Industry Insights

With the growth of intellectual property creation and commercialisation, parties increasingly prefer to resolve their IP disputes outside the court system. Most of the cases administered by the World...
August 2017
Chinese acquirers are playing an increasingly important role as buyers of private equity sponsored companies — nearly 200 portfolio companies were sold to Chinese entities in 2016. However, in our...
August 2017
On 9 May 2017, several financial regulators including the State Administration of Taxation (“SAT”) and the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) jointly issued the Administrative Measures for the Due...
August 2017
In Registrar of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants v X, CACV 244/2016, 2 June 2017, the respondent accountants are appealing a decision of a Disciplinary Committee that they...
August 2017
On 27 May 2017, the National Information Security Standardisation Technical Committee (“TC 260”) circulated for public comment the Guidelines for the Security Assessment of Outbound Data...
August 2017
Re A, HCMP 2079/2016, 16 June 2017, considers what it means to be “fit and proper” in the context of an application for admission to the Hong Kong Bar. The applicant is a young man who had been...
August 2017
On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (“IBA LPRU”) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business...
August 2017
Hong Kong’s apology legislation, the first of its kind in Asia, was passed by the Legislative Council on 13 July 2017 and was published in the Gazette on 21 July 2017. It is the culmination of a...
August 2017
The Eleni, HCAJ 189/2013, 9 May 2017, arises out of a collision at sea. The case considers the relevance of s. 7 (“Limitation of actions”) of the Merchant Shipping (Collision Damage...
August 2017
In the recent case of In the matter of Shanda Games Limited, FSD 14 OF 2016 (NSJ) (July 2017) it was held by Justice Segal that the Court has jurisdiction to admit new evidence and order a...
August 2017
In TNB Fuel Services SDN BHD v. China National Coal Group Corporation [2017] HKCFI 1016, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (the “Court”) has granted a charging order against shares...
July 2017
On 2 May 2017, the CAC issued the Provisions on the Administration of Internet News Information Services, which will take effect 1 June 2017. The CAC circulated a draft of the provisions in...
July 2017
Given the similarities with regard to the laws of maintenance and champerty in Ireland and Hong Kong, and the “sisterhood” of the common law, the recent judgment of the Irish Supreme Court in ...
July 2017
The last time the District Court’s monetary jurisdiction increased was in 2003. In summary, that increase was to the current level of HK$1 million for general civil claims and HK$3 million for land-...
July 2017
The High Court in London recently decided for the first time on the availability of litigation privilege in criminal investigations conducted by the UK Serious Fraud Office (the “SFO”). The decision...
July 2017
On 9 May 2017, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (“SPP”) jointly released the Interpretation on Several Issues on the Application of Law to the Adjudication of...
July 2017
Recent headlines in the local press that convictions for money laundering were on the decrease and this was apparently cause for concern need to be given some context. First, there is no offence...
July 2017
With the passage of the Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Bill 2016 through the Legislative Council of Hong Kong ("Legco") in near record time, we asked the...
June 2017
As noted in previous Industry Insights (April 2017 – "Lawyers and Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions") ("DNFBPs") the government is proposing to legislate to bring lawyers within the...
June 2017
At the time of writing, the Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Bill 2016 is making good progress through Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (“Legco”), with its...
June 2017