Mar 2021 – Haldanes contributed to the Standard Clauses “Boilerplate” Agreement: Hong Kong published by UK Thomson Reuters

We are proud to announce that Haldanes have contributed to the Standard Clauses “Boilerplate” Agreement: Hong Kong, a 3-part Q&A published by Thomson Reuters in the United Kingdom and circulated internationally. The Q&A is part of Thomson Reuters’ new Boilerplate International Transaction Guide, which offers practical and jurisdiction-specific guidance on the application of Thomson Reuters’ boilerplate clauses. Haldanes […]

Jonathan MidgleyPartner, Solicitor Advocate, Haldanes

New visa renewal arrangements announced for visa holders outside Hong Kong

Date:   1 April 2021 Good News for visa holders outside Hong Kong who are looking to apply for visa renewals, as the Immigration Department recently announced that special arrangements will be made to accommodate the pandemic situation The Hong Kong Immigration Department recently made an announcement in relation to special arrangements made for visa holders […]

Felix NgPartner, Haldanes

UK Listing Review Recommendations for Reform of the LSE Listing Rules

On 3 March 2021, the UK Listing Review, chaired by the Rt Hon. Lord Jonathon Hill, published its recommendations for reform of the Listing Rules of the London Stock Exchange1 (the LSE) (the UK Listing Rules). The reforms are aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the UK as a listing venue, particularly for new economy […]

Clinton MorrowPartner, Charltons

UK Listing Review Recommendations for Reform of the LSE Listing Rules

On 3 March 2021, the UK Listing Review, chaired by the Rt Hon. Lord Jonathon Hill, published its recommendations for reform of the Listing Rules of the London Stock Exchange1 (the LSE) (the UK Listing Rules). The reforms are aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the UK as a listing venue, particularly for new economy […]

Julia CharltonPartner, Charltons

Can an Employer Require its Employees to Test for COVID-19 in Hong Kong?

The rise in Covid-19 cases has left many employers in Hong Kong contemplating whether they can lawfully require their employees to undergo testing for Covid-19. In times like these, employers find themselves trying to balance their business interests and continuity on one hand, with employees’ concerns and sensitivities on the other. In this article we […]

Nick GallSenior Partner, Gall Solicitors

HKEx Publishes Review of Listed Companies’ Corporate Governance Practices and Practitioner’s Insights on ESG

On 11 December 2020, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the HKEx) published findings from its latest Review of Issuers’ Corporate Governance Practices1 and market practitioners’ insights entitled “Making inroads into good Corporate Governance and ESG management”.2 The review of corporate governance report disclosures in 2019 found a general improvement in issuers’ compliance with […]

Clinton MorrowPartner, Charltons

SFC Updates FAQs on Compliance with Suitability Obligations and Requirements for Complex Products

On 23 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC) published a circular to intermediaries1 announcing updates to its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Compliance with Suitability Obligations2 and Requirements for Complex Products.3 A summary of the key updates can be found below: Updated Area Purpose of the Update Updated FAQs Suitability Assessment To […]

Julia CharltonPartner, Charltons

Remote Working from Overseas: Key Legal Implications Employers Should Know

Remote working arrangements have become prevalent in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic such as risk of infections, travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Many employers are also considering remote working as ‘the new normal’ given the reduced operational costs. For some employees, remote working may mean working overseas. […]

Nick GallSenior Partner, Gall Solicitors

Steering Group Announces Green and Sustainable Finance Strategy for Hong Kong

On 17 December 2020, Hong Kong’s Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group (the Steering Group) published its Strategic Plan to Strengthen Hong Kong’s Financial Ecosystem to Support a Greener and More Sustainable Future (the Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan is aimed at consolidating Hong Kong’s position as a leading green and sustainable finance and risk management centre and […]

Clinton MorrowPartner, Charltons

Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: Employer Considerations

The Hong Kong government has commenced implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination programme intended to cover all Hong Kong residents across the territory. Vaccinations are offered free of charge with the stated aim of safeguarding public health and helping to allow further easing of restrictions and a gradual return to normal life and activities. At this […]

Nick GallSenior Partner, Gall Solicitors

Steering Group Announces Green and Sustainable Finance Strategy for Hong Kong

On 17 December 2020, Hong Kong’s Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group (the Steering Group) published its Strategic Plan to Strengthen Hong Kong’s Financial Ecosystem to Support a Greener and More Sustainable Future (the Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan is aimed at consolidating Hong Kong’s position as a leading green and sustainable finance and risk management centre and […]

Julia CharltonPartner, Charltons

Hong Kong 2021/2022 Budget – Market Highlights

On 24 February 2021, Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, GBM, GBS, MH, JP, delivered the Hong Kong Government’s 2021/2022 Budget Plan to the Legislative Council. The Financial Secretary emphasised the value of the financial services industry to Hong Kong’s economy, with financial services accounting for 21 percent of GDP in 2019 and its overall share of […]

Clinton MorrowPartner, Charltons