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A Year in review (2019)

2019 brought with it a number of important legal developments in Hong Kong and this article summarises some of the more important ones. Arrangement for reciprocal recognition… LEARN MORE

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The Amendments to the Agreement on Trade in Services of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement

The Agreement on Trade in Services of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) is a free trade agreement concluded between the Mainland and Hong… LEARN MORE

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An overview of the key points of the Regulations for the Implementation of the Foreign Investment Law

On 26 December 2019, the Regulations for the Implementation of the Foreign Investment Law of the People's Republic of China (Regulations) was issued by the State Council,… LEARN MORE

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Employment Law Review

Wishing you a Happy New Year! In this Review, we provide a snapshot of the most significant Hong Kong employment laws introduced in 2019, as well as those that are likely to come… LEARN MORE

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Tougher ESG reporting requirements to take effect from July 2020

On 18 December 2019, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published conclusions to its consultation on the “Review of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)… LEARN MORE

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Hong Kong launches its new patent system – more of the same but just a little different?

The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (IPD) will launch a new type of patent and implement several other changes to Hong Kong’s patent system. While the existing system… LEARN MORE

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Optimising guidelines for personal information protection – China issues third draft amendment to Personal Information Security Specification

China’s recommended national standard Information Security Technology - Personal Information Security Specification (Specification) came into force on 1 May 2018. Although not… LEARN MORE

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Proposed new tax rules for insurers and licensed insurance brokers

The taxation of insurers in Hong Kong has historically been subject to comparatively antiquated rules and it has been a recurring complaint of both practitioners and their clients… LEARN MORE

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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal affirms terminal payments not taxable

The Court of Final Appeal in Poon Cho-Ming, John v Commissioner of Inland Revenue FACV 1/2019 [2019] HKCFA 38 has found for the taxpayer and affirmed the decision of the Court… LEARN MORE

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Hong Kong people eligible to participate in Mainland social insurance scheme

On 29 November 2019, the National Healthcare Security Administration and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security released the “Interim Measures for Hong Kong, Macau… LEARN MORE

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