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The Proposed Regulatory Framework for Digital Banks in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Goh Hui Wen examines the proposed regulatory framework for digital banks in Malaysia. INTRODUCTION The global financial services industry has seen a momentous evolution over the past decades driven by new technology innovations. As customers gravitate towards digital experiences and products, the transformation of the traditional banking system has become inevitable...

Enhanced Rights Issue Framework: Temporary Relief Measures to Facilitate Fund Raising by Listed Issuers.
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Gan Shao Qi discusses some of the recent measures announced to facilitate fund raising by listed issuers through a rights issue in Malaysia to assist companies and businesses that require access to immediate funding due to Covid-19...

Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Collective Agreements
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2020

The Industrial Court in Malaysia is an important institution that is established under the Industrial Relations Act 1967 to hear and decide on disputes in relation to the terms and conditions of employment in a collective agreement. In a collective agreement dispute, salary adjustments, increments and bonuses are usually the hotly contested articles. The Industrial Courts are usually guided by a set of principles in deciding on such financial-related articles...

Covid-19 Vaccine — Can Employers Compel its Employees to be Vaccinated?
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2020

Introduction Covid-19 has disrupted our lives and businesses at many unprecedented levels never seen before in the history of mankind. The recent announcements by numerous pharmaceutical companies of newly developed Covid-19 vaccines have been positively received by the world at large and many now have high hopes that our lives will now finally return to normal as we knew it1...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update October 2020 (Financial Services)
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2020

SC and Bursa extend temporary margin financing flexibilitiesOn 28 September 2020, the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) and Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa”) extended the temporary relief measures relating to margin financing to 31 December 2020. The relief measures, which took effect on 27 March 2020 via Participating Organisations’ Circular No. R/R 6 of 2020, were initially due to expire on 30 September 2020...

Make Working from Home Work - Employers’ Considerations for Remote Working
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

In this article, Grace Chai Huey Yann explores common issues relating to remote working arrangements implemented by employers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented impact on businesses worldwide, especially when international borders are closed and various degrees of lockdown are introduced in response to the pandemic. Since the first quarter of this eventful year, virtual working has become the option for many employers...

PENJANA Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan: Incentives for Property Sector
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

In this article, Tang Yen Yi examines the PENJANA Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan in relation to the property sector. During these unprecedented times of a global pandemic due to COVID-19, the Government of Malaysia announced the recovery plan for the country’s economy: PENJANA Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (“PENJANA”).PENJANA includes plans to stimulate the economy with incentives for real estate transactions...

Covid-19 Bill 2020 - Affecting Housing Developers and Homebuyers
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2020

On 25 August 2020, “The Temporary Measures For Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020” (“Covid-19 Bill 2020”) was passed by the Dewan Rakyat. When will the Covid-19 Bill 2020 come into operation? The Covid-19 2020 Bill comes into operation on the date published in the Gazette. However, it will have a retrospective effect and will be deemed to have come into operation on the first day of the Movement Control Order i.e...

Covid-19 Bill 2020 – An Employment Perspective
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2020

The Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020 (“the Covid-19 Bill”) was tabled for its first reading in the Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia on Wednesday, 12 August 2020...

TMT And Data Compliance & Cybersecurity: Personal Data Protection in the Age of Covid-19
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

With the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since 18 March 2020, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as well as the Recovery Movement Control Order, the Government has issued a number of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic...

A Look at Issues Faced by Employers as a Result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Ensuing Movement Control Order
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

Introduction The Covid-19 global pandemic which has swept the globe and caused many countries to introduce various degrees of lock down measures has given rise to various issues and scenarios which an employer must deal with and manage. This is no different for employers in Malaysia where the Government has implemented the Movement Control Order (“MCO”) since 18 March 2020 which saw the economic activity brought to a halt...

Relying on the Doctrine of Frustration During a Pandemic
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

In this article, Aisyah Muhammad discusses whether a party to a contract can rely on the doctrine of frustration in the event of the non-performance of its contractual obligations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction The emergence of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus has without a doubt caused major disruptions across various industries including transportation, retail, tourism and oil and gas...

Deductibility of Expenses Incurred by a Business in its Restructuring or Retrenchment Exercise
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

Faced with the current Covid-19 pandemic and the consequential economic ramifications, it is inevitable that affected businesses are put under increasing financial strain. Affected businesses would at some point consider a restructuring of the business to manage the tide and stay afloat, with the last resort being liquidation for businesses operating in industries that are the most impacted by this pandemic...

Tax and Customs Matters During Movement Control Order ("MCO") and Conditional MCO Period
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

The Inland Revenue Board (“IRB”) has published an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) on tax matters arising during the MCO and CMCO period. For the updated FAQ (as at 10 June 2020), please refer to this link.  The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) has also recently issued two updated announcements pertaining to payment of taxes due during the MCO and CMCO period. Find information here and here...

Latest Covid-19 Travel Advisory: More Expatriate Groups Permitted to Return to Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

Pursuant to the verbal announcement made by our Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob last week, the Government has further released written guidelines on the categories of expatriates who are permitted to return to Malaysia and the measures to be undertaken prior to and after entering Malaysia...

China Desk Alert – Malaysia COVID-19 Legal Update M&A Focus
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2020

You or your Chinese clients may have investment in Malaysia (for example, subsidiaries (“MY Sub”)) and this serves as a guide for your reference. Pursuant to the Movement Control Order (“MCO”)[i], all business activities (save for essential services) in Malaysia must be suspended from 18 March 2020 until 31 March 2020. The duration of the MCO has since been extended until 14 April 2020[ii]...

Intellectual Property: FAQs on IP Prosecution Measures relating to the "Movement Control Order" in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2020

Given the increased number of local COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, the Malaysian Government issued a Movement Control Order ("Order") which takes effect between 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. The Order imposes on all government and private sector business premises to be shut down for the duration of the Order and only businesses which carry out certain essential services are able to continue to function...

COVID-19: Movement Control Regulations in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2020

We are pleased to bring you the latest update as of 18 March 2020 from our Dispute Resolution Practice Group...

COVID-19: Malaysia's Movement Control Order
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2020

On 16 March 2020, following the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020, all the states in Malaysia have been declared as infected areas by the infectious disease, Covid-19. On the same day, the Malaysian Government issued a formal Movement Control Order ("Order”) under thePrevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988and thePolice Act 1967...

Coronavirus Update: Employer's Obligations in Malaysia 
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 ("Coronavirus”), which has been declared as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization this year, has been a source of great concern to most employers worldwide.This article considers some of the key issues and employment obligations that employers in Malaysia should bear in mind in dealing with this recent outbreak...

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions & The Refusal of An Employee to Travel for Work
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2020

The freedom to travel which many have taken as a certainty in our daily lives have now been curtailed with the Covid-19 pandemic. This has necessitated urgent measures being implemented globally with the most recent being Italy with a lock down. Closer to home Malaysia, has also put in place several measures in efforts to address this situation...

 

 

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