27 February 2017

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Corporate & M&A

SGX seeks public views on whether to implement listing framework for dual class share structures and possible safeguards for the framework

Singapore Court of Appeal grants conditional leave in section 216A application to control conduct of on-going suit

Intellectual Property

Parliament introduces Bill to amend Patents Act to raise quality of patents and provide greater flexibility in disclosure of inventions before patent application

IPOS lowers patents and trade marks filing fees in Singapore from 1 April 2017

Real Estate

Planning (Amendment) Bill 2017: Stronger regulatory regime for development plans

MND and BCA seek feedback on proposed amendments to Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act

Restructuring & Insolvency

Delaware Bankruptcy Court and Singapore Supreme Court implement Guidelines for Communication and Cooperation between Courts in Cross-Border Insolvency Matters

Financial institutions launch Debt Consolidation Plan from 23 January 2017

Singapore court recognises foreign liquidators of overseas company in voluntary winding up

Tax

Budget 2017: Analysis of major tax changes

General

Singapore Government accepts strategies proposed by Committee on the Future Economy in 2017 report

MinLaw consults on proposals to require trustees to maintain information on beneficial owners and up-to-date accounting records relating to Singapore trusts

PDPC publishes new “Guide to Preventing Accidental Disclosure When Processing and Sending Personal Data”

Fire Safety Act amended from 1 February 2017: Licensing of pipeline owners

Singapore Court of Appeal delivers landmark decision on absolute privilege in defamation law

Singapore Court of Appeal considers proper limits of contractual interpretation

Regional News

Malaysian Companies Act 2016, Companies Regulations 2017 and Interest Schemes Act 2016 in force from 31 January 2017

New withholding tax rates in Myanmar from 1 April 2017

Draft Myanmar Companies Law sent to Parliament

Publications

Global Legal Insights to Cartels 2017: Singapore chapter

The Merger Control Review: Singapore chapter

Practical Law Energy and Natural Resource Global Guide: Electricity Regulation in Singapore

Practical Law Energy and Natural Resource Global Guide: Oil and Gas Regulation in Singapore

Deals

S$2.83 billion term loan facilities to Wealthy Link Pte. Ltd.

S$680 million term and revolving loan facilities to DBS Trustee Limited

S$305 million proposed disposal of 61% equity stake in TripleOne Somerset, Singapore

S$146.4 million initial public offering of Dasin Retail Trust

Awards & Rankings

Allen & Gledhill Intellectual Property practice ranked in top band in World Trademark Review 1000 2017

Allen & Gledhill Intellectual Property practice maintains top tier rankings for trade mark work in Managing IP’s IP Stars 2017