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25 February 2021

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General                                                                                    

Key trends for 2021 by Allen & Gledhill Managing Partner Jerry Koh  

Banking & Finance                                                                   

Infrastructure Asia launches core suite of partially standardised project finance loan documents  

Competition                                                                             

Antitrust developments in South-east Asia: October to December 2020   

Corporate / M&A                                                                      

Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill passed to provide for electronic transferable records and electronisation of negotiable instruments, documents of title and bills of lading    

ACRA launches online variable capital company registration and filing portal       

ACRA announces resumption of Register of Registrable Controllers e-Service from 1 February 2021  

Data Protection                                                                        

Singapore-led initiatives on data management framework, model contractual clauses for cross border data flows and information exchange mechanism approved at first ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting     

FinTech                                                                                   

Three key FinTech trends in 2020                                               

Intellectual Property                                                                 

MinLaw and IPOS consult on draft Copyright Bill to enhance clarity and accessibility of copyright regime

IPOS moves to new IP2SG website address and launches IP2SG APIs for trade mark application, renewal and management                                                                     

Public Policy                                                                           

Budget 2021: Key highlights                                                      

Q4 2020 Review: Five key public policy developments in Singapore       

Restructuring & Insolvency                                                      

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

Tax                                                                                          

Budget 2021: Summary of key tax changes                                

Regional News                                                                         

Malaysia                                                                                   

Amendments to the Malaysian Industrial Relations Act 1967        

Malaysia’s exemption from stamp duty for specified instruments deemed to have come into effect from 1 March 2020

Malaysian Federal Court sets out guiding principles on setting aside arbitral awards on grounds of breach of natural justice                                                                  

Malaysian Federal Court dismisses appeal on whether guidelines issued by Labuan Financial Services Authority were ultra vires section 7(6) of Labuan Companies Act 1990

Malaysian Federal Court holds date of calculation of liquidated agreed damages begins from date of payment of booking fee                                                                              

High Court of Malaya holds subsequent side-deal does not defeat bank-assignee’s rights and interests in property                                                                                                

Indonesia                                                                                  

Bank Indonesia overhauls Indonesia’s payment system         

Indonesia’s Competition Commission issues Guidelines on Mergers, Consolidations or Acquisitions Assessments

Indonesia mandates that private sector electronic system providers must register

Vietnam                                                                                    

Vietnam’s new Law on Environmental Protection partially in force from 1 February 2021   

China                                                                                        

China issues “blocking rules” against unjustified extra-territorial application of foreign laws          

Publications                                                                            

IBA Securities Law Committee e-Bulletin: The many uses and benefits of a variable capital company       

Journal of Investment Compliance: The increasing popularity of private funds 

Personal Data Protection Digest: Civil proceedings under the Personal Data Protection Act 2012

The Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review (3rd Ed, 2021)   

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Public Procurement 2021   

Practical Law Cross-Border Joint Ventures 2020: Singapore chapters      

Practical Law FinTech Global Guide: FinTech in Singapore - Overview     

Deals                                                                                       

Issue of US$200 million senior notes by Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust         

Awards & Rankings                                                                  

Allen & Gledhill’s Intellectual Property Practice continues to be ranked as a leading practice in World Trademark Review 1000 2021