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SEHK to optimise share buy-back programmes

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) has published a consultation paper on proposed amendments to listing rules that will introduce a new treasury share regime

Issuance of tax residency certificates simplified

Hong Kong’s Internal Revenue Department has modified its approach to issuing certificate of resident status (CoR) 

HK companies to adopt new registration regime

Hong Kong’s Companies Registry has announced a unique business identifier (UBI) system for all entities under the administration of the Registrar of Companies

Japan Law Firm Awards 2023

Asia Business Law Journal shines a spotlight on the exceptional performance of top law firms in Japan, highlighting their excellence and impact in the legal field

Quartet advises first HK rights issue under China’s new rules

Baker McKenzie, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Linklaters and JunHe advised on Hong Kong-listed Yuexiu Property’s HKD8.36 billion (USD1.07 billion) rights issue

Leaps & bounds

Asia’s intellectual property landscape has experienced a transformative shift in recent years. As innovation surges, it must be protected with efficient strategies

Indonesia Law Firm Awards 2023

Asia Business Law Journal names the country’s top law firms

New functions in E-tax system for non-resident enterprises

The State Taxation Administration (STA) launched a cross-border tax service for non-resident enterprises in April 2023

Cautionary tale for individual actions against senior note issuers

A recent judgment concerning Leading Holdings Group highlights the importance for individual investors in notes to strategise in the recovery of underlying debts

US order restricts China-bound tech investment

On 9 August 2023, US President Joe Biden issued an executive order to regulate US corporate or individual investments to China

NWTN invests HKD3.89bn into Evergrande New Energy Auto

Baker McKenzie and Fangda Partners assisted NWTN Motor’s (NWTN) HKD3.89 billion (USD496 million) strategic investment into Evergrande New Energy Auto

Full speed ahead

India Business Law Journal is pleased to present its selection of the top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work

A regional comparison of ESG regulations

Growing awareness of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards is pushing companies around the globe

A regional comparison of ESG regulations: Thailand

By Peerapan Tungsuwan, Varutt Kittichungchit, Muanjit Chamsilpa, and Dhiranantha Rithmanee, Baker McKenzie

New guidelines for overseas GDR offerings

Guidelines for Overseas Offering of Global Depositary Receipts by Domestic Listed Companies

NPC extends supportive tax, fee cut policies

Existing tax and fee cut policies were extended by the 14th National People’s Congress last March, on approving the National Economic and Social Development Plan of 2023

Hong Kong expands talent scheme for visas

Hong Kong recently expanded its talent admission scheme to 51 professions to attract top-notch professionals in support of economic and social development

Foreign law firms tilt China strategy on upbeat economic outlook

Foreign law firms have adapted their China strategies for a post-pandemic economic recovery since the mainland government lifted the lockdown in late 2022

Crafting IP success: Be aware, be prepared

Bienvenido Marquez III, a Manila-based partner at Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie, shares insights on the importance of IP awareness and upholding brand value

Baker’s new HK and mainland head expects M&A boom in region

Tracy Wut, head of the M&A practice in Hong Kong, mainland China and Asia at Baker McKenzie, has been promoted as managing partner for a three-year term

IP challenges firms face when doing business in Taiwan

Grace Shao, a Baker McKenzie partner in Taipei, offers her advice for local and overseas companies

Baker McKenzie in Hong Kong hires Deacons’ tax head

After nine years at the firm, Deacons’ partner and head of tax and trusts, Stefano Mariani, joined Baker McKenzie as a partner and tax disputes counsel in Hong Kong

China Business Law Awards 2023

China Business Law Journal reveals its top performing law firms of 2022

Four law firms assist on Subway master franchise agreement

Baker McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, Haiwen & Partners and Han Kun Law Offices advised on one of the largest master franchise agreements in the fast-food industry covering international chain Subway’s plan to open 4,000 stores in mainland China in the next two decades

Precedent set for proving ex-employee covert competition

Arecent non-compete dispute heard before Shanghai Baoshan District People’s Court will have significant reference value for employers seeking to prove ex-employees covertly competed against them through indirect employment arrangements

HK court: cryptos capable of being held on trust

A recent decision by the Hong Kong Court of First Instance in the liquidation case of Gatecoin ruled that cryptocurrencies are “property” and are capable of being held on trust

Termination contract meets a sticky ‘ending’

The termination of an employment contract was ruled invalid by Henan Xinxiang Intermediate People’s Court due to one small language error

