work through its environmental reform agenda at a brisk pace. This month it has finalised a National Environment Standard for contaminants in soil and a National Policy Statement for Fresh Water. Significant progress has also been made on two key pieces of legislation this month, with the Aquaculture Amendment Bill passing its second reading and the Environmental Protection Authority Act passing into law...

"Commission Free to Gag"
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2011

Last week the Court of Appeal confirmed the extensive nature of the Commerce Commission’s (Commission) gagging powers. The scope of such powers may come as a surprise to many. On 10 March the Court of Appeal allowed the Commission’s appeal and rejected Air New Zealand’s (Air NZ) cross appeal in the “gagging orders” case...

"Hurricane Harvey" and the Winds of Change
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2018

Have we reached the tipping point in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace? In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Caribbean and the United States, causing unprecedented devastation and destruction. Less thantwo months later, a very different “Hurricane Harvey” followed, one that precipitated a renewed global consciousness over issues of sexual harassment...

2013 Outlook: What Will the Year Bring for Australian Business and in Key Industry Sector
MinterEllison, January 2013

Some favourable news on the global economic front has been trickling in. Markets around the world rallied as the US avoided the fiscal cliff-dive by a nanosecond; China's economy is showing signs of renewed strength, with the powerful manufacturing sector now performing at its best levels in almost two years; and share prices in most of Europe, Britain and even Japan have been trading solidly higher over the past few months...

2013 Philippine Supreme Court Decisions on Legal and Judicial Ethics
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2013

Attorney; a lawyer shall not assist in the unauthorized practice of law.  Atty. Bancolo admitted that the Complaint he filed for a former client before the Office of the Ombudsman was signed in his name by a secretary of his by Text-Enhance" href="http://lexoterica.wordpress...

2015 Mergers Control Survey: LCS & Partners Reviews the Merger Control Regime in Taiwan for IFLR
LCS & Partners, March 2015

The 2015 Mergers Control Survey by Margaret Huang and Victor Chang of LCS & Partners reviewed the merger control regime in Taiwan for IFLR.    1. REGULATORY FRAMEWORK1.1 What is the applicable legislation and who enforces it?The Fair Trade Act (FTA), which entered into force in 1992, is the main legislation governing Taiwanese merger control. Merger control is enforced by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC)...

2016 Macau SAR Special Annual Budget Law Tax Exemptions: Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax
DSL Lawyers, February 2016

Besides other exemptions contemplated under the law that approved the 2016 budget for Macau SAR (Law No. 15/2015, of 28 December 2015), the core special exemptions applicable cover Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax. Corporate Tax The taxable profits accrued in the companies’ annual accounts re...

2016 Negative List Revision Detail
Makarim & Taira S., June 2016

Further to our client alert of 25 May, we include here the full list of changes to the 2014 Negative List (DNI), as contained in Presidential Regulation No. 44/2016 and its attachments.  Note, again, that existing investors’ licensing will be grandfathered.  ASEAN investors have preferential arrangements in many cases...

2016 Negative List Revision Released
Makarim & Taira S., June 2016

The Indonesian Government has released the long-awaited revision to the Negative List (“DNI”).  The revised regulation (Presidential Regulation No. 44/2016) was promulgated on 18 May 2016 and circulated to the public on 24 May.  The DNI regulates the sectors which are closed, open, or conditionally open to investment. The DNI revision is keenly awaited as it stipulates, amongst other matters, restrictions on foreign participation in various business activities in Indonesia...

2017 – IN WHICH WE STARE AT OUR BALLS
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2017

(Our crystal balls, that is.) "If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me … "- William Shakespeare (MacBeth) Happy New Year! 2016 was nothing if not earth-shaking in terms of unexpected developments. The – once unthinkable – departure of Britain from the European Union, was voted in by a legislature feeling increasingly un-homed in its own country...

5 Accounting Services Your Business Needs In Singapore (And Why)
BoardRoom Limited, June 2019

The accounting/finance function forms the backbone of any firm, SME or MNC. However, there are so many types of accounting services to beaware of that it is worthwhile engaging an accounting professional.They are trained, organised, accurate and competent, giving you more time to focus on your business and reach greater heights. If you are looking to outsource your accounting, there are 5 essential services the firm will need to deliver...

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Accounting Services
BoardRoom Limited, August 2019

Accounting is one of the essential functions your business requires for robust financial management. However, many business owners still opt to handle their accounts in-house. This not only takes up their valuable time but also heightens the risk of compliance issues that could cost their business in the long run. 30% of Singapore start-ups fail within the first three years, and poor financial management is one of the principal causes...

6 Key Reasons To Outsource Your Company Payroll
BoardRoom Limited, June 2019

When it comes to running your business, time and resources are best dedicated to core functions that help generate profit and meet the expectations of your customers. The last thing you want to worry about is your payroll! Administrative tasks such as payroll are non-core activities that are time-consuming and can get more complicated as your organisation grows...

