HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding

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 to recruit for cyber defense center for National Service

Singapore to recruit for cyber defense center for National Service

The Singapore government plans to tap promising students to do their national service in a new cyber security unit set up by the Ministry of Defense. Meanwhile, training camps for students will spread awareness and career advice about the sector. The Defense Cyber Organization will tackle digital threats to the city-state. The government wants to […]

King & Wood Mallesons Rethinks Global Vision as Firm Plays to Asia Strengths

King & Wood Mallesons Rethinks Global Vision as Firm Plays to Asia Strengths

Given the high-profile collapse of its European arm, it is inevitable that King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been rethinking its global plans. Roughly five months after the legacy SJ Berwin business officially became the  U.K.’s biggest-ever law firm failure, and about seven months after news reports said KWM had discussed a global tie-up with 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 […]

Singapore, Australia forge cyber security ties

Singapore, Australia forge cyber security ties

In a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked by the two countries on 2 June 2017, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and the Australian government will conduct regular information exchanges on cyber threats, share best practices to promote innovation in cyber security and build cyber security capabilities.

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

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 […]