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07 August 2017 by
Japan has launched significant new corporate governance reform by revising its Stewardship Code, which requires institutional investors to disclose voting records for investments and establish governance structures to prevent conflicts of interest. The challenges will be in how the changes are implemented ahead, including how existing legislation might conflict with the controversial subject of collective engagement between investors and the companies they invest in.
03 August 2017 by
Latest partner moves from India, Australia and Singapore
02 August 2017 by
From the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to the Nokia ringtone and the stripes of 7-Eleven convenience stores, Karry Lai explains why non-traditional trade mark innovation in Asia is more than meets the eye
01 August 2017 by
Laos amends investment law to attract business in targeted sectors
31 July 2017 by
Jaclyn Jhin, managing director and chief legal and compliance officer, CLSA, tells Asialaw about what it takes to be a successful in-house counsel, and the value of mentoring.
28 July 2017 by
Policymakers, academics and lawyers at a conference in Hong Kong last month spoke of the “immense opportunities” for investors in Asia in sectors such as transport and energy generation under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. They warned, however, that investors in the 65 countries along the route of OBOR must be aware of the risks in putting their money into emerging economies that may not be equipped with robust legal frameworks.
27 July 2017 by
The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is planning to introduce a patent linkage scheme that will require a generic applicant to make a non-infringement declaration against an innovator’s patent portfolio. By creating this linkage, innovators can rest assured that their innovations are protected while generic drug companies are motivated to get regulatory approval for entry into market by proving that a patent is invalid or not infringed. However, observers warn of potential challenges in implementation.
26 July 2017 by
Latest partner moves from Singapore, Indonesia and more
26 July 2017 by
This year marks the fifth year of President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign, but China is moving only slowly up the ranks of the least corrupt jurisdictions globally. Transparency International had it at 79 on its corruption perception index in 2016, compared to 83 the year before. At the same time, proposals to amend the anti-unfair competition law, a social credit system and a national supervisory commission that is expected be in place by March 2018 shows a clear message from the Chinese government: Big Brother is watching and investigations into suspected corruption will only intensify, so businesses operating in China should ready themselves for legal consequences if their anti-corruption policies are weak.
05 July 2017 by
The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) has become effective in China, a sign that the country is taking a full part in the OECD’s initiatives on the automatic exchange of information (AEOI). Soon the tax authorities there will have access to detailed information about the assets held overseas by Chinese taxpayers.