Category Archives: Law

HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a bill allowing third-party funding in arbitration, which is expected to come into effect later this year. Singapore, Asia’s other leading arbitration seat, passed a similar bill in January, so this move is “a welcome development, which will help Hong Kong maintain its status as one of the […]

Singapore High Court holds mandatory arbitration agreement in company constitution operative despite earlier litigation

The Singapore High Court (“Singapore Court”) has clarified a number of issues concerning the content, scope and operability of arbitration agreements. Of particular note is the Singapore Court’s view on the extent to which a party’s choice to subject a dispute, which may otherwise be the subject of an arbitration agreement, to litigation may act […]

China’s Cyber Security Law: The Impossibility Of Compliance?

China’s much-anticipated Cyber Security Law (CSL) will come into effect on 1 June 2017.  The new law is the first comprehensive law to address cyber security concerns at the national level and to some extent consolidates cyber activities captured in other laws and regulations. The move by China to beef up its laws and regulations governing […]

Japan and China: New Data Protection and Transfer Laws Imminent in Asia Pacific

The global e-discovery community is abuzz about data protection. 2018 will usher in new data protection and transfer laws in the European Union (EU), but many e-discovery professionals are less informed about similar changes in Asia that will imminently take place in 2017. Japan: Land of the Rising Sun Japan’s Act on the Protection of […]

Singapore Court of Appeal confirms the validity of “unilateral option to arbitrate” clauses

In the recent decision of Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 32, the Singapore Court of Appeal confirmed that the Singapore courts will enforce a dispute resolution clause which gives only one party the option to arbitrate. The court also clarified the requirements and threshold for a stay of […]