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Time to Apply for Subsidies for Open-Ended Fund Companies and REITs
Deacons, May 2021

Following announcements during the 2021-22 Budget by the Finance Secretary Paul Chan, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued on 10 May 2021 details of the grant scheme available for Hong Kong open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs)...

Salaries Tax Alert: Decision of the Court of First Instance in Dr Leung Ka-Lau v CIR [2021] HKCFI 1117
Deacons, May 2021

Factual background The taxpayer, Dr Leung, was a medical doctor employed by the Hospital Authority (“HA”). Part of the conditions of his employment was that he was required to be ‘on call’ on certain days including Sundays and public holidays. When ‘on call’, he was obligated, among other things, to be within the physical proximity of the hospital, to be ready to render medical services if the need arose, and to abstain from drinking alcohol...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates April 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., May 2021

Dispute ResolutionThreshold to Commence Winding Up Proceedings RaisedBy the Federal Government Gazette Notification No. 4159 dated 22 March 2021, the amount of indebtedness required to commence winding up proceedings under section 466(1)(a) has been fixed at RM50,000.00 with effect from 1 April 2021.This means that a creditor may only commence winding-up proceedings against a debtor company where the debtor company has failed to satisfy a debt owed to the creditor exceeding RM50,000...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for April
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2021

 The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for April covers the following tax issues: 1. What are the requirements to claim tax exemption for the procurement, importation, donation, storage, transportation, deployment, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines? 2. How are the amendments under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act on certain final taxes implemented by the BIR? 3...

China Data Privacy Update – Enhanced Scrutiny of “Bundled Consent”
Deacons, April 2021

Did you know? The Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Online Transactions (“Measures”) released by the PRC State Administration for Market Regulation will come into force on 1 May 2021 and will replace the previous rules implemented in 2014. Among other things, the Measures impose more stringent requirements against the common practice of “bundled consent”...

[Infographic] Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the Lao PDR
DFDL, April 2021

As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out in the Lao PDR we take this opportunity to answer some of the key questions that are being raised by employers and employees. In our publication and at our upcoming live event, our labor experts outline the rights and obligations of employers and employees when it comes to vaccination in the Lao PDR. Get your answers by downloading the publication and by attending our 20-minute webinar...

Cambodia: Monthly Legal Update – April 2021
DFDL, April 2021

New Promulgated Law and Subsequent Regulations on Health, Administrative and Other Measures during Covid-19 Outbreak In response to the recent community outbreak of Covid-19 on 20 February 2021, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) promulgated and issued a number of regulations, specifically: Law on Preventative Measures against the Spread of Covid-19 and other Highly Contagious Diseases dated 11 March 2021 (“Preventative Measures Law”); Sub-Decree 37 dated 12 Ma

Thai Finance Ministry Approves Additional THB 3.04 Billion for the Rao Chana (‘We Win’) Stimulus Program for At-risk Communities Affected by COVID-19
DFDL, April 2021

On Tuesday 19 April, at its weekly cabinet meeting, the Thai Government approved the Finance Ministry’s request for an additional THB 3.04 billion in funding for its Rao Chana (‘We Win’) stimulus program and extended its duration by one more month until 30 June 2021. This program initially allocated with THB 210.20 billion in funding was launched earlier this year with the intention of providing one-off handouts of THB 7,000 to eligible applicants covering roughly 31...

[Infographic] Lao PDR – Data Protection Issues During the COVID-19 Control Measures
DFDL, April 2021

Quick and easily accessible guide for human resource and compliance professionals in the Lao PDR to understand the local data protection requirements. This DFDL infographic provides general guidance to HR and compliance departments as to the different steps employers should consider while collecting, monitoring and storing employees’ personal data to prevent or manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace...

Hong Kong Proposes New Rules Enhancing Deductibility of Foreign Tax
Deacons, April 2021

The Government of Hong Kong gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 (the “Bill”) on 19 March which, among other things, seeks to amend the Inland Revenue Ordinance (“IRO”) to expand and clarify the scope of profits tax deductions for foreign taxes...

Demarcating The Bank’s Duty In Investment Scams
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Scams are common these days. Hence, the regulatory bodies, financial institutions and news media often warn the public to exercise due diligence before making any investments with promises of high-profit returns...

Kochhar & Co. IP Practice Group Shares a Snapshot of Some of the Recent Landmark Judgments and Legislative Updates in the Indian IP Landscape
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2021

JURISPRUDENCE Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. v. Amway India Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. (Delhi High Court)1  The Division Bench of the Delhi High Court reversed the prior order which had restrained various e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal - from enabling sale of products of 'direct selling' companies without their consent. The Court held that the Direct Selling Guidelines of 2016 are not the law and are only advisory in nature...

Hong Kong Stock Exchange proposes to enhance corporate governance code
Deacons, April 2021

On 16 April 2021, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a consultation paper outlining proposed enhancements to the Corporate Governance Code and Corporate Governance Report (Code) set out in Appendix 14 to the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Exchange (Rules), as well as related amendments to the Rules...

