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19Aug2020

Press release: Landmark Hong Kong Court of Appeal decision confirms protection for all employees

For media: Download a PDF copy of this press release at this link. In a watershed Court of Appeal decision serving to protect the rights of all Hong Kong employees, the Court has found that the employer GF Capital (Hong Kong) Ltd wrongfully withheld pay…Read More

18Aug2020

Tanner De Witt seeks an IT Manager

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.   Tanner De Witt is seeking an experienced candidate to join us as its IT Manager. Key requirements Comprehensive experience in all areas pertaining to running a medium sized IT department including internal communications, management…Read More

14Aug2020

Hong Kong Government launches Visa-Free Entry for Arbitration Participants

Generally, anyone who does not have the right of abode or the right to land in Hong Kong requires a visa to work in Hong Kong.  In the past, this requirement applied to all participants in arbitral proceedings in Hong Kong including arbitrators, witnesses, counsel,…Read More

14Aug2020

Future Equity Agreements for Founders

Future Equity Agreements are succinct agreements that are relatively economical to enable startups to raise funds in a simple fashion when they require it.  Tara Chan from the Corporate and Commercial practice group of Tanner De Witt summarises and assesses future equity agreements for founders….Read More

07Aug2020

What Schrems II means for EU data transfers to Hong Kong

On 25 June 2013, Maximillian Schrems, an Austrian national, applied to the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland to prohibit Facebook from transferring his personal data to the United States. Seven years later, that application has resulted in a judgement of the European Court of Justice…Read More

31Jul2020

Enforcement of Judgment or Order by way of Charging Order and recent decided cases

Introduction Where a creditor has obtained a judgment or order against a debtor, the creditor can enforce the judgment or order by imposing a charging order on the properties as set out in section 20A of the High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4) (“HCO”), which are:-…Read More

30Jul2020

Hong Kong: Arbitration hub in the Greater Bay Area

Arbitration has become the leading process for resolving international business disputes in Hong Kong as the region sees an increasing number of matters involving the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. This article originally appeared in DutchCham Magazine’s July 2020 issue. Hong Kong is widely recognised…Read More

28Jul2020

Key Points in the SFC Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to the REIT Code

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) released a consultation paper on 9 June 2020, proposing amendments to the Hong Kong Code on Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REIT Code”), to invite market participants and interested parties to comment on the proposed amendments. Pádraig Walsh…Read More

27Jul2020

Legal update: Statutory maternity leave extended to 14 weeks (but change may not take effect until end of 2020)

On 17 July 2020, the Government published the Hong Kong Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 (“Amendment Ordinance”) in the Gazette. The Amendment Ordinance increases the statutory maternity leave entitlements under the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) in Hong Kong from 10 weeks to 14 weeks, to be…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

23Jul2020

Tanner De Witt’s family lawyers attend HKFLA talk on surrogacy and legal parenthood

On 20 July 2020, members of Tanner De Witt’s Matrimonial and Family Law Department attended a talk on ‘Surrogacy and Legal Parenthood: Latest Developments in Hong Kong’ organised by the Hong Kong Family Law Association (“HKFLA”).  The members’ talk was presented by Mr. Hectar Pun…Read More

17Jul2020

Managing Down Rounds in Venture Capital Fundraising

There is a global recession presently that has made fundraising a difficult task. Investors are looking to support their existing portfolio. Fresh capital deployment is scarce. There is real pressure on valuations. Many young businesses that have taken venture capital are running out of runway,…Read More