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Saudi Arabia engineering investment 101: type of business entity

By Wang Jihong and Tang Hongwei, Zhong Lun Law Firm

A comparison of data protection laws: China

By Amigo L Xie and Susan Munro, K&L Gates

Hylands BJ headquarters appoints five partners

Hylands has appointed Tian Dapeng, Yin Yue, Cai Yuee, Lu Bing and Wang Yuan as partners at the firm’s Beijing headquarters

Will SBLCs pave new financing route for property companies?

Three significant offshore bonds with a combined value of USD700 million issued under standby letters of credit (SBLC) this year caught people’s attention

AVIC Chengdu UAS lands on SSE Star Market

Jia Yuan Law Offices advised AVIC Chengdu UAS on an RMB4.37 billion (USD649 million) IPO on the Star Market of the SSE, surpassing the initial target of RMB1.64 billion

Mega Genomics raises HKD215.3m on debut

China’s largest consumer genetic testing platform Mega Genomics raised HKD215.3 million (USD27.6 million) from its IPO on the HKEX

Departing IT staff getting tied up with non-compete clauses

With many IT employees offered huge salary hikes and perks from competing firms amid soaring global demand for IT services

Maintaining momentum

Massive infrastructure development and liberalisation of overseas investment have boosted the Philippines’ competitiveness, but the pandemic has changed everything. What will a newly elected government mean for business-related legal reform?

HKEX gong chimes as GoGoX goes public

China’s third largest online logistics platform has debuted on the Hong Kong bourse – a move that summoned the strike of the gong back to the trading floor

Nippon paints China strategy as it buys five companies

Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings (NPAC), a subsidiary of Nippon Paint Holdings, has completed an RMB350 million (USD52 million) acquisition of additional shares in five Chinese automotive coatings companies

Telecom foreign funding reform and its capital market impact

By Zhang Dan, AnJie & BB Law Firm

NaaS charges into Nasdaq on short-cut

NaaS Technology has been listed on Nasdaq through a merger with US company RISE Education Cayman in a deal that makes NaaS the third China concepts stock to go public in the US this year and the first IPO for an electric-vehicle charging-services provider

Latest judicial practice with horizontal monopoly agreements

By Ryan Fang and Simon Shi, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Watching the watchers

New roles of intermediaries place them under the microscope of capital market regulation

In-house specialty

Top in-house counsel and external lawyers were quizzed to determine what skillsets are behind their successes in two very different legal roles

Liability for securities intermediaries under new interpretations

By Eric Liu and Deng Xiaoming, Han Kun Law Offices

Emergency cross-border arbitration run by CIETAC HK

According to section 22A of the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance, parties are entitled to conduct emergency arbitrator procedures under the adopted institutional arbitration rules prior to constitution of the arbitral tribunal

Compliance for facial recognition in financial e-contract signing

By Yao Xiaomin and Zhang Xiaoke, Lantai Partners

Exit control in China civil litigation

By Zhang Guanglei and Zhang Jinhui, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Ethics for AI

Tao Fuwu, Chief Legal Officer of Coudwalk Group, one of the “four AI dragons in china”, shares his views on current legal and compliance requirements on AI ethics

Vision Deal gets nod as HK’s second SPAC listing

The HKEX listing of Vision Deal, a special purpose acquisition company backed by former Alibaba CEO David Wei, saw three firms advising in the HKD1 billion (USD127 million) transaction

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

Laura Cha re-elected as HKEX chair

Laura Cha Shih May-lung will continue her role as HKEX chair for two more years after being re-elected to the post she has held since 2018

Global network for judicial dispute resolution is born

Judiciaries from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Britain and the United States have established the International Judicial Dispute Resolution Network 

Haiwen hires energy specialist

Su Hao has joined the Haiwan & Partners in the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices as a partner

Companies must disclose FDI from neighbours

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has amended the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2022, requiring Indian entities to reveal if investments are made by a company that is incorporated in a country that shares a land border with India

HK Justice Secretary: arbitration fee shake-up a win-win

The Hong Kong SAR Government has submitted an amendment bill to the Legislative Council to propose three new fee agreements to allow lawyers to charge arbitration cases by the principles of "no win, no fee" and "no win, low fee"

What does it take to be a top lawyer?

Our A-List lawyers share strategies for success

In-house Counsel Awards revealed

After months of intensive surveys, we reveal the winners of our In-house Counsel Awards 2021-22

Diagnostic provider Yunkang goes public in HK

The fifth-largest market player in China’s medical operation services sector has been listed on the HKEX

Towards the light

Easing of regulations on offshore listing brings hope for an end to a long-running Sino-US dispute

Regulating crypto assets

The past decade has seen extraordinary growth in technological innovation

DWF and Hauzen agree to affiliate

DWF has secured an affiliation agreement with Hauzen, a Hong Kong law firm specialising in financial services regulation, contentious insurance, complex commercial problems and arbitration

HSF sets construction disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

Herbert Smith Freehills has opened a construction and infrastructure disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

Next-gen IP protection

Law firm views on IP and data protection in a tech-centric era

The practice of arbitrating derivatives disputes

A wholly foreign-owned bank in China established by a leading global commodity derivatives trading bank group (the claimant), and a large Sino-foreign joint venture non-ferrous metal smelting and processing enterprise (the respondent) entered into a copper forward transaction