OFC – An Alternative Structure for SFC-Authorized Funds
Deacons, April 2021

On 24 February 2021, Hong Kong’s Finance Secretary Paul Chan delivered the 2021-22 Budget which highlighted upcoming government initiatives to promote the establishment of and re-domiciliation of offshore funds to Hong Kong using the Hong Kong open-ended fund company structure (OFC)...

Delegation by Managers under Hong Kong’s OFC Regime
Deacons, April 2021

An open-ended fund company (OFC) must at all times have an investment manager (Fund Manager) who is responsible for managing the scheme property. To bring in expertise in respect of a specific market or strategy or for other various reasons, Fund Managers may engage sub-managers, advisors or delegates. The delegation of the investment management function by a Fund Manager is permissible under the OFC regime...

Disciplinary Action Highlights the Need for Compliance with Sales and Suitability Regulations and Licensing Conditions
Deacons, April 2021

The SFC’s recent public reprimand and fine of HK$6.3 million against a licensed corporation (the Company) brings various provisions of the Code of Conduct and Internal Control Guidelines to the forefront. It also highlights the need for licensed corporations to fully comply with any licensing conditions. Outlined in this article are the key facts of this case and a summary of what licensed intermediaries can learn from this disciplinary action...

Amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, April 2021

The Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) has been further amended by Republic Act No. 11521,1 which took effect on February 8, 2021 (or immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette). (The new provisions introduced by R.A. 11521 to the AMLA are underlined below for ease of reference.) A. Spotlight on New Provisions B. Covered Persons and Covered Transactions C. Targeted Financial Sanctions D. Other Relevant Provisions   A. Spotlight on New Provisions R.A...

Cambodia: Ministry of Labour & Vocational Training Issues Guidance on Paying Wages During the Lockdown
DFDL, April 2021

On 19 April 2021, the MLVT issued ‘Instruction 043 concerning the Payment of Wages for Early April (2021) and Additional Allowances for Employees in the Garment, Enterprise, Handicraft and Business sectors during the Phnom Penh and Takmao city lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (“Instruction”). The Instruction states that the temporary lockdown measures in Phnom Penh and Takmao City should be regarded as the de facto suspension of employment...

Cambodia: GDT Facilitates Online Document Submission
DFDL, April 2021

Notification no. 7179 GDT dated 18 April 2021 (“Notification 7179”) from the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) provides procedures for the submission of scanned application forms, administrative letters, other documents or tax returns to the GDT, including tax branches in Phnom Penh and the provinces, via online (E-Document Submission System)...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Newsletter March Issue 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, We are pleased to bring you the March 2021 issue of our quarterly Newsletter, we hope that you will continue to find its contents of value to you. Real Estate PJD Regency Sdn Bhd v Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah: Calculation of Liquidated Agreed Damages commences from the Date of Payment of Booking Fee A case note by Alexis Yong Mey Ling … read more...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates April 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,We are pleased to bring you the latest legal updates for April 2021.Tax & RevenueIncome taxThe technical guideline Garis Panduan Berhubung Permohonan Pengecualian Cukai Pendapatan Kepada Institusi Atau Organisasi Keagamaan Yang Layak Di Bawah Perintah Cukai Pendapatan (Pengecualian) 2020 [P.U.(A) 139/2020] (available in Malay language only) has been published on 25 March 2021 on the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia’s official website...

Cambodia: Extension of Due Date for March Monthly Tax Returns & Payments
DFDL, April 2021

Notification no. 7175 GDT dated 16 April 2021 (“Notification 7175”) from the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) provides an extension of the due date for the March 2021 monthly tax returns and payment. Key Takeaway For taxpayers whose businesses are prohibited to operate under Decision No. 49 the deadline for the March 2021 monthly tax payment and return submission has been extended to 15 May 2021...

China Introduces Pharma-Friendly Revisions to Patent Examination Guidelines
Deacons, April 2021

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) revised Patent Examination Guidelines came into force on 15 January 2021. The changes significantly relax the patentability requirements for inventions in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech field. Why does this matter to you? The revised guidelines focus on the examination criteria for novelty and inventive step in relation to the rapidly developing field of chemical and biotech inventions...

Li Yiqing v Lamtex Holdings – A Shift of Emphasis in Relation to the Hong Kong Court’s Recognition of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings
Deacons, April 2021

The recent Court of First Instance decision in Li Yiqing v Lamtex Holdings Limited [2021] HKCFI 622 (11 March 2021) is a landmark decision in cross-border insolvency law in Hong Kong, in which the Court held that when it is considering the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings, regard should not simply be had to the place of incorporation of the relevant company, but that in a departure from previous practice, the location of the company’s centre of main interest (COMI) is

Banks Not Required to Act as Detectives or Fraud Detectors
Deacons, April 2021

There has been an increasing number of fraud cases, in particular cyber fraud cases, around the world. Some victims of fraud have sought redress from banks for failing to detect the fraud and refrain from processing their instructions by relying on the Quincecare duty (i.e...



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