A&G News 1 April 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.

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

24 March 2021

22. 

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

10 December 2020

23. 

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

9 October 2020

24. 

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

16 September 2020

25. 

Facing the winds of change amid Covid-19

27 August 2020

26. 

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

29 May 2020

27. 

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

26 May 2020

28. 

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

6 May 2020

29. 

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

30. 

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

15 April 2020

31. 

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

8 April 2020

32. 

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

33. 

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

26 March 2020

34. 

Key considerations for directors in the period of Covid-19

20 March 2020

35. 

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

36. 

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

37. 

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

1 April 2021

38. 

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

2 October 2020

39. 

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

2 September 2020

40. 

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

29 June 2020

41. 

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

15 June 2020

42. 

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

2 June 2020

43. 

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

44. 

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

21 May 2020

45. 

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

28 April 2020

46. 

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

9 April 2020

47. 

Covid-19 Employment Q&A

4 April 2020

48. 

Facing Covid-19: Employers’ obligations

4 April 2020

49. 

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

2 April 2020

50. 

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

1 April 2020

51. 

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

30 March 2020

52. 

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

27 March 2020

Budget, Support Measures

53. 

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

20 August 2020

54. 

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

55. 

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

22 April 2020

56. 

Covid-19 relief: Additional support measures in Singapore

6 April 2020

57.

Covid-19 relief: Tax and support measures in Singapore

30 March 2020

Financial Distress, Insolvency

58.

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

3 February 2021

59. 

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

26 November 2020

60. 

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

26 October 2020

61. 

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

30 April 2020

62. 

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

29 April 2020

63. 

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

64. 

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

65. 

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

66. 

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

23 October 2020

67. 

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

68. 

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

69. 

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

70. 

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

71. 

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

22 May 2020

72. 

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

18 May 2020

73. 

Covid-19: Temporary relief measures for property sector

13 May 2020

74. 

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

30 April 2020

75. 

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

76. 

Covid-19: Impact on commercial leases in Singapore

8 April 2020

77. 

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

78. 

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

21 October 2020

79. 

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

80. 

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

81. 

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

82. 

Covid-19: Special considerations for M&A

30 April 2020

83. 

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

84. 

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

85. 

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

86. 

Covid-19和电子签名在新加坡的应用

Read this article in English

1 July 2020

87. 

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

30 June 2020

88. 

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

10 June 2020

89. 

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

5 May 2020

90. 

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

30 April 2020

91. 

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

17 April 2020

92. 

Covid-19 and the management of intangible assets

17 April 2020

93. 

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

6 April 2020

94. 

Covid-19 and the use of electronic signatures in Singapore

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30 March 2020

Financial Institutions

95. 

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

27 October 2020

96. 

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

8 May 2020

97. 

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

6 May 2020

98. 

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

99. 

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

9 April 2020

100.

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

2 April 2020

101.

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

31 March 2020

Competition, Public Policy

102.

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

8 September 2020

103.

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

22 July 2020

104.

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

105. 

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

29 June 2020

106. 

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

14 May 2020

107.

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

4 May 2020

108.

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

24 April 2020

109.

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

17 April 2020

110. 

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

16 April 2020

111. 

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

8 April 2020

112. 

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

8 April 2020

113. 

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

30 March 2020

114. 

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

27 March 2020

Construction

115. 

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

116. 

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

117. 

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

23 October 2020

118. 

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

119. 

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

21 April 2020

120. 

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

7 April 2020

121. 

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

27 March 2020

Shipping

122.

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

123. 

Covid-19: Regulations affecting shipping in Singapore

14 April 2020

Medical, Healthcare

124. 

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

23 April 2020

125. 

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

9 April 2020

Family, Wealth Planning, Charities

126.

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

127. 

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

8 May 2020

128. 

Family Court proceedings in the time of Covid-19

4 May 2020

Courts, Arbitration, Mediation

129. 

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

27 May 2020

130. 

Covid-19: Court and arbitration proceedings in Singapore

20 April 2020

131. 

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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