Nishimura, Baker advise on Japan offshore wind farm

Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised Hibiki Wind Energy, a consortium of five energy companies, on its development of and project financing for the 220MW Kitakyushu Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm in Japan

AZB, Baker McKenzie counsel Sika in acquiring MBCC Group

AZB & Partners and Baker McKenzie advised Swiss multinational chemical company, Sika, to successfully acquire renowned international chemicals supplier, the MBCC Group, for an undisclosed amount

Baker’s Singapore capital markets duo joins A&O

Two Singapore-based capital markets lawyers at Baker McKenzie, principal Kenny Kwan and local principal Caryn Ng, have moved to its rival, Allen & Overy, as partners

Vietnam Law Firm Awards 2023

Asia Business Law Journal names the country’s top law firms

Five law firms assist on Horizon Construction IPO in Hong Kong

Five law firms advised on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange IPO of Horizon Construction Development (HCD), raising a total of HKD1.75 billion (USD224 million)

Commercial leases: abatement clauses and principle of frustration

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal has examined the applicability of the abatement clause and the principle of frustration in an appeal from a business tenant that sought to relieve its obligation to pay full rent during the covid-19 pandemic

Improved copyright infringement practices

Following Copyright Law amendments that took effect in 2021, Chinese courts have actively developed an array of solutions to tackle the ever-evolving field of infringement claims among cutting-edge technologies and new industrial types

Customs challenge for post-importation TP adjustments

Post-importation transfer pricing (TP) adjustments have always presented great challenges for multinational companies doing business in China

Highlights of patent protection in healthcare

The CNIPA released guidelines to support open patent licensing following amendments to the Patent Law

McDermott Will & Emery names Peter Lu as global China head

Chicago-based law firm McDermott Will & Emery has appointed Peter Lu as a partner and the global head of its China practice, based in its London office

DLA Piper’s new sole Thailand head shares outlook and trends

Energy, banks, insurance and tech-related businesses, will be the sectors driving Thailand’s M&A and financing activities in 2023, says DLA Piper’s newly minted country managing partner in Bangkok

Baker, White & Case assist Indonesia-China-Ford nickel plant project

Mining companies Vale Indonesia and China’s Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt agreed to partner with Ford Motor to develop a USD4.5 billion smelter plant in Indonesia’s Pomalaa Block 

Two Chinese companies embrace Swiss listing in a week

Two Chinese A shares successfully launched global depositary receipts (GDRs) on the SIX Swiss Exchange within a week

Baker McKenzie hires Hong Kong capital markets partner

Baker McKenzie has bolstered its capital markets practice in Hong Kong with the addition of partner Chen Sheng, who previously practised at Clifford Chance

Thailand Law Firm Awards 2023

Things are looking up for Thailand, with the reopening of borders welcoming travellers back. With a fast-developing economy and strong business ties to the region, Thailand is set to regain its position as an attractive destination for foreign tourists and investment

Baker McKenzie assists Nomura in offloading Thai arm

Baker McKenzie advised Japanese financial holding company Nomura Holdings in completing the transfer of the entire stake of Nomura Asia Investment (Singapore) held in its Thai business

Staying on top of data privacy

In this edited extract from a roundtable hosted by India Business Law Journal and Ikigai Law, moderator Sreenidhi Srinivasan and a distinguished panel of global data privacy experts discuss how companies can create globally compliant data privacy policies

Future Legal Leaders 2023

What are the winning traits of lawyers that make them stand out to their clients and peers?

Baker’s veteran corporate lawyer joins DLA Piper in Bangkok

After 25 years at Baker McKenzie and spending 12 years as a partner, Thananan Sangnuan moves to DLA Piper as a partner in the Bangkok office

Deals of the year 2022

China Business Law Journal announces the most exciting China-related legal transactions and disputes of 2022

HK expands arbitration financing options

Effective from 16 December 2022, lawyers in Hong Kong are permitted to fund clients for whom they act in an arbitration by entering into ORFS, such as conditional and contingency fee arrangements

Guangdong’s first equal opportunity judgment issued

The first equal opportunity employment case in Guangdong province was concluded in 2022, with a judgment ordering the employer to pay compensation and apologise in writing to the employee

Amendments reinforce protection of women’s rights

The newly amended Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Women, adopted by the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress on 30 October 2022, came into effect on 1 January 2023

Hong Kong does an about-face on virtual assets to grow legal market

With the Hong Kong government’s embrace of cryptocurrencies and attempts to include them in the regulatory system last year, its policy U-turn has injected increasing enquiries to local lawyers

