Tag: Asia Pacific Legal News

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The Thai Government Announces New International Business Center Incentives and the Cancellation of the IHQ Program

On 10 October 2018, the Thai government announced the cessation of the International Headquarters (“IHQs”) program (which also included Regional Operating Headquarters or “ROHs” and International Trading Centers or “ITCs”) and the creation of a replacement initiative; International Business Centers (“IBCs”). The move is part the OECD […]

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The Future of the Sun Continues to Shine in Malaysia: Outlook and Prospects on the Solar Photovoltaic Industry

The new Government is committed to push forward sustainable and economic growth by promoting green technology developments and renewable energy. Wong Kee Hooi, who heads our Projects, Infrastructure & Utilities Practice Group at Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law) in Malaysia, shares her […]

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Litigation Funding in Asia – Where are we now?

Last year saw a swathe of reforms and proposed reforms in Asia in relation to litigation and arbitration funding.  In January 2017, Singapore’s parliament passed the Civil Law Amendment Act and the Civil Law (Third Party Funding) Regulations 2017.  Hot on Singapore’s heels, in June 2017, […]

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Cryptocurrencies, Exchanges, and Initial Coin Offerings: An Insight Into ASEAN’S Regulatory Environment

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are gaining further momentum as an alternative form of crowdfunding globally. Yap Lian Seng, Managing Partner of ZICO Insights Law LLC (a member of ZICO Law) together with Senior Associate, Heng Jun Meng, share their views on the emergence of cryptocurrencies, exchanges, […]

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New Offshore Business Structures Fueling Belt & Road International Partnerships

The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is truly one of the greatest endeavours in modern history. But to make something so bold and vast a reality, it is and will take international business cooperation on a scale never seen before. The BRI entails truly vast infrastructural […]

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Implications of Syariah Laws in Brunei Darussalam

The term, “Syariah law” is often associated with harsh lashings and other similarly dated modes of punishment. In reality however, the harsh punishment associated with Syariah law is often hugely exaggerated, and has little impact on businesses in a Syariah-based State like Brunei. Mohamad Rozaiman Abdul […]

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Third Annual Law Firm Management Forum Oct 19, 2018 Singapore: A Preview

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) along with the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group will hold the third annual Regional Law Firm Management Forum on October 19, 2018 in Singapore at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Singapore Academy of Law is the event Knowledge Partner […]

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Special Forum on esports: Kuala Lumpur Oct 13, 2018

We are pleased to inform that with the Stadium Board of Malaysia, Messrs MahWengKwai & Associates are co-organising a special Forum on esports. This will be held at the “Hari Sukan Negara” (National Sports Day). The Topic of discussion revolves around Regulation, Governance & Integrity of […]

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Land Law: How Real Is My Estate under Thai Laws

Introduction This presentation will deal with Thailand’s law or Real Estate System and Procedures in Thailand in a comparative analysis of carrying out a land and property business under a reliable, predictable, efficient and secure Real Estate System and Procedures, with reference to Cambodia and Vietnam, […]

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20th D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, 2019

It is our pleasure to announce the 20th edition of the D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition (“DMH”), hosted by Government Law College, Mumbai, India, in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation. DMH is India’s first International Moot Court Competition and started […]

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India’s High Trade Potential in South Asia

The World Bank released a report with startling study on how limited transport connectivity, onerous logistics and regulatory impediments, and lack of trust, it costs more to trade within South Asia than between South Asia and world’s other regions. To give an example – Its 20% […]

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Myanmar – Tax Pocket Guide 2018 Edition

DFDL Myanmar is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 edition of the Myanmar Tax Pocket Guide. Written by DFDL’s tax experts, this comprehensive guide offers a clear and detailed insight on taxation laws and practices in Myanmar. While tax law can be notoriously difficult […]

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India’s Growth Forecast High Amidst Dollar Woes

India’s economic growth forecast remained stable with Moody’s predicting growth of 7.5%. This was close to the forecast of 7.6% by Reuters. The Government is aiming for further jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report. Finally, the demonitisation report card […]

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Tax Issues & Strategies For Successful Investments in Cambodia

