US and regional firms are loosening UK firms’ grip on the market, and IPOs are not the big financial prize they once were
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In China the proposed merger of Jun He and Zhong Lun is being described as a deal that “has never been done before”.
Shanghai’s ground-breaking Pilot Free Trade Zone could mark the beginning of the long-awaited liberalisation of China’s legal services sector.
Chinese red circle firm Zhong Lun has signed up to employment alliance L&E Global, marking the network’s first step into the Asian markets.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named two partners to succeed global managing partner Stuart Fuller as head of its Hong Kong practice after he decided to give up one part of his dual role.
Stephenson Harwood has signed an alliance deal with a Guangzhou firm that was set up after the UK firm closed its own base in the southern city there months ago.
Governments’ efforts to curb what they perceive to be aggressive international tax planning is leading many multinational companies to question their tax advice.
Global: 24 privacy authorities worldwide call for more mobile app privacy download subscription
The increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities.
2014 Hong Kong arbitration case round-up download subscription
There were a number of court decisions in Hong Kong this year that continue to demonstrate the court’s non-interventionist pro-arbitration approach.
First guidance on Hong Kong’s new competition law — impact on the construction industry download subscription
This article outlines the draft guidelines and briefly looks at issues of specific concern to the construction industry in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s first prison sentence under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance download subscription
The Hong Kong privacy commissioner for personal data (PCPD) announced last week that a former insurance agent has received a prison sentence in respect of offences under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.
Holding AGMs and tabling of accounts — what do I need to know? download subscription
It is not uncommon for Hong Kong companies to overlook certain procedural requirements regarding the holding of AGMs and the tabling of audited accounts.
A snapshot of the investor-state dispute settlement framework in Australia’s Asian free-trade agreement trifecta download subscription
On 17 November 2014, Australia and China concluded negotiations over the China-Australia free-trade agreement.
Chinese business partnership — know your partners download subscription
Here is a cautionary true story including some practical advice on how to recognise an untrustworthy business partner at an early stage.
China relaxes approval requirements for investment projects, again download subscription
China’s State Council issued a new edition of The Catalogue of Investment Projects Subject to Governmental Approvals on 31 October 2014.
The P5+1 and Iran extend the Joint Plan of Action to mid-2015 download subscription
On 24 November 2014, the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany (collectively the P5 + 1) and Iran announced that they would extend to 30 June 2015 the validity of their ‘Joint Plan of Action’ (JPOA).
Investments in China A-Shares via Stock Connect, acceptable in principle under UCITS download subscription
The CSSF has no objections to UCITS investing in China A-Shares using the Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect platform.
Last year, the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran to suspend certain EU and US sanctions against Iran in return for a curb on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Sanctions update: US, UK, France, China and Germany agree to extend sanctions relief for Iran until June 2015 download subscription
On 25 November 2014, the Council of the European Union extended the existing limited sanctions relief for Iran (originally agreed under the Joint Plan of Action in November 2013) until 30 June 2015.
Handling customer data in the banking industry download subscription
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong (PCPD) has released new Guidance on the Proper Handling of Customers’ Personal Data for the Banking Industry.
Hong Kong Competition Commission publishes draft guidelines — a key step toward bringing the competition ordinance into full force download subscription
The Hong Kong Competition Commission has published a set of draft guidelines on 9 October 2014 for public consultation.
US and China reach landmark climate accord subscription
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