A&G News 15 July 2021

Disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have been far-reaching and wide-ranging, with many companies and organisations facing unique and unprecedented challenges.

To address the many questions you might have with regard to the legal impact and implications of Covid-19 on your business, we have assembled a cross-disciplinary Covid-19 Legal Task Force consisting of Partners across various practice areas to provide rapid assistance. Please contact us at covid19taskforce@allenandgledhill.com.

Our Covid-19 Resource Centre contains knowhow and materials covering the legal and regulatory aspects of the Covid-19 crisis.  We are pleased to share our knowledge with you. Should you have any feedback, please contact us at publications@allenandgledhill.com.

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Articles

No

Title

Date

Contracts, Business Impact

1. 

Key Trends for 2021

19 February 2021

2. 

Re-align Framework allowing businesses significantly impacted by Covid-19 to renegotiate contracts to commence on 15 January 2021

17 December 2020

3. 

MinLaw further extends relief periods for specified contracts under Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

25 November 2020

4. 

Bill passed to allow businesses significantly impacted by Covid-19 to renegotiate contracts

12 November 2020

5. 

MinLaw extends relief periods for specified contracts under Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

21 October 2020

6.

Effect of Covid-19 on the hospitality industry

23 July 2020

7. 

Key Trends in the new Normal

3 July 2020

8. 

Covid-19和电子签名在新加坡的应用

Read this article in English

1 July 2020

9. 

Covid-19: Digital signatures explained - Know before you sign

30 June 2020

10. 

Rental agreements for commercial equipment and commercial vehicles covered under Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 from 20 June 2020

23 June 2020

11. 

Covid-19 circuit breaker: Impact on insurance claims

23 April 2020

12. 

MinLaw releases FAQs and guides on temporary relief for inability to perform contracts under Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

23 April 2020

13. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: Provisions on temporary relief from legal action for inability to perform contracts in force from 20 April 2020

21 April 2020

14. 

Covid-19 circuit breaker: Safe distancing, safe technology?

17 April 2020

15. 

Expedited passage of Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: Overview of measures

8 April 2020

16. 

10 things everyone should know about the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill

1 April 2020

17. 

Covid-19 and the use of electronic signatures in Singapore

Read this article in Chinese

30 March 2020

18. 

Making statutory declarations and affidavits amid the Covid-19 situation

27 March 2020

19. 

Facing Covid-19: Legal implications for businesses

20 March 2020

20. 

Facing Covid-19: Contractual disruptions

21 February 2020

Corporate, Meetings, Boardroom

21.

Covid-19: MinLaw further extends duration of legislation for alternative meeting arrangements

28 April 2021

22. 

SGX RegCo allows Mainboard issuers up to 31 December 2021 to seek or renew enhanced share issue limit amid Covid-19

24 March 2021

23. 

Covid-19: ACRA issues Financial Reporting Practice Guidance No. 2 of 2020 to guide directors in review of FY2020 financial statements

10 December 2020

24. 

Covid-19: Legislation for alternative meeting arrangements refined and extended to 30 June 2021

9 October 2020

25. 

Covid-19: MinLaw to extend duration of legislation for alternative meeting arrangements to 30 June 2021

16 September 2020

26. 

Facing the winds of change amid Covid-19

27 August 2020

27. 

Covid-19: ACRA issues guidance for directors reviewing upcoming financial statements

29 May 2020

28. 

Covid-19: Key issues for directors in the shift towards a new normal

26 May 2020

29. 

ACRA defers implementation date for central non-public register of registrable controllers to July 2020 in light of Covid-19 situation

6 May 2020

30. 

SGX RegCo extends timeline for release of unaudited financial results and sets out expectations on issuers’ disclosure obligations, Amendment Order revises period for alternative meetings arrangements

29 April 2020

31. 

Holding meetings amid Covid-19: Order for alternative arrangements issued, guidance and checklist provided by ACRA, MAS and SGX RegCo

15 April 2020

32. 

Holding meetings amid Covid-19 outbreak: New Act provides legal certainty; ACRA, SGX RegCo extend AGM and annual return deadlines

8 April 2020

33. 

Holding meetings amid Covid-19 outbreak: SGX RegCo updates guidance, MinLaw and MOF propose legislative changes to provide legal certainty for businesses

2 April 2020

34. 

Facing Covid-19: ACRA, MAS and SGX RegCo issue guidance on safe distancing measures for issuers when conducting meetings

26 March 2020

35. 

Key considerations for directors in the period of Covid-19

20 March 2020

36. 