VAT Refund process? Audits? Tax incentives? Profit repatriation? Transfer Pricing? Cambodia/China double tax agreement?  You want to understand more about these terms? Watch our latest video where our tax expert, Clint O’Connell, discusses tax issues and strategies for successful investments in Cambodia. DFDL, in collaboration with […]

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Diversity and intersectionality in the workplace within ASEAN

In this column, I highlight issues and solutions that arise within the legal context of ASEAN and which impact the diversity of the region’s social, economic, cultural and political life. Human rights are a contentious subject for many, presenting a number of challenges to companies and […]

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2018 ALPMA Summit – 1 month to go!

2018 ALPMA Summit Shaping the future firm – it starts with you The 2018 ALPMA Summit is the largest legal management conference and trade exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere occurring from 19-21 September 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. The 2018 ALPMA Summit brings together […]

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Law, Technology and Access to Justice in Asia-Pacific and the USA

There is a growing conversation within the legal profession globally about how technology can help people access justice. Legal assistance is often seen as too costly for many people, and the legal system can be difficult to navigate for people who try to represent themselves.  All […]

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Singapore – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Singapore is a thriving multicultural home to some of the world’s most stunning architecture and landscapes, exquisite gardens, no traffic jams, lack of corruption, and a great history. It is a land of modern wonders, known for its rapid development and an attractive destination for business […]

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Opportunities for law firms in the ASEAN region. An interview with Laurent Tam NGUYEN

Vietnam-based Laurent Tam NGUYEN has more than twenty-five years’ experience leading marketing and business development operations in b2b professional services, e-business and commercial property.  His experience includes heading regional communications and marketing initiatives for leading ASEAN-region legal services organizations including ZICO Group and DFDL.  In addition, he is […]

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Hong Kong Provisional Liquidation Meets Singapore Moratorium: Re CW Advanced Technologies Limited

In a ground-breaking decision, the Hong Kong Court in Re CW Advanced Technologies Limited [2018] HKCFI 1705 explains: (a)  the interface between the Hong Kong provisional liquidation regime and Singapore’s new insolvency regime;  and (b) how both regimes could work in tandem to help restructure a Singapore-based pan-Asian […]

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Vietnam Investment Guide 2018

It is our great pleasure to introduce our 2018 edition of our Investment Guide for Vietnam. Understanding the ins and outs of opening and developing a business in Vietnam can often be daunting. The latest investment guide identifies some of the important pitfalls, difficulties and solutions of […]

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The Duty To Report Suspicious Transactions Under Anti Money Laundering Laws In Relation to 1MDB and other scandals in Malaysia

As we usher in the new Malaysia and the revival of Rule of Law, we hear of scandal after scandal being disclosed as the new government assume the reins of power. The new cabinet ministers are no doubt working hard with rolled sleeves to manage the […]

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India World’s Sixth Largest Economy

India became the world’s sixth largest economy recently. However, its economic outlook forecast was marginally reduced. In its continued effort to improve ease of doing business, India announced results of States and Union Territories’ performance in Ease of Doing Rankings. India also became home to the […]

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Work life balance across Asia – and how things are changing

South Korea is well-known across Asia for its long hours and ‘workaholic’ culture. According to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, South Korean employees worked for an average of 2,024 hours in 2017 – meaning the country places third in the world rankings […]

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APAC regional legal tech conference LexTech launches AI assistant

APAC regional legal technology conference LexTech has launched an AI assistant to help facilitate a better conference experience, making its services available through Facebook Messenger — a first in the local legal tech industry. Called, LEXi, the Artificial Intelligence chatbot was developed by Malaysia’s CanChat and will focus on addressing enquiries […]

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Corporate Internal Investigations, Conflicts of Interests and The Outside Counsel And Financial Accountant

In the current difficult operating environment of government linked companies and the reported incidents of hidden corporate scandals in Malaysia, new corporate leaders and incoming board of directors are faced with the risks of personal liability for breach of directors duties and breach of employment contracts […]

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Indonesia Looks to Simplify Business Licensing With OSS System