First action against compliance manager for overseas failures

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC) “manager in charge” (MIC) regime, which aims to heighten senior management’s accountability within licensed corporations, came into effect in 2017

Project specialist leaves MoFo for Baker McKenzie in Tokyo

Project finance lawyer Jon Ornolfsson has left Morrison & Foerster, where he was a partner for more than three years and split his time between the Singapore and Tokyo offices, to join the Tokyo office of Baker McKenzie

Phase two of new HK inspection regime commences

Phase two of the new inspection regime of the Companies Registry has come into effect from 24 October 2022, allowing Hong Kong companies to limit disclosure to the public regarding certain personal information of their directors and secretaries

Baker McKenzie adds new employment partner in Hong Kong

Tess Lumsdaine joins Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong office as a partner, strengthening the firm’s capabilities in employment and regulatory compliance issues

HK passes bill for reciprocal enforcement of mainland judgments

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (Legco) passed the long overdue Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Enforcement) Bill on 26 October 2022

Baker McKenzie and DLA Piper in Japan’s tofu expansion to US

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) advised Japanese company House Foods on its acquisition of Keystone Natural Holdings, a US maker of tofu and other plant-based products

ICCA co-hosts webinar on new data protection law

The Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) has co-organised a webinar with HHP Law Firm (member of Baker McKenzie) and ICC Indonesia

Japan Law Firm Awards 2022

Asia Business Law Journal names the top firms in Japan

HKCC succeeds in first appeal on pecuniary penalties

Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the HKCC, increasing pecuniary penalties imposed against various respondents in two separate price-fixing cases on 2 June 2022

Baker McKenzie reshuffles Asia-Pacific leadership

Baker McKenzie has appointed Hong Kong-based partner Shih Yann Loo to the role of Asia- Pacific Chair, in addition to his continuing as a global executive committee member

Baker assists APG on self-storage platform buy

Baker McKenzie has advised Dutch pension investment company APG Asset Management on its joint venture with Singapore-headquartered real estate investment manager CapitaLand Investment to acquire storage operator Extra Space Asia

Stronger enforcement against price gouging

Determinations of price gouging infringements under the Price Law (PL) were clarified in detailed rules set by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on10 June 2022

China mulls lifting merger filing thresholds

Significant changes to merger control procedures have been proposed by the antitrust enforcement authority, raising the existing turnover-based threshold and adding a new hybrid threshold based on turnover and market value

Former Rui Bai corporate partner joins Reed Smith in Beijing

Barbara Li, former head of corporate at Rui Bai Law Firm, joined Reed Smith as a partner in its global corporate group and Beijing office

Grandall Hong Kong office welcomes three capital markets, real estate partners

Grandall Law Firm has hired capital markets partners, Wan Kok Leong and Wong Sin Tung, as well as real estate partner, Wan Shiu-man, for its Hong Kong branch

Baker McKenzie beefs up GBA disputes service

Baker McKenzie has hired veteran arbitrator Ronald Sum as a Hong Kong-based partner, to seize more opportunities in disputes services from the Greater Bay Area (GBA)

Ex-senior official of Japan competition regulator joins Baker

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), a Japanese member firm of Baker McKenzie, has hired former secretary general of the JFTC Shuichi Sugahisa

Bank compliance for wealth management subsidiaries

Establishing BWMS is an important means for commercial banks to strengthen risk isolation management and implement professional operation

HK court backs established means for protecting cryptos

A recent Hong Kong judgment confirms that familiar legal principles of trusts and injunctions apply equally to cryptocurrency as a novel asset class

The first batch of Chinese companies eye Switzerland to offer GDRs

A quartet of Chinese companies to list on the SIX Swiss Exchange in July signals the beginning of a wave of A-listed firms looking to trade global depository receipts (GDRs) in Switzerland

Latham advises on Thai Life’s 1bn IPO

Thai Life Insurance has raised THB36.21 billion (USD1 billion) from its IPO, the largest on the Stock Exchange of Thailand this year

Landmark AML reforms modernise enforcement

In June, the National People’s Congress 13th Standing Committee approved far-reaching amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) that become effective from 1 August

Relaxed measures for inbound China travellers

Chinese embassies and consulates have adjusted requirements for pre-travel testing and Health Declaration Code applications

Greater chance of criminal liability for stealing trade secrets

The Tianjin Intellectual Property Court recently tried a criminal case involving an employee’s infringement of his employer’s trade secrets

PU Letter requirement for workers waived

Foreign affairs offices in China announced that, effective 6 June 2022, they have lifted the PU Letter requirement for foreigners who work in China and their dependents

