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Long Service Payment and Severance Payment in Hong Kong - Abolishment of Offsetting Arrangement

05 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

The Government passed the Employment and Retirement Schemes Legislation (Offsetting Arrangement) (Amendment) Bill 2022 on 9 June 2022 to abolish the use of the accrued benefits of employers' mandatory contributions under the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) System to offset severance payment (“SP”) and long service payment (“LSP”). While this development is welcome by employees, certain preparation should be made by Hong Kong employers especially for those whose workforce experiences low turnover.

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New Amendments to the Prosecutors’ Office Act and the Criminal Procedure Code

04 July 2022 by Jipyong - South Korea

The latest amendments to Korea’s Criminal Procedure Code (the “CPC”) and the Prosecutors’ Office Act (the “POA”), intended (among others) to limit the prosecution’s power to conduct investigations directly, was passed by the National Assembly on May 9, 2022 and is scheduled to come into effect on September 10, 2022. Some of the key amendments, as well as the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) on such amendments, are provided below.

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Revised Hong Kong listing regime for overseas issuers

04 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

A revised listing regime for overseas issuers on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) took effect following consultation on 1 January 2022.

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Cocrystallization of drugs: A new hope for medical engineering

01 July 2022 by DPS Parmar [Former Technical Member (Patents), erstwhile Intellectual Property Appellate Board Special Counsel, LexOrbis]

It is known that certain crystals can coexist as supramolecular synthons. Since the discovery of the first cocrystal of urea with NaCl in 1773 a lot has changed. In 1844, the first cocrystal of the 1:1 ratio between Benzoquinone and Hydroquinone (Quinhydrone) was obtained.

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ESG Series – Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme of Hong Kong

01 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

It has been one year since the launch of the Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme (Scheme) in May 2021. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced in its Quarterly Bulletin of March 2022 that more than 60 debt instruments had been approved under the Scheme. This article summarizes the core elements of the Scheme and provides tips for applications.

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ESG Series – External reviews on sustainable bonds and loans

30 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

The principles on sustainable bonds (ICMA Bond Principles) formulated by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) are widely applied in Hong Kong listed bonds, as discussed in our previous articles. External reviews play an important part in green, social and sustainability-lined bonds/loans, and the author will summarize the common types of external reviews here.

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ESG Series – International Capital Market Association: Principles on Sustainable Finance Instruments - Applications in Hong Kong listed bonds

29 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

As of 10 May 2022, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange included 94 bonds in its “Sustainable Finance Products” bond repository , out of which 79 issuances are categorized as green bonds. The other categories are 2 social, 1 sustainability, 3 sustainability-linked, 2 blue, 6 transition and 1 COVID-19 bonds.

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ESG Series – International Capital Market Association: Principles on Sustainable Finance Instruments

28 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

Green, social and sustainability-linked bonds listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange adopt principles formulated by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). This article introduces the core elements in those principles.

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Synergize GBA series: Cross-border data transfers in mainland China

27 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

In 2021, we have seen significant changes in the data protection regime in mainland China. Specifically, the Data Security Law (DSL) and the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) came into effect on 1 September 2021 and 1 November 2021 respectively.

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Re Scomi Group Bhd: Judicial Management Not Available for Public Listed Companies?

23 June 2022 by Shearn Delamore & Co

In this article, Douglas Goh Peng Fong discusses whether a public listed company can apply for a judicial management order under Subdivision 2 of Division 8 (Corporate Rescue Mechanism) of Part III of the Companies Act 2016 (“CA”).