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Year in review 2018 and year to come 2019

2018 saw a significant number of milestones in corporate and commercial legislation. There were further important developments in the fintech space.

MAS issues Guide to Digital Token Offerings

This article provides a summary of the key changes to the 2018 Guide.

Singapore’s legal profession: Data analysis of lead counsel appearance numbers

Singapore’s legal profession: Data analysis of lead counsel appearance numbers

The author is responding to the call to study the careers of advocates, and has done so by compiling data on appearances before the High Court and Court of Appeal as lead counsel.

Mitigating the risks of subrogated claims by insurers

This article discusses the benefits of using international arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism and third-party portfolio funding to cover costs of international arbitration.

Third-party funding – taking stock

This article traces the introduction of third-party legislation in Singapore and HK, followed by an assessment of the status quo.

Three “pitfalls” for the unwary: Third-party funding in Asia

For some time, practitioners would have seen news alerts headlining that 3P funding is permitted in Singapore and HK for arbitration and arbitration-related Court proceedings.

MAS consultation paper: New regulatory sandbox

The public consultation phase for the Sandbox Express will conclude on 13 December 2018.

Proposed amendments to the voluntary delisting regime

The amendments are aimed at aligning the interests of the offeror and shareholders, in particular minority shareholders, as much as possible.

Journals Online: In search of purpose and mentorship

While business considerations are necessary and important, the law is, first and foremost, a profession dedicated to building a just society.

[HK] Client update: New Arbitration Rules in Hong Kong

The HKIAC 2018 Rules provide the arbitral tribunal and parties with mechanisms to resolve disputes through a more efficient, cost-effective and procedurally certain process.

Myanmar's Draft Employment Compensation Law 2018

The Draft Employment Compensation Law 2018, published on or around August 2018, aims to refine the existing Workmen’s Compensation Act.

Blockchain, banking and the "new normal"

This article discusses the exciting possibilities that blockchain technology creates both the "traditional" financial services industry and the so-called "disruptors".

MAS issues Response to feedback on proposed changes to MAS 105 Appointment of Custodians and Fund Managers by insurers

The transitional period of one year is given for insurers to implement the requirements, including time required to re-negotiate existing contracts.

MAS to implement revised large exposures requirements for Singapore-incorporated banks from 30 September 2019

These requirements are consistent with the “Supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures” (“Basel Framework”).

MAS issues new Notices on Insurance Returns taking effect on 1 January 2019

MAS had embarked on a complete review of insurance returns to enhance information requirements for its supervisory needs and provide further clarification for completion of the returns.

Tags: Insurance

Fundraising basics for start-ups: a legal perspective

This article seeks to highlight certain legal pointers as a broad guide and framework for start-ups and founders to be aware of when approaching fundraising exercises.

Tags: Funds

Note on Realising the tangible value of intangible assets

Innovation can disrupt established markets and players, but it also creates new opportunities.  We have several schemes and initiatives to support enterprises in doing so.

MAS issues Guidelines to facilitate provision of digital advisory services

The Guidelines, issued on 8 Oct 18, apply to all financial institutions offering or seeking to offer digital advisory services in Singapore.

SGX consults on proposed introduction of “trade at close” functionality

The consultation paper was released on 21 Sep 18, seeking comments on proposed amendments to the SGX Securities Trading  Limited Rules. The consultation closed on 11 Oct. 

CCCS clears proposed JV between hearing aid suppliers

CCCS announced the clearance decision on 12 October 2018.

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