Covid 19

13Apr2021

Sunny Hathiramani to speak at INSOL Focus Webinar 2021

On Tuesday 20 April, Restructuring and Insolvency Partner Sunny Hathiramani will speak on a webinar hosted by the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International), the foremost organisation for accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency. The webinar is on cross-border insolvencies under…Read More

22Mar2021

Covid-19: Can children be separated from parents during quarantine? (March 2021 update)

This is an update to an article that was published in April 2020. Recently, an international school teacher tested positive after being linked to a spreading gym cluster. Consequently, a class of 8- to 9-year-old students were sent to the government quarantine centre. Following intervention…Read More

23Feb2021

I committed a trivial breach of quarantine, do I have to go to prison for it? – A case study on breaches of quarantine under the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 struck Hong Kong in early 2020. More than a year later, it is still affecting the lives of many on multiple levels. As a way to control the spread of the virus, the Government of Hong Kong has enacted and updated legislation since March…Read More

22Jan2021

Relocation amidst a pandemic: COVID-19 and a wish to permanently leave Hong Kong with children

23 January 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the confirmation that COVID-19 has spread to Hong Kong. In a year filled with uncertainties and challenges, following on from a year of protests in Hong Kong, our Family Practice has seen an increase in enquiries,…Read More

24Nov2020

Ian De Witt speaks on panel at American Bankruptcy Institute’s International Insolvency Forum 2020

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner and Co-Head Ian De Witt was recently invited by the American Bankruptcy Institute to speak on a panel at their annual International Insolvency Forum. Held virtually this year from 18 to 20 November, the panel featured speakers such as former US…Read More

15Sep2020

BMC v BGC formerly known as WCY [2020] HKCA 317

In an interesting decision handed down recently, the Court of Appeal dismissed a father’s appeal brought against a first instance judgment dismissing his application for the return of his child to the USA from Hong Kong. The application for return was brought under the Child…Read More

26Aug2020

Advancing Private Adjudication of financial disputes in matrimonial and family proceedings

The first Private Family Adjudication (‘PFA’) was held recently in Hong Kong. It reportedly ran smoothly and led to a swift decision. It prevented a significant delay in ancillary relief trial proceedings, which had been adjourned due to the impact of Covid-19 on the Courts….Read More

24Aug2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 6 – Application process for 2nd tranche of Employment Support Scheme (ESS) to start on 31 August 2020 until 13 September 2020

The Hong Kong Government has announced that the application process for the second tranche of the ESS will commence on 31 August 2020 until 13 September 2020.  The second tranche of the ESS is expected to be disbursed within three to four weeks after submission…Read More

24Jul2020

Managing M&A in an Economic Downturn

We are currently experiencing a global economic downturn triggered by the COVID19 pandemic. This has affected the entire commercial and finance world. M&A activity still continues though, even in these uncertain times. Some businesses seeking an exit are accelerating that process. Buyers with strong balance…Read More

12Jun2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 5 – Reminder: Deadline to apply for 1st tranche of Employment Support Scheme (ESS) closes on Sunday, 14 June 2020 at 23:59 HKT

A reminder for any employers intending to apply for the first tranche of the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) in Hong Kong that applications will close this coming Sunday, 14 June 2020 at 23:59 HKT.  The application needs to be made online via the ESS portal…Read More

19May2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 4 –Employment Support Scheme (ESS) Application details announced

UPDATE 5: 12 June 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 5 – Reminder: Deadline to apply for 1st tranche of Employment Support Scheme (ESS) closes on Sunday, 14 June 2020 at 23:59 HKT The Hong Kong Government has announced the application process for the…Read More

14May2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 3 – HK Government releases further details on application process for Employment Support Scheme (ESS)

UPDATE 5: 12 June 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 5 – Reminder: Deadline to apply for 1st tranche of Employment Support Scheme (ESS) closes on Sunday, 14 June 2020 at 23:59 HKT UPDATE 4: 19 May 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update…Read More