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Hong Kong Stock Exchange proposes to enhance the listing regime for overseas issuers

On 31 March 2021, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a consultation paper seeking public feedback on its proposals to enhance and streamline the existing… LEARN MORE

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Proposed lowering of statutory limit of effective rate of interest stipulated in the Money Lenders Ordinance (Cap. 163)

The Financial Services Branch of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (the “FSB”) issued a letter on 1 April 2021 to all licensed money lenders setting out the Government’s… LEARN MORE

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Europe and China cooperate on PCT searching

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced a pilot-programme, which will be of particular… LEARN MORE

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Draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts
26 March 2021, Construction, Legal Alert, by Stanley Lo,

Since the consultation document on Proposed Security of Payment Legislation (SOPL) for the Construction Industry in June 2015 and the report of the consultation in April 2016,… LEARN MORE

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Proposed legislative amendments regarding the tax consequences of corporate amalgamation in Hong Kong
24 March 2021, Tax, Legal Alert, by Stefano Mariani,

Proposed amendments to the Inland Revenue Ordinance The enactment of the new Companies Ordinance (“CO”) in 2014 introduced a new, court-free amalgamation procedure for companies… LEARN MORE

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Insurance (Group Capital) Rules

The Insurance Authority has recently gazetted the Insurance (Group Capital) Rules. They will come into effect on 29th March, the same day as the Insurance (Amendment) (No. 2)… LEARN MORE

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China’s AI Patent Explosion

Did you know? In 2019, China surpassed the United States and Japan in the number of worldwide artificial intelligence-related patent applications. A majority of the patent filings… LEARN MORE

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Insurance (Special Purpose Business) Rules

The Insurance Authority has now gazetted the Insurance (Special Purpose Business) Rules. They will come into effect on 29th March, 2021, the same day as the Insurance (Amendment)… LEARN MORE

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Injury during work for COVID-19 vaccination – will the employer be liable to pay?

With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong, employers may wish to encourage or even require their employees to be vaccinated for protection. An interesting question arises:… LEARN MORE

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Hong Kong Government initiates subsidies for OFCs

On 24 February 2021, the Finance Secretary Paul Chan delivered the 2021-22 Budget which highlighted upcoming government initiatives to promote the establishment of and re-domiciliation… LEARN MORE

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