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Tax Alert: Mergers exempt from stamp duty
27 July 2021, Tax, Legal Alert, by Stefano Mariani,

In a decision that will no doubt come as a great relief to the funds, banking, and asset management industries, the Court of Appeal ruled in Nomura Funds Plc v Collector of Stamp… LEARN MORE

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Practical tips on private OFCs, subsidy grant scheme and re-domiciliation

On 25 June 2021, Fiona Fong, one of our financial services partners, interviewed Elizabeth Wong, an Associate Director of Investment Products at Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures… LEARN MORE

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Blameless employer claiming against the wrongdoer – how much can the employer recover?

The Employees’ Compensation Ordinance Cap. 282 is a non-fault based system of compensation. Under this scheme, compulsorily-insured compensation is speedily paid to injured employees… LEARN MORE

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Data Export Compliance under China’s Data Security Law

On 10 June 2021, the Data Security Law (DSL), which will become effective as of 1 September 2021, was adopted in China. The enactment of the DSL marks the introduction of China’s… LEARN MORE

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China’s New Guidelines – Good News for Software Patents

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently revised the Examination Guidelines for software patents including artificial intelligence… LEARN MORE

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Amendment bills on Hong Kong re-domiciliation for foreign investment funds

On 2 July 2021, the Government gazetted the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Limited Partnership Fund and Business Registration Legislation (Amendment) Bill… LEARN MORE

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SFC publishes new guidance on ESG fund disclosures

On 29 June 2021, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a revised circular (Revised Circular) to provide guidance to managers on enhanced disclosures for authorised… LEARN MORE

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Salaries Tax Alert: Payment of Bonus Shares to Former Employee Held Not Taxable

When an employment relationship comes to an end, it is not uncommon for the parties to enter into a termination agreement setting out the departing employee’s rights and obligations.… LEARN MORE

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Court of Appeal refuses to determine the Competition Commission’s challenge to the criminal standard of proof in competition proceedings for a pecuniary penalty

In Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Co Ltd & Ors [2021] HKCA 877, the Court of Appeal refused to determine whether the standard of proof in competition proceedings… LEARN MORE

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HKMA’s announcement on “Fintech 2025” Strategy

On 8 June 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled “Fintech 2025”, a new strategy aiming to drive fintech development in Hong Kong. In essence, “Fintech 2025” seeks… LEARN MORE

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