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Can an employer refuse to grant leave to employees during the festive seasons?

Christmas, Lunar New Year and other long public holidays (Public Holidays) are peak seasons for a lot of businesses. It appears from a recent news report that some employers set… LEARN MORE

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When is failure to renew pregnant employee’s employment contract unlawful?

The recently reported news of a community service centre’s (Centre) refusal to renew the employment contract of a pregnant employee (Employee) sparked concerns over possible employment… LEARN MORE

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China formally implements unified negative list regime for market access

In 2015, China’s State Council proposed that it would establish a unified negative list regime for market access[1]. It also clarified that such a list regime would include a… LEARN MORE

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Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018: Additional requirement to notify location of board records
14 February 2019, Corporate and M&A, Legal Alert, by Deacons Corporate Services

As per the commencement date of the Companies (Amendment) (No.2) Ordinance 2018 (i.e., 1 February 2019), a company is required to file with the Registrar of Companies a new form… LEARN MORE

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Changes to documentary requirements for listed issuers will come into effect on 1 March 2019

On 1 February 2019, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) released conclusions on its Consultation Paper on Proposed Changes to Documentary Requirements relating… LEARN MORE

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Scope of mutual legal assistance between the Mainland and Hong Kong broadens as jurisdictional concerns in cross-border transactions are clarified

Given the different judicial systems in the Mainland and Hong Kong, selecting the method and location of dispute resolution in a Mainland and Hong Kong cross-border transaction… LEARN MORE

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Reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters

The Hong Kong Government, through the Secretary for Justice, announced on 18 January 2019, the signing of an arrangement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on the reciprocal recognition… LEARN MORE

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Competition Commission to investigate Hong Kong Seaport Alliance

The Competition Commission recently launched a formal investigation into whether the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (Seaport Alliance) has contravened the Hong Kong competition rules.… LEARN MORE

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Conviction for failing to keep significant controllers register on the increase

On 7 January 2019, the Companies Registry announced that twelve Hong Kong companies were prosecuted for, among other things, failing to keep the significant controllers register… LEARN MORE

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Stock Exchange clarifies classification of lease transactions involving variable lease payments

On 28 September 2018, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) providing guidance on the application of notifiable… LEARN MORE

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