SGX RegCo gives additional two months to issuers irrespective of place of business or operations to hold AGMs due to concerns about large-group meetings amid Covid-19

19 March 2020

37. 

SGX RegCo gives issuers with principal place of business or significant operations in China up to 30 June 2020 to hold AGMs to approve FY December 2019 results in view of Covid-19 situation

27 February 2020

Employment

38. MOM, NTUC, SNEF issue advisory on Covid-19 vaccination in employment settings

15 July 2021

39. Covid-19: MOM and ESG update requirements for safe management measures at the workplace with effect from 10 June 2021

29 June 2021

40.

Covid-19: MOM updates advisory on requirements for safe management measures at the workplace with effect from 16 May 2021

27 May 2021

41.

Covid-19: MOM updates advisory on requirements for safe management measures at the workplace to allow greater flexibility for businesses

1 April 2021

42. 

Covid-19: MOM updates advisory on requirements for safe management measures at the workplace to allow more employees to return

2 October 2020

43. 

MOM announces tightening of work pass requirements: Increase in EP and S Pass minimum qualifying salary, enhancements to Fair Consideration Framework

2 September 2020

44. 

MOM issues Notification requiring employers to notify Commissioner of Labour of salary reduction measures amid Covid-19 situation

29 June 2020

45. 

Covid-19: MOM issues updated advisory on salary and leave arrangements

15 June 2020

46. 

MOM updates advisory on requirements for safe management measures at the workplace to minimise risk of Covid-19 re-emergence

2 June 2020

47. 

MOM, NTUC and SNEF issue advisory on retrenchment benefit payable to retrenched employees as a result of business difficulties due to Covid-19

27 May 2020

48. 

MOM, NTUC and SNEF issue advisory on workplace safe management measures in view of gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

21 May 2020

49. 

MOM updates advisory on salary and leave arrangements during circuit breaker period

28 April 2020

50. 

MOM issues advisory on salary and leave arrangements during circuit breaker period

9 April 2020

51. 

Covid-19 Employment Q&A

4 April 2020

52. 

Facing Covid-19: Employers’ obligations

4 April 2020

53. 

Regulations on workplace measures to prevent spread of Covid-19 in force in April 2020

2 April 2020

54. 

Government accepts National Wages Council Guidelines for 2020/2021 to mitigate impact of Covid-19

1 April 2020

55. 

MOM announces further measures to help companies cope with Covid-19 situation

30 March 2020

56. 

MOM, NTUC and SNEF update advisory on managing excess manpower and responsible retrenchment in view of Covid-19

27 March 2020

Budget, Support Measures

57.

Covid-19: Enhanced support measures for businesses and individuals during Phases 2 and 3 (Heightened Alert)

29 June 2021

58. 

Covid-19: Singapore Government announces measures to continue support for workers and jobs

20 August 2020

59. 

Fortitude Budget measures include enhanced Jobs Support Scheme and rental relief for tenants to help businesses build resilience amid Covid-19 pandemic

29 May 2020

60. 

Covid-19 relief: Additional support measures during extended circuit breaker period in Singapore

22 April 2020

61. 

Covid-19 relief: Additional support measures in Singapore

6 April 2020

62.

Covid-19 relief: Tax and support measures in Singapore

30 March 2020

Financial Distress, Insolvency

63.

 Covid-19: Simplified Insolvency Programme available from 29 January 2021

3 February 2021

64. 

Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution (Amendment) Bill passed to establish Simplified Insolvency Programme amid Covid-19

26 November 2020

65. 

Bill introduced to amend Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018 to establish Simplified Insolvency Programme amid Covid-19

26 October 2020

66. 

Covid-19: Order prescribing alternative arrangements for corporate insolvency meetings issued

30 April 2020

67. 

Covid-19 and financial distress: A roadmap for company directors

29 April 2020

68. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: Provisions on temporary relief for individuals and businesses in financial distress in force from 20 April 2020

21 April 2020

Real Estate, Property Tax

69.

Covid-19: Extension of temporary relief measures for property developers affected by disruptions to construction timelines following tighter border measures

8 July 2021

70.

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: Statutory extensions of time and cost sharing to provide further support for stakeholders in the built environment sector

6 November 2020

71. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 enhanced to cover options to purchase and sale and purchase agreements for commercial and industrial properties

23 October 2020

72. 

Covid-19: Additional temporary relief measures for property developers affected by disruptions to construction timelines

23 October 2020

73. 

