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Malaysia introduces new law to combat corporate bribery

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Act 2018 was passed by the Senate of Malaysia on 5 April 2018. One of the major amendments is the introduction of section 17A. Modelled on the UK Bribery Act’s corporate offence, it penalises commercial organisations for corrupt acts by associated persons, subject to a reasonable procedures defence. The legislation is […]

The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners of the 2018 Asia Legal Awards

Davis Polk & Wardwell Korea’s Lee & Ko and India’s Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas are among the top winners of the fifth annual event honoring the leading firms and lawyers in Asia. Davis Polk stood out from a group that included Kirkland & Ellis, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and the […]

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Plans for Europe, Asia and US

“The aim was to make every single partner aware of what our offering [in China and Asia] is, with a view to generating inbound and outbound work,” said a German partner who attended. “The firm is looking at how to further grow in China. If you want to further penetrate the market you need greater […]

Sino-ASEAN arbitration panel proposed to tackle Belt and Road disputes

Sino-ASEAN arbitration panel proposed to tackle Belt and Road disputes

Justin D’Agostino, head of disputes and managing partner in Asia for Herbert Smith Freehills, shared his firm’s findings of a decade of client research that his firm conducted to determine what their clients want in terms of dispute resolution. The findings showed overwhelmingly that they want more assistance with dispute avoidance, management and resolution, and […]

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 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 […]