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Singapore Simplifies Rules for Managers of Venture Capital Funds

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Monetary Authority of Singapore ("MAS") has introduced a new simplified regulatory regime for managers ("VC Managers") of venture capital funds ("VC Funds"). The Impact: The new regime has simplified and...more

Brexit: IoT to the rescue?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

For retailers, speed and efficiency in supply chains are paramount. With the possibility of a "hard" or "no deal" Brexit, retailers must adapt to a new operating environment. The UK government is exploring the potential for...more

Preparing a Performance Reference for an Employee – What is Expected of an Employer?

by K&L Gates LLP on

It is not uncommon for employers to require potential employees to provide references from their former employers. Indeed, such references may have a significant bearing on their chances of obtaining employment with a new...more

An Emerging Trend: ICC Guidance Further Encourages Summary Determination of Unmeritorious Claims in International Arbitration

by White & Case LLP on

The ICC has published new guidance encouraging the use of summary procedures to determine unmeritorious claims and defences. The ICC's move is the latest in a recent trend by arbitral institutions to encourage arbitrators to...more

Initial Coin Offerings—A Singapore Perspective

by Jones Day on

As interest continues to grow in virtual currencies, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings, governments are evaluating the benefits and potential risks of these innovations, while considering numerous regulatory...more

The MAS’s New Regulatory Regime for Venture Capital Fund Managers Comes into Force

by K&L Gates LLP on

As part of the Singapore government’s drive to attract more venture capital fund managers (“VCFM”) and venture capital (“VC”) funding into Singapore to boost the growth of startups and growth-stage enterprises, following a...more

Arbitration World

by K&L Gates LLP on

Welcome to this 35th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and...more

Venture Capital fund managers may begin operations in record time in Singapore - New MAS regulations reduce the qualifying...

by Dentons on

Although a venture capital fund may be prepared to invest in a new country, lengthy requirements to set up operations may risk the loss of valuable business opportunities. In Singapore, however, the criteria for operating a...more

Singapore Legal Update - October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

New Inward Redomiciliation Regime Takes Effect - The inward redomiciliation procedure for foreign companies wishing to transfer their registration to the Singapore registry of companies came into force on 11 October 2017....more

From off-shore to on-shore: Moving foreign entities to Singapore under the Inward Re-domiciliation Regime - Benefits,...

by Dentons on

Increasingly, companies and individuals are reconsidering their use of “offshore” corporate entities, in light of a growing international push for transparency and exchange of information amongst jurisdictions for tax...more

New Regulatory Regime for VC Fund Managers Takes Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore simplifies and reduces the regulatory compliance burden for venture capital fund managers in Singapore....more

Court Limits Australia's Jurisdiction to Assist International Arbitrations

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Parties to contracts on major projects with a connection to Australia frequently arbitrate disputes elsewhere. The Development: The Federal Court of Australia ("FCA") held that Australian courts do not have...more

TPP-11 Moving Forward

by Jones Day on

Steven Okun, Governor and Chair of the TPP Task Force of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore ("AmCham") and Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, discusses with Jones Day partner Darren Murphy the progress of the...more

When is it illegal to hold private and public property interests in Singapore - Avoiding legal issues around concurrent ownership...

by Dentons on

Family or friends jointly investing in real property often begin with the best intentions. However, without clear agreements, these deals may end up in lengthy (and costly) disputes. Further complications may occur especially...more

Cross border restructurings - INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar

by DLA Piper on

The INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar took place on 13 September 2017 in Guernsey, where tensions rose high as jurisdictions battled it out for the crown of the "go-to" jurisdiction for cross border restructurings....more

Singapore Court confirms limited scope for adjudication set aside

by White & Case LLP on

In Mataban Development Pte Ltd v Black Knight Warrior Pte Ltd, a respondent-owner failed to serve a valid payment response under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act ('SOP Act'). The adjudicator thus...more

No implied obligation to work with due diligence and expedition

by White & Case LLP on

The Singapore Court of Appeal has recently held that there was no implied term of due diligence and expedition in a construction contract. This case aligns the Singaporean approach with that of the English courts....more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2017: Global Update: Regulators Focus on Initial Coin Offerings

by Dechert LLP on

Since January 2017, more than $2 billion has been raised through the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin offerings” (ICOs). The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on July...more

The patentability of isolated natural products … A proposed approach to clarify examination procedures in Singapore

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Legal action in several jurisdictions over the last few years has looked at the question of the patentability of isolated products from nature. How this important aspect of the life sciences sector has been considered, and...more

Extending your reach to the "invisible parties" to the arbitration agreement

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Aggrieved claimants may sometimes seek to extend their claims not only to the company that agreed to arbitrate disputes – but also to that company’s shareholders or ultimate controlling person(s). Such efforts are usually...more

MAS Clarifies Regulatory Position on Digital Token Offerings in Singapore

by Morgan Lewis on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore indicates that various forms of crowdfunding involving the use of digital tokens likely will be regulated if the digital tokens constitute products regulated under the Securities and...more

Singapore as a Funds Destination

by Morgan Lewis on

Assets under management in Singapore continue to grow. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reported in its annual industry survey that assets under management (AUM) managed by Singapore-based managers grew 7% to...more

Singapore: A Changing Paradigm in Redundancy and Reductions in Force

by Morgan Lewis on

Recent changes in the notification and oversight process for redundancy and RIF exercises show the Ministry of Manpower’s strengthened commitment to employee rights....more

Blockchain for Business

by Jones Day on

As the interest in blockchain technology grows, companies will be confronted with numerous decisions, challenges, and legal issues pertaining to its adoption. Relevant matters include the overall design and control of...more

Proposed Changes to Singapore Personal Data Protection Act 2012

by Morgan Lewis on

The Personal Data Protection Commission is holding a public consultation exercise on its proposed changes to the Personal Data Protection Act 2012....more

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