New provisions in Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 expand rental relief assessors’ powers, clarify interaction of relief measures with SOPA and extend deadlines for some collective sales

15 October 2020

74. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 to be amended to expand rental relief assessors’ powers, clarify interaction of relief measures with SOPA and extend deadlines for some collective sales

24 September 2020

75. 

Covid-19: Measures providing rental relief for SMEs and non-profits, relief for inability to vacate business premises and cap on late payment interest and charges in force

25 August 2020

76. 

Covid-19: Bill passed to provide more relief for SME tenants and cap late payment interest and charges, authorities enhance relief for landlords

16 June 2020

77. 

Regulations on transferring benefit of property tax remissions in response to Covid-19 pandemic in force from 13 May 2020

22 May 2020

78. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 enhanced to cover contracts with housing developers, prohibit unilateral increase of charges

18 May 2020

79. 

Covid-19: Temporary relief measures for property sector

13 May 2020

80. 

Covid-19: Order prescribing alternative arrangements for meetings of management corporations and collective sale committees issued

30 April 2020

81. 

Provisions of Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 imposing duty on landlords to transfer benefit of 2020 property tax rebates to tenants in force from 22 April 2020

22 April 2020

82. 

Covid-19: Impact on commercial leases in Singapore

8 April 2020

83. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 to impose duty on landlords to transfer benefit of 2020 property tax rebates to tenants

8 April 2020

Capital Markets, M&A

84.

Covid-19: MAS, SIC, and SGX RegCo further extend option for electronic dissemination of rights issue and take-over documents until further notice

15 July 2021

85. 

Invoking a material adverse change / material adverse effect clause amid the Covid-19 pandemic

21 October 2020

86. 

Covid-19: MAS, SIC and SGX RegCo extend option for electronic dissemination of rights issue and take-over documents to 30 June 2021

9 October 2020

87. 

MAS issues FAQs on offers of units in collective investment schemes (including REITs) to provide additional guidance on regulatory requirements for REITs and fund managers amid Covid-19 pandemic

14 May 2020

88. 

MAS, SIC and SGX RegCo allow electronic dissemination of rights issue and take-over documents until 30 September 2020 in light of Covid-19 situation

13 May 2020

89. 

Covid-19: Special considerations for M&A

30 April 2020

90. 

MOF, IRAS and MAS announce new measures to help S-REITs navigate operating challenges posed by Covid-19; Code on Collective Investment Schemes revised

17 April 2020

91. 

SGX RegCo enhances share issue limit for Mainboard issuers and suspends entry into financial watch-list amid challenging Covid-19 business climate

9 April 2020

Technology, Data Protection, Intellectual Property

92. 

Covid-19: New IPOS initiatives for companies including expedited registration for trade marks and registered designs and new partnerships with other IP offices

4 September 2020

93. 

Covid-19和电子签名在新加坡的应用

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1 July 2020

94. 

Covid-19: Digital signatures explained - Know before you sign

30 June 2020

95. 

PDPC issues advisories on collection of personal data for Covid-19 contact tracing and use of SafeEntry

10 June 2020

96. 

IPOS offers SG Patent Fast Track, world’s fastest patent application-to-grant process

5 May 2020

97. 

Covid-19: IPOS extends filing deadlines to 5 June 2020

30 April 2020

98. 

Covid-19 circuit breaker: Safe distancing, safe technology?

17 April 2020

99. 

Covid-19 and the management of intangible assets

17 April 2020

100. 

Covid-19: IPOS closes physical office, continues e-filing services and encourages use of online portal/mobile app

6 April 2020

101. 

Covid-19 and the use of electronic signatures in Singapore

Read this article in Chinese

30 March 2020

Financial Institutions

102.

Covid-19: MAS, financial industry further extend support measures for SMEs in Tier 1 and 2 sectors and individuals, ESG further extends support measures

8 July 2021

103. 

Covid-19: MAS and financial industry extend loan repayment support for SMEs and individuals, ESG extends grants and financial support measures

27 October 2020

104. 

MAS and financial industry announce additional support for individuals facing financial difficulty caused by Covid-19 pandemic

8 May 2020

105.

Covid-19 financial support measures for financial institutions, SMEs and individuals

6 May 2020

106.

MAS clarifies application of LTV and TDSR rules following financial industry measures to support individuals and SMEs affected by Covid-19 pandemic

9 April 2020

107.

MAS adjusts selected regulatory requirements and supervisory programmes to allow FIs to focus on Covid-19 related issues

9 April 2020

108.

MAS and financial industry announce measures to support individuals and SMEs affected by Covid-19 pandemic

2 April 2020

109.