As part of the push by the administration of President Joko Widodo to improve the ease of doing business in Indonesia and increase investment, the government has issued Government Regulation Number 24 of 2018 regarding Online Business Licensing Services (GR 24), which was signed and came […]

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Common Reporting Standards – Impact in Malaysia and ASEAN

The Common Reporting Standards (“CRS”) aims to enable tax authorities to tackle offshore tax evasion by providing a greater level of information on their residents’ wealth held abroad. As a party to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, Malaysia already has laws in […]

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Legal Procurement Conference APAC 2018 set for Sydney on 24 July 2018

Hosted by the Buying Legal Council and Lawcadia, the event is a powerful platform for buyers and sellers of legal services to network and learn, share best practices, launch new initiatives, get motivated, and inspire the legal industry as a whole. The conference encourages dialogue, discussion and formal and […]

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LexTech18 regional legal tech conference set for Kuala Lumpur, Oct 25-26, 2018

LexTech18 regional legal tech conference is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 25-26, 2018. LexTech brings together private, public and regulatory organizations to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to compete in Asia’s ever-changing legal landscape. In […]

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Trust, Confidence & Anti-Avoidance – Will Hong Kong Decisions Impact Australia?

Hong Kong and Australia have always enjoyed something of a shared history. Both former British colonies. Both legal systems based on the English common law. Australian judges are invited to sit as non-permanent members of the Hong Kong senior courts. And although not binding, the Hong […]

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KorumLegal Expands People, Process and Technology Capabilities in Hong Kong, Singapore and London

Addition of Danh Nguyen, Bill Novomisle and Tanya Rolfe demonstrates growing demand for broader legal solutions offerings across APAC region. The landscape for legal solutions is shifting in Asia with KorumLegal recently adding three significant hires.  KorumLegal bills itself as “a boutique legal solutions firm providing […]

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Provisional Liquidators’ Restructuring Powers Clarified: China Solar

The Court of Appeal decision in Re Legend International Resorts [2006] 2 HKLRD 192 had caused many to doubt if provisional liquidators appointed in Hong Kong could play a restructuring role at all. Twelve years later, in Re China Solar Energy Holdings [2018] HKCFI 555, Harris […]

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Telecommunication Licensing in Thailand

The Telecommunications Business Act B.E. 2544 (2001) (“TBA”) provides that a person operating a telecommunications service in Thailand is required to obtain a license. “Telecommunications Service” is defined under the Act on the Organization to Assign Radio Frequency and to Regulate Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services B.E. […]

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India’s Economic Growth Scores Highest in World Bank Report

India’s economic growth prospects received a major boost from the World Bank and the Government of India reports. The Government also simplified the reporting of the foreign investment by Indian entities. The Government’s increasing focus on intellectual property rights and its awareness resulted in creation of […]

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Energy Security and Climate Change in East Asia-Trilateral Cooperation towards a Sustainable Future

China, Japan and South Korea are undergoing rapid and comprehensive transformations in developing the intelligent and sustainable use of energy and other natural resources. These changes are driven by new strategies towards energy security and climate change mitigation. Given that future China-Japan-South Korea energy cooperation will […]

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Madrid Protocol in Thailand

After a very long wait, on 7 November 2017, Thailand finally effectively acceded to the Madrid Protocol (MP). The Trademark Act, B.E. 2534 (1991), as amended by the Trademark Act (No.2) B.E. 2543 (2000) and the Trademark Act (No. 3) B.E. 2559 (2016), was amended in […]

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Singapore’s new employment regime – a brave new world

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 […]

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Why Legal Practices Should Embrace Technology

Technology has changed virtually every industry, including the legal profession. New technology, cutting edge apps and software, and automation have all helped reduce expenses and drastically increased productivity. However many people are still hesitant to completely embrace technology, including legal professionals. Here are a few reasons […]

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Reed Smith and Resource Law Managing Partners explain the strategy behind their Singapore alliance

Reed Smith formed an alliance with Singapore’s Resource Law in 2016 to strengthen its local expertise and client offering of a one-stop-shop service, and to help it stand out amid a highly competitive environment for both international and local firms in Singapore. The alliance has also allowed the firm […]