Bouncing back

Revealed: The top international law firms for India matters

14 law firms steer the first four Chinese companies into Swiss foray

A group of 14 law firms have advised the first four A-listed companies – Keda Industrial Group, Ningbo Shanshan, GEM and Gotion High-tech – on trading global depository receipts (GDRs) on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Three new APAC chairs at Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has reshuffled its Asia-Pacific leadership with three appointments across practice and industry groups

Hong Kong’s Baker in London residential tower tokenisation

Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong team advised UK-based property developer Knight Dragon and its subsidiary KD Tokens to raise GBP140 million (USD171.4 million) via tokenisation

Initiative to prevent NFT-related risks

A joint initiative aiming to prevent risks associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) was issued by the China National Internet Finance Association, China Banking Association and Securities Association of China on 13 April 2022

Heightened scrutiny of RPM continues

Antitrust enforcement are continuing to crack down on outlawed resale price maintenance (RPM), with a multinational dental medical device manufacturer’s Chinese entity recently fined RMB9.12 million (USD1.35 million)

Five-year antitrust enforcement plan announced

The antitrust authority will be stepping up oversight over the platform economy, technology development, data security and livelihood sectors such as utilities, healthcare and medicine

SPC pharma matter spotlights pay-for-delay agreements

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) has identified relevant factors from an Anti-Monopoly Law perspective when assessing pay-for-delay settlement agreements

Baker McKenzie FenXun advises Jin Jiang Capital’s privatisation

Hospitality and tourism powerhouse Jin Jiang International was advised on the privatisation of Hong Kong-listed Jin Jiang Capital by Baker McKenzie FenXun

White & Case assists Lotte’s pharma expansion in US

South Korea’s Lotte Corporation has agreed to acquire Bristol Myers Squibb’s East Syracuse, New York, pharmaceutical manufacturing facility

Markets expert joins Baker McKenzie in HK

Baker McKenzie has added senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner to commit its strategic development for SPAC listing regimes in Hong Kong bond markets and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investments

Compliance issues for HK-listed companies in financial difficulties

Under the Hong Kong regulatory framework, listed companies should focus on the following aspects of compliance.

Markets expert joins Baker in HK

Baker McKenzie has added senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner to commit its strategic development for SPAC listing regimes in Hong Kong bond markets and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investments

How will PIPL impact corporate compliance probes?

By Howard Wu

To further fulfil the commitment to protect personal information, mainland China promulgated the new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)

Future Legal Leaders 2022

India Business Law Journal identifies 50 promising lawyers who are poised for greater success

The A-List: Top offshore lawyers 2022

Offshore financial centres worldwide have made relentless efforts to attract foreign business, and outward-looking Asian companies have responded to this demand by setting up overseas entities. However, finding the right legal team is daunting

Thailand Law Firm Awards 2022

Recovering global demand is softening the impact of the pandemic on Thailand. While travel restrictions continue taking a heavy toll on the tourism sector, a major contributor to the economy, the country has rolled out an extensive and comprehensive package to kick-start a rebound.

War of attrition

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the international legal community has condemned not just with words, but by boycotting Russian business and transactions

Deals of the year 2021

We look back at the most significant transactions and disputes of last year as we ring in the year of the tiger

Asia renewed

Lessons for APAC de-SPACs

By Derek Liu, Michelle Heisner, Derek Poon, and Ashok Lalwani, Baker McKenzie

Mapping global expertise

As a wave of dealmaking showcases legal prowess around the world, India Business Law Journal reveals the top foreign law firms for India work

Gender in justice

When SPACs come knocking

By Ashok Lalwani and Mark Bell, Baker McKenzie


Cayman law’s attraction to Asian investors

By Ann Ng, Sharon Yap and Nick Harrold, Maples Group
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Defendants’ rights better balanced in interim injunctions

By Manisha Singh and Omesh Puri, LexOrbis


Regulating insurance company management

Regulating insurance company management of salespersons

By Yan Bing and Li Wencheng, AnJie Broad Law Firm
Gender-fair language in patent law

Gender-fair language in patent law – ‘they’ over ‘he’ and ‘she’

By Archana Shanker and Priya Singh, Anand and Anand
Regulatory policies transforming leasing industry

Recent regulatory policies transforming leasing industry

By Jonson Zhang, AllBright Law Offices 

The clouds of Rainbow Papers roll away

By Karthik Somasundram, Bharucha & Partners

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