MAS issues advisory to financial institutions on adopting safe distancing measures amid Covid-19 situation

31 March 2020

Competition, Public Policy

110.

Emerging Stronger Taskforce publishes recommendations for a virtually unlimited and sustainable Singapore in a post-Covid-19 economic environment

25 May 2021

111.

Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order extended till 31 December 2021 due to Covid-19

8 September 2020

112.

CCCS issues guidance on Covid-19 business collaboration - Applicable to collaborations between 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2021

22 July 2020

113.

Covid-19 and the outlook for a new normal: An interview with Allen & Gledhill Senior Adviser Lam Chuan Leong, Competition and Public Policy

3 July 2020

114.

Singapore announces commitments with various nations to enhance connectivity and secure supply chains amid Covid-19

29 June 2020

115.

Singapore announces commitments with various nations to secure supply chains amid Covid-19 pandemic

14 May 2020

116.

Facing Covid-19: Antitrust review delays in South-east Asia (Part 3)

4 May 2020

117.

Facing Covid-19: Coping with the coronavirus outbreak without breaching antitrust laws (Part 2)

24 April 2020

118.

Singapore and New Zealand launch Declaration on Trade in Essential Goods for Combating the Covid-19 Pandemic

17 April 2020

119. 

The post Covid-19 world: Anticipating potential changes for businesses and public policies

16 April 2020

120. 

CCCS’s operations during period of heightened measures against Covid-19

8 April 2020

121. 

Singapore and eight other countries affirm commitment to ensuring supply chain connectivity amid Covid-19 crisis

8 April 2020

122. 

Facing Covid-19: Coping with the coronavirus outbreak without breaching antitrust laws (Part 1)

30 March 2020

123. 

Singapore and six other countries affirm commitment to ensuring supply chain connectivity amid Covid-19 situation

27 March 2020

Construction

124.

Covid-19: New relief framework announced to allow adjustment of contract sums due to increased foreign manpower costs

27 May 2021

125.

Relief periods under Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 extended for built environment sector, framework allowing developers to extend date of delivery of possession to be refined

28 April 2021

126. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: New reliefs for stakeholders in the built environment sector come into force - Statutory extensions of time and cost-sharing for construction contracts under Parts 8A and 8B

15 December 2020

127. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: Statutory extensions of time and cost sharing to provide further support for stakeholders in the built environment sector

6 November 2020

128. 

Covid-19: Additional temporary relief measures for property developers affected by disruptions to construction timelines

23 October 2020

129. 

Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 to be amended to expand rental relief assessors’ powers, clarify interaction of relief measures with SOPA and extend deadlines for some collective sales

24 September 2020

130. 

Guidance on the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 for the construction industry

21 April 2020

131. 

Dealing with Covid-19 in the construction industry: Preliminary views on Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill

7 April 2020

132. 

Dealing with Covid-19 in the construction industry: Contractual rights and remedies

27 March 2020

Shipping

133.

Covid-19: Service of warrant of arrest and writ of summons in an admiralty in rem action on the agent of the ship effective 22 January 2021

22 January 2021

134. 

Covid-19: Regulations affecting shipping in Singapore

14 April 2020

Medical, Healthcare

135. 

Covid-19 and issues facing the healthcare community: How can telemedicine help?

23 April 2020

136. 

Covid-19 and issues facing the healthcare community: Standard of care in an evolving landscape

9 April 2020

Family, Wealth Planning, Charities

137.

Commissioner of Charities and Registry of Societies issue guides for charities and registered societies on conduct of meetings amid Covid-19 situation

14 May 2020

138. 

Covid-19 and the lasting power of attorney: How can it help you in these uncertain times?

8 May 2020

139. 

Family Court proceedings in the time of Covid-19

4 May 2020

Courts, Arbitration, Mediation

140. 

SIMC launches new protocol on expedited mediation for global businesses to manage disputes amid Covid-19

27 May 2020

141. 

Covid-19: Court and arbitration proceedings in Singapore

20 April 2020

142. 

Singapore courts hear only essential and urgent matters from 7 April 2020 and SIAC operates via telecommuting

6 April 2020

USEFUL LINKS

Ministry of Health moh.gov.sg/covid-19
Ministry of Manpower mom.gov.sg/covid-19
Ministry of Foreign Affairs mfa.gov.sg/Services/Singapore-Citizens/COVID-19-Travel-Restrictions
Ministry of Trade and Industry
(GoBusiness)
covid.gobusiness.gov.sg
Gov.sg gov.sg/features/covid-19
Enterprise Singapore enterprisesg.gov.sg/covid-19

 

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