S fund development in China provides exits

By Echo Liu, Grandway Law Offices

‘Safe harbour’ system under Anti-Monopoly Law amendment

By Michael Mao and Alan Yu, AllBright Law Offices

Aftershocks

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

DaHui hires M&A and compliance partner

Richard Qiang has joined DaHui Lawyers as a Beijing-based partner – the third to be taken on as partner by the firm this month

Application of service trusts in distressed real estate

By Deng Weifang and Yu Jiahao, Merits & Tree Law Offices

Employers now empowered to search criminal records

Employers can check criminal record searches of employees and candidates in certain circumstances under the new Working Rules for Public Security Departments to Handle Criminal Record Checks, issued by the Ministry of Public Security on 31 December 2021

Analysing major legal models of China’s retirement trusts

By Ren Guobing and Lin Shulan, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Little to fear in Chinese regulator’s handling of US move

A consultation document released by China’s securities watchdog potentially removes a key hurdle for US regulators to gain full access to the auditing reports of Chinese companies listed in New York

Protecting trade secrets with confidentiality measures

By Zhu Nandi and Zhang Yifan, Tiantai Law Firm

Unknowns of ‘no-challenge clause’ in IP licence contracts

By Guan Bing and Wang Ziqian, East & Concord Partners

Zhong Lun builds historic case with debt overhaul

China’s first case in which the debt risk of 25 construction companies was resolved by out-of-court debt restructuring procedures

Stop-payment procedure of foreign-related independent guarantees

By Zhang Guanglei and Cai Xiaoxia, Jingtian & Gongcheng

In her words

Senior women lawyers across Asia describe their journeys to success and share words of wisdom for aspiring juniors in the profession. Vandana Chatlani reports

Pinsent Masons makes Lui head of China

Pinsent Masons has made financial services partner Kanyi Lui the firm’s head of China. Lui replaces Sam Boyling who relocates to the Singapore office

Protecting corporate business data under IP legal norms

By Ethan Zhang and Nea Liang, Joint-Win Partners

Deal highlights

Aquila Acquisition Corporation became the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to list in Hong Kong

AllBright to open office in Haikou

AllBright Law Offices has won approval to open a branch office in Haikou as the Hainan provincial capital grows as a global financial centre

Administrative agreement types and arbitrability

The type and scope of an administrative agreement will determine whether arbitration can be used to resolve disputes that arise from it.

Chinese court recognises UK commercial judgment for first time

With the approval of the Supreme People’s Court, the Shanghai Maritime Court ruled to recognise and enforce a commercial judgment made at the UK High Court based on the principle of reciprocity

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)

JunHe hires expert in securities law

Shi Libin has joined JunHe as an expert in corporate and securities law. She joins from Linklaters and has legal qualifications in China and New York State

Haiwen sharpens IP focus

Jia Yuanyuan, an IP specialist, has joined Haiwen & Partners as a partner in Beijing.

Liangshan issues USD204m bond on SGX

Liangshan Development Group issued USD204 million senior unsecured notes due in 2025 on the Singapore Exchange with a coupon rate of 6.5%

Needs of the many

With a state-led "common prosperity" philanthropy campaign well underway, what options do private enterprises have? Jasmine Wen reports

Resolving TM disputes in overseas jurisdictions

By He Wei, Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency

Current practice and financial impact of personal bankruptcy

By Wang Zhenxiang, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Nokia-Lenovo dispute: All’s well that ends well

By Pravin Anand and Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand

Highlights of 2022 amendments to Civil Procedure Law

By Zhang Guanglei and Zhang Jinhui, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Voluntary offer, formulation of terms under IAEA safeguards

By Wang Jihong and Xu Yibai, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Carbon-neutral policies in China

By Charles J Yao, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Common problems of trademark use in China

By Christy Chen, Corner Stone & Partners

Testing the wind

Patent law development in China

By Jin Xiao, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office

IP-related issues to be wary of in M&A

By Frank Liu, Shanghai Pacific Legal

Metamorphosis

Comparing China and US trademark co-existence systems

By Claire Zhao, Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency

Effects of personal bankruptcy system on investors in China

By Xu Bangwei and Zhang Xiaotong, Jingtian & Gongcheng

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Too much power?

Shifting tide of audit compliance for US listings, Willow Wei

Shifting tide of audit compliance for US listings

By Willow Wei, Dentons China

Correspondents

Supreme court allows GMR to run Nagpur International Airport

Court clears airport agreement for takeoff

By Shailendra Kumar Singh and Kartik Agarwal, HSA Advocates
India Stock appreciation rightsvideo

Committee recommends recognition of stock appreciation rights

By Vandana Pai and Shreya Sreesankar, Bharucha & Partners
India supreme court on financial creditorsvideo

Supreme Court says financial creditors not so supreme

By Sudeshna Guha Roy and Elisha Vaswani, Bharucha & Partners
Assessing inventiveness and ownership of AI-related inventionsvideo

Assessing inventiveness and ownership of AI-related inventions

By Shraddha Singh Chauhan, Anand and Anand

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