8 Tips for a Successful Co-Production in Asia
Deacons, January 2007

In recent years, we have seen a surge in co-productions in Asia, whether in the form of co-productions between parties from different parts of Asia (which would normally involve both financial and production contribution from all parties), or co-productions between Western and Chinese parties...

A Brave New World
TSMP Law Corporation, May 2018

By this time next year, Singapore will have a rather different employment regime from any it has had since independence. One aspect of this needs to be carefully thought through. About ten years ago, a distressed Norwegian client consulted me. His company’s Singapore office had a toxic employee who not only performed poorly and shirked responsibility, but was also habitually insubordinate to management and offensive to his peers...

A Case of Foot in Mouth Disease
TSMP Law Corporation, December 2018

Whether you are a business pushing out an edgy ad campaign, or one with an unsolicited media crisis on your hands, in the age of the Internet you are just keystrokes away from things going “viral”. It is important to be prepared. Like many bad ideas, it started innocuously enough. In late November, Dolce & Gabbana uploaded a series of videos on its social media platforms that starred a young Chinese woman wearing a red sequin dress...

A Future-Ready Justice System for Singapore
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2018

While the motivation behind the Civil Justice Commission’s consultation paper – aimed at enhancing the Court system – is laudable, the proposed introduction of litigation scale costs may hurt Singapore’s standing as a global litigation hub. In 2015, the Chief Justice established the Civil Justice Commission (CJC) to review Singapore’s civil justice system, with the goal of transforming and modernising the litigation process...

A Long Term Plan for Australian Taxation Reform – The Henry Report and the Government's Response
MinterEllison, May 2010

The report of the Henry Review of the Australian taxation and transfer system released on 2 May 2010, entitled 'Australia's Future Tax System' (the Report) is the 'root and branch' review into the taxation and transfer system proposed by the Australian Labor Party at the election in 2007. It contains some 138 recommendations for long-term reform of the tax and transfer system...

A New Reminder of an Old Battle
MinterEllison, February 2011

A ‘Battle of the Forms’ commonly arises where each of the parties, in the course of the negotiation process, forwards to the other its own standard form of contract, with the aim of getting the other party to adopt such terms and conditions. The question as to which set of terms and conditions constitute the contract often depends on the ‘last shot’ – that is, which form of contract was the one last ‘fired’ to the counter-party...

A Radical Departure
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, REENA ENBASEGARAM LOOKS AT THE ISSUE OF RESTRUCTURING THE WAGE SYSTEM OF HOTEL EMPLOYEES.   Introduction Service charge is a practice unique to the hotel industry whereby it is imposed on the bills issued to the customers...

A Re-look at the Laws on Retrenchment
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, WONG KIAN JUN CONSIDERS A RE-LOOK AT THE LAWS ON RETRENCHMENT   Introduction During uncertain times and shrinking profits, organisations may decide to reorganise their business structure in order to create a leaner workforce thereby reducing their operating costs to weather the impact of a slowing economy. Inevitably, the reorganisation would result in the retrenchment of its employees who are considered surplus to the needs of the organisation...

A Tale of Two Cities
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2017

  "The best things in life are free, the second best things are very, very expensive."—Coco Chanel   Think of the most expensive cities in the world to live and places like London, New York and Paris come to mind. These cities epitomize the pinnacle of sophisticated and luxurious living, as romanticized all too often on the silver screen...

A tale of two telcos: matching rights and blocking stakes in recent schemes of arrangement
MinterEllison, June 2016

A recent wave of consolidation in the telecommunications sector has seen TPG Telecom acquire iiNet for $1.6 billion, Vocus Communications acquire Amcom Telecommunications for $653 million and Vocus acquire M2 Group in a 'merger of equals' valued at $3.0 billion. These three transactions have now created two industry powerhouses – TPG and Vocus. All three transactions were implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement between the notional target and its shareholders...

A Tweet that Wasn't so Sweet – Court Orders $105,000 in Damages for Defamatory Tweets and Facebook Posts
MinterEllison, March 2014

In a landmark case in Australia that is a first of its kind (but undoubtedly will not be the last), damages have been awarded to New South Wales school teacher, Mrs Christine Mickle, for offensive and defamatory tweets and Facebook posts made by an ex-student of the school where she taught.  The student, Andrew Farley, apparently held a grudge against Mrs Mickle for playing what he perceived as a role in the removal of his father from the position of head music teacher at the school...

Academics as expert witnesses: considerations for employers
MinterEllison, March 2010

Academics are often called to give evidence as expert witnesses and use the name of their employer institution in doing so. Indeed, an association with a well-known tertiary institution is often a drawcard when selecting an expert witness. As the discussion below demonstrates, an expert's role is not necessarily straightforward...

 

 

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